Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (oldest reference from 1245) with its nine wine villages lies in the south west of Germany, and is an ideal starting point for discovering the historical Electoral Palatinate (Kurpfalz) with Heidelberg, Speyer and the Alsace region. Wine festivals are celebrated from spring to autumn in Germany's secret wine capital. A very special atmosphere: Schwarzrotgold – the Castle Street Festival, Haardt Wine Festival, and the Gimmelding Almond Blossom Festival. The highlight of the season is the German Wine Harvest Festival, with the crowning of the Palatinate and German Wine Queen.
The Gothic Collegiate Church, the city's landmark, towers over the historical old part of town, where there are more half-timbered houses than anywhere else in the Palatinate. The North Tower houses the biggest cast iron bell in the world. The weekly market held on the historical market place is said to be one of the most beautiful markets in the region.