Cruise slowly along the Rhine River and ride cable cars over undulating hills in the largest wine-producing section of Germany.
Rhineland-Palatinate is a state known for its castles and vineyards. The enchanting region has a dense forest around which lie quaint towns with churches and ruins. Embark on outdoor activities, such as hiking or camping, in the great wilderness of this picturesque terrain.
Consider the Roman influence on the area in its largest city, Mainz. While here, learn about the local inventor of the printing press at the Gutenberg Museum. Wander through the Old Town for the main ecclesiastical sights, such as Augustinerkirche, Christ Church and Dom St. Martin.
Drive northwest for about 1 hour to the city of Koblenz. Among the highlights here is the Deutsches Eck headland that features a majestic sculpture. Ride the Koblenz Cable Car over the Rhine River to appreciate a stunning panorama on the way to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to learn about German military history.
Watch a soccer game at Fritz Walter Stadion in Kaiserslautern. Bring the kids to Kaiserslautern Zoo and Planet Bowling.
Discover more Roman influence in the historic city of Trier and go to Speyer for one of the world’s largest Romanesque churches, the Speyer Cathedral.
For a change of scenery, take your family to the Palatinate Forest, which has many hiking trails and intriguing landmarks. The warm climate in this southern part of Germany is ideal for taking summer hikes in the forest as well as cultivating wine. Red wine is the focus in Ahr-Middle Rhine, while whites are dominant in Moselle-Nahe. Visit some of the many wineries in the towns for an overview of the country’s grapes.
The region takes up a large portion of southwestern Germany. Fly to airports in Hahn, Zweibrucken or Frankfurt and get around the area by train or bus. Consider taking a cruise up or down the River Rhine as an alternative means of travel.
Rhineland-Palatinate is an outdoor haven with scenic natural features, quaint towns and pretty vineyards.