Gastlandschaften Rheinland-Pfalz


Palatinate

Holidays in the Palatinate and along the German Wine Route

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  • Nikolauskapelle near Klingenmünster
    Nikolauskapelle near Klingenmünster
  • Falkenstein ruin: Pfälzer Höhenweg trail
    Falkenstein ruin: Pfälzer Höhenweg trail
  • Almond blossom in the Palatinate
    Almond blossom in the Palatinate
  • Vineyards at Villa Ludwigshöhe, Edenkoben
    Vineyards at Villa Ludwigshöhe, Edenkoben
  • Landeck castle near Klingenmünster
    Landeck castle near Klingenmünster
  • Exposition at Hambacher Schloss
    Exposition at Hambacher Schloss, Neustadt a.d.W.
  • Wellness in the Palatinate vineyards
    Wellness in the Palatinate vineyards

Travel highlights and activities in the Palatinate

Looking for wine, sekt, secco or wine vinegar? Kiwi fruit, lemons, figs or chestnuts? Then the lush Palatinate region with its mild climate and hospitable people is the place for you! Follow the delights of wine culture across the broad hills of the region, along the German Wine Route to the picturesque wine villages, fortresses and castles.

Selected Palatinate Castles... Signposts of History

Lichtenberg Castle, located in Kusel in the Palatinate, was once one of the largest castles in Germany. As it was never destroyed, it is perfect for tourists to visit even today. It is now home to three museums, a youth hostel and a restaurant, so that visitors can learn about the history and life in the castle – as well as look after their body and soul.

There is also Hardenburg Castle in Bad Dürkheim, which was one of the largest and most important estates in all of Germany and so is also certainly worth a visit.

Reichsburg Trifels Castle presides over the town of Annweiler. English King Richard the Lionheart was held captive here for three weeks in 1193. You can read about this event in the exhibition in the imperial castle and you can also view the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, which were temporarily stored here.

Also worth a visit is Hambach Castle, in which the German Wine Queen is elected every year. The "Hambach Festival" held in 1832, at which over 30,000 people gathered to protest, is also considered a symbol of the democracy movement in Germany.

Some of the best-preserved structures are the Castle Ruins of Landeck, which date back to the Stauffer era. The ruins include a wide range of sights and eateries and are also the venue for a number of different events, including the oldest Medieval Castle Festival in the Palatinate region.

Speyer

The largest Roman church in Germany has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1981 and attracts visitors from all over the world with its medieval beauty.

Once a center of politics and power, Speyer now captivates visitors with its breathtaking views and impressive historical Old Town. The Via Triumphalis, Speyer's shopping promenade, is lined by hundreds of open-air seats for 'spectators'. Between the cathedral and the Old Gate, a wealth of modern street cafés, traditional wine taverns and lively bistros are bunched together like pearls on a string.

Oleanders adorn your way through the romantic alleys, palms decorate the historic squares and the beautiful promenades encourage you to linger. Speyer is clearly a place of stylish romance! Speyer's highlight recommended by the German Wine Institute is the original Roman wine, which is the oldest fluent wine in the world (can be seen at the Historical Museum Pfalz Speyer).

Pretty in pink

The almond blossom season along the German Wine Route is a much-anticipated time of year, with the canopy of delicate pink buds signalling the end of winter. Among the highlights for visitors are the almond blossom festival, special seasonal walks, almond-based wellness treatments and mouthwatering almond delicacies.

Culture and Wine Ambassadors of the Palatinate

The Palatinate Culture and Wine Ambassadors offer an interesting programme, because they know their region like the back of their hand and have a way to convey their in-depth knowledge with fun and entertainment. They can provide anecdotes and insider tips at the drop of a hat, and will always have a good bottle of wine at hand.

Discover the secrets of vinotherapy

A grapeseed exfoliation treatment to enhance the skin's receptivity, followed by a massage with cold-pressed grapeseed oil - pure pleasure for body and soul, topped off perhaps by a glass of fine wine in the evening.
Grapes for a beautiful complexion? Today parts of the grape that were once discarded - the skin and the seeds - are used in vinotherapy beauty treatments. The seeds and skin of the grape contain polyphen oils, which can protect from free radicals and prevent skin ageing.
Also in the Palatinate the delights of the grape are used in beauty treatments, for example at the spa towns of Bad Dürkheim and Bad Bergzabern.

All-inclusive holidays with "Pfalzcard"

Pfalzcard

Enjoy all inclusive holidays with the guest card of Palatinate, the so called "Pfalzcard": During your holidays you are able to use public transportation and visit more than 100 leisure programmes free of charge with the Pfalzcard throughout the entire region of Palatinate: castles and fortifications, family events such as at SEA LIFE in Speyer or Dynamikum in Pirmasens, museums and exhibitions, wine tastings, guided tours and cultural programmes, swimming pools and golf courses.

The premium guest card is exclusively available at approx. 100 participating accommodations (hotels, apartments, guesthouses, youth hostels). Using the following link you will find further information concerning Pfalzcard hosts and leisure programmes. Yet, so far the information is only available in German. An English version will be published soon. Pfalzcard

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Obstbaum am Apfelweg (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Streuobstweg | Gossersweiler-Stein

Explore the mixed orchards surrounding Gossersweiler-Stein by hiking the apple or pear path. Mixed orchards are an important living environment...

Memorialchurch © Evang. Presseverlang (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

The Memorial Church | Speyer

The tallest church steeple in the Palatinate dominates the cityscape. At just under 1,000 feet, it soars above all of the other buildings in the...

Klosterkirche Seebach (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Klosterkirche Seebach | Bad Dürkheim

Klosterkirche Seebach: Originally a late-Roman abbey belonging to the Order of St. Benedict, it was built in the first half of the 12th century....

Ramberg Bürstenbindermuseum (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Ramberg | Ramberg

Ramberg in Trifelsland. Ramberg is a nice village in a small valley in the Biosphere Reserve Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen. It is surrounded by various...

Römische Villa Weilberg 2 (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Römisches Weingut Weilberg | Bad Dürkheim

The Roman Villa Weilberg: In 1981, on the side of the Weilburg, a Roman wine press as well as the remains of the largest Roman manor house in the...

Mediterraner Garten Maikammer (Foto: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer)

Mediterraner Garten | Maikammer

The mediterrean garden is situated in Maikammer on the southern side of the town hall. Since May 1999 it is once again proof for the special...

LuthPfarrheim (Foto: TI Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Landkreis Kusel)

Lutherisches Pfarrhaus Otterberg | Otterberg

The "Lutherisches Pfarr- and Schulhaus"" (Lutheran Rectory and Schoolhouse)

 

This half-timbered house, which...

eingang-des-steinenschloss (Quelle: Südwestpfalz Touristik)

Burgruine Steinenschloss | Thaleischweiler-Fröschen

near Thaleischweiler-Fröschen

When you climb up from the Schwarzbach valley at the eastern edge of Thaleischweiler-Fröschen, you come to...

Römischer Steinbruch Kriemhildenstuhl mit Bank (Quelle: Tourist Information Bad Dürkheim)

Kriemhildenstuhl | Bad Dürkheim

Roman Stone Quarry of “Kriemhildenstuhl”: The most unusual sight to see in this, the best-conserved Roman quarry north of the Alps, is the...

Trifelsbad (Foto: Archiv Verein SÜW Annweiler e.V., Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Trifelsbad | Annweiler am Trifels

Das Trifelsbad, ausgestattet mit einem 25m Sportbecken, einem Freizeitbecken und verschiedenen Attraktionen wie Rutschbahn und Massagedüsen, liegt...

Burgruine Anebos (Foto: Archiv Verein SÜW Annweiler e.V., Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Burgruine Anebos | Annweiler am Trifels

Anebos, the middle of the castle trio, is the smallest and least preserved castle.

Wasgaufreibad (Foto: Stephanie Ser, Quelle: Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald)

Wasgaufreibad Hauenstein | Hauenstein

Wasgaufreibad Hauenstein- There one has to go there!!!

Embedded quietly and delightfully in the rock scenery, the Wasgaufreibad presents...

Korkenziehermuseum Leinsweiler (Foto: Korkenziehermuseum Leinsweiler, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus landauland)

Corkscrew museum Leinsweiler | Leinsweiler

The museum is home to a collection of corkscrews from three centuries. The entrance is free.

 

To book an appointment please...

Hambacher Schloss -  Rolf Schädler (Foto: Rolf Schädler, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

The Castle of Hambach | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Since May 1832, when the flag with the German national colours of black, red and gold first fluttered on the Kastanienberg near Neustadt, the...

20150626_084700 (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Krämerstein | Landstuhl

The Krämerstein near Landstuhl at the „Fleischackerloch“ is a 120-meter-long rocky reef with 12-meter-high cliff-rich sandstone cliffs.