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The cities and towns in Germany are full of contrast and variety. Our city travel guides will wet your appetite to get to know them better. Here you will find details about sights worth seeing and all the information you will need for planning your holiday, including directions, contact information to local tourist offices and directories of accommodation. Get inspired by our travel guides to the cities and towns in Rhineland-Palatinate that provide you in-depth information about all the holiday destinations and tourist attractions.

Rhineland-Palatinate and its 9 Holiday Regions

1. Hunsrück Holiday Region

The Hunsrück holiday region is one of Germany's most richly forested areas. Surrounded by the river scenery of the Rhine, the Moselle, the Saar and the Nahe, it is criss-crossed by an extensive network of trails where walkers follow in the footsteps of the Celts and the Romans. There are also quaint little country towns, castles and old mills to visit. ... read more about the Hunsrück holiday region

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is located in the middle of the Hunsrück region. Buses run from the airport to the region's towns of Emmelshausen, Kastellaun, Morbach, Simmern and Thalfang am Erbeskopf.
Emmelshausen
Emmelshausen is only a few kilometres from the Rhine River and Moselle River, but the route to the rivers is quite spectacular. Narrow paths, steep rocks and deep ravines through the ‘Ehrbach Gorge’ and the ‘Baybach Valley’ lead to the Moselle, while the ‘Rheinhöhenweg’ or the ‘Gründelbachtal’ lead to the romantic Rhine Valley. And as if this stunning scenery were not enticing enough by itself, the romantic landscape is dotted with old mills and magnificent fortified castles. ... read more in the Emmelshausen Travel Guide
Hermeskeil
Hermeskeil is characterized by a countryside of timber forest, valleys and lakes. The surrounding natural landscape invites the visitor to go for a stroll to discover a country with romantic charm and original aura. Incidentally you will breathe the freshest air in the country while pursuing your leisure occupation. ... read more in the Hermeskeil Travel Guide
Hunsrück Schiefer- und Burgenstraße (Hunsrück Slate and Castle Route)
The Hunsrück Schiefer- und Burgenstrasse is a historical route in the ‘Nahe-Hunsrück’ area. Although more or less hidden and almost invisible at first sight, the tourist route leads through a region characterised by slate and fortresses. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting areas of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Many features that make this holiday region so quaint and unique do not impose themselves on the visitor but must be discovered. Visitors exploring the region will find many remnants of historical and geological interest. There are numerous castles, churches, fortresses and manor houses along the road that reflect the culture of the regions ancestors and thus create a direct link between the history and geology of the area. ... read more in the Hunsrück Schiefer- und Burgenstrasse (Hunsrück Slate and Castle Route) Travel Guide
Kastellaun
Kastellaun is a lively centre in the northwest of the Hunsrück — just a stone's throw from the Rhine and Moselle River. The townscape of Kastellaun's old town is characterized by slate, rough broken stones and half-timbered houses. Landmark is the ruin of castle Sponheim towering above the town. Frequently the castle serves as stage for a variety of open-air theatre and festivals. ... read more in the Kastellaun Travel Guide
Kell am See
Kell am See and its ‘Hochwald’ (‘timberland’) holiday region offers numerous sights and places of excursions in the Hunsrück. You are guaranteed to have many thrilling vacation days. Explore relics and historical buildings from the Celts and Roman time. Discover the beauty of the Nature Park Saar-Hunsrück, one of the largest and most beautiful nature parks in Germany. Or enjoy the many leisure facilities at lake ‘Kell’ and lake ‘Schillinger See’. ... read more in the Kell am See Travel Guide
Morbach
Morbach is the centre of the Hunsrück. This is Napoleon's fault. Straight through the Hunsrück he had a road built that led from Birkenfeld to Bernkastel-Kues on the Moselle River. The road crosses precisely at Morbach with the ‘Hunsrückhöhenstrasse’ from Trier to Koblenz. The result: the small town of Morbach became the centre of the Hunsrück — and the ideal starting point for a multitude of excursions. A trip to Morbach is also a trip into the history of the Hunsrück. Numerous historical monuments bring to mind the ever-changing fate of the region. Among the sights are unique archaeological ensembles from Celtic-Roman times, medieval and baroque ages. ... read more in the Morbach Travel Guide
Simmern
The ‘Schinderhannes Tower’ is the landmark of Simmern. More than 200 years ago the notorious outlaw ‘Johannes Bückler’ was kept imprisoned here. After his stunning escape from the tower he became known as the ‘German Robin Hood’. Today the history of Germany's most famous outlaw is still alive in the Schinderhannes museum and picturesque Hunsrück landscape. The sights around Simmern invite for a stroll through history. Ideally located between the Moselle River, Rhine River, and Nahe River, the country around Simmern is full of historic monuments. This charming town and its surrounding municipalities offers activities for every age group. Whether it is art, historic monuments, nature, or leisure activities. ... read more in the Simmern Travel Guide
Thalfang am Erbeskopf
The holiday region of Thalfang am Erbeskopf is located in the Hunsrück low mountain range between the Mosel, Nahe and Saar Rivers. With its picturesque locations and important historical monuments, it counts among Germany’s most beautiful mountain range landscapes. The distinctive preservation of customs and tradition in its surrounding areas makes the region genuinely appealing. The landscape around Thalfang is the ideal space for active rejuvenation for young and old. In Winter it is a famous holiday destination because of its close proximity to the Erbeskopf Winter Sports Area. ... read more in the Thalfang am Erbeskopf Travel Guide
Treis-Karden
The wine and holiday region of Treis-Karden is situated between Cochem and Koblenz on the Moselle River. Its landscape stretches across three different holiday areas (the Eifel, the Hunsrück and the Moselle) with a variety of scenery just waiting to be discovered. Treis-Karden and its 17 communities offer many outdoor activities for it's visitors. A stroll through the vineyards, a day at picture book castles of Burg Eltz and Burg Pyrmont, a river cruise along the scenic river banks of the Moselle, or a hike in the highlands of the Hunsrück and the Eifel. ... read more in the Treis-Karden Travel Guide

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2. Moselle-Saar Holiday Region

Of the Rhine's tributaries, the Moselle is considered the loveliest. Idyllic wine villages perched on steep, vine-clad slopes, and romantic little towns with a medieval feel, such as Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues, lend the Moselle valley its unique character. Trier, over 2,000 years old, is the oldest town in Germany and its stone relics dating back to Roman times have now been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Come and discover for yourself the jovial hospitality of local Moselle people — and don't forget to treat yourself to a delicious glass of that famous local Riesling. ... read more about the Moselle-Saar holiday region

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 19 km away from the Moselle-Saar region (20 minutes driving time by car to Traben-Trarbach). Buses run from the airport to the region's towns of Koblenz, Trier and Zell (Mosel).
Bad Bertrich
This traditional and yet modern spa city is characterized by its progressive, medical and at the same time beneficial therapy options. Bad Bertrich is one of the ‘Vitaparc’ approved spas and health resorts in Rhineland-Palatinate that offer a wide range of packges specially designed to give your body and soul a treat. Germany's only 32°C naturally warm Glauber's salts thermae bubbles here, having the effect of a genuine youth fountain. You can submerge into Bad Bertrich's hot springs and enjoy pure well-being. ... read more in the Bad Bertrich Travel Guide
Bernkastel-Kues
Bernkastel-Kues is one of the most appreciated Moselle towns and is proudly called the ‘international town of vines and wine.’ Local wine-growers will charm you with delicious wines, grown in vineyards of world-wide fame. Savour the exceptional wine — accompanied by regional dainties. Situated on both sides of the Moselle River, the town invites you to go for a stroll through its unique ensemble of wonderful medieval half-timbered houses. ... read more in the Bernkastel-Kues Travel Guide
Bernkastel Wine Region
Mosel Riesling and picturesque wine villages with their beautiful half-timbered houses made the Bernkastel Wine Region famous. Here is truly the vivid centre of the Moselle Valley. The region's town of Bernkastel-Kues — the international town of vine and wine — is its most successful ambassador around the world. The wine and local cuisine alone makes a holiday here worthwhile. ... read more in the Bernkastel Wine Region Travel Guide
Cochem
This enchanting area is synonymous with magnificent landscapes, romantic wine villages, a river valley, the blue crater lakes in the Eifel region and charming little towns such as Trier, Koblenz or Cochem. The opportunity to experience a holiday that offers such variety is one of the best features of the Cochem holiday region. ... read more in the Cochem Travel Guide
Enkirch
The state-certified spa town of Enkirch is referred to as the “Treasure Chest of Rhine Village Construction”. Its numerous medieval half-timber structures, royal wine villa estates, narrow alleys and enchanting niches convey tranquillity and security. You breathe easier strolling through the centre of this idyllic town in the heart of the Central Mosel River area. Guided tours provide you with an insight into its history, documented back to 733. Its mild climate and geographic location at the aperture of four tributary valleys featuring a hinterland rich in forests entices many of our guests to return again and again for rest and relaxation. ... read more in the Enkirch Travel Guide
Kinheim
Snugly surrounded by the steep vineyards of ‘Rosenberg’, ‘Hubertuslay’ and ‘Römerhang’, the wine village of Kinheim is beautifully located at the largest horseshoe bend of the Moselle River. Wine from Kinheim will make the hearts of all wine connoisseurs beat faster. Visitors from near and far enjoy the surroundings of the idyllic wine village with its romantic alleys, unique timber houses and old wineries, where you can lodge both in homely holiday apartments or small pensions and modern, luxurious hotels and friendly inns. ... read more in the Kinheim Travel Guide
Koblenz
Embraced by Father Rhine and Mother Moselle, Koblenz is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in Germany. With the rocky slopes along the Rhine River, sleepy little spots and panoramic views of castles and stately homes, it has always attracted the romantics. The Rhine and the Moselle rivers are integral to Koblenz. They are a meeting place for young and old, and between their banks, life pulsates on the busy squares and streets. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, its cosy lanes and narrow alleyways, the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Koblenz a friendly town where its guests feel right at home. ... read more in the Koblenz Travel Guide
Konz
The modern and ambitious village of Konz is located at the confluence of Saar and Moselle. Its central location makes Konz the ideal point of departure for excursions into the border triangle Germany – France – Luxembourg as well as for diversified bicycle tours. No matter where the trails begin, along the rivers Moselle, Sauer or Saar, all trails cross in Konz. On the historical side, Konz can look back on a long history. The unique open-air museum of ethnology ‘Roscheider Hof’ today presents the former rural daily culture of the whole region. Besides the interesting permanent exhibitions, complete houses and granges are shown. ... read more in the Konz Travel Guide
Kröv
Kröv is an important wine-growing community on the Moselle River. The popular Kröver wine, the ‘Kröver Nacktarsch’, has made the village known far beyond German borders. Kröv not only has excellent wines, but also many other attractions in store. One of the absulte hightlights in the year is the ‘Internationales Trachtentreffen’ folklore and costume festival. For years, Kröv has been one of the most popular holiday destinations along the Moselle. Since the village has retained its natural landscape formed by the cultivation of wine, one can experience true Moselle flair here. ... read more in the Kröv Travel Guide
Luxembourg-Trier-Land
The holiday area Luxembourg-Trier-Land is the centre of the cross-border German-Luxembourgian Moselle and Eifel region. Steep vine slopes with blue grey gleaming slate alternate with extensive forests and plateaus which are sometimes barren and at other times fertile. Here, nature has let its different moods run free and shows itself from its most beautiful and varied side. There is no limit to the possible leisure activities open to you. The close vicinity to the city of Luxembourg and the city of Trier make this area just for people who wish to have a relaxing and active cross-border holiday with a lot of memories. Enjoy the unique combination of Luxembourgian ‘Joie de Vivre’ and German ‘Gemütlichkeit’. ... read more in the Luxembourg-Trier-Land Travel Guide
Mittelmosel-Kondelwald
The ‘Wine and Holiday Region Mittelmosel-Kondelwald’ consist of several wine-growing and holiday villages located in the Moselle region. The towns are able to look back on a long history. For 12 centuries the wine-growing village of Kröv was the centre point of a throng of villages, all independent of the ‘Cröver Reich’ (752 – 1790). The course of the river Moselle meandering through the charming vine-covered valley forms the south-eastern boundary of the former ‘Cröver Reich’, known today as the ‘Wine and Holiday Region Mittelmosel-Kondelwald’. The popular Middle Moselle winegrowing region is the home of the treasured Riesling wines of world renown. ... read more in the Mittelmosel-Kondelwald Travel Guide
Reil
Reil is a thousand year old wine village located on the Moselle River. In Reil you find yourself on the Central Moselle where the Romans 2,000 years ago went into raptures, where the famous Riesling wine grows on steep slopes, and where very hospitable people live. Reil is a historic Moselle wine village with a lively history and at least 1,000 year old wine growing tradition (with approximately 120 ha wine growing area, mostly situated on steep slopes). The most famous vineyard is the ‘Reiler vom heissen Stein’. This is where the legend of the count palatinate arose who could exchange his soul which he promised to the devil against wine from Reil. Reil offers a variety of possibilities to create your holiday individually. Here you still find an intact landscape and sound climate. ... read more in the Reil Travel Guide
Römische Weinstraße
The ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route), with its 19 charming wine villages, is located on the central stretch of the Moselle River, between Schweich (nearby Trier) and Leiwen. The two-thousand-year-old city of Trier, the cultural city of Luxembourg and the densely forested central mountain regions of the Eifel and Hunsrück are only a few of the numerous fascinating destinations in the region. Along the ‘Römische Weinstraße’ (Roman Wine Route) you will discover the enchanting Moselle Valley, one of Europe's most beautiful river landscapes. An excursion to the picturesque wine villages with their romantic fortresses and castles, as well as the many remnants of Roman architecture along the route, should most certainly be included on your itinerary. ... read more in the Römische Weinstraße (Roman Wine Route) Travel Guide
Saarburg
Saarburg is beautifully located at the banks of the Saar River and in the centre of the renowned wine region of the Saar. The town is a medieval jewel at the foot of Saarburg fortress towering above the Saar River. A roaring waterfall in the middle of its picturesque Old Town, with small bridges and elaborate half-timbering facades, make the special charm of Saarburg. The ‘piazza’ on top of the waterfall gives Saarburg a little Venetian magic. Below are the narrow, steep alleyways to the quarters of the sailors and fishermen that settled in the lower city on the banks of the river. There is a lot to discover. ... read more in the Saarburg Travel Guide
Sonnige Untermosel (Sunny Lower Moselle)
The Sonnige Untermosel (sunny region of the lower Moselle) invites for an exciting voyage throughout centuries. It is said that the villages here are among the most beautiful of Germany! Their picture book village centres and well-kept half-timbered houses are a fantastic scenery for Germany's oldest wine festival, the Moselfest in Winningen. It is the successful mix of modern and traditional cultural offer which is the special attraction of the Sonnige Untermosel. ... read more in the Sonnige Untermosel (Sunny Lower Moselle) Travel Guide
Traben-Trarbach
Traben-Trarbach is a famous meeting point on the Moselle River, where holidays full of flair and charm await you. The towns central location in the Moselle River Valley — one of the most picturesque regions of Germany — and its abundance of architectural treasures of the ‘Art Nouveau’ and ‘Belle Époque’ make the townscape of Traben-Trarbach especially attractive. Visitors enjoy a fascinating landscape, diverse leisure activities and a wide variety of events offered by local establishments. The warm sincerity of the ‘Moselaner’ (local people), their love of tradition and their sparkling Moselle wines make every guest feel at home. Traben-Trarbach and the villages in its environs — Kautenbach, Wolf, Bad Wildstein, Enkirch, Burg, Starkenburg, Irmenach/Beuren and Lötzbeuren — all offer opportunities for a fun-filled and rewarding vacation experience. ... read more in the Traben-Trarbach Travel Guide
Treis-Karden
The wine and holiday region of Treis-Karden is situated between Cochem and Koblenz on the Moselle River. Its landscape stretches across three different holiday areas (the Eifel, the Hunsrück and the Moselle) with a variety of scenery just waiting to be discovered. Treis-Karden and its 17 communities offer many outdoor activities for it's visitors. A stroll through the vineyards, a day at picture book castles of Burg Eltz and Burg Pyrmont, a river cruise along the scenic river banks of the Moselle, or a hike in the highlands of the Hunsrück and the Eifel. ... read more in the Treis-Karden Travel Guide
Trier
A visit to Trier — the oldest town in Germany — is like taking a journey back to Roman times. Rome has its St. Peters; Trier has its basilica, the throne room of the Roman Emperor. Rome has its coliseum; Trier has the amphitheatre. ‘Roma Secunda’, the second Rome — that’s what the Romans called their metropolis north of the Alps. Today the mighty halls, thermal baths and theatres remind us of the relationship that once existed between the two cities. And just as the Romans did, the people of Trier have also made themselves at home among the historical monuments. Life is played out around the lively market place and in the heart of the picturesque ‘old town’. And there is nothing the people of Trier like better than to sit together in the old wine cellars built on Roman foundations, enjoying their Moselle wine. ... read more in the Trier Travel Guide
Ürzig
Ürzig is a small wine village at one of the most beautiful places of the Moselle. The picturesque half-timbered houses, the hospitality of the citizens as well as the wonderful places in front of the Moselle, present the idyll of this attractive old wine village. In-between the well-known vineyard ‘Ürziger Würzgarten’ you have a view of the oldest sundial of the Moselle Valley. The variety of restaurants as well as the numerous old wine cellars and ‘Strausswirtschaften’ (seasonal wine rooms) offer the perfect possibility to spend a pleasant holiday! ... read more in the Ürzig Travel Guide
Zell (Mosel)
The wine town Zell on the Moselle and its Zeller Land is one of Germany’s most beautiful and diverse wine and tourist regions. Zell is characterised by the fascinating countryside of the Moselle Valley and the wooded Hunsrück Mountains. In the homeland of ‘Zeller Schwarze Katz’ — Zell’s most famous wine — there are 7 romantic wine-producing towns on the Moselle River and 17 idyllic Hunsrück villages to be discovered. Enjoy the unique, romantic setting of Hunsrück and the Moselle. Experience the diversity that a holiday in Zeller Land has to offer. ... read more in the Zell (Mosel) Travel Guide

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3. Nahe Holiday Region

The Nahe holiday region lies in the foothills of the southern Hunsrück. This 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 that are located in the Nahe wine-growing area. ... read more about the Nahe holiday region

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 32 km away from the Nahe region (35 minutes driving time by car to Idar-Oberstein at the German Gemstone Route). Buses run from the airport to the region's towns of Birkenfeld, Idar-Oberstein and Kirn.
Bad Kreuznach
The state-approved mineral spa of Bad Kreuznach is widely regarded as one of the loveliest spa and health resorts in Germany. 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.  ... read more in the Bad Kreuznach Travel Guide
Bad Kreuznach Wine Region
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 wine-growing estate. ... read more in the Bad Kreuznach Wine Region Travel Guide
Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg
The renowned spa town of Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg is nestling at the foot of Ebernburg castle. The town is situated in the most picturesque part of the Nahe Valley and is surrounded by the bizarre rock formations of the Rheingrafenstein and the Rotenfels — the highest rock wall north of the Alps. ... read more in the Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg Travel Guide
Bad Sobernheim
Bad Sobernheim is the only spa town in Germany where guest can experience the therapeutic powers of loam through mud baths, ‘Rasul’ baths, mud packs and mud wraps. The three privately run spa and wellness hotels offer traditional Felke treatment combined with luxurious modern-day pampering. They have won many awards, are set in beautiful surrounding and offer private spa facilities. ... read more in the Bad Sobernheim Travel Guide
Bingen am Rhein
Down the ages Bingen am Rhein has always been a centre of wine trade and an attractive destination for travellers. Hardly any other town in Germany is predestined to be the secret capital of German wines. Here is where Germany's wine-growing areas of Rheinhessen, Nahe, Rheingau and Middle Rhine Valley meet. Bingen am Rhein is also known as the gateway to the Romantic Rhine and the UNESCO World Heritage of the ‘Upper Middle-Rhine Valley’. ... read more in the Bingen am Rhein Travel Guide
Birkenfeld
In the midst of the delightful middle highland landscape of the Nahe and Hunsrück region, the Birkenfelder Land offers visitors various possibilities for spending both adventurous and relaxed weekends. Culture interested visitors find various historical attractions: they discover traces of the Celts, Romans and the Wittelsbacher. Or recuperate at the ‘Hunsrück Holiday Park Hambachtal’ with its sauna paradise and an indoor subtropical swimming-pool where recreation and fun for the entire family is guaranteed. ... read more in the Birkenfeld Travel Guide
Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse (German Gemstone Route)
A highlight is undoubtedly the Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse (German Gemstone Route), together with the beautiful restored half-timbered houses of the historic old town of Herrstein and the gemstone capital Idar-Oberstein. Jewellery studios, young jewellery designers and goldsmiths inspire us with creations in precious stone and metal. Visitors from all over the globe value the Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse (German Gemstone Route) as a number one address for brilliant experiences of impressive variety. ... read more in the Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse (German Gemstone Route) Travel Guide
Hunsrück Schiefer- und Burgenstraße (Hunsrück Slate and Castle Route)
The Hunsrück Schiefer- und Burgenstrasse is a historical route in the ‘Nahe-Hunsrück’ area. Although more or less hidden and almost invisible at first sight, the tourist route leads through a region characterised by slate and fortresses. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting areas of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Many features that make this holiday region so quaint and unique do not impose themselves on the visitor but must be discovered. Visitors exploring the region will find many remnants of historical and geological interest. There are numerous castles, churches, fortresses and manor houses along the road that reflect the culture of the regions ancestors and thus create a direct link between the history and geology of the area. ... read more in the Hunsrück Schiefer- und Burgenstrasse (Hunsrück Slate and Castle Route) Travel Guide
Idar-Oberstein
When talking about Idar-Oberstein, gemstones of course come to mind immediately. Originally the mining of gemstones, bringing agates, rock crystals, amethysts and other splendid stones to the daylight, was an important formative influence on the city. For 150 years, however, cutting these stones and trading jewellery and gemstones has become the most important field in gemstone manufacturing and contributed to the city's reputation world-wide. The unique sights related to gemstones, a visit of the ‘Deutsche Edelsteinmuseum’ (German Museum of Precious Stones) or a tour of the ‘Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse’ (German Gemstone Route) will be memorable indeed. ... read more in the Idar-Oberstein Travel Guide
Langenlonsheim
The holiday region of Langenlonsheim is located in the midst of surrounding forests and vineyards. Its greatest treasures are the premium wines and sparkling wines of the ‘Naheregion’. With a winegrowing surface area of 1,300 hectares, Langenlonsheim is the largest operating winegrowing municipality on the ‘Naheweinstraße’ (‘Nahe Wine Route’). Langenlonsheim Forest stretches up to 300 metres above the Nahe, where hikers can enjoy an unlimited view of the winegrowing regions of Nahe, Rheingau and Rheinhessen. Over 100 vineyard operations feature cosy wine taverns inviting you to try the local Riesling, Silvaner and Blauer Spätburgunder. The mysterious hermitage in the forest and the enchanting Nahe landscape invite you to revel in your daydreams. ... read more in the Langenlonsheim Travel Guide
Meisenheim
Meisenheim am Glan is a place of picturesque impressions from the annals of history. Its medieval townscape makes Meisenheim a true gem and insider secret. With its harmonious city architecture, it is truly one of Germany’s most rewarding ‘undiscovered’ small towns. Old timber-frame houses, majestic royal courtyards, historic town squares and alleyways or Meisenheim’s most imposing landmark, the late Gothic ‘Schlosskirche’ church, sweep visitors up and off to an earlier era. Cosy guesthouses, cafés and restaurants allow visitors to relax and enjoy the romantic atmosphere of this medieval town. With its idyllic location on the banks of the Glan River, Meisenheim is a popular excursion destination that invites you to explore the picturesque Glan Valley on a handcar journey, a bicycle tour, a hike or a canoe tour on the Glan. ... read more in the Meisenheim Travel Guide

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4. Rheinhessen Holiday Region

Whatever it is you're looking for, Rheinhessen 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 or jazz in a barn. If variety is the spice of life, it's especially true in Rheinehessen, Germany's largest wine-growing region. 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

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 87 km away from the Rheinhessen region (1 hour driving time by car to Mainz). Buses run from the airport to the region's town of Bingen am Rhein, Mainz, and Worms.
Bad Kreuznach Wine Region
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 wine-growing estate. ... read more in the Bad Kreuznach Wine Region Travel Guide
Bingen am Rhein
Down the ages Bingen am Rhein has always been a centre of wine trade and an attractive destination for travellers. Hardly any other town in Germany is predestined to be the secret capital of German wines. Here is where Germany's wine-growing areas of Rheinhessen, Nahe, Rheingau and Middle Rhine Valley meet. Bingen am Rhein is also known as the gateway to the Romantic Rhine and the UNESCO World Heritage of the ‘Upper Middle-Rhine Valley’. ... read more in the Bingen am Rhein Travel Guide
Mainz
Mainz is known far beyond Germany for its most famous son: Johannes Gutenberg, who made his revolutionary invention of printing with movable type around 1450 in Mainz. He has certainly left his mark on this regional capital. Mainz is the city of media, uniting a modern cultural scene with the witnesses to 2,000 years of history. Museum-lovers are spoilt for choice in Mainz. From Roman warships to the world-famous Gutenberg bible, from the cathedral treasures to archaeological finds from early history to the Middle Ages. In Mainz, you can turn any day into an exciting day at the museum. ... read more in the Mainz Travel Guide
Worms
Worms is the city of the Nibelungen. The majority of scenes from the medieval ‘Nibelungenlied’ are set in and around Worms. It is said that the Nibelungen treasures are hidden here. On the banks of the Rhine, across from the ‘Nibelungen Ring’, the Hagen holds up the Nibelungen treasures. On your tour through 2,000 years of town history, you will meet emperors and kings, myths and legends of the Nibelungen, a unique cathedral, Judaism and Martin Luther. Luther's appearance before the Kaiser and Imperial Diet linked the Reformation to the town in a special way. It was here, where Luther defended his teachings with his words ‘Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.’ ... read more in the Worms Travel Guide

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5. Romantic Rhine Holiday Region

Rhine Romanticism is still very much in the air today, as anyone who has visited this world-famous Rhine Valley between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz will tell you. With its picture-book castles and ruins and its historical towns and sights, this impressive stretch of the Rhine river epitomises some of the loveliest river scenery in the world. Only a short time ago, it was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Experience a journey back in time and let the diversity, the beauty and the culinary specialities of this region work their magic on you. ... read more about the Romantic Rhine holiday region

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 46 km away from the Romantic Rhine region (55 minutes driving time by car to Oberwesel). Buses run from the airport to the region's town of Bingen am Rhein and Koblenz.
Bingen am Rhein
Down the ages Bingen am Rhein has always been a centre of wine trade and an attractive destination for travellers. Hardly any other town in Germany is predestined to be the secret capital of German wines. Here is where Germany's wine-growing areas of Rheinhessen, Nahe, Rheingau and Middle Rhine Valley meet. Bingen am Rhein is also known as the gateway to the Romantic Rhine and the UNESCO World Heritage of the ‘Upper Middle-Rhine Valley’. ... read more in the Bingen am Rhein Travel Guide
Boppard
The town of Boppard lies in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage area at the upper part of the Middle Rhine not far from the Loreley. The past and the present merge here to picturesque scenes of winegrowing and inn-keeping, fishing and ferrying and those vital traditions live on, in and around the ancient city. The town of Boppard offers you the best of opportunities to get to know the surrounding valley in all its many facetted tradition. ... read more in the Boppard Travel Guide
Koblenz
Embraced by Father Rhine and Mother Moselle, Koblenz is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in Germany. With the rocky slopes along the Rhine River, sleepy little spots and panoramic views of castles and stately homes, it has always attracted the romantics. The Rhine and the Moselle rivers are integral to Koblenz. They are a meeting place for young and old, and between their banks, life pulsates on the busy squares and streets. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings, its cosy lanes and narrow alleyways, the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make Koblenz a friendly town where its guests feel right at home. ... read more in the Koblenz Travel Guide
Loreley-Burgenstrasse (Loreley Castle Route)
The Loreley-Burgenstrasse (Loreley Castle Route) is the land of the legendary Loreley! A countryside dotted with castles which has remained unchanged for six centuries. Here, where the Rhine River meanders tortuously through the Middle Rhine Valley, the world-famous rocks of the Loreley issue from its waters. The narrowness of the valley, the untameable current and an eerie echo have undoubtedly played their part in the saga of blonde nymphs inhabiting the rocks. It is here, too, that we find the entry to the Loreley Castle Route. This romantic route is a narrow one with some seventeen local communities linking both the Loreley Valley itself and the picture book castles above it. ... read more in the Loreley-Burgenstrasse (Loreley Castle Route) Travel Guide
Mendig
Mendig is the land — where many thousands of years ago — fire-belching volcanoes covered everything with incandescent lava. Everyone has heard of the world-famous 900 years-old Benedictine Abbey Maria Laach by Lake Laach (Laacher See), the largest of all the Eifel's crater lakes. A journey to the sights of Mendig is an excursion to excavated volcanoes and mountain sides which reveal the history of the earth. Vault-like subterranean lava rock chambers at a dept of 32 metres and stretching for 3 km below the town of Mendig are unique throughout the world. The subterranean vault-like millstone quarries in the Mendig basalt testify to the heyday of stone-mason's skill in the region. A paradise for everyone interested in geology and the earths history. ... read more in the Mendig Travel Guide
Oberwesel
Oberwesel, the historic town on the Romantic Rhine, is surrounded by an almost completely preserved medieval city wall featuring gates and towers. 16 fortification towers surround the town, wide parts of the city wall and defence towers are accessible for visitors. Oberwesel has preserved its medieval character like hardly any other town in the Middle Rhine Valley. The town is also one of the largest vineyard communities of the Middle Rhine. On the 72 hectares of steep vineyards at the Schönburg Castle, the winegrowers cultivate above all Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Kerner. The town Oberwesel is the ideal location to explore the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Upper Middle Rhine Valley’ on foot, by bicycle or by riverboat. ... read more in the Oberwesel Travel Guide
Rüdesheim am Rhein & Assmannshausen
Rüdesheim am Rhein and Assmannshausen are amongst the most well known wine towns on the Romantic Rhine. One is aware of the presence of the famous Rheingau wines on almost every corner and it leaves its mark on the towns to this day. Stopping off in a cosy inn or a romantic courtyard is just part of Rüdesheim, most likely ending up in Germanys most well known alleyway for good vibes — the colourful 'Drosselgasse'. And on the red wine trail in Assmannshausen, wine lovers feel as if they are in heaven in the romantic half-timber village. A good destination for easy going days, which pass away with the atmosphere full of music and dance or enjoyable on the many flower covered terraces of the cafés and restaurants on the Rhine River. ... read more in the Rüdesheim am Rhein & Assmannshausen Travel Guide
St. Goar
St. Goar is located right opposite the world-renowned Loreley and below the mighty Rheinfels castle. The magic of this stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Upper Middle Rhine Valley’ will capture you! The town of St. Goar invites you to explore the Middle Rhine Valley on foot, by bicycle or by riverboat. It is a unique cultural landscape worth exploring, shaped by two thousand years of viticulture and picture book castles. Enjoy the excellent regional cuisine. Here you will find top-notch gourmet cuisine as well as traditional, hearty meals. Taste select wines and brandies, products from the vines of the Middle Rhine Valley's sun-loved hillsides. In St. Goar you will experience exceptional shows, such as the ‘Rebenfrühling’ (Culinary Summer Night), open-air performances in castle Rheinfels and on stage, amazing fireworks and many more! ... read more in the St. Goar Travel Guide
Tal der Loreley (Loreley Valley)
The Loreley Valley (Tal der Loreley) is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of the Rhine River. The Loreley Valley is the ‘Valley of Castles’, the ‘Valley of Wine’ and the ‘Valley of the Rhine’. 29 castles and castle ruins tower above the 65 kilometres of the river between Bingen and Koblenz. There are not so many castles in an area of that size anywhere else in the world. The terraces on which the world-famous Riesling wine grows have been typical of the Middle Rhine landscape since the 12th century and the two centres of wine-growing are nowadays Bacharach and Boppard. For millions of years, the Rhine has carved its valley through the slate hills. It has produced a fascinating bizarre, narrow river landscape, giving to the visitor unique picturesque and romantic views. This stretch of the Rhine is a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’. ... read more in the Tal der Loreley (Loreley Valley) Travel Guide

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6. Eifel Holiday Region

The blue of the maars — or water-filled volcanic craters — and the bright yellow of the gorse in summer are hallmarks of the Eifel massif. This paradise for walkers and cyclists is centred between Trier, Koblenz, Cologne and Aachen. The Eifel has more than 100 mineral springs that offer an impressive insight into its volcanic past, and there are fascinating 'geo routes' and volcano safaris on which to actively explore this holiday region. ... read more about the Eifel holiday region

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 80 km away from the Eifel region (1:25 hours driving time by car to Bitburg).
Bad Bertrich
This traditional and yet modern spa city is characterized by its progressive, medical and at the same time beneficial therapy options. Bad Bertrich is one of the ‘Vitaparc’ approved spas and health resorts in Rhineland-Palatinate that offer a wide range of packages specially designed to give your body and soul a treat. Germany's only 32°C naturally warm Glauber's salts thermae bubbles here, having the effect of a genuine youth fountain. You can submerge into Bad Bertrich's hot springs and enjoy pure well-being. ... read more in the Bad Bertrich Travel Guide
Bitburg
Numerous castles, Roman ruins, monasteries and museums await your visit. Walk through green, lush forests, bicycle along or canoe in crystal clear rivers or visit one of the unusual, volcanic crater lakes. And last but not least — take a tour of the Bitburger Pils Brewery. ... read more in the Bitburg Travel Guide
Kyllburg
Kyllburg and its district's name, Kyllburger Waldeifel, has its roots in the expansive forest areas that make up the majority of its landscape. Kyll Tributary, a quaint creek branching off from the Moselle River, runs through Kyllburger Waldeifel from north to south for 142 km, making it the Eifel's longest stream. These bountiful fishing waters meander along a deep river valley through beautiful landscapes that are perfect for extended hikes. As the heart of an ancient cultural axis between Trier, Germany's oldest city, the imperial palatinate of Aachen, Cologne and the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, this distinctive holidaymaking region offers picturesque landscapes, history, culture and a broad spectrum of leisure activities. ... read more in the Kyllburg Travel Guide
Luxembourg-Trier-Land
The holiday area Luxembourg-Trier-Land is the centre of the cross-border German-Luxembourgian Moselle and Eifel region. Steep vine slopes with blue grey gleaming slate alternate with extensive forests and plateaus which are sometimes barren and at other times fertile. Here, nature has let its different moods run free and shows itself from its most beautiful and varied side. There is no limit to the possible leisure activities open to you. The close vicinity to the city of Luxembourg and the city of Trier make this area just for people who wish to have a relaxing and active cross-border holiday with a lot of memories. Enjoy the unique combination of Luxembourgian ‘Joie de Vivre’ and German ‘Gemütlichkeit’. ... read more in the Luxembourg-Trier-Land Travel Guide
Mendig
Mendig is the land — where many thousands of years ago — fire-belching volcanoes covered everything with incandescent lava. Everyone has heard of the world-famous 900 years-old Benedictine Abbey Maria Laach by Lake Laach (Laacher See), the largest of all the Eifel's crater lakes. A journey to the sights of Mendig is an excursion to excavated volcanoes and mountain sides which reveal the history of the earth. Vault-like subterranean lava rock chambers at a dept of 32 metres and stretching for 3 km below the town of Mendig are unique throughout the world. The subterranean vault-like millstone quarries in the Mendig basalt testify to the heyday of stone-mason's skill in the region. A paradise for everyone interested in geology and the earths history. ... read more in the Mendig Travel Guide

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7. Pfalz Holiday Region

The Pfalz, the southernmost part of the Rhineland-Palatinate, is a veritable Garden of Eden. Fruits such as almonds, figs and kiwis thrive here thanks to a climate that is exceptionally mild. This is a land of superlatives: with more than 150 million vines, the Pfalz has the largest uninterrupted wine-growing area in Rhineland-Palatinate. In Bad Dürkheim, you will find not only the biggest wine barrel in the world but also the biggest wine festival, the Bad Dürkheim Wurstmarkt. The Pfalz also has plenty to offer in the way of historical interest. Speyer's cathedral, for instance, is a UNESCO world heritage site. ... read more about the Pfalz holiday region

Note by the Executive Editor

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is 145 km away from the Pfalz region (1:30 hours driving time by car to Speyer). Buses run from the airport to the region's town of Ludwigshafen.
Donnersberg (Kirchheimbolanden)
Donnersberg (Thunder Mountain) is the highest point in the Pfalz holiday region. You will be amazed at the abundant variety of excursions offered. Tracks from the past bring history alive. Then again, advanced eco-projects are proof that the future has already begun. On your holidays in the Donnersberg area you can expect to experience exciting and eventful days. You can appreciate the natural beauty of Donnersberg all year round, whether per bike, on foot or from the air. For the sportsmen and women there are well kept golf courses and excellent tennis courts. Autumn is harvest time for the delicious grapes grown here in two wine-growing areas. How nice that one can enjoy the wine whatever the season! ... read more in the Donnersberg (Kirchheimbolanden) Travel Guide
Kaiserslautern
Whenever football fans hear the name Kaiserslautern, they immediately think of the ‘rote Teufel’ (Red Devils) and of highly-charged home matches at Fritz-Walter stadium. Kaiserslautern is a town that celebrates its love of football. It is a lively student town with a number of friendly pubs lining the streets of its ‘old town’. It is also a cultural capital whose lively alternative scene attracts people from all over the Palatinate region. Nature and culture go hand in hand in Kaiserslautern. Surrounded by secluded woods, Kaiserslautern is the lively heart of the Palatinate Forest (Pfälzer Wald). ... read more in the Kaiserslautern Travel Guide
Pirmasens
Pirmasens is the focal point of a region that has a scenic charm unmatched in central Europe. It is surrounded by huge tracts of forest and the town is the ‘Gateway to the Naturpark Pfälzerwald (Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve)’ — the biggest coherent forest of Europe. Vibrant urban living combined with a closeness to nature make the town a great holiday destination for families, budding explorers, people looking for a relaxing breaks, history fans, culture vultures and sports enthusiasts. Pirmasens close location to France make it an ideal holiday destination that has the right balance of everything you expect from a relaxing yet fascinating holiday. ... read more in the Pirmasens Travel Guide
Speyer
Medieval Speyer was already one of the most popular centres of trade and industry on the Upper Rhine during the Middle Ages. Right up to the present day, Speyer's competitive retail industry continues to be attractive to the surrounding communities on the right and left banks of the Rhine. The historical city centre is a charming setting for a colourful, bustling pedestrian zone, which invites you to stroll, take in the sights, shop and enjoy the city at your leisure. Fig trees stand out against the warm yellow tones of the buildings, and rose covered courtyards mesmerise you with the splashing of their fountains. In Speyer, you will discover a piece of Italy and miles and miles of history. At the end of Speyer’s picturesque Maximilianstrasse towers the majestic ‘Kaiserdom’ cathedral. Not far from here, you can experience the age of technology. In Speyer, you do not have to go far to take a leap through the centuries. ... read more in the Speyer Travel Guide
Südliche Weinstrasse (Southern Wine Route)
This place is enchanted — a magical blend of airy light and panoramas that quickens the senses and ignites the imagination. It is not hard to tell that people here have an aesthetic vein — just look at the facades, the splendid gardens, the magnificent courtyards. The Südliche Weinstraße (Southern Wine Route) does not just sound good, it tastes good, too. For connoisseurs and sommeliers, the wines from the Südliche Weinstraße are like striking gold. The gates of the vineyards are wide open, the restaurants and wine taverns beckon. Be it for a simple meal in one of the countless wine taverns or at the exquisitely laid table of one of the many talented cordon bleu chefs. ... read more in the Südliche Weinstrasse (Southern Wine Route) Travel Guide

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8. Our Neighbour Hessen

We invite you to take a closer look at our neighbour Hessen, which is international and open-minded but also deeply rooted in its heritage and history. Nestled between the major cities of Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main are hundreds of municipalities — each of which is extremely proud of their local history. Every major city — but also many smaller towns — have their own theaters, orchestras, dance companies and night clubs. Over the centuries, what has emerged is not a homogenous conurbation of communities, but rather a colorful mosaic that gives Hessen its vibrance. ... read more about Hessen and its tourist regions

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