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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!

  • Baroque architecture for the nobility

    City & Culture Castles & Palaces

    Between 1735 and 1775 the former duke residence in Zweibrücken was in its period of glory under Duke Christian IV. Once, famous artists shook hands with the court. Nowadays the palatine Higher Regional Court and the Attorney General’s office Zweibrücken are situated in the building. As it is not far from the heart of the shopping district, a small detour to the castle and its pretty gardens is definitely worth your time.

    Residenzschloss
    Schlossplatz 7
    66482 Zweibrücken
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    Phone (0 63 32) 80 50

    Photo: Harald Kröher

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Destination Tschifflik

    Castles & Palaces

    The formidable castle Tschifflik near Zweibrücken was built around 1715. Today, it accommodates the romantic hotel Landschloss Fasanerie. The fine hotel and food temple isn’t just famous for its atmosphere and delicious cuisine; the beautiful garden consists of a historic pheasant garden and an old well surrounded by saturated green. The sight is soothing and calms your mind. Those who travel along the southern Barockstraße should stop by the spacious terrace.

    Fasanerie
    Fasaneriestraße 1
    66482 Zweibrücken
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    Phone (0 63 32) 97 30
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    Photo. Judith Schlachter

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Experience the castle

    Castles & Palaces

    Formerly a defensive protection for land and people, Burg Nanstein stands today as the landmark of the city Landstuhl. The Burg is not only a recommended excursion destination in the summer, but it’s also the backdrop for the Landstuhl Castle Games. For exact dates and ticket sales, visit the website.

    Burg Nanstein
    Burgweg
    66849 Landstuhl
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    Tourist Information der Verbandsgemeinde Landstuhl
    Phone (0 6371) 130 00 12
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    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Knight-worthy castle

    Castles & Palaces

    Castle Berwartstein, which was mentioned officially for the first time in 1152, has an ever-changing history. Once in the hands of the church or under the reign of the aristocracy, then occupied by an infamous marshal, sacked in 1951 and restored in 1893. Today the restored castle Berwartstein can be visited peacefully and year round. Guided tours give you the opportunity to see armor, torture chambers and the armory, slingshots and battering rams. Romantic candlelight gives the secret underground pathways a mysterious atmosphere; on the outside, the view is astonishing.

    Burg Berwartstein
    76891 Erlenbach
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    Phone (0 63 98) 210
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    Photo: Harald Kröher

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Lengths ahead

    Castles & Palaces

    Stretching more than 425 meters, Burg Lichtenberg is one of the longest castles in Germany. It is located in Thallichtenberg near Kusel and its walls date back to the year 1200 A.D. Today, visitors enjoy a variety of modern programs in a quaint setting. The museum of the primeval world Geoskop is built into the castle in a post-modern style. The local hostel is ideal for exciting family holidays and the Pfälzer Musikantenland-Museum elaborates on the lives and traditions of musicians. The museum, as well as a nature show, are located in the tithe barn.

    Burg Lichtenberg
    Burgstraße
    66871 Thallichtenberg
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    Photo: Harald Kröher

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Monastery refuge

    City & Culture Castles & Palaces

    The former Benedictine monastery Hornbach impresses with its traditional architectural beauty and is intertwined with modern elements, and the spiritual presence of the past still resides within these walls. Here, the hotel Kloster Hornbach resides with its unobtrusive elegance. It promises relaxation and hospitability. Guests are pampered in four restaurants and therefore visit from all over the world.

    Kloster Hornbach
    Im Klosterbezirk
    66500 Hornbach
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    Phone (0 63 38) 91 01 00
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    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Old palace in the king’s land

    Castles & Palaces

    The beautiful landscape of the Lauter valley with its gentle Palatine hills is constantly drawing in hikers and visitors from around the state. The so-called royal land belonged during the Middle Ages to the German kingdom. The ruins of Altwolfstein are a reminder today of the time of the royals. 

    Off the beaten tourist track, walk from the picturesque Wolfstein to the "Old Palace" and enjoy the magnificent view over the Lautertal and the castle tower/keep.

    Burg Altwolfstein
    67752 Wolfstein
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    Phone (0 63 04) 214
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    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Staufer Pride: Castle Hohenecken

    Nature & Activities Castles & Palaces

    As a visible sign of their dominance, the ruling Staufer family of the 11th-13th centuries left behind Burg Hohenecken (Castle Hohenecken) in the Barbarossa city Kaiserslautern. A steep path leads from the village center of Hohenecken to the two-level castle ruins 376 meters high up on the Schlossberg Mountain. The extensive castle plateau of Schlossberg invites you stop and enjoy the beautiful distant view over the Landstuhl rift.

    Burg Hohenecken
    Schlossstraße 35A
    67661 Kaiserslautern
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    Phone (0631) 3 65 23 17
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    Photo: City Kaiserslautern

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • The throne on the volcano

    Castles & Palaces

    Almost directly vertically above the village Falkenstein, the remains of the once proud Burg Falkenstein (castle Falkenstein) loom over the town, situated on a former volcanic vent. The main tower sits enthroned on this natural foundation along with a residential building and the knight's house. In addition to having a magnificent view, the open-air stage at the castle offers the perfect setting for castle tours in the moonlight, literary themed hikes, concerts and medieval markets.

    Tourismusbüro Verbandsgemeinde Winnweiler
    Jakobstraße 29
    67722 Winnweiler
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    Phone (06302) 6 02 61
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    Photo: Gerard Stammler

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Well-hidden gem

    Nature & Activities Castles & Palaces

    Worth a visit at all times, the castle Reipoltskirchen is situated idyllically on an artificial hill above the Odenbach. She likely stems from the twelfth century, but you cannot tell its age anymore. The Landkreis has polished the masonry and has opened a restaurant, a register office, and a painting school which offers regular classes. Through events such as “Kunst im Grünen” and “Skulpturenwege”, the castle surrounded by moats gains attention as a tourist attraction of artistic value in the county of Kusel.

    Wasserburg Reipoltskirchen
    Schlossstraße 1
    67753 Reipoltskirchen
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    Photo: Ralf Keller

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.