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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.


Speyer

Speyer is not only the place that witnessed the birth of the Protestant movement. This year, the local diocese celebrates its 200th anniversary, during which the world’s largest Romanesque cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) will play a major, thrilling role: upon request, groups of up to five people can be secured by rope to visit the dwarf gallery, one of the cathedral’s outstanding, external architectural features, at a height of about 30 metres. An absolute insider tip for the summer season is the Speyer Rhine Beach, which includes a beach bar and beer-garden deck. Located adjacent to the youth hostel and just a short stroll from the cathedral, you can enjoy a Copacabana atmosphere until the beginning of October. The Medieval Fantasy Spectaculum, the largest touring festival of mediaeval culture in the world, is held in the Domgarten (cathedral garden) every August. Late summer culminates in the traditional Old Town Festival in August and September, which attracts many people from all over Germany eager to enjoy the various wines.

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