There is no limit to the attractions of Rhineland-Palatinate for holidaymakers. A landscape uniquely defined by wine-making traditions, historic towns, an abundance of heritage sites, idyllic river valleys and breathtaking views of rolling mountains await you. From active hiking or cycling tours of this region in the south-west of Germany to more leisurely relaxation on wine and spa breaks - the choice is yours. Outstanding hotels and restaurants together with the hospitality of the people of Rhineland-Palatinate will ideally round off your stay in the ten regions.
A holiday in the Ahr Valley is a trip to red-wine paradise! The red wines that grow along the steep and rocky terraces of the Ahr Valley rank among the best in their class in Germany. The Red Wine Hiking Trail and the Ahrsteig Trail take you through these sunny landscapes, with the river an almost constant companion along the way. It is hardly surprising that the wine festivals in Ahrweiler, Dernau and Mayschoss have become annual 'pilgrimages' for many visitors. Wine and wellness go hand in hand on a holiday in the Ahr Valley. Take time out to enjoy some of the wide selection of well-being and treatment opportunities on offer in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. Make sure you plan a visit to the Römervilla (Roman Villa) museum, the International Wine Institute in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler and the vintners' cooperative in Mayschoss during your stay in the Ahr Valley.
A whole host of treasures await you in the Nahe region: from the regional wine, a shimmering jewel in your glass, to the natural treasures from the area around Idar-Oberstein in the Nahe Valley. Idar-Oberstein enjoys an international reputation as Germany's gemstone centre. There are also three other natural treasures in the form of the spa resorts of Bad Kreuznach, Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg and Bad Sobernheim. The beneficial thermal springs and a variety of other treatments and well-being activities will ensure that your holiday in the Nahe region is both healthy and restorative. From a wine-growing estate to a hotel or a holiday home – you are sure to find the perfect place to stay on your trip to the Nahe region. Follow the Gemstone Trail past sights such as the 'Historische Weiherschleife' (gem-grinding waterwheel) and the 'Edelstein-Erlebniswelt' (Gemstone Adventure World), before relaxing in the 'Crucenia Thermen' thermal baths in Bad Kreuznach and enjoying a culinary feast at the "Brauwerk" brewery.
Fine weather usually accompanies a holiday in the pleasant climate of the Palatinate region, where the German Wine Route reveals a unique natural landscape: almond trees, figs, lemons, tall oleander bushes, vineyards basking in sunshine and filled with wafting aromas. With its castles and ruins, the Palatinate Forest Nature Park is an ideal setting for long or short hikes, but the Palatinate region also offers a wealth of opportunities for the more leisurely pleasures of eating and drinking. As the second largest wine-growing area in Germany, the region not only offers an impressive stretch of land between Haardtrand and Rheinebene entirely given over to vineyards, but also some of the highest quality wines. Take part in an accessible Draisin cycle tour in Altenglan or visit Hambach Castle, the cradle of German democracy, in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Speyer Cathedral is also well worth a trip, as is the technology museum in Speyer.
It is the combination of wine and culture, from landscapes filled with hilly vineyards to vibrant towns and cities that make a holiday in Rheinhessen so unique. Explore Germany's largest wine-growing region by bike or sign up for a garden tour! Wherever you go, the pleasure of a good glass of wine will never be far away: stay on a wine-growing estate or pick up expert tips in one of the outstanding new wine cellars. Experience Rheinhessen's rich cultural variety with a taste of urban life in Mainz, Alzey or Worms. Visit fascinating museums, imposing imperial cathedrals or events such as the Nibelung Festival, the 'Bingen swingt' jazz festival or the many wine festivals. Another interesting place to visit is the Landesmuseum (State Museum) in Mainz. One of Germany's oldest museums, it houses an impressive collection of artistic and cultural exhibits, from the early cultural period through to modern-day art.
The Rhine's romantic ambiance has been captivating visitors to the Rhine Valley for 200 years! It is a picture-perfect river valley - with rugged cliffs, steep vineyards, a castle perched on almost every hilltop and picturesque towns and villages along the banks of the river. The award of UNESCO World Heritage status for the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is further evidence of the region's unique character. The Rhine Valley and its castles and châteaus are steeped in myths and legends, notably the tale of the maiden of the Lorelei rock. Other essential highlights of any holiday in the Rhine region include a riverboat cruise, a visit to a wine festival and one or more castles and other sights along the way. No visit to the Rhine would be complete without a river cruise on the Köln-Düsseldorfer line or a cable car ride across the Rhine from Koblenz up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. And an absolute must is, of course, a visit to the legendary and famous Lorelei rock.
The back-to-nature feel of the Westerwald region makes it an ideal destination for hikers! The Westerwald-Steig Trail takes you right across the region's hilly landscapes. If you prefer a gentler pace, you can hike from monastery to monastery or try your hand at canoeing on the Wied - the Westerwald offers something for everyone. The region's inhabitants, or "Wällers", remain close to their roots and uphold their traditional annual festivals. The local ceramics industry has a more international outlook. As well as pots, tiles and porcelain, the Kannenbäcker region around Höhr-Grenzhausen produces high-tech ceramics used in innovative technologies. Are you looking for some typical Westerwald items? Then "Kräuterwind products" are just what you need for your kitchen. The Stöffel Park industrial heritage site is one of the top tourist attractions in the Westerwald region, along with the Ceramics Museum in Höhr-Grenzhausen.