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!
Mill construction an architectural treasure
Situated beside the Glan-Blies bike path, the village St. Julian should not be missed out on. If you stop by, you should see the local oil mill built in 1730. Nowadays, it is one of the last functional oil mills in Europe. The husking and tanning process supported by agitator equipment and the Windhaus is unique in Germany. The mill is a listed building and said to be an architectural wonder. You can visit the mill all year round even from the inside if you call (0171) 2 63 90 76 and make an appointment.
The former Benedictine monastery Hornbach impresses with its traditional architectural beauty and is intertwined with modern elements, and the spiritual presence of the past still resides within these walls. Here, the hotel Kloster Hornbach resides with its unobtrusive elegance. It promises relaxation and hospitability. Guests are pampered in four restaurants and therefore visit from all over the world.
More than light and good air
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
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
Nature and friends fit together
The Naturfreundehaus (nature-friend house) Finsterbrunnertal is ideal for hikers. The inviting house is open all year round and is located in the Karlstal near Kaiserslautern. Here, off the beaten path hikers can dive directly into the pleasurable silence and listen to the lively murmur of the Moosalb. The house offers enough space for hiking groups, children, youth, and family vacations. Sit comfortably together and enjoy the company over a hearty meal.
Of witches and beauties
The southwest Palatinate tour guides are always on the move with heart and a lot of dedication. They work to give visitors a closer look at the beauties of the region. With a plethora diversified guided tours, guests have the opportunity to discover dreamlike trails legendary in the Südwestpfalz, or to wander on the remnants of the past, the present and the future. The guided hike through the rock canyon of the witches gorge is especially popular.
Old palace in the king’s land
The beautiful landscape of the Lauter valley with its gentle Palatine hills is constantly drawing in hikers and visitors from around the state. The so-called royal land belonged during the Middle Ages to the German kingdom. The ruins of Altwolfstein are a reminder today of the time of the royals.
Off the beaten tourist track, walk from the picturesque Wolfstein to the "Old Palace" and enjoy the magnificent view over the Lautertal and the castle tower/keep.
On the heels of the Celts
Don’t forget to accompany a visit to the Donnersberg Keltendorf with a visit to Der Keltenweg (The Celtic Way). 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).
Pack the swimsuit…
…and head to the beach! At the Strandbad Gelterswoog (natural beach Gelterswoog) in KL-Hohenecken, there is everything that the carefree summer heart desires: sea water, shallow shore, red sandy beach, and lush lawns. In addition to swimming, the facility offers canoe rides. Children can play around on the adventure playground and adults can relax in the beer garden. A campsite on the south shore of the lake offers family-friendly overnight experiences.
Palatinate Theater Kaiserslautern
On September 30, 1995, the new theater at the Willy-Brandt-Square was inaugurated with a big opening weekend. The director Pavel Fieber opened the gates to a thrilled crowd.
It took almost 40 years to replace the provisionary theater at the Fackelrondell. Thanks to the aid of the Pfalztheater’s legal entity Bezirksverband Pfalz, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and the city of Kaiserslautern, the long-cherished dream of a modern theater came true. The Pfalztheater features all three genres: there is a music theatre (opera, musical, operetta) and two stages. The big house and the smaller stage (Werkstattbühne) offer 628 and 99 seats respectively.
Apart from musical theater, acting, and ballet ensemble the theatre has its own orchestra and an internal choir. 330 employees behind the curtain and on stage work towards a versatile program. The Pfalztheater offers a variety of different subscription possibilities and discounts for students, trainees, and severely disabled.
There are numerous music theater, ballet and theatre premieres per season. The Pfalztheater presents a versatile selection of theatre, opera and ballet productions as well as chamber concerts on the Werkstattbühne. Furthermore, the theater offers concerts, children's concerts, children's theater, song evenings and foyer programs. Special productions (Werkstattbühne extra) can be watched in unusual places, guest performances in Rhineland-Palatinate and beyond to display the function as a regional theater.
The Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern is the only theater with a permanently appointed ensemble in the Palatinate and the second biggest in the state. The director Urs Häberli is in charge of the theater since the 2012/13 season. The musical directorship has been with Uwe Sandner since 2006/2007.
The Luitpold tower was built in 1909 in the district Merzalben in the Palatine Forest and offers a breathtaking panoramic view over the largest connected forest area in Germany. When the sky is clear, you can see the Vosges. The lookout tower has been a listed building since 1993 and the Luitpold tower association takes care of its maintenance. An extension of the tower can be used as a hideout for bad weather or as a picnic area.
Germany’s biggest outlet shopping center is located at the southern tip of the West Palatinate: Zweibrücken Fashion Outlet. 130 fashionable brands in 120 shops offering minimum 30% discount all year round compared with the former recommended retail price. Fashionistas and families aware of current trends are able to discover their personal style from Monday – Saturday from 10am – 7pm. The convenient location with 2.900 free parking spaces attracts visitors from all of southwest Germany and the neighboring regions of France and Luxembourg. US-citizens are welcome to get their VIP DAY PASS* with 10% extra discount. VAT Acceptance**.
* Available in the information center at shop 48 (for ID card holders), only valid in participating stores and on day of issue. Not combinable
** Overview of participating stores available in the information center
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.
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.
Photo: Kulinarisches Haus
The landscape park Strecktal is very close to Pirmasens’ city center and was built between 1998 and 2001. Stretching across 17 acres, the “green lungs” are used as a multifunctional recreation area by visitors. There’s a Disc-Golf installation where you can get twelve holes in as well as a skate park. Adventure, water playground, and a barefoot path are ideal for energetic and adventurous young people. You can also spend your time treading in the Kneipp-basin or biking on the 24,8 kilometers long Dynamikum trail that leads you over the border to France. At the center of this park, you can find a pond with a stage, a small waterfall with its creeks, and a Poissy-Garden to stay in.
The pretty Schmitshausen on the Sickinger Höhe in the south-west Pfalz became Germany’s first official Rose Village (“Rosendorf”) in 1966 and was later elected a European Village (“Europadorf”) in 1981. More than 5,000 rose bushes bloom here in the village and in the picturesque rose garden every year. On the Schmitshauser Höhe - about 400 meters away when leaving the village – stands an observation tower that offers a beautiful panoramic view of the flowers. With good and clear weather visitors can see all the way to the Hardt, the North Palatine highlands, the Vosges Mountains, and all the way west towards Saarland.
9 meters tall, 2 ladders
Open all year
Run, jump, play
In the Dynamikum Pirmasens nobody needs to stand still and be quiet while they admire from afar.
Instead, 160 exhibits await the guests to playfully explore the exciting, as well as stunning, phenomena of science and technology. Through numerous interactive exhibits and experimental stations, guests help bring the Dynamikum to life.
The Bismarck Tower stands on the 370 meter high Kirchberg, just west of the town center of Landstuhl. The lookout tower was built by Saarland industrialist Karl Ferdinand Baron von Stumm-Halberg; the inauguration was in 1900. The architectural design "Götterdämmerung" by architect Wilhelm Kreis acted as a blueprint for 47 other Bismarck towers in Germany. The tower houses a beautiful view of Landstuhl, the Ramstein airfield, and Donnersberg.
Saddle up first!
The Palatinate riding club Zweibrücken cultivates the art of horseback riding since 1898. Apart from a stud, the club has its own racecourse. Those interested in experiencing the fascinating world of horse races should attend a flat race, a steeplechase or a trot race in Zweibrücken. Afterward, you should visit the neighboring restaurant in the rose garden. Horse races and food are a delight, it’s a safe bet!
On the highest point of Henschtal district Sangerhof in the county of Kusel stands this former water tower (Wasserturm). Today, almost nobody remembers the original usage of the tower-it came into service as a water tank in the 70’s. A small and skinny staircase leads to the top of this tower. There, visitors have an amazing view the many small windows spanning over the Westrichter Bergland and over the area all the way towards the Landstuhler Bruch.
15 meters tall, 59 steps to the top
Open Saturday 2 pm - 6 pm, Sunday and holidays 10 am - 6 pm
On business days, a key to the tower is available to be picked up from the Rech family
Phone (0 63 83) 57 93 60