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!
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)
The country castle romantic style Hotel Fasanerie near Zweibrücken is as classy as the princely history is reflects. The noble hotel industry with two excellent restaurants is not only famous because of their food—the former summer residence of the Zweibrücken high nobility is one of the oldest traces of baroque architecture in the region. Worth a visit are the gorgeous outdoor water fountains, the baroque rose garden, and a small castle directly on the Baroque street Saarpfalz.
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
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.
Garden Show Kaiserslautern
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.
German Shoe Museum Hauenstein
Hardly any other accessory reveals so much about the fashion, way of life, and the cultural space from which they originate as well as shoes. In a former shoe factory, the shoe museum Hauenstein presents a unique, worldwide collection. There, in addition to nostalgic machines and equipment, more than 3,500 exhibits are distributed around 3,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Something particularly interesting you’ll learn at the museum: What adorned the feet of prominent figures.
Golfing in the Eifel
In the midst of the captivating countryside, the Bitburg district has developed itself into an independent golf region with three golf resorts under its belt:
The largest amongst the three is the ‘Golf Resort Bitburger Land’ in Wißmansdorf near Stausee. Often mentioned in major golfing publications, this highly acclaimed 18 hole Par72 golf course is considered to be one of Germany’s best courses. It is also home to major golf tournaments.
The second golf course is located in Baustert. The nine-hole, Par 68 golf course, with its modern Golfodrom (golf training centre) offers golfers ideal conditions in a stunning scenic setting.
Equally attractive is the Lietzenhof Golf Course in Burbach with its 18-hole Par70, SSS 70, with more than enough room to ‘Touch Down, Tee Off.’
This 750 000-square metre park is located less than a 10-minute drive from Bitburg. The Eifel Park boasts a wide collection of game animals and birds situated in a charming setting. Daily events include birds of prey displays. Have we gotten you interested? Then off to Eifel Park! The park is open daily from April-October from 9:30-17:00. Outside the main season, only the game park is open.
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.
The founding fathers of the allotment garden association "Licht-Luft (Light-Air) Kaiserslautern e.V." would never have dreamt that their traditional restaurant Licht-Luft would still be in business after 100 years. The well-kept destination offers sumptuous seasonal cuisine and state-of-the-art multi-purpose rooms. Licht-Luft is not only for daytime guests. With a beer garden in the facility, you can the restaurant is also perfect for parties and conferences.
Phone (06 31) 4 22 25 or (06 31) 9 61 00
Open daily 11 am - 9 pm
Tuesdays starting at 5 pm Schnitzel Special
Wednesdays starting at 5 pm Steak Special
Hermeskeil Air Museum
Founded by Leo Junior in 1973, this air museum near Hermeskeil is considered to the largest private aviation museum in Europe. It has now amassed 100+ planes and helicopters as well as over 60 aircraft engines and propellers from around the world. An exhibition of the history of aviation and technology are located in the four halls and outdoors. For technology fans, a few aircrafts on sight VC 10 from Abu Dhabi, a DC 3 from Jordan, the MIL-MI, the Junkers JU52 or 4 Phantoms and F MIG 23rd. A concorde serves as a café where one could sit and enjoy German cakes and pastries.
As he wandered through the Eifel more than 900 years ago, the French abbot St. Bernard of Clairvaux was captivated by the tranquillity of the Salm Valley. As a result, Himmerod Abbey was the first Cistercian monastery founded on German soil by Clairvaux. The Cistercian monks brought the surrounding area to its prosperity by operating fish farming and viticulture. Numerous calligraphic treasures were created here and a major library had been established. During Napoleon’s occupation, the entire monastery complex was destroyed and what was once an elegant church served as a quarry. The abbey, with its graceful architecture, was rebuilt from 1937-1959 according to original plans. Today, Himmerod Abbey is part of the European Cultural Heritage, and serves once again as spiritual centre. Upon entering the monastery, visitors will feel the piety and concentration on the essentials.
One of the most beautiful destinations for summer vacations in the West Palatinate is right outside of Kaiserslautern. The delightful beer garden of the Hotel-Restaurant Bremerhof offers inviting umbrellas, cool refreshments and delicious dishes: from salads to gourmet meals, there is something for everyone. The location is ideal for families as well as for sports and music enthusiasts. During the "Bremerhofer Musiksommers", lasting three months in the summer, guests enjoy a musically diverse program every Thursday evening, free of charge.
Phone (0631) 31 63 20
Open Monday-Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
House Culinary Country Road
Producing locally, selling locally and eating locally. At the Haus Kulinarische Landstraße (Culinary House) in Konken, you can find products made by the independent agricultural marketers of the region Kusel. High-quality pastries, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables, and honey are just a small selection of the fresh food offered. Exquisite specialties from local suppliers of partner regions in France, Finland, and Poland are also available at the shop.
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 vaulted cellar under the Hummel pharmacy in Wallhalben is a secret. Underneath lies a second pharmacy from a bygone era. It hides in its old cupboards glass bottles with original ingredients and packaging, and recipe books. Helke Burkhardt, owner of the Hummel pharmacy, inherited these treasures from her father and created a small pharmacy museum. On special occasion or by appointment, she shows visitors how tablets and tinctures were once made.
Phone (06375) 242
Ice-Skating in the Eifel
Bitburg’s rink has become an icon for the winter season. The indoor rink makes iceskating, for the young and the young-at-heart possible seven days a week. When the weather warms up in May, the ice-rink turns into a Fun-park with various indoor activities such as basketball, darts, table-tennis, hockey field and much, much more! Simply come and cheer on Bitburg’s hockey team – ‘die Bären’ – on to their next victory!
Igel Pillar and “Grutenhäuschen”
Located amidst the picturesque vineyards west of the Igel Columne is locally known as the ‘Grutenhäuschen’. Grutenhäuschen is a Roman temple dating back from the 3rd-4th century. It is a burial chamber built over two storeys. It has been fully reconstructed, and the burial chamber is now open to the public. The 23 metre Igel Pillar was probably built around 250 A.D. by the two brothers Secundinius Aventinus and Secundinius Secunus who were members of a family that had become wealthy through manufacturing and trading textiles. In 1833, the monument was visited by the later Prussian King Frederick William IV who had a fondness towards Roman architecture. Another famous visitor was the French author Victor Hugo who visited when his coach broke down. It is on UNESCO’s WHL.
Distance from Spangdahlem 60 km