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Subchapters in this travelogue:  Southern Wine Road ] Trifelsland ] St. Martin ] Landau ] Neustadt ] Bad Duerkheim ] Leiningerland ]  Also See:  Feature on the Dürkheimer Wurstfest, the largest annual wine festival in Germany

Germany

State of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland and Palatinate)

The German Wine Road -- A Great Weekend Drive 

Germany

State of Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland and Palatinate)

As luck would have it, I posted the June 2003 list of Great German Excursions about two days before I encountered the best weekend jaunt I've ever taken -- a two-day trek across a hundred kilometers and twenty-something towns on the Deutsche Weinstrasse... the German Wine Road.  Cutting through the foothills of the Palatinate Forest off the west bank of the Rhein River, the German Wine Road encompasses some of Germany's best wine country and prettiest scenery.  Given the time, I could easily have made lengthy stops at nearly every town, as each one had something special and unique about it -- an old castle here, a canal there, a monastery around the corner.

But what makes this road so special is the scenery, the embrace of huge vineyards over rolling hills at the foothills of densely forested mountains with pleasant little towns following the terrain beautifully.  It really is one of the prettiest drives you will ever take.

Several of the towns were incredible enough that they'd ordinarily warrant a page of their own.  If I was to pick a Top 5, they probably would be (in alphabetical order):

bulletBad Dürkheim -- Probably the best-known city on the Weinstrasse, and easily deserving of its own page.
bulletDeidesheim -- With a beautiful palace and garden in the center of downtown and one of the neatest town halls around.
bulletDörrenbach -- One of the prettiest of the small towns, with a unique church and intricate half-timbered houses.
bulletFreinsheim -- An old fortress town with a lovely downtown and much of its old city wall intact.
bulletNeuleiningen -- A wonderful hilltop castle town overlooking the northern stetches of the Wine Road.

You don't have to drive the entire route as I did, just chewing off a section of twenty miles and taking it leisurely may be sufficient, particularly if you make a stop for lunch or dinner at one of the many wonderful family weinstubes (wine shops) you'll see.  You can also try staying overnight at the hundreds of pensions (many officially marked and sealed as a sanctioned Weinstrasse Guesthouse).  You may also try checking the web for festival dates for one or more of the towns -- September is a popular month for wine festivals, for example, and these little towns do put on a show!

The chapters in this travelogue have been broken down geographically as shown on this map.  Not all seven chapters are posted as of yet, and there is a chunk in the center that I bypassed on this trip that I'll try to hit in the future.  The chapters will be posted in order south to north, some of which will be done in standard text format (4-5 pictures with prose), while others will be posted in gallery format (9 pictures with simple captions).  Click on the colored regions on this map to access a subchapter. 

Subchapters in this travelogue:  Southern Wine Road ] Trifelsland ] St. Martin ] Landau ] Neustadt ] Bad Duerkheim ] Leiningerland ]

Trips taken 7-8 and 15 June 2003 -- Page last updated 01 September 2006 -- (C) 2002 Tom Galvin

Useful Links:
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Deutsche Weinstrasse Home Page (in German) -- http://www.deutsche-weinstrasse.de/ 

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English-Language Page on German Wine Road -- http://www.germany-tourism.de/e/2837.html 

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Annweiler am Trifels Home Page (in German) -- http://www.annweiler.de 
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Home Page for Trifelsland (in German) -- http://www.trifelsland.de 

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Bad Bergzabern Home Page (in German) -- http://www.bad-bergzabern.de 

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Bad Dürkheim Home Page (in German) -- http://www.bad-duerkheim.de/html/ 

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Bockenheim Home Page (in German) -- http://www.bockenheim.de 

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Deidesheim Home Page (in German) -- http://www.deidesheim.de 

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Dörrenbach Home Page (in German) -- http://www.doerrenbach.de 

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Edenkoben Home Page -- Not Found

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Freinsheim Regional Tourism Page (in German, includes Kallstadt) -- http://www.freinsheim.de/urlaubsregion/index.htm 

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Gleiszellen-Gleishorbach Home Page (in German) -- http://www.gleiszellen.de  

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Grünstadt Home Page (in German, includes Asselheim) -- http://www.gruenstadt.de/haupt/index.html  

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Grünstadt Regional Home Page (includes Kleinkarlbach) -- http://www.gruenstadt-land.de 

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Klingenmuenster Home Page (in German) -- http://www.klingenmuenster.de 

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Landau in der Pfalz Home Page (in German) -- http://www.landau.de 

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Leiningerland Home Page (German, welcome page in English) -- http://www.leiningerland.com/ 

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Leinsweiler Home Page -- Not Found

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Neuleiningen Home Page (in German) -- http://www.neuleiningen.de/ 

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Neustadt an der Weinstrasse Home Page (in German) -- http://www.neustadt.pfalz.com/ 

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Oberotterbach Home Page (in German) -- http://www.oberotterbach.de 

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Schweigen-Rechtenbach Home Page (in German) -- http://www.schweigen-rechtenbach.de 

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St. Martin Home Page -- Not Found

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Wachenheim Home Page (in German) -- http://www.wachenheim.de 

 

 

   
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