The Pfalz and Rhine Terrace: Places to Explore


  • Bad Bergzabern

    The landmark of this little spa town is the baroque Schloss (palace) of the dukes of Zweibrücken. The Gasthaus Zum Engel (Königstr. 45) is an impressive Renaissance house with elaborate scrolled gables... Read more

  • Bad Dürkheim

    This pretty spa-town is nestled into the hills at the edge of the Palatinate Forest and ringed by vineyards. The saline springs discovered here in 1338 are the source of today's drinking and bathing cures... Read more

  • Deidesheim

    The half-timber houses and historical facades on Deidesheim's Marktplatz make a handsome group. Sites of interest include the Gothic Church of St. Ulrich, the Rathaus, and the elegant Hotel Deidesheimer... Read more

  • Gleiszellen

    Gleiszellen's Winzergasse (Vintners' Lane) is a little vine-canopied street lined with a beautiful ensemble of half-timber houses. Try a glass of the town's specialty: spicy, aromatic Muskateller wine... Read more

  • Mainz

    Mainz is the capital of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Today's city was built on the site of a Roman citadel dating to 38 BC. Given its central location at the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers, it's... Read more

  • Nackenheim

    This wine village is the birthplace of the writer Carl Zuckmayer (1896–1977) who immortalized the town in his farce Der fröhliche Weinberg (The Merry Vineyard) in 1925. He described Rheinhessen wine as... Read more

  • Neustadt

    Neustadt and its nine wine suburbs are at the midpoint of the Wine Road and the edge of the district known as Deutsche Weinstrasse–Mittelhaardt. With around 5,000 acres of vines, they jointly make up Germany's... Read more

  • Nierstein

    Surrounded by 2,700 acres of vines, Nierstein is the largest wine-growing community on the Rhine. It also has Glöck, Germany's oldest documented vineyard (AD 742), which surrounds St. Kilian's Church... Read more

  • Oppenheim

    Oppenheim is slightly off the beaten path, making it an ideal destination if you’re looking to avoid the hordes of tourists that often descend on the Wine Road in mid-summer.... The Katharinenkirche is the... Read more

  • Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe

  • Schweigen-Rechtenbach

    The southernmost wine village of the Pfalz lies on the French border. During the economically depressed 1930s, local vintners established a route through the vineyards to promote tourism. The German Wine... Read more

  • Speyer

    Speyer was one of the great cities of the Holy Roman Empire, founded in pre-Celtic times, taken over by the Romans, and expanded in the 11th century by the Salian emperors. Between 1294, when it was declared... Read more

  • St. Martin

    This is one of the most charming wine villages of the Pfalz. Narrow cobblestone streets go past historic half-timber houses that now hold appealing inns, restaurants, and wine shops, making the compact... Read more

  • Worms

    In addition to having a great Romanesque cathedral, Worms is a center of the wine trade, as well as one of the most storied and cities in Germany, with a history going back some 6,000 years. Settled by... Read more