Learn more about the latest news on the Romantic Cities from new awards to new services and new arrival options.
German extreme hiker Thorsten Hoyer had to stop his world record attempt on the Luther trail (356 km in maximum 70 hours non-stop) on August 01 due to bad weather conditions. Heavy rainfall made it impossible to continue. On July 30 he started at the Magnus church in Worms. So maybe it was a sign from above that one should take at least one break for a glass of wine and good food. It's worth it!
You can now discover Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and the only German member of the internationally renowned Great Wine Capitals network, in the comfort of the new, bright-yellow 360° cabrio bus. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city, held simultaneously in several languages, lasts 90 minutes. There are a total of 16 stops, all located in close proximity to Mainz’s main attractions and monuments.
Raise your glasses and celebrate, preferably at the open-air musical event Porta³ on the penultimate weekend of June! According to a recent study by the online travel platform TravelBird, Porta Nigra, a landmark of Germany’s oldest city, is the 18th most published German landmark on Instagram.
Will the ShUM-Cities become the next UNESCO world heritage site in Rhineland-Palatinate? Learn more about the application process and its background!
The German long distance bus operator "Flixbus" is expanding in Europe. There are more and more routes also to the Romantic Cities via Cologne, Frankfurt or Stuttgart.
Apart from that Ryanair offers a new connection from London-Stansted to Luxemburg which is just a hop to Trier, Germany's oldest city. Daily from Luxemburg via Trier and Mainz to Berlin by shuttle bus from € 28,00 / € 22,00!
The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) interviewed more than 44,000 visitors from 66 countries about their favourite attractions in Germany and developed a Top 100 list for 2016. It includes five of the Romantic Cities: Number 28 (Trier/Roman monuments/UNESCO World Heritage Site), Number 32 (Speyer/Cathedral/UNESCO World Heritage Site), Number 68 (Koblenz/Deutsches Eck/Ehrenbreitstein Fortress), Number 85 (longest suspension bridge ‘Geierlay’ near Idar-Oberstein), Number 87 (Neustadt an der Weinstraße/Hambach Castle).
As a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, Speyer Cathedral now offers a new possibility to get a view in addition to its observation deck. Dwarf galleries are characteristic for the Romanesque style of architecture. For the first time in the history of Speyer Cathedral, small groups will be able to walk in the dwarf gallery.
According to the big voting of one of the most popular hotel reservation websites in Germany, Hotel.de, in 2015 Speyer was among the top 3 of Germany's most adorable / liveable cities with less than 80.000 inhabitants! They received 30.744 votes. 39 cities were eligible. Neustadt a.d.Weinstraße, the second Romantic City, was among the nominees as well!
In 2010, the German Wine Institute (DWI) distinguished 40 "Wine Culture Highlights" for the first time ever. Their choice included four Romantic Cities:
Trier is the perfect starting point for the new "Moselsteig" hiking trail awarded as the best hiking trail in Germany 2016. Find out why!
Since April 27, 2014 the "RheinTerrassenWeg" combines in a new, enjoyable way the captial city of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz, and the Nibelungen/Luther town, Worms.
Created by nature and cultivated by humans - on the rivers Rhine, Moselle, Nahe and Ahr nature is a real experience and culture a guaranteed pleasure. Rhineland-Palatinate is wine, woods and walking country.