Discover Romantic Germany – Rhineland Palatinate
Cultural and culinary delights in the region surrounding the Rhine and the Moselle
Romantic rivers, fairy-tale palaces and castles, rolling vineyards and historic towns—welcome to Rhineland‑Palatinate!
The good transport network, natural and cultural attractions, and genuine hospitality of the people there make Rhineland‑Palatinate the ideal destination for nature lovers and culture vultures alike. Vineyards as far as the eye can see, historic palaces and castles dotting the banks of the Rhine and the Moselle, idyllic towns with cosy timber-frame houses, cultural treasures and a wonderfully mild climate are but a few of its winning features. Structures such as the Porta Nigra and amphitheatre in Trier, and the Roman limes, villas and thermal baths still bear witness to the heyday of the Roman Empire in the region. A further outstanding feature is the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has become the epitome of the fabled ‘Romantic Rhine’ due to its picture-perfect landscape and innumerable palaces and castles. Although it is steeped in history, Rhineland‑ Palatinate never ceases to amaze with its modernity and unique events.
The captivating Mittelgebirge landscape and unique riverscapes with ubiquitous vineyards characteristic of its 10 regions Ahr Valley, Eifel, Hunsrück, Lahn Valley, Moselle-Saar, Naheland, Palatinate, Rhenish Hesse, Romantic Rhine and Westerwald make Rhineland‑Palatinate a particularly attractive and versatile travel destination, which is both relaxing and fun. Discover Rhineland‑Palatinate’s wines and regional delicacies, or unwind at one of its excellent health spas. It also has much to offer active holidaymakers. The scenic cycling routes meandering through the idyllic landscape take you on a very special journey of discovery these certified trails pass through breathtaking countryside and are suitable for cyclists of all ages. Excellent long-distance hiking trails such as the Rheinsteig also present the perfect opportunity to experience the incomparable natural beauty of Rhineland‑Palatinate, and guarantee a memorable walking holiday.
A cyclists’ paradise
Scenic cycling routes meandering through the idyllic landscape take you on a very special journey of discovery. These certified trails pass through breathtaking countryside and are suitable for cycling enthusiasts of all ages. Leisure cyclists can enjoy the relatively even river cycling routes, while the more dedicated cyclists can tackle the steeper climbs in the hilly Eifel, Hunsrück, Westerwald and Palatinate regions. Bike-friendly accommodation can always be found on these routes.
The most beautiful place to hike
Be it a relatively even, relaxing walking tour or a more challenging one, Rhineland‑Palatinate is a sure bet for a great walking holiday. Twelve long-distance hiking trails will take you past rivers and vineyards, rambling mixed woodland, traditional wine-making villages, castles and palaces. Hikers will find excellent accommodation along these trails.
Wellness and relaxation
Stressful everyday life saps our energy, so taking the time to recuperate is important. Enjoy a break here! The unique interplay of nature, leisure, culture, bathing and the extraordinary landscapes of the Moselle and the Palatinate will infuse you with peace and calm, and help you rediscover the essentials in life. Here, the high levels of expertise and dedication of your hosts will ensure the highest quality wellness, relaxation and health holidays.
Boat trips on the legendary Rhine and Moselle
The well-known route from Koblenz to Bingen is one of the most beautiful sections of the Rhine. A boat trip past the steep cliffs, lush vineyards, romantic palaces and castles, and sleepy villages is simply unforgettable. A winter boat trip with stops at various traditional Christmas markets is truly magical. There are numerous boat landings for the boat trips, most of which are served daily throughout the summer.
Wine culture and cuisine
In addition to excellent wines, Rhineland‑Palatinate also offers delightful cuisine—from traditional recipes to modern creations. The wine-growing tradition dates back to the Romans. Wine festivals and wine tasting events at the various estates are definitely not to be missed.
Wine tasting and modern vineyard architecture
The exquisite Rhineland‑Palatinate wines are renowned among wine lovers all over the world. You should not miss the traditional wine festivals in autumn. Winemakers across the wine regions offer wine tastings directly at their winery. You can also spend the night on the estate, visit the vineyard with the winemaker and learn more about wine production. Wine estates that have been awarded architecture prizes, of which there are many in Rhineland‑Palatinate, are ideal for wine tasting in an extraordinary atmosphere.
Historical fairy-tale palaces and castles
Enchanted ruins, magnificent castles and fairy-tale palaces: tales from times gone by and a magical atmosphere make a visit to Rhineland‑Palatinate a memorable experience. Discover Trifels Castle, where Richard the Lionheart was once held prisoner, or Eltz Castle on the Moselle, nestled deep in the forest.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Rhineland‑Palatinate’s excellent cultural credentials include four UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Vulkaneifel UNESCO Global Geopark. The extraordinary structures and unique cultural landscapes, including the Roman remains in Trier, Imperial Cathedral in Speyer, Upper Middle Rhine Valley and cross-border Upper Germanic-Rhaetian Limes, make it unforgettable.
City breaks in the Romantic Cities
Situated between the Rhine and the Moselle, the Romantic Cities are the perfect excuse for a relaxing short break. They combine culture, wine and cuisine to create a very special experience: Trier is the oldest city in Germany, steeped in Roman history; Mainz is the wine capital and was home to the famous Johannes Gutenberg; Idar-Oberstein is an international metropolis of gemstone and jewellery manufacture; Speyer is the cathedral and imperial city in the heart of the Palatinate’s vineyards; Koblenz is where Father Rhine meets Mother Moselle; and Worms is the city of the Nibelungs and the backdrop of a heroic epic.
Rhein in Flammen®
Rhein in Flammen® (Rhine in Flames) never fails to delight visitors who flock to the banks of the Rhine in their hundreds of thousands to marvel at the huge fireworks display every year. Seeing the villages, castles and palaces of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site bathed in the romantic red light cast by flares is an indescribable experience.
‘Travel for all’ in Rhineland‑Palatinate
The holiday regions in Rhineland‑Palatinate make for an eventful time, without the need to forgo comfort. In addition to the breathtaking beauty of the nature and its exciting destinations, Rhineland‑Palatinate also offers wellness and activity programmes.
We think it is important that as many people as possible can enjoy the beauty of our state. Our website provides helpful tips and information about travelling with a wheelchair and other disabilities. All the available accessible establishments have been thoroughly tested for their accessibility by specialised surveyors.
Our website also includes reliable detailed information about the respective premises to give you an accurate impression of the various establishments beforehand. The majority of Rhineland‑Palatinate establishments have already been awarded ‘Travel for all – Accessibility tested’ certification, available nationwide.
Rhineland‑Palatinate image database
Our B2B brochure for tour operator communications includes general information about Rhineland Palatinate, our incoming partners’ offers and a selection of offers related to hiking, cycling, wine and cuisine.
Marija Heller (Project Manager International Marketing for Austria, Switzerland and cross-market projects)
Tel.: +49 261 915 20-62
Sebastian Risch (Project Manager International Marketing for the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kindom)
Tel.: +49 261 915 20-75