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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!

  • Well-hidden gem

    Nature & Activities Castles & Palaces

    Worth a visit at all times, the castle Reipoltskirchen is situated idyllically on an artificial hill above the Odenbach. She likely stems from the twelfth century, but you cannot tell its age anymore. The Landkreis has polished the masonry and has opened a restaurant, a register office, and a painting school which offers regular classes. Through events such as “Kunst im Grünen” and “Skulpturenwege”, the castle surrounded by moats gains attention as a tourist attraction of artistic value in the county of Kusel.

    Wasserburg Reipoltskirchen
    Schlossstraße 1
    67753 Reipoltskirchen
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    Photo: Ralf Keller

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • When the Romans became sassy

    City & Culture

    From 50-450 AD, the Roman Vicus Eisenberg, located on the army road spanning from Metz to Mainz, was a center for iron-works. Since 1992, State archaeologists have regularly carried out excavations here. Highlights in this “Roman Park” include an original Roman cellar with heating system, two ovens, a sarcophagus, a large furnace, and a barbecue pit among others.

    Tours open to the public are organized regularly, and every two years a Roman festival is held.

    Verbandsgemeinde Eisenberg
    Hauptstraße 86
    67304 Eisenberg
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    Contact: Jürgen Stutzenberger
    Phone: (0 63 51) 40 74 40
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    Photo: Anna Wojtas

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Where not just toads like to walk

    Nature & Activities

    Who would have thought that such a spacious nature reserve with a plethora of protected animal and plant species was located right in the vicinity of Eisenberg? Erdekaut was once a mining trail and has since been left to itself for decades. Today, it’s a nature preserve complete with three hiking trails that guide visitors through the unique nature. Kids will love the large slide, mud pool, and the largest sandpit in the Pfalz.

    Verbandsgemeinde Eisenberg
    Hauptstraße 86
    67304 Eisenberg
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    Phone: (0 63 51) 40 70
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    Photo: VG Eisenberg

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Wild hiking

    Nature & Activities

    The Karlstal, a green and wild ravine runs through the biosphere reserve Palatinate Forest - Northern Vosges. With a length of 12 kilometers, the gorge cuts through the varied landscape formations of the valley—ideal for an exciting hiking tour. The route profile of 340 meters is also suitable for moderate hikers. Exciting pit stop along the way: Unterhammer, a former ironworks.

    Tourist-Information Trippstadt
    Hauptstraße 26
    67705 Trippstadt
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    Phone (06306) 341
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    Photo: Harald Kröher

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • Window to the past

    Nature & Activities City & Culture

    The Palatine mountains are made up of rocks that are around 300 million years old. The Urweltmuseum Geoskop is dedicated to this prehistoric era, when Germany lay at the equator, volcanoes spat fire, and predatory fishes three meters long hunted in the ocean. Found at castle Lichtenberg, the museum offers original fossils, large dioramas, and showpieces that bring life back into this ancient time period. Especially unique is that the skeleton of the oldest dinosaur found in Germany was discovered just near the museum.

    Geoskop Urweltmuseum
    Burg Lichtenberg
    Burgstraße 19
    66871 Thalichtenberg
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    Phone (0 63 81) 99 34 50
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    Open  April 1, through October 31, daily 10 am - 5 pm
    Open November 1, through March 31, daily 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm
    The museum is handicap accessible

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • With drums and trumpets!

    Nature & Activities City & Culture

    Mackenbach is a typical musician's village, characterized by musician families. "Mackenbacher" became the nickname for the traveling musicians from the Palantinate who roamed the world in the 19th century. The Musician’s Museum (Musikantenmuseum) provides insights the lives and work of these people through photos and documents. Two life size musicians made of plaster show the visitors the entrance to this realm of music. Old and new instruments from all over the world are presented in the two main rooms. And, as a surprise, Frank Sinatra’s connection to the Mackenbacher musicians is revealed here.

    Musikantenmuseum Mackenbach
    Schulstraße 10
    67686 Mackenbach
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    Phone (0 63 74) 60 65
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    Open Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm and by appointment

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.

  • With freshly roasted greetings

    Culinary Pleasures

    In the Reismühle coffee manufactory, the love of tradition and delight are palpable. Natural resources of high quality, fairness and sustainability are key factors when selecting raw coffee to be processed and sold. In this mill, primarily hand-picked coffee from small plantations gets roasted – a process which takes time and care. Guests can enjoy freshly roasted coffee together with homemade pie in the Landcafé. The courtyard offers a beautiful scenery to have your coffee and relax. On advanced notice demonstrations on the roasting process can be given.

    Reismühle Kaffeemanufaktur
    Reismühle 1
    66909 Krottelbach
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    Phone (063 84) 92 57 71
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    Photo: Reismühle

    This information first appeared in the newspaper supplement "Westpfalz: Entdecken – Erleben – Genießen" of the Saarbrücker Zeitung/Pfälzer Merkur sponsored by the ZukunftsRegion Westpfalz e.V.