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Rhineland-Palatinate

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Rhine Valley

Rhineland-Palatinate (German: Rheinland-Pfalz) is a state of Germany. The largest wine producing area in Germany, it is home to 6 of the 9 wine-producing districts in Germany and is full of museums, exhibitions and castles.

Regions[edit]

  • Westerwald: The perfect region for hikers, with a new long-distance walking trail recently been opened, the "Westerwald-Steig".
  • Hunsrück: offers the opportunity to follow the footsteps of the Romans and the Celts, exploring their ancient settlement sites in these hills.
  • Rhenish Hesse (Rheinhessen): is Germany`s largest wine-making region. The region has urban cities like Mainz and Worms within its borders, in addition to Mediterranean-like wine villages.
  • Pfalz: The weather treats this region particularly well, and pink almond blossom appears every spring to please the senses.

River valleys:

  • Ahr: Wine and a good health are close themes in a region where medicinal springs bubble up from the earth.
  • Nahe: The Nahe region has been blessed with natural riches. The river Nahe passes a region whose fruity, aromatic wines fascinate lovers of the grape.

Cities[edit]

Gutenberg Museum - house Zum Römischen Kaiser
  • Mainz: The biggest city in the Rhineland-Palatinate. It was founded by the Romans and their legacy is still visible in many places around the town. It is also the home of Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, who also has his own museum in the city.
  • Koblenz: Famous for the "German Corner" (Deutsches Eck), the meeting-point of the two rivers Rhine and Moselle. Besides various churches and museums, the highlight-event every year is the "Rhine in flames", a spectacular firework that filles the sky with beautiful colors.
  • Ludwigshafen: With the biggest chemical factory in the world, Ludwigshafen is no health spa.
  • Kaiserslautern: offers good opportunities for leisure, sports and shopping, with a lively inner city. Its famous football-team also attracts football-fans from all over.
  • Speyer: largest romanesque Cathedral in the world, UNESCO World Heritage site since 1980. In Speyer you also find the Historical Museum and the Museum of Technology, both worth a visit.
  • Trier: In Roman times Trier had thermal baths, places of assembly and an amphitheatre; today the colossal Porta Nigra town gate, the imperial baths and the impressive basilica keep that history alive. Trier is also the largest Roman city north of the Alps.
  • Worms: Worms is every year the host of the "Backfischfest", Rhineland-Palatinate's biggest wine festival and fair. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city.

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Other destinations[edit]

Get in[edit]

By train If traveling into Germany by train, Rhineland-Palatinate is easily accessible from Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart.

By Plane The international Hahn Airport is situated in the Rhineland-Palatinate. Zweibrucken Airport also has regular scheduled flights to and from Berlin Schoenfeld and London Stansted.

Get around[edit]

The region has very good connections by train or bus, and all destinations and attractions are easily reachable. Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Kaiserslautern, Speyer and the other romantic cities are easy to reach via train, and in the cities you can also move forewards with a bicycle, which is often as rental-bike available. You can also cruise up or down the Rhine between Koblenz and Mainz; see Rhine Valley for details. A boat trip that will be a memorable experience forever. Several car-rental opportunities are to be found in the region, also a practical possability to get around easily.

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Palatinate Forest

The Palatinate Forest is the biggest coherent forest in middle Europe; it is a biospehere reserve.

Speyer Cathedral

The Speyer Cathedral is the biggest romanuesque church worldwide; its foundation stone was laid in 1030. It is the resting place of 7 salian emperors.

Castles

Rheinstein Castle near Trechtingshausen, look from Assmannshausen

The Palatinate Forest hides over 50 castles and ruins that were mostly destroyed in the War of the Grand Alliance, for example:

Castle Trifels - Castle where Richard Lionheart of England was held as a hostage and the place where the imperial regalia was stored

Limburg Abbey – a ruined abbey near Bad Dürkheim

Castle Lindenbrunn

Castle Berwartstein

German Wine Route

The German Wine Route is the oldest wine route worldwide; it runs through the biggest winegrowing area in Germany, the Palatinate. The western side is protected by the Palatinate Forest, on the eastern side lies the Rhine rift.

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The Rhineland-Palatinate region is ideal for outdoor activities like Hiking, Biking, Golf, Nordic Walking, Camping or whatever the heart desires. An important history gives the chance to experience old times, through a range of museums, castles, churches and different exhibitions. There are also the possibility to sleep over in old castles, and live the life of the old empires. Special Events like for instance Rhine in flames, wine festivals, christmas markets and concerts are also to be mentioned.

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