Bad Kreuznach Wine Region
Holiday in Cosy Wine Villages
This beautiful wine-region is located next to the spa town of Bad Kreuznach and lies in-between Germany's wine-growing areas of Nahe and Rheinhessen. Its picturesque landscape is part of the ‘Rheinhessisches Hügelland’ (Rheinhessen Hill Country), which is characterized by large vineyards and small wine villages. One of the most pleasant holiday experiences is a holiday on a traditional Rheinhessen wine-growing estate.
The Bad Kreuznach Wine Region is located in-between the Nahe holiday region and Rheinhessen holiday region, approximately 72 km to the east of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (see map on bottom of page).
The Nahe holiday region is a landscape full of poetry and colour, dotted with old towns and villages full of history. The region's highlight is undoubtedly the German Gemstone Route, together with the gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein and the German Museum of Precious Stones. The region is also known for its three spa resorts (Bad Kreuznach, Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg and Bad Sobernheim) that are located in the Nahe wine-growing area. ... read more about the Nahe holiday region
The Rheinhessen holiday region has it all. Modern city life and traditional sleepy villages, temples to fine dining rubbing shoulders with bars serving the new season's wine, art galleries in warehouses, theatre in vineyards, jazz in a barn. If variety is the spice of life, it's especially true in Rheinehessen, Germany's largest wine-growing area. The local people are cosmopolitan and full of joie de vivre, with a dash of Gallic laissez-faire and a certain idiosyncrasy thrown in. ... read more about the Rheinhessen holiday region
- The village is over 800 years old. Bibelsheim is surrounded by vineyards and lies in the foothills of a mesa landscape. Biking or hiking through the vineyards is most enjoyable in the springtime when the vines are in bloom, or during the harvest in the autumn. From the highest point, you have a spectacular view of the Nahe Valley and Binger Land.
- Visitors are constantly surprised by the idyllic character of this winegrowing community, which has been retained to this day with its framework houses and rustic nooks and crannies. The City Hall (‘Rathaus’), built in 1603, along with the village courtyard with its bored well are absolute ‘must sees’. The oldest building is the bell tower of the Catholic Church, emanating from the 12th Century.
- This village is located at the edge of the nearby highlands, or ‘Nordpfälzer Bergland’. There is a special attraction in the immediate vicinity of the village in the form of an old settlement that belonged from at least 1253 to the Templar Order, a French knight’s order that emerged during the Crusades.
- This wine village is located at the ‘Gate to Rhine Hesse’. The vineyards are nestled in close to the edge of the village. Thanks to its excellent cuisine, its appealing vineyard facilities and its attractive range of guestrooms, Hackenheim has a reputation for hospitality.
- This romantic location has its roots in the beginning of the Late Middle Ages. As is customary for a mountain village, the houses here are nestled in around the ruins of the fort that gave the village its name. Below the village, the gate tower originating from the 14th Century dominates the entrance into the village, which still has traces of its Middle Ages atmosphere. The Appelbach River picturesquely winds its way through the village and on through a truly beautiful landscape. This place is an equestrian sport center.
- This village is one of the oldest Franconian settlements in the vicinity, and winegrowing still plays an important role, spread out over 150 ha of vineyard land. One of the most important artistic treasures of the region, the former Augustinian Canon Friary, is located here, a monastery complex stretching back to the 13th Century.
- A quiet village, surrounded in large part by grain and sunflower fields. Its focal point is the small, famous church and the community house.
- This village lies in the idyllic surroundings in the middle of the Appelbach Valley. It’s a small settlement, but it’s also packed with flair and a naturalistic character. There still remains a functioning mill and the opportunity for a visit by the entire family.
- Surrounded by vineyards and gently rolling hills, Volxheim is home to 15 winery operations with lovely interior courtyards. This adorable village image is crowned by the historic Marketplace among framework houses. The location is surrounded by a picturesque ‘green belt’ and a protected area with an accompanying biotope.
The area on the left bank of the Rhine between Mainz, Worms and Bingen is one of the most tradition-rich wine regions in all of Germany. The Romans already cultivated wine here, and even the oldest official document mentioning a German vineyard location refers to a location in Rheinhessen, namely the ‘Glöck’ in world-famous Nierstein. Rheinhessen provides ideal conditions for the wine, which requires not only suitable soil but also lots of sunlight, which calculated in hours annually, it has here in generous supply. One-third of Rheinhessen is planted with grapes: Some 26,000 hectares, one-fourth of Germany’s entire vineyard area, making Rheinhessen the country’s largest winegrowing district.
Weblinks: Winegrowers in Bibelsheim <> Winegrowers in Frei-Laubersheim <> Winegrowers in Fürfeld <> Winegrowers in Hackenheim <> Winegrowers in Neu-Bamberg <> Winegrowers in Pfaffen-Schwabenheim <> Winegrowers in Volxheim
Among excellent wines you will also find excellent restaurants offering you culinary delights of the region. The best way to appreciate an excellent wine is in good company and cosy atmosphere of a Straußwirtschaft (wine tavern). Here the the vintners serve their wine and invite you to a wine tasting.
Weblinks: Wine Taverns in Biebelsheim <> Wine Taverns in Frei-Laubersheim <> Wine Taverns in Fürfeld <> Wine Taverns in Hackenheim <> Wine Taverns in Neu-Bamberg <> Wine Taverns in Pfaffen-Schwabenheim <> Wine Taverns in Tiefenthal
The wine region offers great opportunities for cycle tours. Discover the picturesque landscape of the ‘Rheinhessische Hügelland’ that is characterized by winegrowing. The historical structures in virtually all of the communities are evidence of a vibrant history and are waiting to be explored by you. A map with the cycle tours can be ordered at the tourist office.
For a cycle tour of the region, start in the wine village of Hackenheim or Volxheim. The tour will take you through Frei-Laubersheim, that is characterized by framework houses and rustic nooks and crannies. From there you continue on an idyllic railway track that has been shut down. You will reach Neu-Bamberg, a very romantic location with Middle Ages atmosphere. After a short break continue to Tiefenthal in the picturesque Appelbach Valley. From here the path will take you to Fürfeld that is located at the edge of the nearby highlands and offers a great view down into the Nahe Valley and Bingen on the Rhine. Continue to Hackenheim, the wine village that is located at the ‘Gate to Rhine Hesse’. Then continue to Bosenheim, Planig, Biebelsheim (located in the foothills of a mesa landscape), Pfaffen-Schwabenheim (don't forget to visit the Augustinian Canon Friary, a monastery complex stretching back to the 13th Century), Pleitersheim, back to Volxheim or Hackenheim. Along the way you will come across many sights worth seeing, a picturesque landscape dominated by vineyards and winegrowing estates (that offer wine tastings), the southern part of the recreation area ‘Rheinhessische Schweiz’, the forests of Kreuznach and Frei-Laubersheim, and many wine taverns, restaurants, inns and private hotels.
The mineral spa of Bad Kreuznach is widely regarded as one of the loveliest spa and health resorts in Germany. The healing powers of the salt-water springs and the radon gas present in Kreuznach‘s salt water and porphyry stone were recognised as long ago as the 19th Century. A spa holiday in Bad Kreuznach gives you the opportunity to use its many outstanding amenities: the saline springs, thermal baths, mineral water and even a 'health mine'. Bad Kreuznach with its Salinental (Saline Valley) can lay claim to Europe's largest open-air inhalatorium.
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport has no direct railway or bus connection to the Bad Kreuznach Wine Region. However, the buses from the airport will take you to railway stations where you can connect with Deutsche Bahn trains or local transport links.