The Romans are to blame as it was they who brought wine to the Palatinate. We, however, have brought it the German Wine Route. The 85 km route has wound its way through the Palatinate from the German Wine Gate on the French border in the district of Schweigen-Rechtenbach to Bockenheim in the north of Germany since 1935.
The easterly location of the exceptional riesling producing region of the Palatinate delivers on its promises: the weather and climate here are particularly favourable. Visitors here are greeted by a veritable Garden of Eden, a place where almond trees blossom pink in spring, where kiwis, figs and lemons flourish in summer and mighty oleander bushes fill the farms and gardens, and where in autumn a sun-kissed, aromatic sea of vines cries out to be harvested and delicious Rhineland Palatinate cuisine comes into its own.
Worlds of wine
The German Wine Route was not made for running, not just because of the narrow streets of the region's wine-growing villages and the sloping roads of the vineyards, but because you can be brought to a stop at any point along the route by a winetasting session. Wonderful wines from renowned makers can be sampled out in the arbors, on the side of the road, in tasting rooms and numerous wine bars along the way. In this charming sunny corner of Germany's largest wine-growing region, the grapes are truly in full-flow, the god Dionysus reigns supreme and the Palatinate's star riesling, pinot grigio and dornfelder wine offer the highest of drinking pleasure.
A region with wow factor
The Dürkheim Barrel (Dürkheimer Weinfass) is a key tourist spot. With a volume of 1.7 million litres and space for around 650 people, it is the largest barrel in the world and is today a tavern which offers wine tasting sessions and a range of culinary delights. The list of wine festivals held along the route is almost as long as the route itself and includes the blooming of the almond trees (Mandelblütenfest) festival in spring, the world's largest wine festival, the Wurstmarkt, the grape harvest festival in Neustadt which features a selection of German wine superstars and the end of autumn festival (Herbstabschlussfest) that is held in Schweigen-Rechtenbach in October.
An indulgently immersive experience
Wine is considered the elixir of life in the land of the vineyards and a celebration would just not be the same without it. It therefore plays a key role in festivals, no matter the size. The German Wine Route can be experienced in either direction, of course, so it's ideally suited to repeat visits. But, of course, anyone who's been here before knows that already!
Length: approximately 85 km
Theme: wine, indulgence, culture, nature
Bad Bergzabern: castle, thermal spring
Bad Dürkheim: Dürkheim Barrel (Dürkheimer Fass)
Bockenheim: the Traubenmadonna statue, St. Lambert's Church (Lambertskirche)
Deidesheim: museum, parish church
Edenkoben: old winemakers' houses
Neustadt: half-timbered houses, rail museum, Hambach Castle
Schweigen-Rechtenbach: the German Wine Gate
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