Trips & Nature
German Wine Route – the Palatinate
Luscious vineyards, opulent fruit farms, the Palatinate Forest with its quiet vales, babbling brooks, and a climate as in the South – that’s what makes the German Wine Route, starting in Bockenheim and extending a full 85 km to Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the border with France.
Heidelberg Castle is one of the most famous ruined fortifications in Germany, and it graces the coat-of-arms of Heidelberg University. The old town of Heidelberg is just as fascinating, its ancient lanes steeped in history.
The imperial Cathedral of St. Mary in Speyer is the cathedral church of the Catholic Diocese of Speyer. Following the destruction of Cluny Abbey, it is the largest surviving Romanesque church in the world, and it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1981.
Enjoy Mannheim’s most popular public park, particularly attractive on account of its immaculately landscaped beauty, its ancient imposing trees, the Kutzerweiher lake, the tropical plant house, and the authentic Chinese tea pavilion.
The region of Odenwald and the Bergstraße is particularly strong on variety, offering as it does magnificent ruined castles, zoos and wildlife parks, and museums and exhibitions as well. A fully developed network of hiking routes and its enthralling landscapes make the Odenwald a top hiking destination whatever the time of year.