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!
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 can give you more information and this Internet platform
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.
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.
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.
Dive into the past
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
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.
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 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
Experience the castle
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.
Fishing in the Eifel
Local fishing is regulated differently from region to region. Many of the rivers and lakes are privately leased and a fishing license is required. Therefore, it is best to enquire of the various conditions prior to throwing out a line. Enquiries may be made at your local townhall or at Tourist Information Bitburger & Speicherer Land. Phone: 06561-94340
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
Folk Festival (Volksfest) of the Westpfalz
The biggest party of the Westpfalz, called the Lautrer Kerwe (fair), lasts a whole 11 days. Between 200,000 and 250,000 visitors come to the Rummelplatz in Kaiserslatuern twice a year (once in May and once in October) for this popular festival. The Kerwe kindles the summer feeling, party mood, and love of life and adventure. The last day of the fair is celebrated with a large fireworks show.
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…