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!
Window to the past
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.
Phone (0 63 81) 99 34 50
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
Wine Culture and Festivals in the Mosel Region
The Mosel is rich with vineyards. Known world-wide for its quality and flavour, the Mosel has been cultivating and producing wine for more than 2000 years. The steep vineyards with their extensive terraces together with the valleys, the sandstone and slate create this unique cultural landscape. The vineyards cover more than 10,000 hectares and more than three-quarters of the grape variety ‘Riesling’ grow here. Their fruit acidity give the Riesling wine its crisp distinctive flavour, thus making it a favourite amongst culinary specialities. Several vineyards along the Mosel are world famous. These include, for example, ’Kröver Nacktarsch‘, ’Ürziger Schwarzlay‘, ’Piesporter Goldtröpfchen‘, ’Bernkasteler Burgdoktor‘ or ’Zeller Schwarze Katz‘. Harvest in the autumn is indeed a unique experience. Numerous winegrowers are always happy to welcome guests to sample their wines.
Tourist-Information Römische Weinstraße
What would the Mosel Valley be without their wine festivals? The annual highlight for many vineyards and towns are their yearly festivals. From summer to autumn, experience first hand ’Moselland‘ culture. See how wine is firmly embedded in their traditions and how good wine, good food and good moods all go hand in hand.
When and where these celebrations take place?
Contact Moselland Touristik GmbH
With drums and trumpets!
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.
With freshly roasted greetings
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.
This town is located on the East border of the Eifel region on the Lieser River. It is also situated a few kilometres distance from the Mosel River. It is the district seat of the Bernkastel-Wittlich County. In 1991, Wittlich celebrated its 700th anniversary. Every August, Wittlich hosts the ’Säubrennerkirmes‘ – one of the largest folk festivals in the Rhineland-Palatinate. This festival goes back to the town’s legend when Wittlich was surrounded by enemies. It is said that the gatekeeper, not finding the bolt to lock the city gate, out of desperation used a carrot to lock the gate. Along came a hungry pig, ate the carrot, the gates opening, allowing the enemies to enter, burning down the city. On the third weekend of August, the citizens also pay homage to the patron saint of the town, St. Roch. On the market square, the pig roasting on a spit takes place. More than a hundred pigs are roasted this weekend.
Culturally, Wittlich also has much to offer: The Georg-Meistermann Museum for modern art is one of the most popular museums in the region. It houses a significant portion of the estate of the painter and master glass artist George Mann (1911 to 1990), the most famous is that of ’The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse‘ from the Revelation of St. John. Altogether, more than 30 glass windows at seven locations were created and today are better known as the ’Treasures of Wittlich‘ The museum has various exhibits throughout the year. Phone: 06571 14660.
In the cultural and conference centre ‘Synagogue’ a permanent exhibition tells the history of Jewish life in Wittlich. The exhibit gives visitors an insight about the history of the Jewish community in Wittlich beginning from the 14th Century. The restored synagogue building is one of the prominent landmarks and memorial of Jewish history in Germany. Wittlich also offers good shopping and lots of fun for children at KiLaWi, an indoor playground (Phone: 06571-950782) as Wittlich’s indoor swimming pool, Viteulis designed for people of all ages (Phone: 06571-6088).