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!
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…
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.
The famous Pop-Art artist James Rizzi was very passionate about inspiring people with his craft. The Rizzi gallery picks up on that and has left its mark on the scene. The glass facade of the former shoe-factory is a spectacular sight – a real “Rizzi” dazzles. On the inside, the art gallery and the fashionable restaurant-café attract many visitors. With its many choices for breakfast and its seasonal cuisine, the restaurant is worth a visit by itself.
The Carolinensaal in the city center of Pirmasens is fairly unknown. The building was built with Greek temples’ architecture as a model and was used as a consecration hall for the old cemetery between 1880 and 1959. Only recently its purpose shifted; since then concerts, readings or exhibitions have taken place there. Princess Caroline of Hessen-Darmstadt spent her childhood in the southern West Palatinate and the temple is dedicated to her.
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.
Hops and malt
Those who are clearly "under-hopped" during summer should get a refill at the Valentins beer garden in Zweibrücken. The tavern keeps its promises. With over 600 seats, the Bavarian pub offers all that which makes a hearty beer garden great. There is the home-made brew “Zweibrücker Hell”, hearty treats and comfortable benches under old trees. The garden is open from May to October for cheerful get-togethers with a Bavarian flair.
In Neptune’s kingdom
The idyllic Eiswoog lake, home to freshwater trout, char, and frolicking crayfish, is fed from seven different sources. This natural paradise offers a great place to swim and hike. From here, you can see an impressive historic railway bridge that spans the valley. In the Seehaus Forelle, a light, natural cuisine with regional products is served. The hotel attached to the restaurant is a wonderful place for relaxation.
In the blue lagoon
Kids and adults alike can enjoy water in all forms at the water-playground and heated pool at Con Aqua in Contwig. A shell-shaped interactive lagoon landscape is a favorite for kids, because here the little ones can splash to their heart's content while the adults relax in the barrier-free heated outdoor pool. The spacious sunbathing area, barbecue area, and restaurant complete this unique water kingdom in the leisure area Contwig.
In the Japanese garden kingdom
The Japanischer Garten (Japanese Garden) in Kaiserslautern is far more than a pretty garden with pink Cherry blossoms. This garden—the largest closed Japanese garden in Europe—magnetically attracts lovers of nature with its natural landscape designed according to strict aesthetic and philosophical considerations. The garden also has a waterfall, ponds and a historic tea house. For information on events and opening times, visit the website.
In the Palatinate, high above
The Ludwigsturm (Ludwig’s Tower) is located about 1.4 kilometers west of the local church
Dannenfels on the 687 meter high Donnersberg. The original plans for the octagonal building failed in 1842 due to financing, but on the second attempt In 1864/65, the tower completed thanks to the tower construction committee. The tower’s namesake, King Ludwig II from Bavaria, never visited the tower. But, on the occasion of the 130 year anniversary in 1995, Prince Leopold of Bavaria visited and enjoyed the magnificent view over large parts of the Palatine Bergland over to Rheinhessen and into the Odenwald towards Taunus.
Ludwigsturm (Ludwig’s Tower)
27 meters tall, 142 steps to the top
Open on weekends and holidays. Tuesday-Friday from 2 pm - 5.30 pm, a key to the tower can be picked up (with deposit) in the tourist office in Dannenfels, Oberstraße 14
Photo: Norbert Schlich
Inside the mountain
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.
Kings of the sky
The wildlife park and raptor zoo is located high up on the Potzberg which you can explore on well-developed paths. The main attraction is the falconry with the bird of prey displays, during which parents and children can observe flight and hunting behavior of these fascinating birds up close. From the end of March until the end of October majestic eagles, powerful vultures, lightning fast kites, and cunning buzzards glide through the air.
Castle Berwartstein, which was mentioned officially for the first time in 1152, has an ever-changing history. Once in the hands of the church or under the reign of the aristocracy, then occupied by an infamous marshal, sacked in 1951 and restored in 1893. Today the restored castle Berwartstein can be visited peacefully and year round. Guided tours give you the opportunity to see armor, torture chambers and the armory, slingshots and battering rams. Romantic candlelight gives the secret underground pathways a mysterious atmosphere; on the outside, the view is astonishing.
La vie en rose
The rose garden gives Zweibrücken the melodious moniker “Rosenstadt” (city of roses) which is its badge of honor. With good reason, because the park is Europe’s biggest rose garden. Starting in April, the dreamy seas of flowers and incomparable aromas coax garden enthusiasts and knights of the rose in this beautiful park. Apart from rose arrangements, lush rhododendron and azalea fields, blooming perennial beds and exotic trees cast a spell on visitors. The family-friendly rose garden is open all year round.
Learn and See
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.
Stretching more than 425 meters, Burg Lichtenberg is one of the longest castles in Germany. It is located in Thallichtenberg near Kusel and its walls date back to the year 1200 A.D. Today, visitors enjoy a variety of modern programs in a quaint setting. The museum of the primeval world Geoskop is built into the castle in a post-modern style. The local hostel is ideal for exciting family holidays and the Pfälzer Musikantenland-Museum elaborates on the lives and traditions of musicians. The museum, as well as a nature show, are located in the tithe barn.