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.

View over the spa town of Bad Dürkheim:



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LuthPfarrheim (Foto: TI Otterbach-Otterberg, Quelle: Fremdenverkehrszweckverband Pfälzer Bergland)

Lutherisches Pfarrhaus Otterberg | Otterberg

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

 

This half-timbered house, which...

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

Teufelstisch (Devil's table) | Hinterweidenthal

at the Hinterweidenthal adventure playground

A true "devil's table" with a 250-ton tabletop. The only geotope in the...

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...

Minengang (Foto: BfT, Quelle: Südliche Weinstrasse e.V. Büro für Tourismus Landau)

Festung Landau - Fort und Minengänge | Landau in der Pfalz

Tour of the impressive Landauer Fortanlage

Gartenschau Eingangsbereich (Foto: Bild- IKL, Quelle: Tourist-Information Kaiserslautern)

Gartenschau Kaiserslautern | Kaiserslautern

Gartenschau Kaiserslautern 2018

 

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

Schwimmerbecken (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Felsland Badeparadies und Saunawelt | Dahn

A family and adventure pool. Sun-bathing lawn, solariums, massage, huge slide, bubble pool, water roundabout for children, and more. Combined...

Feuervogel (Quelle: Tourist Information und Thermalbad Bad Dürkheim)

Feuervogel | Bad Dürkheim

Stadtplatz with Firebird: Here at the heart of the pedestrian area of Bad Dürkheim is where most events in the town take place. At the southern...

Adler Apotheke bei Nacht (Foto: TKS, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Adler Apotheke | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Not only herbs such as centaurium: but also many other herbal recipes are still prepared and offered for sale by the pharmacist family of Götz in...

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.

Burg Berwartstein Dahner Felsenland _ 1 (Quelle: Tourist-Information Dahner Felsenland)

Burg Berwartstein | Erlenbach bei Dahn

Near Erlenbach.

The only habitable castle in the Palatinate. The impressive 12th century fortress rises on top of a high rock. Well...

Vizedomei (Foto: ´Tourist, Kongress und Sallbau GmbH, Quelle: Tourist, Kongress- und Saalbau GmbH)

Vizedomei | Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Die Vizedomei – Marktplatz Nr. 8: This baroque building, built in 1737, together with its wonderful inner courtyard, was once the seat of the...

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...

Memorialchurch roof © Karl Hoffmann (Quelle: Tourist-Information Speyer)

Führung in der Gedächtniskirche | Speyer

More than 100 years ago, Protestants from all over the world built the Memorial Church to commemorate the protestation that took place in Speyer...

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

Abteikirchenführungen Otterberg | Otterberg

The "Abteikirche", built between 1168 and 1254 dominates the townscape of Otterberg. It's tower-less façade, reaching a height of 26...

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

Galgenfels (Gallows rock) | Waldfischbach-Burgalben

east of Waldfischbach-Burgalben