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!
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.
Located in the picturesque valley of the Enz, is the architecturally notable town of Neuerburg. It was granted its town charter in 1332. This charming town is particularly characterized through its monuments, such as the Gothic parish church. Many old houses contribute to the romantic idyll of the city. East of Neuerburg is the Kreuzkappelle (Cross Chapel), a charming chapel with beautiful Rococo architecture. Enthroning the town is Neuerburg Castle which is one of the best-preserved castles in the Eifel. It now houses a Youth Hostel. In summer many guests go to cool off at Aqua Fun.
Neumagen-Dhron has one of the oldest vineyards in Germany. During the Roman Empire, wine was already being produced here. Every year, many visitors come here to the many Strausswirtschaften and wine cellars.
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Distance from Spangdahlem 50 km
It is one of the most famous racetracks in the world: The Nürburgring. Legendary to its name, the north loop demands all that the driver has to give more so than any other track. Nürburgring has provided material for countless books, bold headlines and fascinating, sometimes even amazing, but also very tragic stories. Throughout the years, the Ring has been developed into one of the most modern and safest tracks in the world. However, Nürburgring is much more than just a race track with a great tradition. Aside from the numerous racing events, music and other mass sports events take place making the ‘Ring’ today, a multi-functional recreational center. Nürburgring is also home to one of the largest rock festivals in the world, the ’Rock am Ring‘. Since 1985, a number of renowned international artists jam at this festival every year and attract countless visitors in the Eifel.
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).
The open air museums of Roscheiderhof and Kommern are particularly worth mentioning. Both museums document country life in Germany as it used to be. Throughout the year, one can witness how life on a daily basis took place from baking bread over forging iron nails to ’Tante Emma’s Laden‘, the corner shop. Often one can experience hands on as history is being acted out.
Oven and Iron Museum
For many years, Theodore and Brigitte Luke have been passionate collectors of cast-iron stoves, old hardware and household objects. With much love, detail and skill Theo Lukas reconditioned and restored objects in its original form. The cosily decorated museum cafe ’Ofenstube‘ has 45 seats for museum visitors where the owner bakes delicious cast-iron waffles for visitors.
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.
Mentioned as early as 1052, this late medieval castle fortress dates mainly from the fourteenth century. The four-storey main-house dating back from the fourteenth century was nearly destroyed in 1945 when SS soldiers set fire to the building. Only parts of the façade and the stair tower remained. Located in Hamm, north-west of Bitburg, it is the largest privately inhabited castle in the Eifel. The castle’s woods are also available for off-road-drives. Planning a special event? Begin with a champagne reception in the castle courtyard, then continue on to celebrate your birthday or anniversary in the banquet hall, exchange your vows or have your child christened in the Baroque chapel, which dates back from the 1700s. All this and more can completely be arranged and organized by Countess von Westerholt thus freeing you of hassles and leaving you more time to enjoy yourself and your guests. Ever wonder what it would be like to sleep in a castle? Three holiday flats are available for hire. Guided tours are available upon request only. Various cultural events are held throughout the year.
For detailed information, please contact Dr. Eva von Westerholt at 06569-963536
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.
Emperor Lothar, grandson of Charlemagne turned to his favourite monastery as a place of rest. He died in Prüm, in 855. Today, his remains are in the sarcophagus to the right of the high altar in the St Salvator Basilica. The adjacent abbey is also very historical. In 893, Prüm Urbar was created, one of the oldest legal documents in Germany listing all the property belonging to the Abbey of Prüm. The historical building is now used as a school. The Basilica is one of the most popular churches in the Eifel.
Tourist Information Prümer Land
On the outskirts of Prüm is an outdoor sculpture park by the brothers Hubert and Alfred Kruft. An imaginatively designed landscape with sculptures of life-sized birds such as eagles, depicted in bronze or copper.
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
Relax at the ‘Stausee Bitburg’
Located in the picturesque Prüm Valley, Biersdorf’s reservoir, known locally as ’Stausee,’ is the holiday oasis of the southern Eifel. The 35 hectare lake allows one to take part in the many leisure activities such as fishing, rowing, walking, wind-surfing and paddleboating. The five kilometre long walking path that surrounds the lake are also illuminated at night and invite one for a tranquil stroll. During the first weekend of August, Stausee’s annual festival with fireworks takes place. Many cafés, pubs and restaurants can be found in the vicinity.
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.
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