Rhineland-Palatinate is known for its wines, as it produces a whopping 70% of all German wines in this region. It's no wonder this state is called the 'Deutsche Weinstraße' (German Wine Route). Besides its wines, the region is also famous for its endless hiking trails and beautiful wellness locations. In this blog, we have listed our favorite outings in Rhineland-Palatinate.
1. Speyer Cathedral
The world's largest Romanesque-style church is located in Speyer. Construction of this immense cathedral began in the year 1030. The cathedral served as a burial place for German emperors and kings. Since 1981, the Speyer Cathedral has even been included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. You can visit the observation platform, which is a staggering 30 meters high, to enjoy the breathtaking view of the city of Speyer.
Mainz is the capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and has a population of over 200,000 residents. Additionally, Mainz is the place in Rhineland-Palatinate to immerse yourself in German culture. You can do this, for example, by visiting St. Martin's Cathedral or the Gutenberg Museum. Don't forget to check out the MEWE Arena, the football stadium of the football club FSV Mainz 05. The football club was promoted to the Bundesliga, the top division in German professional football, in 2009.
3. National Park Hunsrück-Hochwald
On the border of Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, you'll find the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. In this natural area, nature is left to its own devices, giving you a sense of "back to nature." There are many attractions in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. Some of our favorites include the Geierlay suspension bridge, Erbeskopf, and Wildenburg Wildlife Park. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes and explore the beautiful nature in the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park.
4. Moselle Valley
The Moselle River flows from France, through Luxembourg, into Germany, where it merges with the Rhine. From Trier, the river meanders further into the country, and this part of the river is known as the Moselle Valley. In the Moselle Valley, you'll find authentic German villages where it seems like time has stood still. The most charming villages and towns along the Moselle are Trier, Cochem, and Beilstein. Along the Moselle, there are also numerous vineyards where you can enjoy a nice glass of wine.
5. Kaiserbad Bad Ems
Do you want to indulge and relax during your vacation in Rhineland-Palatinate? Then head to the Kaiserbad in Bad Ems! Here, you can peacefully enjoy all the facilities of the former imperial spa. Besides the delightful relaxation, the surroundings of Bad Ems offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures.