Discover the beautiful state of Rheinland-Pfalz!
Stunning abundance of nature, cultural highlights & enjoyment of life
Rheinland-Pfalz is not only a great place to live in but also offers countless breathtaking travel destinations nearby you should consider exploring with the family. The region is well-known for its forests, its wine-growing regions, its historic cities, its magnificent castles, and all around beautiful countryside.
No matter if culture or nature travel, sightseeing in one of the many fascinating cities, marveling at UNESCO sites, enjoying the calming picturesque landscape, visiting the infamous Wurstmarkt, lovely Christmas markets, or extraordinary parades during the crazy carnival season. Rheinland-Pfalz is a highly attractive and popular travel destination in the heart of Europe at any time of the year!
Are you rather the active type when it comes to planning your leisure time?
No problem! Here, you will find plenty of insider tips where you can pursue your favorite leisure time activities like cycling, hiking, swimming or ice-skating.
Have fun checking out your options!
Happiness in motion
Nestled in the dreamlike nature of the biosphere reserve Palatinate forest (Pfälzerwald) - Vosges du Nord forms the destination Unterhammer in the Karlstal, a starting point for many leisure activities. Here, the former iron mill (Eisenhammer) houses two vacation apartments next to the Kultur-Café and sport center.
Right at the doorstep, hikers and pilgrims alike start their journey along St. Jacob’s Path (Jakobsweg) and mountain-bikers ride through the mountain bike park. Special highlight: watching beer being brewed in the brewery then tasting it in the beer garden!
Phone (0 63 06) 99 12 66
Café Unterhammer open Monday-Sunday, 12 am - 6 pm
Unterhammer Brewery tour only available by appointment, call (06306) 70 14 60
Photo: Ralf Keller
Hops and malt
Those who are clearly "under-hopped" during summer should get a refill at the Valentins beer garden in Zweibrücken. The tavern keeps its promises. With over 600 seats, the Bavarian pub offers all that which makes a hearty beer garden great. There is the home-made brew “Zweibrücker Hell”, hearty treats and comfortable benches under old trees. The garden is open from May to October for cheerful get-togethers with a Bavarian flair.
In Neptune’s kingdom
The idyllic Eiswoog lake, home to freshwater trout, char, and frolicking crayfish, is fed from seven different sources. This natural paradise offers a great place to swim and hike. From here, you can see an impressive historic railway bridge that spans the valley. In the Seehaus Forelle, a light, natural cuisine with regional products is served. The hotel attached to the restaurant is a wonderful place for relaxation.
More than light and good air
The founding fathers of the allotment garden association "Licht-Luft (Light-Air) Kaiserslautern e.V." would never have dreamt that their traditional restaurant Licht-Luft would still be in business after 100 years. The well-kept destination offers sumptuous seasonal cuisine and state-of-the-art multi-purpose rooms. Licht-Luft is not only for daytime guests. With a beer garden in the facility, you can the restaurant is also perfect for parties and conferences.
Phone (06 31) 4 22 25 or (06 31) 9 61 00
Open daily 11 am - 9 pm
Tuesdays starting at 5 pm Schnitzel Special
Wednesdays starting at 5 pm Steak Special
The country castle romantic style Hotel Fasanerie near Zweibrücken is as classy as the princely history is reflects. The noble hotel industry with two excellent restaurants is not only famous because of their food—the former summer residence of the Zweibrücken high nobility is one of the oldest traces of baroque architecture in the region. Worth a visit are the gorgeous outdoor water fountains, the baroque rose garden, and a small castle directly on the Baroque street Saarpfalz.
Producing locally, selling locally and eating locally. At the Haus Kulinarische Landstraße (Culinary House) in Konken, you can find products made by the independent agricultural marketers of the region Kusel. High-quality pastries, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables, and honey are just a small selection of the fresh food offered. Exquisite specialties from local suppliers of partner regions in France, Finland, and Poland are also available at the shop.
Photo: Kulinarisches Haus
Active athletes and leisurely walkers alike love the recreational area at Ohmbachsee near Schönenberg-Kübelberg. Nestled in the scenic Ohmbach valley, the reservoir invites guests to promenade along the idyllic boardwalk, take a boat trip on the lake, or relax on the lawns. A water-playground for kids and grills are all offered free of any charge or entry fee. From the Ohmbach lake, hiking and biking trails lead into the Kusel county.
Swingin’ in the Sun
One of the most beautiful destinations for summer vacations in the West Palatinate is right outside of Kaiserslautern. The delightful beer garden of the Hotel-Restaurant Bremerhof offers inviting umbrellas, cool refreshments and delicious dishes: from salads to gourmet meals, there is something for everyone. The location is ideal for families as well as for sports and music enthusiasts. During the "Bremerhofer Musiksommers", lasting three months in the summer, guests enjoy a musically diverse program every Thursday evening, free of charge.
Phone (0631) 31 63 20
Open Monday-Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
Taste the Pfalz, enjoy the lake
The wonderful views of the Donnersberg and its idyllic ponds make up the preservation area "Sippersfelder Weiher.” At one of the four ponds (the Retzberg pond) the Retzberg hut stands as a cozy destination. You can leave everyday life behind here and enjoy real Palatine delights in the middle of the natural paradise. These treats are predominantly from the region—from Wednesday to Sunday, guests can enjoy original, seasonal cuisine in addition to being spoiled by original Palatine dishes. Take a deep breath and relax with one of the beer specialties.
Am Weiher 1
Phone (0 63 57) 8 88 00 60
Open May 1, until September 30, Wednesday and Thursday 11.30 am - 5 pm and Friday-Sunday 11.30 am - 6 pm
The Tuscany of the Western Palatinate
The landscape around the town of Zellertal is characterized by its wine industry. It is the only valley in Germany that unites two wine-growing regions. Here, both Pfalzwein and Rheinhessen wine are grown. The Zellertal cycle path and various hiking trails invite visitors to get to know the Tuscan-looking region. Nine villages line the small river Pfrimm, where you can enjoy fine wines almost all year.
With freshly roasted greetings
In the Reismühle coffee manufactory, the love of tradition and delight are palpable. Natural resources of high quality, fairness and sustainability are key factors when selecting raw coffee to be processed and sold. In this mill, primarily hand-picked coffee from small plantations gets roasted – a process which takes time and care. Guests can enjoy freshly roasted coffee together with homemade pie in the Landcafé. The courtyard offers a beautiful scenery to have your coffee and relax. On advanced notice demonstrations on the roasting process can be given.