Discover the beautiful state of Rheinland-Pfalz!
A stunning abundance of nature, cultural highlights & enjoyment of life
Rheinland-Pfalz is not only a great place to live, 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 you are interested in cultural or nature travel, sightseeing in one of the many fascinating cities, marveling at UNESCO sites, enjoying the calming picturesque landscape, or visiting the infamous Wurstmarkt, lovely Christmas markets, or extraordinary parades during the crazy carnival season, Germany has something for everyone. Rheinland-Pfalz is a highly attractive and popular travel destination in the heart of Europe at any time of the year!
Are you rather active when it comes to planning your leisure time?
No problem! Here, you will find plenty of insider tips on where you can pursue your favorite leisure time activities like cycling, hiking, swimming or ice-skating.
Have fun checking out your options!
Nature Trail "On the wall"
The nature trail “On the wall” (“Auf der Mauer”) is located in the west of Heltersberg in the community Waldfisch-Burgalben. Here, visitors can discover different habitats along with their specific native plants and animals. Especially cool is the wood tower, lovingly named “’s Türmche.” From the top platform, visitors have a beautiful view of Heltersberg and can see all the way until Sickingerhöhe, Donnersberg, and Eschkopf.
10 meters high, 24 steps
Open all year
American Sequoia Trees
Between Landstuhl and Martinshöhe stands a true marvel: Seven American sequoia trees (Mammutbäume), growing as natural landmarks along road. These trees were planted in 1868 by the passionate Oberforster Schütz. They measure today about 43 meters in height and between 3 and 7 meters in circumference.
The biosphere in the Rhineland-Palatine Fischbach is a nature experience center that appeals to all five senses. An interactive multimedia-exhibition presents important knowledge on the importance of the biosphere reservoir and its ecological cycles. The environmental values and playful approach thereof are visible in all areas of the exhibition. An exceptional highlight proves to be Germany’s first treetop path 114 feet above ground level. You can spend the night at the house or grab a bite in the café.
The Bismarck Tower stands on the 370 meter high Kirchberg, just west of the town center of Landstuhl. The lookout tower was built by Saarland industrialist Karl Ferdinand Baron von Stumm-Halberg; the inauguration was in 1900. The architectural design "Götterdämmerung" by architect Wilhelm Kreis acted as a blueprint for 47 other Bismarck towers in Germany. The tower houses a beautiful view of Landstuhl, the Ramstein airfield, and Donnersberg.
If hot summer days make you want to seek out cool refreshment, then the Bremerhof and its wonderful beer garden is just the place to be. Located in the middle of the Palatinate Forest, a five-minute drive from Kaiserslautern, this guesthouse offers relaxation and recreation. Families and ssports enthusiasts all get their money’s worth at this getaway. There’s even something for music lovers—there’s live music every Thursday night during the "Bremziger Musiksommer."
Middle of the Meulen Forest is an unassuming microbrewery where a huge copper kettle stands not merely for decorative purposes as beer is still brewed here. A tour of the brewery is possible by appointment only.
Active athletes and leisurely walkers alike love the recreational area atOhmbachsee near Schönenberg-Kübelberg. Nestled in the scenic Ohmbach valley, the reservoir invites guests to promenade along the idyllic boardwalk, take a boat trip onthe 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.
CASCADE adventure pool with sauna world
Neither rain nor shine, neither summer nor winter plays a major roll at Cascade Adventure Pool through. The entire year, let your body and soul to be pampered. Allow Cascade to indulge you with the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. Lots of excitement and fun awaits you at the Adventure area with various slides, cascades, whirlpools, a wave and current pool. Come and find out what the Black Hole really is. Be certain you will not disappointed.
Swim to your heart’s content in the 50m pool and improve your diving skills as you jump off the divingboards.
During the summer season, the outdoors await you with various pools and a wading pool for the little ones. We also have a sand box to keep the toddlers happy and beach volleyball for those wanting more than just sun and water. Escape from the ‘daily grind’ and leave the world behind!
Cascade can help you out as health and wellness are at the top of their list! Cascade’s body care and wellness line-up includes six different types of saunas, a Turkish steam-room, foot care, hydro jets, sun-beds and a large palette of massages from qualified therapists to relax and/or regenerate you. Since 2003, Cascade also offers two outdoor saunas. The restaurant Aquarell has a great selection of salads and entrees for those whose appetite have left them wanting more than a mere snack. So come on, feel the elements …
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.
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.
The chalk mine in Wolfstein is an industrial memorial and a museum of a unique kind. The underground world inside the mountain holds a special appeal. Groups of visitors are led through a winding tunnel on the Gruben-train and they can marvel at the patterns carved into the rock. Walled vaults and roughly carved paths with bizarre ledges provide images of the past. You experience how hard the underground work of the miners had been. Above ground, an exhibition with diagrams, tools, and rock serves to complete the impressions collected on the tour itself.
Kalkbergwerk am Königsberg
Phone (0 63 82) 791-0
Culture Park Bliesbruck-Reinheim
Families shouldn’t miss a trip to the Culture Park Bliesbruck-Reinheim in the summer. Nestled in the unique cultural landscape of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Bliesgau near the Westpfalz, the paths in the extensive archeology park lead to the Celtic and Roman past. In original locations, visitors will learn how our Roman ancestors lived here – by visiting current excavation sites in the park as archaeologists work. In between, recommended is a rest in the park area or a visit to the Roman Tavern restaurant.
Cycle Paths in the Eifel
What could be more enjoyable than discovering the vast nature of the Eifel region by bicycle? The cycle paths in Germany are all networked with one another, thus making a day journey possible. Amongst the most interesting cycle paths are Kyll Valley, the Moselle and the bike path Maars-Mosel cycle path. The Kylltal bike path is just a few miles distance from Spangdahlem. The Kyll River is over 130 kilometres long and runs through small villages and a beautiful landscape. The Kyll Valley cycle path is networked with the Mosel cycle path. This is one of the major cycle paths as it connects the border city of Wasserbillig to Koblenz. All along this path, you can appreciate the beauty of the Mosel Valley. Enjoy the numerous small vineyards and towns which the Mosel is well-known for. Bernkastel-Kues is also the convergence of another cycle path, the Maar-Mosel cycle route. This path is 60 km long and leads to Daun in the Vulkaneifel. Built upon a former rail track, it does not require extensive effort. What a way to discover the beautiful scenery of the Vulkaneifel.
Your regional tourist information provides you more information here.
Through green landscapes and beautiful places run valleys of the larger and smaller rivers in the region. How is created for a car festival. A whole day belong to the respective roads throughout the cyclists, skaters, pedestrians and walkers. The villages along the route offer in their action zones various programs, a colourful mix of games, sports, fun and, of course, eating and drinking. Among the best-known ‘Raderlebnistage’ include ’Happy Mosel‘ in the Mosel valley between Schweich and Koblenz, ‘Saar pedal’ in the valley of the Saar, ‘Kylltal Active’ between Gerolstein and Kyllburg, ‘Südeifel Tour’ in Enztal and ‘Funny Prümtal’ and ‘Wheel Nimms’ Nimstal between Knight Village (at Bitburg), and Rommersheim.
Find out about the dates by contacting the Eifel Tourism GmbH
Cycling, Hiking and History in Weilerbach
The union community Weilerbach lies between the Palatine forest in the south and the Palatine mountains in the north. It is located 20 kilometers west of the University town Kaiserslautern in its county district. The local activities are ideal for day trips and short stays.
You can hike through untouched nature and enjoy the beautiful view. From the Eulenkopf mountain, you'll experience an amazing view of the open landscape – enjoyable on all accounts. The tourist village Eulenbis is not only on a high altitude, but you can find the only berry wine museum in the world.
There are many trails for those who like to travel by bike. The circular bicycle path of the union community takes you along the rural beauty of the area to other regions. There is a direct link to the Barbarossa or Palatinate Land Trails.
Hiking is a popular activity here as well. The region is easy to explore on foot on many themed trails and a quality hiking route. The Palatinate Way of St. James leads to the Worms – Metz monastery and leads through the union community Weilerbach.
The findings and the reconstruction of a Celtic sovereign’s grave in Rodenbach prove that the Celts settled here thousands of years ago. The oldest churches are located in Reichenbach-Steegen (Protestant Church, 12th century) and in Weilerbach (Catholic Church, 13th century, the oldest baptismal font in Palatinate). The Reinhard-Blauth-Museum in Weilerbach offers you more insights into local history from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
The “Mackenbacher Wandermusikanten” (Mackenbach travelling musicians) are world-famous. A museum was dedicated to this profession in the village Mackenbach, the West Palatinate musician’s museum. If you rather feel like digging deep into the soil’s history of the region, you can visit the former coal mine in Erzenhausen. In the vernacular, it is called the “Tropfsteinhöhle” (dripstone cave), even though it is not a stalactite cave.
The outdoor swimming pool in Rodenbach invites guests to cool off from May to early September. Moreover, throughout an eventful day of exploring the region, you can take a well-earned break and have lunch or dinner at one of the local restaurants.
Photo: Touristikbüro der Verbandsgemeinde Weilerbach
One of the largest war graves in Rhineland-Palatinate is in Daleiden near the Luxembourg border. This large memorial is reminiscent of the numerous victims of the Second World War, whose deaths took place during the Battle of the Bulge. A total of 3224 soldiers are buried here. In the nursery, ’Orchidarium Schronen‘, countless various orchids are exhibited. Orchidarium offers a café and – although many kilometres away from the alps – the Alpine Garden is an impressive mountainous landscape with streams, rocks and emulated with rare Alpine plants. The best time to come is in the late spring when the unique flowering occurs.
Daun Game Park
Located in the Daun District is the Daun Wild Game and Amusement Park. Imagine having a safari adventure in the middle of the Vulkaneifel. Indigenous as well as exotic animals may be seen here. Special attractions of the park include the monkeys’ and the falconry. In addition, the park has an 800 hundred meters long summer toboggan run and climbing walls.
With estimated 313 tons, the 45-foot Teufelstisch (devil’s table) counts as one of the geological heavyweights in the German Wasgau. Its bizarre shape was created due to erosion and reminds of a table with one leg. It is the Westpfalz’ most recognizable landmark. A 50-meter long slide leads visitors to the amusement park “Devil’s table,” named after the landmark. From there a footpath leads back to the rock. A never-ending story…
Diamond-Cutting Museum Brücken
Diamonds stand for immeasurable wealth, imperishable beauty, and material harshness - Marilyn Monroe sang of their appeal in her song "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend.“ More than one hundred years ago the Ohmbachtal near Kusel in the Pfalz was home to a growing diamond-cutting industry. Today, a small museum preserves this history in a lively and impressive way. The museum shows, with the help of devices and demonstrations, how to work with the precious raw material.
In town of Fell, it is possible to have a look at the tools of the miners and utensils used for wine cultivation from down below. The slate quarries are located twenty miles away from Trier. Two large mining chambers, ’Grube Hoffnung’ and ’Grube Barbara’ are 70 meters deep and underground mine galleries are results from decades of work.
Let's take an unusual journey of discovery on an extraordinary vehicle. The tour on the draisine leads along the former railroad tracks between Altenglan and Staudernheim. Scattered over the entire length of 40 kilometers there are several spots in the villages at which one can park the draisine. Whether it takes you to museums on architectural relics, art or culture, one of the local restaurants or the vineyard, there are a lot of things to be explored – right next to the tracks.