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!
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 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.
Don’t forget to accompany a visit to the Donnersberg Keltendorf with a visit to Der Keltenweg (The Celtic Path). Der Keltenweg leads visitors to witness how our Celtic ancestors lived, along the mighty ramparts - relics of the former city wall. Reconstructions and restored walls testify to the architectural achievements of the pre-Roman inhabitants. The starting point of the Der Keltenweg is at the Parkplatz Donnersberg (Donnersberg parking lot).
See how the Celts lived: the Keltendorf (Celtic village) in Steinbach is not a museum in the classic sense, because here visitors actively follow in the footsteps of the people who lived on the Donnersberg Mountain over 2000 years ago. Steinbach offers numerous opportunities for people of all ages to test their creativity and skill in the Celtic village. On the weekends, in addition to expert guides leading tours, there are also changing activities such as archery or felting.
Keltendorf am Donnersberg e.V.
Phone (06352) 17 12
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
Coffee Manufactory "Reismühle"
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.
Country Art at Eschbachhof
Scenically located, the Eschbachhof in Baustert near Bitburg offers a fine selection of country art, carefully restored antique furniture, handmade flower arrangements and wreathes, Bauernmalerei (tole painting) and much more. Decorated according to the season, the house has an exhibit area of more than 250 square metres. A Christmas exhibit can be seen throughout the year in the former stables. Eschbachhof opening hours are Tuesday-Friday from 14.00-18.00 and Saturdays from 10.00-14.00. Naturally, the owner, Frau Mathes, will gladly see guests outside the normal opening hours.
Cultural Center "Old Post Office"
The cultural center "Old Post Office" ("Alte Post”) is characterized by impressive architecture—after an extensive restoration, this building originally built in 1893 shines in a new splendor.
The forum hosts a permanent exhibition with works of the romantic painter Heinrich Bürkel and, with the Hugo-Ball-Kabinett, exhibits a permanent exhibition on the founder of the art style Dada. Check the website for temporary exhibits.
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.
Dynamikum Science Center
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.
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
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.