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Emperor Constantine the Great, champion of Christianity in the Roman Age, had Trier build as his imperial seat in the 4th century AD. Visit Idar-Oberstein to experience the fascinating world of top-class gemstones in all their facets. The cathedral of Speyer is the final resting place of four kings and four emperors.

In Mainz descend into the world´s deepest cellar at the Kupferberg sekt winery! Sekt from Koblenz was very popular in the 19th century among wealthy merchants and the nobility. Wine meets religion in Trier: The Bischöfliche Weingüter estates are among the best-known producers of fine wines among the international cognoscenti. Neustadt an der Weinstraße: The name says it all! Located on the German Wine Route and a central starting point in the second-largest wine-growing region in Germany, Neustadt has the right wine for any taste.

The seven Romantic Cities are home to three of the four world heritage sites in Rhineland-Palatinate: The Roman monuments, cathedral and Church of Our Lady in Trier, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley near Koblenz and the cathedral in Speyer.

Round trip Romance & Emperors / the facination of gemstones

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Visit Trier and discover the historical heritage of Germany's oldest town. A guided tour, a visit to Roman excavations and to the architectural monuments of this UNESCO World Heritage site await you, along with a dinner menu consisting of Roman specialities from the recipe book of Apicius.

There is no other place in which the fascinating world of precious stones shows us its magic, mysticism and multi-faceted diversity as impressively as in Idar-Oberstein. Let this world enchant you when you immerse yourself in a fairytale brought to life here. Visit Idar-Oberstein to experience the fascinating world of top-class gemstones in all their facets.

Speyer is home to a Romanesque imperial cathedral which dominates the townscape. A comprehensive information pack ensures that you are well-prepared to discover the town where different religions have come face to face over the centuries. From the Catholic cathedral and the Jewish baths to the Protestant memorial church, everything is close at hand and imbued with a very special atmosphere.

 

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Round trip Romance & Wine

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In Trier, you can enjoy a four-course menu or alternatively a Roman meal accompanied by appropriate wines. A guided walk gives you insight into the history of the town, while a vineyard wine tasting introduces you to the secrets of viticulture.

Koblenz offers you wine, a legacy from the Roman era, when you visit Koblenz winemakers and go on a guided tour through the vineyards. Enjoy tasting the Riesling wine typical for the region. Join one of our tour guides and explore the narrow winding alleys of the old part of the city, experiencing the special flair of places steeped in history.

The city of Mainz is synonymous with wine. At the traditional wine merchant Weinhaus Horn you can expand your knowledge of Moselle wines with wines from the Rhine Valley and the Rheingau. Can you taste the difference? A guided walk shows you around the birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg, while your Mainz Card allows you to take advantage of a wide range of benefits.

Neustadt an der Weinstraße: The name says it all! Located on the German Wine Route and a central starting point in the second-largest wine-growing region in Germany, Neustadt has the right wine for any taste. Neustadt is Germany‘s secret wine capital, where wine festivals are celebrated from spring to autumn.

 

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Round trip Romance & World Heritage

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Trier - town of UNESCO world heritage sites

„UBI BENE-IBI PATRIA“ was a Roman maxim meaning "Where one feels good, there is one's country". And the Romans certainly were passionate about Trier, which they made an imperial seat and the capital of the western Roman Empire. More than any other town in Germany, Trier is characterised by its Roman culture. Not surprisingly, the majority of its splendid Roman remains are UNESCO world heritage sites. Come and experience a slice of living history.


Koblenz - Romanticism in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO world heritage site)

"Romanticism on the Rhine" is the theme of the this two-day visit as you get to know Koblenz and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, one of the oldest, most awe-inspiring landscapes with inextricable cultural links.

In the Romantic era, the Rhine was very closely associated with Germany's economic and cultural development. It conveyed not only goods and people from many different countries; the Rhine has also been a channel for a wealth of cultural influences and ideas. The sacred buildings along the river are especially eloquent examples of this. Let yourself be captivated by the magic of the Middle Rhine with its many sagas and legends.

TIP: Take a short detour to Lorsch on the way to Speyer. The Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch (including the King's Hall) was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991.

Speyer Cathedral – creative zenith of the Romanesque era
By laying the cathedral's foundation stone in around 1030, the Salian Emperor Konrad II conferred everlasting glory on the town of Speyer and assigned it a special role in history as a focal point of the Holy Roman Empire.

Speyer's imperial cathedral, one of Germany's largest and most significant Romanesque buildings, can be seen for miles around. The crypt, where eight German emperors and kings and several bishops are buried, is especially worth seeing. In 1981, the cathedral was listed as a UNESCO world heritage siteexterner Link, as a prime example of Germany's Romanesque architecture.

Today, Speyer's attractions include its enormously impressive ecclesiastical buildings, places of historical interest, romantic squares, twisting narrow streets and, above all, its legendary Palatinate hospitality. Its romantic streets and alleyways are perfect for a stroll, and there are any number of pavement cafés, quaint taverns and cozy bistros where you can take a break.

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Round trip Romance & Religion

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Cathedrals are truly breathtaking - miracles in stone, all with amazing architecture, a wealth of history and plenty of fascinating stories waiting to be discovered. Take time to appreciate their calming atmosphere, soothing tranquillity and solemn grandeur.

Mainz Cathedral, which has a number of important tombs, has defined the city's skyline for over 1,000 years. One of the cathedral's main attractions is the Lady Altar in the Ketteler Chapel with the "schöne Mainzerin" (beautiful lady of Mainz).

In Worms, the town of the Nibelungen saga, your itinerary includes a visit to St. Peter's Cathedral. In the 11th century, when the cathedral's foundation stone was laid by Bishop Burchard, the Salian emperors ruled the Holy Roman Empire and Worms was their ancestral seat. The imperial cathedral, which still towers over the roofs of Worms and can be seen from far and wide, is affectionately known as the city's "crown".

Speyer Cathedral, which was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1981, is a prime example of German Romanesque architecture. Founded by Emperor Konrad II before 1030, it is still the city's main landmark and can be seen for miles around. The crypt, where eight German emperors and kings are buried, is of particular importance.

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