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!
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 town of Saarburg lies in the bend of the Saar River and it is surrounded by vineyards and verdant forests. The town’s landmark is the castle dating back to 964 which overlooks the valley. The main attraction inside the city is a waterfall, cascading over rocks and then plunges more than twenty meters in the depth. The city has many crooked narrow streets with numerous small bridges. Even the small fishing houses in the Old City are very picturesque. In addition, the city offers extensive leisure facilities including boat tours, bob sledge, an extensive culinary delights and of course a wealth of excellent Riesling wine.
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
Save some time for time
Time seems to have stopped in the middle of the old town of Rockenhausen. Here, in a restored farmstead, "The Museum of Time - Palatine Tower Clock Museum" has its home. One listens to the steady ticking of the clocks, observes the interlocking of drive and tooth, and experiences the passage of time. The collection includes tower clocks, rare precision and garden sundials, decorative sundials, and hourglasses. The heart of the museum is the Clock Tower with the Astronomical Clock of Rockenhausen, one of the most accurate and versatile among modern astronomical clocks.
Museum für Zeit – Pfälzisches Turmuhrenmuseum
Phone (06361) 34 30 or (0 63 61) 45 12 52
Open Tuesday-Sunday 2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Group tours available by appointment
Active athletes and leisurely walkers alike love the recreational area at Ohmbachsee near Schönenberg-Kübelberg. Nestled in the scenic Ohmbach valley, the reservoir invites guests to promenade along the idyllic boardwalk, take a boat trip on the lake, or relax on the lawns. A water-playground for kids and grills are all offered free of any charge or entry fee. From the Ohmbach lake, hiking and biking trails lead into the Kusel county.
See and experience art
Experience art in just 15 minutes! How? For every current exhibition, the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern (MPK) offers short conversations with the artists. In addition to the changing art shows, the MPK offers exhibits of German impressionism, expressionism and selected works of art of the 21st century. The MPK museum also presents 20th and 21st century American art and focuses as well on international contemporary art.
The city center of Kaiserslautern has a new shopping world. With around 20,900 square meters of state-of-the-art architecture, “The K,” with its trendy shops and unbeatable selection, redefines shopping. But, there’s more than just shopping offered on the four sprawling levels. With its hip cafes and restaurants and also interesting events and exhibitions, “The K” is quickly becoming the trendy meeting place of the city.
Show off your shoes!
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.
Skiing, Sledding and Snowboarding in the Eifel
Located in the northern Eifel at a height of almost 700m is a slope what is known locally as the ’Schwarzer Mann‘. It is, without a doubt, one of the Eifel’s best kept secrets. ’Wolfschlucht‘ located next to Schwarzer Mann is 570 m high. Both slopes offer the opportunity to cross country ski, sledding or snowboarding. The local ski club offers lessons and rental equipment at very affordable prices. This area also has spectacular hiking choices come summer.
Equally the Vulkaneifel, in Mauseberg, offers also the opportunity to ski, sled and snowboard. The longest slope in the Eifel can be found near Nürburgring. Another great run is Erbeskopf, at nearly 820 m high, it is the highest elevation in Rhineland-Paltinate. Provided it is cold enough and there is enough snow, winter sports alongside breath-taking beauty and fabulous panoramic views can be had within the region. (Distance from Spangdahlem 65 km) Info: 06551-505
Spangdahlem: Chapel 'De Schapp'
The chapel on Nicholas Berg in Spangdahlem represents a cultural speciality. The three sculpture groups, known in German as ‘Grablegungsgruppe’ date from the year 1643, the ’Beweinungsgruppe‘ (also called ’Holy Grave‘), and in 1750 the ’Group of resurrection‘ was formed. The way to the chapel is lined with statues made of sandstone. The mills, better known as ’De Schapp‘ was restored to a recreational facility through countless hours of local volunteer work. De Schapp can be hired out for events.
Nicholas Berg, ‘De Schapp’
Phone: 0175 2442954
Between the first to fourth century AD, the Romans produced pottery in the forest between Speicher and Herforst. A special feature of Roman pottery is the red fired pottery from the fourth century which were only produced here. For the collectors of such objects, the company Plewa has objects on display. Products from their production line may be purchased at their shop.
In the Museum of Local History (Heimatmuseum) numerous exhibits depict the lives of the local residents throughout the centuries. The exhibition has been lovingly put together. There are also some ancient exhibits.
Phone: 06562 640
Distance from Spangdahlem 5 km
With more than 70 members, the association of dog friends ‘Hundefreunde Speicher’ is the largest kennel club in the region. The kennel club offers numerous training programmes such as agility and obedience which are successfully implemented.
Phone: 06568 7392
Star-TV in Zweibrücken
The study of astronomy is one of the oldest in the world. Since the start of living memory, people were fascinated with watching the skies. The sun, moon, and stars provide orientation, light, and guide philosophy. The natural science association of Zweibrücken is shining some light on the darker, and more complex planetary questions that still exist through their management of an observatory. Weather permitting, visitors can go in the dome and view the sky with the help of a reflector telescope reflector and observe the celestial bodies over Zweibrücken.
Staufer Pride: Castle Hohenecken
As a visible sign of their dominance, the ruling Staufer family of the 11th-13th centuries left behind Burg Hohenecken (Castle Hohenecken) in the Barbarossa city Kaiserslautern. A steep path leads from the village center of Hohenecken to the two-level castle ruins 376 meters high up on the Schlossberg Mountain. The extensive castle plateau of Schlossberg invites you stop and enjoy the beautiful distant view over the Landstuhl rift.
Enjoy the peace and quiet and recharge. Located away from the city in Hammerbachtal, the water-rich nature and landscape reserve, "Vogelwoog-Schmalzwoog" lets you do just that. One of the highlights of the oasis: birdwatching. In the reserve, time seems to stand still as the butterflies dance in the light or gray herons sail in elegant loops over the park. The lakes and forests are enjoyed best through meditative nature observation or sporty hikes.
Street of the Romans
The road connects about 100 Roman sights throughout the holiday regions of Mosel-Saar, Eifel, Hunsrück, Saarland and Luxembourg Mosel to a great ‘Archaeological Park’. Along the way, one will find ruins of Roman buildings and villas as well as thoroughly reconstructed, such as the Roman Villa in Borg. Additionally, those wishing to spoil their palate, ‘Straße der Römer’ offers ‘Ancient Foods’ in which the Roman kitchen has been revived and reinterpreted.
Summer at the lake
At this lake, the Palatinate Forest (“Pfälzerwald”) shows off its prettiest side: the idyllic
Hääschdner Paddelweiher offers everything for kids and adults alike. It provides popular summer fun in one fell swoop: paddle boating, hiking, biking and an adventure playground for active people - resting, watching, and feasting for leisurely visitors. Completing the fairytale atmosphere found here at the lake is the Paddelweiher hut, an attractive restaurant with regional cuisine. Enjoy a delicious fish dish with a tangy Palatine wine under large umbrellas.
Sun is shining, use the 8 lens
Rewind the film, take the camera to be developed, and then wait for the holiday or family photos.
Such was the activity of taking photos in the pre-digital age. The Photo Museum Winnweiler authentically reminds guests of this era, as it’s housed in in the building of a former photography business. The rooms - reception, studio, photo shop - are all still furnished as they would have been around 1950/60. Through its 13 showcases, the museum shows off its historical camera and photo accessories collection that chronicles the development of analog photography.
Phone (063 01) 12 56 - during opening times (0 63 02) 20 32
Open 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month 2 pm - 5.30 pm
Groups tours possible by appointment
Swimming in the big pool
Just north-east of Kaiserslautern lies the Freibad (outdoor pool) Waschmühle, popularly called the "Wesch." Built at the turn of the century, this pool is one of the largest single-basin baths in Europe, with a full 165.3 meters in length and 45 meters in width. Despite its size, the pool still exudes the spirit of historic bathing establishments. A floor space of 25,000 square meters provides enough space for everyone. With a water surface of 7,200 square meters, this pool is a mecca for Olympic-style swimmers.