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.
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.
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 …
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).
Haus der Nachhaltigkeit
Phone (06306) 9 21 01 30
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.
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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 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
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.
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.
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.
Eagle and Wolf Park Kasselburg
Surrounded by meadows and fields is the Eagle and Wolf Park at Kasselburg. Around the historic castle are wolves, wild boar, birds of prey and other animals. The tower of the castle dates back from the 12th century and provides a splendid panoramic view of the park and the surrounding area. It also provides the room needed for many bird shows. With the castle as a backdrop, flight demonstrations with eagles, falcons, vultures and Milanen take place. The wolf’s gorge is connected directly to the castle located in the forests. Once a day, a public wolf feeding is demonstrated.
Adler- und Wolfspark Kasselburg
Gerolsteiner Str. 45
Phone: 06591 4213
More than 400 animals from all over the world can be seen in the Eifel Zoo in Lünebach near Prüm. Especially popular for the children is the zoo’s playground. Apart from the interesting animal world is the old steam locomotive used to tour the park a special experience for young and old alike. Equally interesting is the miniature village, the Eifel and their monuments in small-format displays. The zoo is popular for families because of its low entrance fees. The zoo is opened year round from 9 – 17:00.
Ernzen: The Devil’s Gorges
Towards the end of the last ice age, the change from frost and dew formed a bizarre rock formation. A large sandstone block was tipped from the plateau wall and opened a 28-metre deep rock column, the Devil‘s Gorge. The bizarre rock formations impress everyone who has gone through it once. The Devil‘s Canyon on the Ferschweiler Plateau is one of the most beautiful regions of the migrant Eifel. The nature exploration station consists of several parts: the nature pond, the visitor centre, the beekeepers house.