The Rhineland-Palatinate Region of Southwest Germany
The romantic region around Rhine and Moselle is perfect for a holiday in Germany. The area is home to carefully-preserved castles, vibrant wineries and great opportunities for hiking tours and bike holidays.
Castles and Palaces in Romantic Germany
The regions around Rhine and Moselle have more than 500 castles, castle ruins, palaces and fortresses. Fairytale castles, as well as fortified hideouts for infamous robber-barons, are set on the steep crags in the river valleys. In the past, the region played an important role in German and European history. Today it retains a vibrant feel of medieval times. Tournaments and castle fairs recreate the atmosphere of bygone days. Music and drama are performed in opulent baroque surroundings and magnificent courtly settings.
Wine & Food
Around 70 percent of all German wine is produced in Rhineland-Palatinate. Six of 13 German wine regions delight with their award-winning wines: Moselle, Middle Rhine, Ahr, Nahe, Palatinate and Rheinhessen, which include the only German “Great Wine Capital,” Mainz. Viticulture was brought to Rhineland-Palatinate by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, and nowadays, attracts wine lovers and connoisseurs more than ever.
Cycling in Germany
Cycling is a true joy in this romantic region of Germany. Long-distance bike tours follow the Rhine, Moselle, Ahr, Kyll, Lahn and Nahe rivers through stunning landscapes, to memorable cultural attractions, castles and pretty wine villages. The numerous vintners’ taverns along the cycle routes through the wine regions are the best places to sample wonderful wines and stay overnight. Dotted along the various cycle routes are cyclist-friendly accommodation providers, whose quality and affordable prices help you to get the most out of your bike tour through romantic Germany.
Hiking in Germany
The region around Rhine and Moselle offers hiking opportunities through many different landscapes. The path that begins as a gentle meadowland stroll could end with a steep clamber up a rocky trail. Rivers, hills and vineyards follow one after another. Numerous hiking trails guide you through fascinating scenery to places of historical interest. The jewels in the crown of hiking trails are no doubt the “Steige” – the long-distance hiking trails of romantic Germany. All of them follow the quality standards stipulated by the German Hikers Association in order to provide charming, top-quality hiking routes.
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