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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Eisenerzgrube Nothweiler Dahner Felsenland _ 1 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Eisenerzgrube Nothweiler | Nothweiler

Once one of the largest of its kind in Europe, Fischbach copper mine offers an insight into how ore was mined in the Middle Ages.

In mining...

Schwanensee im Volkspark (Foto: Stadt Kaiserslautern, Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Volkspark | Kaiserslautern

Public Park

Today, this romantic park is a not just a destination for a walk surrounded by nature, but its Sunday brunchtime concerts and...

Heidelsburg (Foto: Touristikbüro Holzland / Sickinger Höhe, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Heidelsburg castle ruins | Waldfischbach-Burgalben

near Waldfischbach-Burgalben

The oldest fortification in the Palatinate dates back to Roman times.

Schöntalw. (Foto: Saskia Lauth, Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Schöntalweiher | Ludwigswinkel

lake near Ludwigswinkel

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.

Altes Forsthaus, Bann (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Altes Forsthaus | Bann

The Sickinger Forsthaus was built in 1761 by the descendants of Franz von Sickingen, it belongs to the Landstuhler manor houses of the 18th...

Alte Kapelle 2 (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Fotograf M. Bemme, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Alte Kapelle | Landstuhl

The popular Old Chapel, officially called the Holy Cross Chapel is on the demonstrably oldest settlement area of ​​Landstuhl.

It’s only the...

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...

Kleine Kirche (Foto: Stadt Kaiserslautern, Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Little Church | Kaiserslautern

This church was built by the Lutheran community between 1711 and 1717, and stands in what is now the generously-proportioned Union Square in the...

nanstein_titel_luftbild_k (Foto: VG Landstuhl, Fotograf Walter Potdevin, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Burg Nanstein - Burgführung | Landstuhl

The guided tours of Nanstein Castle are informative and entertaining.

Dernbach (Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Annweiler)

Dernbach | Dernbach

Dernbach in Trifelsland. Dernbach is a small village in the Palatinate Forest surrounded by meadows with apple, cherry and chestnut trees. Ruins...

Gartenschau Kaiserslautern (Foto: Stadt Kaiserslautern, Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Gartenschau Kaiserslautern | Kaiserslautern

Gartenschau Kaiserslautern

 

 

The first Horticultural Fair in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in 2000 was a...

Der Saalbau (Foto: Tourist-Information Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Saalbau | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Der Saalbau - Neustadt’s “Front Parlour” Builtbetween 1871 - 1873, during the unification of Germany, the Saalbau today is a convention centre, a...

Kloster Höningen (Foto: Helena Jetses, Quelle: Pfalz Touristik e.V.)

Kloster Höningen | Höningen

Höningen Abbey was founded in 1120 by Count Emich II of Leiningers.

Ev Johannis-Kirche (Foto: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer, Quelle: Büro für Tourismus Maikammer)

Protestantische Johanniskirche | Maikammer

The evangelic Johannis-church was inaugurated on 3. May 1914.