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.

Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Cycling events are a Palatinate invention, so it is no wonder that hardly any other German holiday region has as many festivals for cyclists, inline skaters and hikers. The most popular event is surely the Erlebnistag Deutsche Weinstraße, which annually attracts several hundred thousand visitors on the last Sunday of August and will be held for the 32nd time. Only a few areas in Germany are favoured with such a good climate as the Palatinate. Figs, kiwis, almonds and chestnuts are produced here, and of course fine wines. It is no accident that the Palatinate Rhine plateau is known as ‘Germany’s vegetable garden’. No wonder then that there are several farmers’ markets in the Palatinate, where locals and visitors can delight in the abundance of the Palatinate’s natural resources. The next one will be in Neustadt on 5 November. We recommend a ride on the historic steam train Kuckucksbähnel (from May to October) for the nostalgic and the romantic. ‘Travelling wine tasting’ and St Nicholas rides are only available with advance notification!

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Speyer, Worms, Mainz, Koblenz, Trier, Idar-Oberstein, Moving history

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