The Romantic Cities mobilise/move you

Rich culture within easy reach, culinary temptations at almost every corner, quiet but not slumbering: the Romantic Cities in Rhineland-Palatinate are well worth a visit! Centrally located in Germany and therefore ideally connected, these diverse cities are affordable destinations for short trips. They are also the perfect point of departure for journeys to popular neighbouring regions such as the Black Forest, Alsace or Luxembourg. The Almond Blossom Festival in Neustadt-Gimmeldingen, located on the German Wine Route, which traditionally opens the wine-festival season, always attracts many people to the cities between the Rhine and the Moselle. Their close proximity to the birthplace of the bicycle in 1817 makes the Romantic Cities the perfect location for celebrating the 200th anniversary with enjoyable themed trips. So, as Goethe said so well in Götz von Berlichingen, “On to Speyer!” where the Palatinate starts to resemble Italy and where an eventful round trip characterised by Mediterranean charm can begin.


Idar-Oberstein

Idar-Oberstein is the main point of departure for a trip along the German Gemstone Route. Established in 1974, this 48-kilometre route now connects all the places shaped by gemstone processing. Germany’s current Chancellor’s famous black, red and gold necklace originates here. Visitors can look over the shoulders of craftsmen in more than 60 polishing mills, immerse themselves in the fascinating world of gemstones, prospect for gemstones themselves or learn the art of jewellery design in hobby courses. Or how about a mine tour, including an ‘underground’ wine tasting of six high-calibre Nahe wines?  The German gemstone route traverses one of the most attractive German low-mountain-range landscapes, which is why the town is also connected to a network of special hiking trails – simply follow the signposted route (Traumschleife Saar-Hunsrück and Nahe-Felsen-Weg). The German Gemstone Cutter and Goldsmith Market is a major event in summer (5 and 6 August).

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