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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Marienkirche (Foto: Tourist, Kongress und Saalbau GmbH, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Juliusplatz mit St. Marienkirche | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Juliusplatz with St. Marien – Neustadt from its most attractive side: The neo-Gothic church steeple of the Parish Church St. Marien towers over...

Stadtmauer (Foto: Tourist-Info Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland)

Teil der Stadtmauer | Otterberg

Sixty per cent of the city wall of Otterberg is still preserved. This Wall was conceived as a perimeter wall an never intended to defend the city....

Römischer Steinbruch Kriemhildenstuhl mit Bank (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad 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...

Burghalder (Foto: Sonja Spieß, Quelle: Tourist-Info-Zentrum Pfälzerwald Urlaubsregion Hauenstein)

Burghalder refuge keep | Hauenstein

near Hauenstein

In the 9th century the castle served a Carolingian settlement as refuge.

NaturerlebnisBad Landstuhl (Foto: NEB Landstuhl, Quelle: Zentrum Pfälzerwald Touristik)

Naturerlebnisbad Landstuhl | Landstuhl

Ein Traum wird wahr.

 

Chemical-free and velvet water, an exciting rafting track, a rock for jumping and child-oriented...

Kleine Kalmit im Schnee (Foto: TIZIE Photographer, Quelle: Verein Südliche Weinstrasse Landau-Land e.V.)

Kleine Kalmit | Ilbesheim b. Landau

The hill Kleine Kalmit ("Little Kalmit") can easily be reached by foot from the village Ilbesheim. Visitors cannot only peek into the...

Haus Joerg (Foto: Tourist-Info Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland)

Haus Jörg Otterberg | Otterberg

Located close to the upper town gate, the house Jörg was built in 1769 by master tanner Theobald Seitz. It is a

baroque style town...

Salinarium Freibad (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Freizeitbad Salinarium | Bad Dürkheim

Salinarium (Sauna and Leisure Pool): The Salinarium offers you 100 % fun, 0% boredom and many experiences for your senses. There is an indoor and...

Schmiedefest (Foto: Tourist-Info Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland)

Schmiede Theis | Otterberg

Originally built in 1612 outside the walls of the monastery, this estate has been in the possession of the Theis family for seven generations and...

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

Stiftskirche - Wahrzeichen der Stadt | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Die Stiftskirche – Neustadt’s most prominent landmark: The two unequal sandstone towers of the collegiate church have overlooked...

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

Galgenfels (Gallows rock) | Waldfischbach-Burgalben

East of Waldfischbach-Burgalben

Burgruine Lemberg (Foto: Manfred Kuntz, Quelle: Südwestpfalz Touristik e.V.)

Burgruine Lemberg | Lemberg

above Lemberg

www.burg-lemberg.de

With castle information centre. Interesting medieval water supply system. 96 meter deep well with...

Burgruine Wegelnburg Dahner Felsenland - 2 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Burgruine Wegelnburg | Nothweiler

Near Schönau and Nothweiler.

At an elevation of 572 meters the Wegelnburg castle stretches along a mountain ridge. It is the highest...

Kaiser Wilhelm Denkmal (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Höhe | Bad Dürkheim

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Denkmal: This towered castle was built in honour of Emperor Wilhelm 1. on a stone outcrop at a height of 270 metres. The south side...

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

Scheffelhaus | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Das Scheffelhaus – Marktplatz Nr. 4: “The gabled house, which every one knows...” was a song written by Victor von Scheffel to commemorate...