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!
A girl’s best friend
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.
A habitat with its own rules
It is amazing how the flora and fauna unfold without human interference. Originally designed as a fish pond, the lake Pfälzerwoog has developed uninhibited for many years. The result is a unique wetland biotope in the eponymous nature reserve Pfälzerwoog. Today, rare plants such as sundew or cranberry thrive there, and frogs, amphibians, and dragonflies frolic on the moor. The trail begins at the amusement park Birkenfeld in Ludwigswinkel.
A legendary jump
Rising a tall seventy meters high, the sandstone formation Jungfernsprung sits high above the health resort Dahn. Legend has it that a beleaguered maiden, fleeing from a Hallodri, plunged into the depths and survived the jump. Today, the rock formation is not only a landmark of the city, but a popular climbing and excursion destination: pause at the summit cross and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mighty castles Alt-Dahn, Grafendahn and Tanstein as well as the fabulously beautiful landscape of the south western Palatinate. Please do not imitate the maiden.
Animals in the wild
The frog, toad, and lurch all live in harmony out in the “real wild” at the Wildpark Betzenberg near Kaiserslautern. European bison and wild horses live together in the wild park community that spans over 25 hectares, undisturbed under the foliage of the magnificent trees. The freely accessible facility not only offers fascinating moments of animal watching, but it also contributes valuably to the conservation of the species. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Phone (06 31) 3 65 23 17
Open Tuesday-Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm
Awesome panoramic view
The Humbergturm (Humberg Tower) is considered the quiet landmark of Kaiserslautern. This historic Bismarck tower sits on the Großer Humberg Mountain and is as much a known part of the city as the town hall or the Betzenberg Mountain. You can hike to the tower either directly from the center or along intricate paths of the hiking trails around Kaiserslautern - the guided "summer tours" are especially popular. A magnificent panoramic view over Kaiserslautern is well worth the climb.
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.
Bird’s eye view
Shining high up on the Donnersberg Mountain is the Adlerbogen (Eagle Arch). It stretches over the eastern flank of the mountain. At 687 meters tall it’s the highest peak in the Palatinate. The Palantine monument, crowned by a steely eagle, is an iron testimony of a long-gone war and a magnet for hikers and daredevils. The sheer height coupled with the view through the arch is absolutely breathtaking.
Known not only for its famous biker club, the Johanniskreuz (Johannis Cross) is a popular stop for all those traveling through the Westpfalz. The Johanniskreuz is a meeting place and excursion destination in the Palatinate Forest. Here, the district of Trippstadt offers a lodge, chapel, small pubs, a thriving garden, and a forest shop with regional products in the Haus der Nachhaltigkeit (house of sustainability).
Cycling on railroad tracks
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.
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
Dinosaurs in the flowerbed
Open from April to October, the Rhineland-Palatinate Gartenschau (Garden Show) annually attracts thousands of visitors to the grounds of the former worsted spinning mill with its “Gärten der Vielfalt” ("Gardens of Diversity") show. The show offers attractions for the whole family with its magnificent seas of flowers and a diverse program of events and cultural offerings attractions for the whole family. Notable highlights: the largest dinosaur exhibition in Europe and an impressive Lego collection.
The exposed altitude of the municipality Eulenbis near Kaiserslautern makes this village the ideal starting point for hikes around the 422 meter high Eulenkopf mountain. There is a prominent point there where the “Eulenkopf” (owl's head) tower is visible from afar. In the general renovation made by the Eulenkopfverein (Eulenkopf Association) in the early 1990s, the Turmstube (Tower Restaurant) was rebuilt during general renovations made by the Eulenkopfverein. It then became a true gem in the region, and since 2007 has housed the highest wedding venue in the Palatinate. The view sweeps over Kaiserslautern and the West Palatine mountain country up to the Sickinger height and the Potzberg mountain.
Eulenkopfturm (Owl’s Head Tower)
12 meters tall, 57 steps to the top
Open from the August 7
Monday and Thursday 3 pm - 7 pm, Friday 2 pm - 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Keys to the tower given out in the restaurant of the Eulenkopf association (at the tower)
Did you know? Mining in the Palatinate has a long tradition of producing a wide variety of raw materials. In the Pfälzischen Bergbauermuseum (Palatine Mining Museum) in Imsbach and in the two visitor mines “Weiße Grube” ("White Mine") and “Grube Maria” ("Mine Maria") you can admire the variety of regional mineral resources. The montanhistorischen Rundwanderwege (path around the mines), with its numerous info boards about the mining history, can be walked all year round on your own or with a guided tour.
Phone (06302) 60 20
The famous impressionist Claude Monet was enthralled by the timeless beauty and elegance of the water lilies, just as the international art scene still is today: his water lily paintings are among the most sought-after and expensive paintings in the world. Nature lovers travel not to France, but to the West Palatinate, to admire these floating beauties in all their splendor. In the Moosbachtal near Dahn, the graceful flowers cover the wetland Kranzwoog from June to September; lounger chairs invite you to pause and dream. The starting point for enjoying these sights is in the Mosbachtal-Sträßchen (Mosbach valley street) in Dahn.
Phone 0 63 91 17 93
Open April-October 10 am - 6 pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Fun in the pool in any wind and weather
There’s no stopping pool-lovers from heading Pirmasenser Luft- und Badepark (PLUB). Here, the little ones can frolic in the baby or children's pool; the older kids romp around in the action pool or on the diving tower. A waterslide, a children's playground, and a beach volleyball court complete the fun. Complex. After all that play, a large sunbathing lawn invites you to relax. What’s great about PLUB: This all-weather facility defies all weather conditions, because there is also a swimming pool indoors with cozy heated benches.
Pirmasenser Luft- und Badepark (PLUB) GmbH
Lemberger Straße 41
Phone 0 63 31 72 50-0
Outdoor pool open Monday-Saturday 8 am - 9 pm, Sunday and holidays 8 am - 8 pm
Indoor pool open Monday 12 pm - 9 pm, Tuesday-Saturday 9 am - 9 pm, Sunday and holidays 9 am - 8 pm
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…
Giants along the way
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.
At the Dynamikum Science Center in Pirmasens, everything is different. 160 scientific and technological exhibits cannot only be looked at but also touched, explored and tried out. The first Rhineland-Palatinate science center has specialized on the topic of movement. The two-story building offers very interesting materials that are mediumistic and artfully prepared. The Mitmachmuseum (hands-on museum) in the former shoe factory “Rheinberger” and its vast grounds are close to the center of the city. This unique museum is known to be very high up on the to-do list of many families.
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
Harmony of the Senses
The spa park in Dannenfels is dedicated to the human senses—touch, taste, sight, smell, sound.
Directly at the entrance area, five sculptures made of steel and stone symbolize the experience concept of the park and prepares you for the sensory stimulation. The Climate Pavilion targets specifically the eyes and the nerves, the wind chimes and stumbling blocks attract the attention of the ear, the nose and palate inhale and taste the aromas of herbal beds, and the feet revive themselves on the barefoot path and in the Kneipp basin. Your senses will somersault after a day spent here.