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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kalkbergwerk am Königsberg
Phone (0 63 82) 791-0
Kell am See
Kell am See is located in Hunsrück Hochwald. The diverse countryside with numerous natural monuments and a beautiful lake make this region so appealing. Throughout the year various leisure activities such as gliding, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and more are offered. For music fans, Kell’s ‘Highway to Kell’ featuring nonmainstream bands should not be missed!
Kell am See
Touristinformation Hochwald Ferienland
54427 Kell am See
Distance from Spangdahlem 70 km
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.