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The Palatinate.

Travel Guide

Cheers! To the Palatinate.


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The people of the Palatinate have their quirks: for example, they have

invented their own axis of the Earth; they have built themselves the largest wine

barrel in the world, only to open a restaurant inside. They have both the largest

continuous stretch of vineyards and forestland in Germany and many things more

that they are quite proud of without being conceited about it. Here, there is plenty

of what people of the third millennium miss elsewhere: sunshine in the

sky and in the heart, picture-perfect landscapes, good food, and a

congenial atmosphere at the many festivals

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celebrated here. Between the vineyards,

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up a healthy portion of living history and culture from all

categories. What there is to discover and where is the object

of this travel guide – whether you are cycling, hiking, or

driving; whether you prefer culture, recreation, or athletic

challenges. Divided into the four major tourist areas of the Palatinate,

this guide provides you with 150 excursion tips for your

vacation. With 75 Palatinate museums; two dozen particularly

noteworthy fortresses, castles, and churches; 16 adventure parks,

8 golf courses, and 30 other attractions from a corn labyrinth to the

Cuckoo Train, there should be something there for every

taste. Enjoy and have fun!


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It's hard to say what makes the charm of the vacationland surrounding the

German Wine Route. Is it the Mediterranean flair of the area in which 1 800 hours

of sunshine per year allow even figs, kiwis, and lemons to mature? Or is it the

vicinity to France, which ensures that the typical savoir vivre is particular

pronounced here? Perhaps it is the enchanting atmosphere of the sleepy little villages

tucked away between the rolling vineyard-covered hills. In any case, the creator

looked fondly on this stretch of land. Whether you are bicycling between

the vineyards, hiking from a hut in the Palatinate Forest to a

winegrowing village, strolling through the narrow streets of the old

sector in town, or enjoying a wine-inspired wellness day in spa towns

such as Bad Dürkheim and Bad Bergzabern, the range of possibilities

for rest and recreation seems endless. There is also no shortage of destinations

for adventure tours since the area is teeming with stones bearing witness to the

eventful history of the Palatinate. You can find anything from the remains of Roman

settlements to fortresses, ruins, and castles. The hospitality sector offers

something for every taste, from family-friendly apartments at a winery estate to

luxurious hotels, from star-studded topnotch restaurants to inns offering local fare

and cozy wine taverns.

In the middle of the sea of vineyards lie two cities: the busy university town

of Landau with its zoo and many interesting art deco buildings, and Neustadt an

der Weinstrasse where the annual crowning of the German Wine Queen takes place

and the Hambach Castle, the "cradle of German democracy" is situated.

Both cities are influenced by their surrounding wine villages and festivals

are held here like everywhere else along the German

Wine Route. With over 200 festivals every year - some

folksy, some elegant - there are plenty of opportunities

to get to know the land and its people. Come and join

in the celebrations any time!

Discovery Day Along the German Wine Route

Every year, on the last Sunday in August, cyclists, pedestrians, and

roller-bladers populate the German Wine Route by the thousands.

On "Discovery Day", Germany's oldest wine tourism route is closed

to motorized traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. over a stretch of

approximately 80 kilometres. In the villages and at the stands along

the way, Palatinate wines and local specialities are offered while the

Palatinate people celebrate the longest wine festival in the region

with their guests.


MUSEUMS MUSEUMS

B4 Museum under the Trifels,

Annweiler

Three old half-timbered houses and a mill

make up this quaint museum.

Visitors can discover the history of the

Trifels fortress and region on 800 m2.

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Quodgasse 32, Tel. +49 (0) 6346 1682

B5 Museum of Pewter Figures,

Bad Bergzabern

This little museum shows the history of

the world depicted with 20 000 pewter

figures.

Mon to Fri 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6

p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and by

appointment

Im Haus Wilms/Marktstrasse 14

Tel. +49 (0) 6343 939172

B5 West Rampart Museum,

Bad Bergzabern

Reopened in 1998 under a private

initiative, the crenel stand for standard

gunnery has been made accessible and

converted to a museum.

March 1 to June 30: every first Sunday of

the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

July 1 to October 31: every Sunday from

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6398 347

B5 City Museum

Bad Bergzabern

Museum of local history and culture with

annual themes.

Summertime: Sat 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Königstrasse 45, Tel. +49 (0) 6343 70114

C2 Palatinate Museum of Natural

History Bad Dürkheim

Natural history research, also for children

and teens. Permanent exhibits and

changing special exhibitions.

Daily except Mondays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Hermann-Schäfer-Strasse 17

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 94130, Fax 941311

www.pfalzmuseum.de

C3 Artists' Path Deidesheim

Let yourself be mesmerized by the

creativity of the artists from Deidesheim:

this marked path connects ten museums

and artist studios.

For further information, please call +49 (0)

6326 96770

B4 German Oven and Stove

Museum, Burrweiler

Over 100 old ovens and stoves from the

16th to the 20th century are displayed in

their historical setting in a 400-year-old

wine cellar. Includes a gift shop and an

antique stove gallery.

Thu/Fri 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 5

p.m., Sun 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and by

appointment

Hauptstrasse 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6345 919033, Fax 919034

www.deutsches-ofenmuseum.de

C3 German Film and Photography

Museum, Deidesheim

An overview of film and photography

technology over the past 100 years.

Wed to Fri 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Sat/Sun and holidays 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Closed in January and February

Weinstrasse 33

Tel. +49 (0) 6326 6568, Fax 981069

www.film-fotomuseum.de, www.DFTM.de

C3 Viticulture Museum, Deidesheim

An exhibit on the relationship between

man and wine.

Wed to Sat, Sun and holidays from

4 p.m. - 6 p.m., closed in January and

February

Tel. +49 (0) 6326 981561, Fax 967718

www.deidesheim.de

C4 Viticulture and Local History

Museum, Edenkoben

Museum of local history and culture with a

permanent exhibit on wine and the region.

In addition, changing special exhibitions.

April to October:

Fri 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sat 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.,

Sun 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

November to March: Sun 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Weinstrasse 107

Tel. +49 (0) 6323 81514, Fax 959288

www.museum-edenkoben.de

C4 Frank-Loebsch House, Landau

Picturesque building with a wooden

gallery surrounding the courtyard. Home

of Anne Frank's great grandfather during

the 19th century. Permanent exhibits on

the Jews of Landau and the Sinti and

Roma of the Palatinate. Changing art

exhibitions.

Tue to Thu 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. -

5 p.m., Fri to Sun 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 13182, Fax 13195

www.landau.de

C4 Historical Museum, House

Mahla, Landau

Historical city museum and city archive,

history of the Vauban fortress with an

impressive model of the town, bourgeois

and peasant home décor, viticulture

machinery, porcelain collection, oil

paintings, scientific documentation,

Landau newspapers.

Mon to Thu 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mon to Wed

2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Thu 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Marienring 8

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 13182, Fax 13195

www.landau.de

C1 Museum of local history and

culture Grünstadt and Leiningerland,

Grünstadt

open by appointment,

Am Stadtgraben 2, Tel. +49 (0) 6359

937320 www.gruenstadt.de

C1 Deanery Museum, Grünstadt

open by appointment

Martinskirche, Kirchheimer Strasse 2

Tel. +49 (0) 6359 2253

www.gruenstadt.de

C3 Museum of local history and

culture "Oldest House" Hassloch

March to December: every first and third

Sunday of the month

from 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Guided tours and visits by appointment

year round.

Tel. +49 (0) 6324 981613 or 3366

C4 Carriage and Chaise Museum,

Landau

Visit the Landau carriage cabinet - the

culture of travel - with the special exhibit:

5000 years of wheels and wagons.

Museum hours: Thu 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

and by appointment

Corner of Maximilianstrasse/Poststrasse

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 13181, Fax 13195

www.landau.de

C4 House of the Peasants' War,

Landau-Nußdorf

This is where the peasants' revolt of 1525

in the Palatinate was decided. The only

place in the Palatinate that commemorates

the outbreak and course of the Palatinate

Peasants' War and represents the events in

an exhibit. Every first Sunday of the month

from March to October: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

and by appointment, Kirchstrasse 66

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 62928 or 62221

www.landau-nussdorf.de

C3 Otto Dill Museum, Neustadt

The exhibition documents Otto Dill's

artistic development from his early years

to his later works when he turned more

towards Impressionism

Wed, Fri 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. - 6

p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., holidays 2

p.m. - 6 p.m., Rathausstrasse 12/on the

corner of Bachgängel 8, Tel. +49 (0) 6321

398321, www.otto-dill-museum.de

C3 Museum Villa Böhm, Neustadt

A history of the city of Neustadt. In addition

to thematic islands and displays on

individual personalities, visitors can trace

the city's cultural history from the 13th to

the 20th century by touchscreen exploration.

Wed 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 6 p.m. - 8

p.m., Sat 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6

p.m., Villenstrasse 16 b,

Tel. +49 (0) 6321 855540

www.neustadt.pfalz.com/kultur/kultur.htm

C3 Railway Museum, Neustadt

In the historical Palatinate Railway

locomotive shed, old locomotives,

railcars, and signals let every railway fan's

heart skip a beat.

Tue to Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sat, Sun

and holidays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Eisenbahnmuseum am Bahnhof (next to

the railway station)

Tel. +49 (0) 6321 30390, Fax 398162

www.eisenbahnmuseum-neustadt.de

C3 Viticulture and Museum of Local

History, Neustadt-Mussbach

Formerly the Knights of Malta winery

"Herrenhof", now a cultural centre with

viticulture museum.

Museum hours: by appointment

Im Herrenhof, Tel. +49 (0) 6321 9639990

www.neustadt.pfalz.com

C4 Queich Valley Museum,

Offenbach an der Queich

Located in a converted barn in the centre

of town, visitors can experience changing

special exhibitions as well as a permanent

exhibit on the history of the region and the

town of Offenbach.

Sun 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 6348

986142

www.queichtalmuseum.de

B4 Local History and Brush-binder

Museum, Ramberg

The museum of the craft of brush-binding

showcases the history and many exhibit

pieces surrounding the ancient art of

brush-binding.

Wed, Sat, Sun, and holidays 2 p.m. - 5

p.m.

Hauptstrasse 20, Tel. +49 (0) 6345 15 55

www.buerstenbindermuseum.de

C1 Leiningerland Motorcycle and

Technology Museum, Quirnheim

A collection of objects and exhibits related

to technology.

Sat 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun + holidays 10

a.m. - 6 p.m.

Industrial park Kleine Wust

Tel. +49 (0) 6359 85007, Fax 85008

www.motorrad-technik-museum.de

C2 Wine Cellar Museum in the

Sparkling Wine Estate Schloss

Wachenheim

Exhibition of antique winemaking

equipment, particularly for the production

of sparkling wine

Museum hours: by appointment

Kommerzienrat-Wagner-Strasse 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 94270 or 0651 9988300

Fax 0651 9988394

www.schloss-wachenheim.de

C2 "Villa Rustica", Wachenheim

Excavation site of a Roman farm estate.

Can be visited any time.

Direct access via road B 271.

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 958032

www.wachenheim.de

GOLF COURSES

C2 Golfgarten Deutsche Weinstrasse

Dackenheim

Im Bitzgrund 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6353 989212, Fax 989213

info@golfgarten.de, www.golfgarten.de

C4 Golfanlage Landgut Dreihof

Essingen

Dreihof 9, Tel.+49 (0) 6348 6150237, Fax

4388

kontakt@golfclub-dreihof.de

www.golfclub-dreihof.de

C3 Golf-Club Pfalz Neustadt an der

Weinstrasse e.V.

Im Lochbusch

Tel.+49 (0) 6327 97420, Fax 974218

GC-Pfalz@t-online.de, www.gc-pfalz.de


FORTRESSES/CASTLES/CHURCHES

B4 Imperial Fortress Trifels,

Annweiler

Medieval fortress, famous among other

things for its imperial prisoners such as

the English king Richard Lionheart. The

imperial crown jewels were kept here

during the 12th and 13th centuries.

April to September 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

October to March 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed in December

For guided tours, please contact the

fortress' administrative office.

Tel. +49 (0) 6346 8470

C2 Limburg Monastery Ruins,

Bad Dürkheim

Guided tours by appointment

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 9566250, Fax 9566259

verkehrsamt@bad-duerkheim.de

Restaurant "Klosterschänke":

April to October: Tue to Sun 11 a.m. - 10

p.m., November to March: Wed to Sat 11

a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 791772

B3 Hambach Castle, Neustadt-

Hambach

Built in the 11th century, the castle is

renown for the so-called "Hambach Party",

the cradle of German democracy (1832).

With multimedia show. March 1 to

November 30: daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,

Hambacher Schloß 1832, Tel. +49 (0)

6321 30881

www.hambacher-schloss.de

B5 Madenburg Fortress, Eschbach

First documented in 1176, the fortress

served to protect the exit from the

Kaiserbach Valley and the surrounding

fertile lands. 180 m long with structures

spanning several eras.

Tue to Sun, guided tours by appointment

Tel. +49 (0) 6345 3531

B4 Villa Ludwigshöhe Castle,

Edenkoben

Erected between 1846-1852, this classical

villa in the "Pompeii Style" was built for

King Ludwig I. Changing exhibitions.

October 1 to March 31: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

April 1 to September 30: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6323 959222, Fax 959288

B4 Cistercian Church, Eusserthal

Inaugurated in 1262, the church has

suffered much damage and destruction.

The choir, the first crossbeam, and the

transept remain today.

Guided tours by appointment

Tel. +49 (0) 6345 3531

ADVENTURE PARKS

C3 Holiday Park, Hassloch

Come join us for "Action, Fun and

Fascination" over 400 000 m2!

The park offers exciting and funny shows

presented by international artists as well

as unique midway rides, all located in

beautiful surroundings. From the

beginning of April to the end of October.

Tel. 01805 003246, Fax +49 (0) 6324

599350

www.holidaypark.de

C2 Kurpfalz Park (Wild Game and

Adventure Park), Wachenheim

Wild animals such as lynx, mufflons, and

deer populate the rugged forest and

mountain landscape of the Palatinate

Forest.

Features include raptor shows, a free-fall

slide, and a chairlift.

From Easter to the end of October.

Tel. +49 (0) 6325 959010, Fax 959025

www.kurpfalz-park.de

ADVENTURE PARKS

B5 Game and Hiking Park of the

Southern Wine Route, near Silz

Fallow deer and red deer wander

throughout the park without fence

enclosures. There are over 400 animals

from 15 different species. The petting zoo

is of special interest for children.

March 15 to November 15 from 9 a.m.

November 16 to March 14 from 10 a.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6346 5588, Fax 989403

www.wildpark-silz.de

C4 Landau Zoo, Landau

500 primarily exotic animals from over

100 species live on the 4 hectares of the

zoo grounds. Special programmes are

planned to celebrate the zoo's 100th

anniversary.

March to October daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November to February 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hindenburgstrasse 12-14

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 898229, Fax 898230

www.zoo-landau.de

B6 Cactus Land, Steinfeld

Over 1 000 varieties of cacti are exhibited

on 7 000 m2. Free admission, sale of cacti

and other succulents.

March to October

Mon to Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sat/Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., November to

February Mon to Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wengelspfad 1, Tel. +49 (0) 6340 1299

Fax 904677, www.kakteenland.de

OTHER ADDRESSES

C3 Cuckoo Train, Neustadt

Neustadt/Weinstr. - Lambrecht - Elmstein

Ask for schedules at the main train station

(Hauptbahnhof), Tel. +49 (0) 6321 30390

and 0173 9461618

www.eisenbahnmuseum-neustadt.de

C2 Dürkheimer Giant Barrel,

Bad Dürkheim

The biggest barrel in the world with a

volume of 1.7 million litres houses a wine

tavern and restaurant. Daily from 10 a.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 2143, Fax 62239

www.bad-duerkheim.de

C2 Casino, Bad Dürkheim

Entertainment and excitement: come see

the fascinating games available at the

international casino. Enjoy the elegant

atmosphere and see if Lady Luck follows

you to the Roulette table, the Black Jack

table, or the slot machines.

Classical games: Sun to Thu 2 p.m. - 2

a.m., Fri, Sat, as well as before and on

holidays 2 p.m. - 3 a.m. Slot machines:

daily 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Schloßplatz 6-7, Tel. +49 (0) 6322 94240

www.casino-bad-duerkheim.de

C3 "Elwedritsche" Fountain,

Neustadt

The work of sculptor Gernot Rumpf from

1978. The mythical creatures in and out of

the cool water enchant both young and

old. Marstallplatz, Tel. +49 (0) 6321

926892, www.neustadt.pfalz.com

C4 Rietburgbahn Chairlift,

Edenkoben

The first Palatinate chairlift.

The lift is in operation on Sundays

beginning in March and daily from Good

Friday to November 1.

Tel. +49 (0) 6323 959222 or 1800

B5 Petronella Thermal Bath,

Bad Bergzabern

The 32° thermal bath is at the heart of the

spa facilities in Bad Bergzabern. This

wellness oasis, located on sprawling

grounds, offers a successful combination

of adventure, therapeutics, and relaxation -

with all the amenities of a modern spa.

Daily 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Kurtalstrasse 27, Tel. +49 (0) 6343 93400

www.bad-bergzabern.de

C2 Thermal Bath, Bad Dürkheim

Spa centre with thermal motion bath,

massage, sauna, steam bath, imperial

bath, Rasul bath, hay bath, Cleopatra bath,

and Turkish bath. During harvest time,

grape treatment in the fountain hall.

Mon to Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat/Sun 9 a.m.

- 5 p.m., holidays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6322 9640, Fax 964167

www.staatsbad.bad-duerkheim.de

German Wine Route: Deutsche

Weinstrasse e.V.

-Mittelhaardt- Wein and Tourismus

Martin-Luther-Strasse 69

67433 Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Tel. +49 (0) 6321 912333, Fax 912330

verein@deutsche-weinstrasse.de

www.deutsche-weinstrasse.de

Tourist Information Neustadt

(Tourist, Kongress- and Saalbau GmbH)

Hetzelplatz 1

67433 Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Tel. +49 (0) 6321 926892, Fax 926891

touristinfo@neustadt.pfalz.com

www.neustadt.pfalz.com

Southern Wine Route: Südliche

Weinstrasse e.V.

Zentrale für Tourismus

An der Kreuzmühle 2

76829 Landau in der Pfalz

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 940407, Fax 940502

info@suedlicheweinstrasse.de

www.suedlicheweinstrasse.de

Tourism Office Landau

Rathaus

Marktstrasse 50

76829 Landau in der Pfalz

Tel. +49 (0) 6341 13181 and 13182,

Fax 13195

bftlandau@aol.com

www.landau.de


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There is much that is unique about this landscape in the heart of the

Palatinate. The Palatinate Forest spreads over 180 000 hectares, the

largest continuous stretch of forestland in Germany. Here is a true nature

and hiking paradise in which even lynxes have become

reacclimatized. Since 1992, the Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve, together

with the Northern Vosges Mountains in the Alsace, has constituted a crossborder

biosphere reserve. Man and nature harmoniously live side by side

here. 12 000 km of well-marked hiking trails promise pure relaxation. Also unique

to Germany is the tight network of over 100 huts that make stopping for refreshments

into a memorable experience. Fortresses, ruins, pristine landscapes, sleepy villages

and forlorn farms make this giant forestland with its wide-open valleys to a popular

vacationland. Old and young, sports enthusiasts and families all feel equally at

home here.

For a change of pace from the rural setting, there are three cities with many

cultural attractions and shopping venues: the duchy city of Zweibrücken whose

emblems are the rose and the horse, and which lies in close proximity to the

interesting village of Hornbach with its monastery; the university town of Kaiserslautern

with the largest dinosaur exhibition in Europe located on the grounds of

the garden show (Kaiserslautern is one of twelve venues hosting the 2006 soccer

world championship); and finally the conference and trade fair city of Pirmasens,

formerly the hub of shoe manufacturing and still today, with its neighbouring towns

of Hauenstein and Rodalben, a good destination for inexpensive shoe shopping.

The many attractions of the Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve

Palatinate Forest Huts

This singularly tight network of over

100 hiking huts, rest houses, and

hunting lodges in the Palatinate Forest

Nature Reserve invites visitors to

come in and relax. On weekends at

least, hikers will find a good selection

of local specialities and a cozy

atmosphere. A list of the huts and their

hours of operation, as well as other

information, is available by sending

EUR 3 in the form of cash or postage

stamps to:

Pfälzerwald-Verein, Fröbelstr. 24,

67433 Neustadt/Weinstrasse

include, for example, the largest red sandstone cliffs in Europe.

Rock climbers can wish for nothing more interesting than these

spectacular climbing rocks, steeped in fables and legends. The

romantic notion of knights in shining armour is alive today

in the many fortress ruins, several of which host medieval

festivals during the summer months. The Biosphere House

in Fischbach provides information on the interaction

between man and his environment as well as a spectacular

nature adventure: visitors can walk in the treetops 30 m

above the ground and then descend via a giant slide - not

a daily experience to be sure! So join us for fun and games

in the Palatinate Forest.


MUSEUMS

D5 German Shoe Museum,

Hauenstein

Information on the history of shoe

manufacturing in the South-western

Palatinate, from the early days of

industrialization till today.

Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., incl. Sundays and

holidays.

Turnstrasse 5

Tel. +49 (0) 6392 915165, Fax 915172

www.deutsches-schuhmuseum.de

D5 The Glass Shoe Factory,

Hauenstein

Visitors can directly witness shoe

manufacturing at the Glass Shoe Factory.

Experts explain and demonstrate all the

manufacturing steps of modern

shoemaking.

Mon to Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. -

3 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.,

Waldenburger Strasse 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6392 92210, Fax 922124

www.glaeserne-schuhfabrik.de

D2 Bajasseum (Circus Museum),

Enkenbach-Alsenborn

As a circus town marked by tradition,

Alsenborn offers a glimpse of the world of

circus in this museum.

Open daily, for groups

Special programme by appointment

Rosenhofstrasse, Tel. +49 (0) 6303 80254

www.enkenbach-alsenborn.de

C2 Beerewei(n)museum, Eulenbis

Pears have given this museum its name: a

tasting of "Beerewei" (pear wine) is

possible. On display are the presses and

distillery equipment. Information on the

region completes the tour.

Museum hours: by appointment

Im Bürgerhaus Eulenbis

Tel. +49 (0) 6374 6034 or 1310

www.weilerbach.de

D3 Forestry Museum and Historical

Arms Forge, Elmstein

April to October: Sundays and holidays on

days when the Cuckoo Train is running 2

p.m. - 4 p.m.

Groups by appointment

Möllbachstrasse 7, Tel. +49 (0) 6328 234

C5 Municipal Gallery, Dahn

The permanent exhibits display an art and

book collection, as well as aquarelle and

oil paintings and drawings. Changing

special exhibitions.

Tue, Thu, and Sat 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10

a.m. - 12 p.m. Schulstrasse 14,

Tel. +49 (0) 6391 3222

C3 Theodor Zink Museum and

Wadgasser Hof, Kaiserslautern

This museum with folklore and city history

collections is housed in the former

wagoner's inn "Rheinkreis", built in 1817.

The spectacular stucco room and home

décor objects from the 18th century are

reminders of the history of the

Wadgasserhof when it was an aristocratic

residence.

Tue to Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat/Sun 10 a.m.

- 6 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Steinstrasse 48

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3652327 (Zink Museum)

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3652326 (Wadgasserhof)

www.kaiserslautern.de

C3 Beer Mug Museum,

Kaiserslautern

Over 500 beer mugs and steins reflect two

hundred years of libation culture.

Mon to Fri 4 p.m. - p.m.19 Uhr and by

appointment

Zum Ellerbach 9, Tel. +49 (0) 631 73888

C3 Palatinate Gallery of the

Palatinate District Association,

Kaiserslautern

Originally conceived as a trade museum,

the gallery on Museum Square was built

in the neo-renaissance style in accordance

with plans by Karl Spatz. Today it houses

the most important collection of paintings

in the Palatinate.

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tue also 7

p.m. - 9 p.m., Museumsplatz 1

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3647201, www.bvpfalz.de

B5 Fortress Gerstfeldhöhe West

Rampart Museum, Pirmasens-

Niedersimten

The largest surviving section of the West

Rampart. Here, visitors can learn

everything there is to know about the West

Rampart and explore the approximately

1000 metre-long underground tunnel

system.

Sat/Sun 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. or by appointment

Closed in winter from November 1 to

March 31.

(Open by appointment)

In der Litzelbach

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 46147 or 842299

Fax 2190090, www.westwall-museum.de

B5 Museums of the Old City Hall

(Altes Rathaus), Pirmasens

Thu 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Altes Rathaus, Hauptstrasse 26

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 842299, Fax 842286

www.pirmasens.de

Museum of local history and culture,

"Altes Rathaus"

A focussed look at the period of the feudal

lords documented with original exhibits.

Immerse yourself in the world of the feudal

lord Ludwig IX of Hessen-Darmstadt

during the 18th century and discover the

early days of the city of Pirmasens.

Shoe Museum, "Altes Rathaus"

Offers an overview of the shoe fashions of

the 19th century.

Bürkel Gallery, "Altes Rathaus"

20 oil paintings offer a cross-section of

Heinrich Bürkel's work, a forerunner of

genre painting.

Scissor Art Cabinet, "Altes Rathaus"

A comprehensive documentation of a large

number of artistic silhouettes by the

Pirmasens artist Elisabeth Emmler.

B5 Gallery Venezia, Pirmasens

Changing exhibitions featuring renowned

artists.

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 44054

Alleestrasse 13, www.galerie-venezia.de

B5 Department of Works Museum,

Pirmasens

The Pirmasens Department of Works

Museum houses rare and unique objects

from the electricity, gas, water, and longdistance

heating supply systems, as well

as from the area of traffic.

An der Streckbrücke 4

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 876315, www.swps.de

B5 Forum "Alte Post", Pirmasens

Changing exhibitions featuring renowned

artists.

Museum hours: by request, depending on

the exhibition

Poststrasse 2, nähe Hauptbahnhof

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 842299, Fax 842286

www.pirmasens.de

B5 Neuffer Gallery, Pirmasens

Changing exhibitions featuring renowned

artists.

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 71070

www.neuffer-am-park.de

MUSEUMS

B2 Western Palatinate Musicians

Museum, Mackenbach

Lovingly collected information on the

Western Palatinate musicians of the 19th

and 20th centuries.

Every Sunday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

or by appointment

Schulstrasse 34

Tel. +49 (0) 6374 6065 or 6475 or 4637 or

6114

www.weilerbach.de

C2 Motorcycle Museum, Otterbach

Museum in the old village church of

Otterbach in which the history of

motorcycles is displayed from its

beginning to today.

Sundays and holidays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., or by appointment

Otterstrasse 18, Tel. +49 (0) 6301 2367

www.vg-otterbach.de

C3 Ironworks Museum, Trippstadt

This little museum provides information

on the early days of industrialization and

the iron processing industry in the

Palatinate Forest.

Mon to Fri 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat, Sun and holidays by request

Hauptstrasse 32, Tel. +49 (0) 6306 341,

Fax 1529, www.trippstadt.de

A4 City Museum Zweibrücken

Provides an overview of the rich history of

the city and comprises precious historical

documentations.

Sat 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

and 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.,

Herzogstrasse 13,

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 871380 or 871382

www.zweibruecken.de

A4 Bibliotheca Bipontina,

Zweibrücken

The library of the dukes of Zweibrücken;

comprises approximately 100 000

volumes, including numerous prints from

the early days of book printing, the

"Editiones Bipontinae" edition, as well as

Greek and Roman classics from the 18th

century.

Mon to Fri 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mon, Wed, Fri

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Bleicherstrasse 3, Tel. +49 (0) 6332 16403

www.bipontina.de

FORTRESSES/CASTLES/CHURCHES

C5 Fortress Massif Altdahn -

Grafendahn - Tanstein

The oldest sections of the Palatinate's

largest fortress date back to the 11th

century. Built on freestanding, steep cliffs,

the triple fortress is a typical structure for

the Wasgau area with chambers, staircases,

and hallways hewn into the rock.

The fortress includes a museum. Good

Friday to November 1: daily 11 a.m. - 5

p.m. near Dahn, Tel. +49 (0) 6391 2215

D5 Berwartstein Fortress

The only inhabited fortress in the Palatinate.

An impressive fortress typical of the

Wasgau region, built in the 12th century

on a massive rock outcrop. The gunnery

tower, the 104-meter-deep well, the

troops' quarters carved into the rock, and

the rock passageways are all well preserved.

March to October, daily 9 a.m. - 6

p.m., November to February, Sun 1 p.m. -

5 p.m. near Erlenbach,

Tel. +49 (0) 6398 210

A4 Hornbach Monastery

Benedictine monastery founded over 1250

years ago by Saint Pirminius. Also noteworthy:

the Fabian church, the Michaelis

chapel, remains of the transept and the

monastery church, as well as the tomb of

Saint Pirminius. The "Historama" within

the monastery today houses a thoroughly

renovated hotel and a modern museum.

Guided tours by appointment.

Tel. +49 (0) 6338 313

C5 Fortress Information Centre

Lemberg Fortress

Founded in the year 2000, the Information

Centre provides an overview of the most

important fortresses of the South-western

Palatinate and in neighbouring France.

Wed to Sat 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. -

7 p.m., In the Lemberg fortress

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 8720, Fax 872100

www-burg-lemberg.de

C2 Cistercian Monastery Otterberg

The second largest sacral edifice in the

Palatinate, after the cathedral in Speyer.

Open daily, Guided tours by appointment

Otterberg, town centre

Tel. +49 (0) 6301 31504,

www.otterberg.de

D3 Spangenberg Cliff Fortress,

Erfenstein/Elmstein

Prominent landmark of the Elmstein

Valley, built in the 11th century.

Guided tours by appointment

Between Lambrecht and Elmstein

Tel. +49 (0) 6325 7873 or 2027

A4 Ducal Castle, Zweibrücken

Today, the former residential castle of the

dukes of Zweibrücken is the seat of the

regional court of appeals. It is the largest

Palatinate secular building in the northern

Baroque style.

Mon to Thu 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fri 7:30

a.m. - 3 p.m.

Schlossplatz, Tel. +49 (0) 6332 8050

www.zweibruecken.de

A4 Zweibrücken Pheasantry

The ruins of Tschifflick used to be the

belvedere of the Polish king Stanilaus

Leszczynski. The complex is among the

most important Baroque garden

monuments in Europe. Today, the complex

houses the romantic hotel "Landschloss

Fasanerie".

Hours: year round

Pheasantry local recreation area

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 871451 u. 871471,

Fax 871460

www.zweibruecken.de


ADVENTURE PARKS

C3 Japanese Garden, Kaiserslautern

Opened in 2000, the Japanese Garden

counts among the largest of its kind in

Europe. Carefully selected plants, ponds,

waterfalls, fish, lanterns, and rock

arrangements create a magical east-Asian

atmosphere in which body and soul can

relax.

Open daily: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Lauterstrasse 18

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3703916, Fax 3703936

www.japanischergarten.de

C3 Kaiserslautern Garden Show

22 hectare grounds in the middle of town.

Changing flower shows in the halls,

various thematic gardens, the biggest

dinosaur exhibit in Europe, and a

comprehensive cultural programme. The

Kaiserberg offers a spectacular view of the

city while the Neumühle Park offers a

skateboard park, a beach volleyball pitch,

and a water playground.

April to October, daily 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Schoenstrasse 9,

Tel. +49 (0) 631 7100700

www.gartenschau-kl.de

C3 Betzenberg Game Park,

Kaiserslautern

The 25 hectare game reserve with its 120year-old

trees houses animals that can be

found in nature here or that used to live in

these parts: European bison, fallow deer,

aurochs, wild horses, red deer, moufflon,

wild boar, and lynx.

Open daily

Entersweilerstrasse,

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3652317

www.kaiserslautern.de

C3 Zoo, Kaiserslautern-Siegelbach

At the moment, the 7-hectare zoo grounds

are home to 250 animals from more than

55 different species. A playground for

young visitors as well as a nature path and

guided tours. Open daily

April to August 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

September to March 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6301 71690, Fax 716913

www.kaiserslautern.de

B5 Sculpture Park, Pirmasens

Within the framework of the 1998 Cultural

Summer Rhineland-Palatinate, 10

international artists created red sandstone

sculptures

Hours: open at all times

Alter Friedhof, Buchsweiler-Tor-Platz

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 842299

www.pirmasens.de

B4 Little Rose Garden,

Schmitshausen

At bloom time, thousands of roses flower

in the Rose Garden as well as around

town.

Hours: open at all times

"Rosendorf"

Tel. +49 (0) 6375 447 or 921150

A4 Wild Rose Garden, Zweibrücken

Created from 1974-1976 by the city of

Zweibrücken and the Oskar Scheerer

Foundation, the garden is a living rose

museum. 1000 species of wild roses,

parkland roses, and shrub roses bloom

over the 2-hectare grounds.

Hours: year round

Pheasantry local recreation area

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 871451 u. 871471

Fax 871460, www.zweibruecken.de

A4 Cultural Park "Europe's Rose

Garden" Zweibrücken

60 000 roses blossom in elegant

surroundings. Today, the rose garden in

Zweibrücker is among the largest and

most beautiful gardens in Europe. It

furthermore offers a variety of

entertainment.

April - October daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

June, July, August daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Rosengartenstrasse

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 871451 u. 871471,

Fax 871460, www.zweibruecken.de

GOLF COURSES

B4 Erster Golfclub Westpfalz

Schwarzbachtal e.V.

Rieschweiler-Mühlbach

Hitscherhof

Tel. +49 (0) 6336 6442, Fax 6408,

egw@golf.de

www.erster-golfclub-westpfalz.de

C4 Golf-Club Pfälzerwald e.V.

Waldfischbach-Burgalben

Auf dem Aspen 60

Tel. +49 (0) 6333 279603, Fax 279605

info@gc-pfaelzerwald.de

www.gc-pfaelzerwald.de

B2 Golf-Club Barbarossa e.V.

Mackenbach

Am Hebenhübel

Tel. +49 (0) 6374 994633, Fax 994634

info@golfclub-barbarossa.de

www.golfclub-barbarossa.de

MINES

C6 Nothweiler Iron Ore Pit

The old iron ore pit leads visitors right

into the earth. There, young and old can

learn plenty about the life and hard work of

the miners.

April to October, Tue to Sun and holidays

10 a.m. - 6 p.m., November to March by

appointment.

Zechenhaus, Tel. +49 (0) 6394 5354

www.nothweiler.de

A4 Himmelsbergstollen Mining Pit

Zweibrücken

The mining pit dates back to the 16th

century, was continually expanded, and its

2 360 m2 served as an air-raid shelter for

the inhabitants of Zweibrücken during

WW II.

Beginning of May to the end of October

Sat/Sun 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., visits and guided

tours outside of regular opening hours

possible by request.

Wackenstrasse 5

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 479550, Fax 479552

www.zweibruecken.de

C3 Trippstadt Brunnenstollen Mining

Pit

A former aqueduct, built in 1767 and in

service until the 1950s.

April to Sept., Tel. +49 (0) 6306 341

OTHER

C5 Biosphere House Palatinate

Forest/ Northern Vosges Mountains

with treetop walk, Fischbach near

Dahn

Nature, fun, and games is the motto of the

Biosphere House. How do the cycles of

nature work? How do plants produce

energy? What is a tree clock? Find the

answers at the Biosphere House where

Germany's first treetop walk leads visitors

along a 200 m path between 18 and 35

metres above ground through the treetops.

April to October: Mon 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.,

Tue 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wed to Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat, Sun and

holidays: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Am Königsbruch 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6393 92100, Fax 921019

www.biosphaerenhaus.de

C6 Barefoot Path, Ludwigswinkel

Finally they can get out of their shoes,

your otherwise imprisoned feet, and can

feel, sense, and grope such things as

forest soil, sand, marsh, or stones. If your

feet agree, you can balance, skip through

meadows, or wade through a creek.

Hours: at all times

near Ludwigswinkel,

Tel. +49 (0) 6391 5811

C3 Palatinate Theatre Kaiserslautern

The playbill of the three-pronged theatre

covers classical and modern opera,

operetta, musicals, plays, as well as

children and youth programmes. Regular

matinee performances for all current

productions.

Willy-Brandt-Platz 4-5

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3675209 or 36750

www.pfalztheater.de

A4 Regional Stud Farm Zweibrücken

One of ten regional stud farms, largely

dedicated to horse breeding, with two

riding halls, stables, and a tavern.

Entertainment programme with auctions

and performance shows.

Mon to Fri 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5

p.m.

Sat 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Gutenbergstrasse 16

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 17556, Fax 75822

www.landgestuet-zweibruecken.rlp.de

A4 Designer Outlet Zweibrücken

On a surface of 15 000 m2, international

designers (e.g. Versace, Benetton and

many more) offer brand-name quality at

prices reduced by 30% - 70%.

Mon to Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Londoner Bogen 10-90

Tel. 0800 6885387, www.doz.com

Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve

With over 140 000 hectares of forests, the

Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve is the

largest continuous stretch of forestland in

Germany. Together with the Northern

Vosges Mountains, the Nature Reserve has

been classified as a cross-border

biosphere since 1992.

For further information, please contact:

Naturpark Pfälzerwald

Franz-Hartmann-Strasse 9

67466 Lambrecht

Tel. +49 (0) 6325 95520, Fax +49 (0) 6325

955219

info@pfaelzerwald.de

www.pfaelzerwald.de

ADDRESSES

City Marketing and Tourism

Pirmasens

Stadt Pirmasens

Exerzierplatzstrasse 3, 66953 Pirmasens

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 842355, Fax 842283

tourismus@pirmasens.de

www.pirmasens.de

Tourist Information South-western

Palatinate

Unterer Sommerwaldweg 40-42

66953 Pirmasens

Tel. +49 (0) 6331 809126, Fax 809202

info@suedwestpfalz.com

www.suedwestpfalz.com

Culture and Tourism Board

Zweibrücken

Herzogstrasse 1, 66482 Zweibrücken

Tel. +49 (0) 6332 871451 and 871471

Fax 871460

tourist@zweibruecken.de

www.zweibruecken.de

Tourism Association

Kaiserslauterer Land e.V.

Lauterstrasse 8, 67657 Kaiserslautern

Tel. +49 (0) 631 7105328, Fax 7105474

klland@kaiserslautern-kreis.de

www.kaiserslautern-kreis.de

University City Kaiserslautern

Tourist-Information im Rathaus

Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 67657 Kaiserslautern

Tel. +49 (0) 631 3652317, Fax 3652723

touristinformation@kaiserslautern.de

www.kaiserslautern.de

Tourist-Information am Hauptbahnhof

Richard-Wagner-Strasse 107

67655 Kaiserslautern

Tel. +49 (0) 631 4145239, Fax 4145241

touristinfo-kl@t-online.de

Tel. 0631 4145239, Fax 4145241

touristinfo-kl@t-online.de


Vacationland Palatinate Mountains and Donnersberg Mountain


Vacationland Palatinate Mountains and

Donnersberg Mountain

It's easy to fall in love with this landscape, with its rolling

hills, fields and meadows, little forest groves, and pristine creeks and

rivers. The stress of daily life and hectic city living are miles away

from here because the Kusel Musicians' Land and the countryside

surrounding the Donnersberg mountain, the highest in the Palatinate at

687 m, are like refuges for people seeking rest and relaxation. Little wonder that

the Celts felt right at home on the sprawling mesa atop the Donnersberg. The Celtic

village and the Celtic garden in Steinbach particularly incite visitors to discover

that era. Primordial nature accompanies hikers, cyclists, and riders on the stroll

through history. Romantic trails pass through forests, fields and meadows, while

rare types of orchids bloom at the bottom of quiet valleys and vineyards cling to

the sunny slopes of the Alsenz and Zeller Valleys. Everywhere you look, fortress

ruins and other cultural monuments attest to the region's colourful history. There

is something to be found here for every taste, whether you prefer a vacation on a

farm or staying at a four-star hotel. And there is plenty for our little guests to discover

and enjoy as well.

Not a single mountain but rather a series of hills mark the features of the

neighbouring Palatinate Mountains. The rugged beauty of this area continues to

enchant visitors to this day, but the inhabitants of the district capital of Kusel and

its surroundings didn't always have it easy. And because a

particular musical tradition had developed here, they crossed

the lands as travelling musicians during the winter months. Where they got to and

how they lived in the Kusel Musicians' Land is the object of the Musicians' Land

Museum. It is only one of many little museums that prove that the people here hold

their traditions dear. Opportunities for resting harried souls are

plentiful: hiking, cycling, canoeing ... and if you are looking for

something out of the ordinary, simply rent a railway trolley and

pedal your way through the picturesque Glan Valley along the

old railway line. The locals are particularly proud of their fresh

regional products. Pretty farmyard stores, distilleries, and

restaurants featuring local fare invite visitors on a discovery

trip for palate and gums.

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MUSEUMS FORTRESSES/ CHURCHES

C1 Palatinate Stone Hewer

Museum, Alsenz

Exhibits include machinery and tools, and

video films explain the social history.

Binoculars for viewing sandstone

structures. "Technician's office" from the

turn of the century.

Thu 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. from April to October,

on local holidays, and by appointment.

Rathausplatz 3

Tel. +49 (0) 6362 2464 or 3030

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

A3 Diamond Cutter Museum,

Brücken

History of the diamond industry.

Representation of history, trade and

industry from the end of the 18th century

till today.

Tue 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thu 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Sundays and holidays 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6386 993168 or

+49 (0) 6373 5040

Hauptstrasse 47, www.bruecken-pfalz.de

E2 Roman Vicus / Roman Museum,

Eisenberg

The exhibition entitled "The Roman

Eisenberg" includes numerous ceramic

pieces, glass and metal objects, as well as

an early Christian bread stamp. Roman

living quarters are represented in the

reproduction of a dining room and

kitchen.

Every first Saturday of the month 3 p.m. -

5 p.m. and by appointment

Friedrich- Ebert- Strasse 28

Tel. +49 (0) 6351 4070

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

C2 Kahnweilerhaus, Rockenhausen

Permanent exhibit on the life and works of

Picasso patron Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler.

Kahnweiler’s German-language book

collection is available as a reference

library. Changing exhibitions on

contemporary culture. Thursdays and

every first Saturday of the month: 3 p.m. –

5 p.m. and by appointment.

Am Marktplatz 7

Tel: +49 (0) 6361-1089 or 451214

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

D1 Palatinate Mining Museum,

Imsbach

In addition to old craft tools for extracting

raw materials, the museum displays

unique pieces for iron manganese

extraction, a gold pan dated 1880 in the

"silver cabinet", a collection of Davy

lamps, documentation on how to extract

mercury, an original old mine chart, and

many things more.

Sat 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.,

groups of over 20 persons also by

appointment.

Town centre, Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712

Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

A2 Museum of local history and

culture with Fritz Wunderlich

Commemorative Room, Kusel

Museum of local history and culture with

commemorative pieces. A room

remembers the tenor Fritz Wunderlich who

passed away in 1966, a son of the town of

Kusel.

Daily except Mondays, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Marktstrasse, Tel. +49 (0) 6381 8222

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

A2 Musicians' Land Museum,

Thallichtenberg

Documentation of the history of the

travelling musicians' trade in the western

Palatinate. Exhibits and original music

bring the lives of approximately 2 500

farmers' sons alive again.

Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 424270 or 8429

Fax 424280

Burg Lichtenberg

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

A2 Quarry Museum, Rammelsbach

Diorama and documents illustrate the

backbreaking work in the "Dimpel".

Sun 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 7123 or 7591

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

A2 Emigrants Museum, Oberalben

Representation of the history and the

social background of the emigration

movement during the 19th century.

Sun 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 424270, Fax 424280

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

D2 Dollhouse Museum of the 30s

and 50s, Jakobsweiler

100 lovingly collected dollhouses in the

former "milk hut".

Sun 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment

Rosenweg 3

Tel. +49 (0) 6357 7631 or 1295 or 989872

www.puppenstubenmuseum.de

B2 St. Julian Oil Mill

A jewel of the history of craftsmanship.

The mill still runs to demonstrate the

process of oil extraction.

Hours of operation: by appointment

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 424270, Fax 424280

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

A2 Prehistory Museum and

Geoscope, Thallichtenberg

A glimpse into the Earth's Permo-Carbon

era with fossils dating back between 290

and 250 million years, including the

"white shark". Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Lichtenberg Fortress

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 993450, Fax 993452

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

C2 Palatinate Museum of Tower

Clocks, Rockenhausen

An old farm with a clock tower creates the

setting for more than 30 large tower

clocks, sundials and sand clocks.

Thursdays and every first Saturday of the

month 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Daily guided tours

by appointment, closed from Christmas to

Easter.

Am Schloß

Tel. +49 (0) 6361 3430 or 451214

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

C2 Pachen Museum, Rockenhausen

German art of the 20th century. Hella and

Heinz Pachen dispose of a unique

collection with over 2 000 works by

approximately 300 artists from all over

Germany, including names such as Otto

Dix and Käthe Kollwitz.

Thursdays and every first Saturday of the

month 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Daily guided tours

by appointment.

Tel. +49 (0) 6361 22136 or 451214

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

2A Lichtenberg Fortress,

Thallichtenberg

With a length of 425 m, it counts among

the largest fortress ruins in Germany.

Open year round, guided tours on

Sundays at 2 p.m. and by appointment

Lichtenberg Fortress,

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 8429

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

D2 Falkenstein Fortress Ruin,

Falkenstein

Falkenstein is one of the most famous

fortresses of the Donnersberg massif (440

m). The fortress is perched almost

vertically approximately 100 m above the

village of Falkenstein on jagged melaphyre

cliffs. The fortress was rebuilt into an

amphitheatre in 1993.

Accessible at any time.

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

C1 Moschelland Fortress Ruin,

Obermoschel

The floor plan shows the typical

characteristics of a medieval fortress.

Destroyed in 1689, the fortress still hints

at its former grandiose size even today.

Accessible any time.

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

B2 Abbey Church, Offenbach-

Hundheim

The church dates back to a Benedictine

abbey built around 1230. Today's edifice

shows gothic elements that have been

incorporated in traditional Romanesque

construction drawings.

B2 Hirsau Chapel, Offenbach-

Hundheim

This edifice from the 12th century counts

among the Palatinate's oldest. Paintings

from the 13th century can be found in the

altar room.

C1 Parish Church, Finkenbach-

Gersweiler

Today, the structure displays a neo-gothic

style. First documented in 1304.

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

E2 Rosenthal Monastery Ruin,

Kerzenheim-Rosenthal

Former Cistercian abbey. Parts of the

sidewalls with flying buttresses and the

west gable with the little turret and stone

bonnet roof typical for the valley are all

that remained from the original singleaisle

abbey church. The tomb plates of

abbesses and founders can be found along

the sidewalls of the churches.

Open Sundays and holidays and by

appointment.

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

ADVENTURE PARK

B2 Potzberg Game Park and

Falconry, Föckelberg

Ibex and Sika deer, red deer and fallow

deer, moufflon, wild boar, and wild horses

roam over the 25 hectares of this park. A

raptor show displays hawks, vultures, and

falcons.

March to October 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

November to February 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6385 6228 or 6249

Fax 999125

www.wildpark.potzberg.de


MINES

B2 Limestone Tourist Mine at

Königsberg, Wolfstein

A mine railway takes visitors into the heart

of the limestone mine. An impression of

the miners' work is complemented by the

representation of limestone extraction.

April to November, Sundays and holidays:

1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6304 913104

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

D2 White Pit - Tourist Mine,

Imsbach

Large areas of the tunnel system of the

"White Pit" have been reopened over the

past years to accommodate visitors.

Several hundred metres of supported

tunnels as well as large underground and

aboveground extraction sites are

accessible today.

April to October, on weekends and

holidays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,

Groups also by appointment.

Langenthal, Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712

Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

GOLF COURSE

D2 Golfclub am Donnersberg e.V.

Börrstadt

Röderhof 3 b

Tel. +49 (0) 6357 96094, Fax 1430

info@golfamdonnersberg.de

www.golfamdonnersberg.de

OTHER

D2 Celtic Village and Celtic Garden,

Steinbach

The Celtic village and the Celtic garden

are designed to bring visitors closer to

life, work, culture, and natural

surroundings during Celtic times in a

descriptive way. The Celtic village was

built in keeping with traditional

craftsmanship in accordance with findings

from excavations.

April to October: Saturdays, Sundays, and

holidays

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and by appointment

Brühlstrasse, nähe Jugendherberge

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

D2 Zellertal Railway, Tracks

between Monsheim and Langmeil

This section of railway connects two

districts with one another. Monsheim, with

its environmental railway station, is

located in the district of Alzey-Worms in

Rhine-Hesse. The Zeller Valley, on the

other hand, is located largely in the

district of Donnersberg, within sight of the

actual Donnersberg, the Palatinate's

highest mountain.

Excursions on Sundays and holidays from

the end of April to the end of October on

the "Monsheim - Langmeil" line.

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

D2 Stumpfwald Railway Eiswoog,

near Ramsen

This narrow-gauge railway is approximately

2 km long and located between the

Eiswoog and the Kleehof.

Travel days: Sundays and holidays from

June to the beginning of October, Eiswoog

train station

Tel. +49 (0) 6356 8035

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

A2 Railway Trolley Adventure Tour

Bicycling on the railway tracks. On even

days, the trolleys travel from Staudernheim

to Altenglan. On odd days, the

trolleys travel from Altenglan to

Staudernheim.

From March to October you can travel all

day. Reservations mandatory!

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 424270, Fax 424280

www.draisinentour.de

ADDRESSES

Tourist Information

Pfälzer Bergland-

Kuseler Musikantenland

Trierer Strasse 41

66869 Kusel

Tel. +49 (0) 6381 424270, Fax 24280

touristinformation@kv-kus.de

www.kuseler-musikantenland.de

Donnersberg

Tourist Association e.V.

Uhlandstrasse 2

67292 Kirchheimbolanden

Tel. +49 (0) 6352 1712, Fax 710262

touristik@donnersberg.de

www.donnersberg-touristik.de

Publisher:

Pfalz.Touristik e.V.

Texts:

Dr. Detlev Janik

Concept, layout, and maps:

K. E. Groß Werbeagentur

Translation:

Barbara Kraus

Photographs:

Karl Hoffmann, Hartmut Frien

Karl-Heinz Schmeckenbecher

Werner Sator, Frederic Groß

Tourist Service GmbH, Deidesheim

Tourist Offices of the Palatinate

Palatinate Archive.Touristik e.V.

No responsibility is taken for the accuracy

of the information contained herein.

December 2003

The Perfect Gift for Palatinate Fans

Wherever you may be, our baseball caps, bath towels, and other items from

our Palatinate collection allow you to show your true colours. The articles for

Palatinate fans, emblazoned with the popular “Cheers! To the Palatinate.” logo,

are available only from the Palatinate Wine Marketing Board. In addition to the

ever-popular baseball caps, the handy bath towels, the elegant neck scarves, and

the sought-after T-shirts illustrated below, there are many more items to choose

from: posters with Palatinate motifs, for example, books on the Palatinate and on

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Bath towel 15.30 EUR

Neck scarf 9.50 EUR

T-Shirt 8.90 EUR

Polo shirt 14.80 EUR

Pin 1.80 EUR

Soap, red/green 2.30 EUR

with gift-box 3.- EUR

Pepper grinder 42.- EUR

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Pfalzwein e.V.

Martin-Luther-Strasse 69

67433 Neustadt/Weinstrasse

Telephone +49 (0) 6321 912328

Fax +49 (0) 6321 12881

info@zum-wohl-die-pfalz.de

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Palatinate Forest

Nature Reserve

Forest border in the

Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve

Vacationland Plains of the Rhine

The plains of the Rhine River virtually cry out for cycling: the landscape

features a multitude of well-maintained field and cycling paths. Between them,

there are individual farms and quaint villages with half-timbered houses, and the

occasional stretch of woodland. The land lives from agriculture since the fertile

soils ensure a cornucopia of culinary pleasures. 80 different vegetables alone ripen

here, potatoes mature much faster than elsewhere in Germany thanks to the southern

climate, and white asparagus is a much sought-after delicacy in spring. Creative

cooks will find everything they need for fresh food preparation, visitors can buy as

much as the trunks of their cars will hold at farms and street

stalls. Germany's first tobacco plants were cultivated in the

district of Germersheim in 1573 and tobacco barns belong to

the landscape to this day. And when visitors cycle along the

tobacco paths in the Southern Palatinate, they may even

encounter storks in the adjacent fields. This vegetable paradise

is flanked by the Rhine River, which not only delivers fresh

ingredients for delicious fish dishes, but also a landscape of incomparable beauty:

the meadowlands with their luscious vegetation, enticing excavation ponds, and

the dreamy arms of the old Rhine. Decide for yourself whether you would rather go

swimming, sailing, canoeing, or simply lie in the sun - all are possible and what

gives this sun-drenched region its southern flair. It is for good reason that one of

the most popular local recreation areas in the Rhine-Palatinate district is called

"The Blue Adriatic".

Speyer, the over 2000 year-old free imperial city, enchants through its

combination of living history and buoyant present. In addition to other cultural

monuments, Speyer is home to a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, the mighty

cathedral with its emperors' tombs, founded in 1030 by the Salier Conrad

II. Maximilianstrasse, Speyer's promenade, exudes much of the Palatinate

way of life with its almost Mediterranean-style flair, the

lively comings and goings in its cafés and shops, and

the graceful charm of its Baroque houses. This is

the perfect place to get in the mood for a bicycle

tour along the river, an excursion to the Wine Route,

or a cycling trip past the fortified city of Germersheim

down to the French border.


MUSEUMS

C3 Historical Museum of the

Palatinate, Speyer

Cultural-historical collection with objects

from the Stone Age to the present, the

cathedral treasury, wine museum, and

changing exhibitions.

Tue to Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Domplatz

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 13250,

www.museum.speyer.de

C3 Wilhelmsbau Collection of

Historic Musical Instruments,

Speyer

Collection of mechanical musical

instruments, historic fashion, toys, and

unique doll collection.

Open daily: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Am Technik Museum 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 67080, Fax 670820

C3 Hans Purrmann House, Speyer

Birth house of the painter Hans Purrmann,

permanent exhibit of over 70 of the artist's

works, friend and pupil of Henri Matisse.

Tue to Fri 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sat/Sun 11 a.m.

- 1 p.m.

Kleine Greifengasse 14

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 77911, www.speyer.de

C3 House of the Badish-Palatinate

Carnival, Speyer

Documents, records, and old photographs

depicting the Carnival traditions in the

north and central Baden and in the

Palatinate.

Wed 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

, also every second Sunday of the month

at the same time.

Wormser Landstrasse 265

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 41940, www.speyer.de

C3 Feuerbach House, Speyer

Birth house of the painter Anselm

Feuerbach, one of the most notable

painters of the 19th century.

Mon to Fri 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. -

1 p.m.

Allerheiligenstrasse 9,

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 70448

www.speyer.de

C3 Kulturhof Flachsgasse, Speyer

Changing and special exhibitions

presented by the Art Association and the

Municipal Gallery.

Tue to Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.,

Flachsgasse 3

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 142392, www.speyer.de

C3 Marina Museum, Speyer

Collection of ship models, accurate both

in scale and detail.

Daily 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Am Technik Museum 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 67080, Fax 670820

C4 German Road Museum,

Germersheim

One of only three museums across Europe

and the only one in Germany to comprehensively

approach the subject of roads.

The history of road building over time and

technological progress is documented

with an impressive array of exhibits.

Tue to Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat/Sun

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and by appointment.

Im Zeughaus,

Tel. +49 (0) 7274 500500, Fax 500505

www.deutsches-strassenmuseum.de

C4 Town and Fortification Museum,

Germersheim

With over 40 rooms, the Town and Fortification

Museum is one of the largest of its

kind in the region. The museum documents

the lengthy period when Germersheim

was a fortified garrison town as well

as local crafts such as cigarette-making,

distilling spirits, bookbinding, and enamel

sign manufacturing, which flourished here

for a long time.

April to December: every first Sunday of

the month 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Im Ludwigstor, Ludwigsring 2

Tel. +49 (0) 7274 960220, Fax 960247

www.germersheim.de

C5 Brickyard Museum, Jockgrim

The museum documents the approximately

100 year-old history of the manufacturing

of bricks and other clay products in

the former Ludowici Brickyard, the

European market leader in its time.

Sundays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and by

appointment, Untere Buchstrasse 22 a,

www. jockgrim.de

C5 Terra Sigillata Museum,

Rheinzabern

Founded in 1978, the museum documents

the important Roman history of the town.

In addition to special exhibits, the permanent

collection includes many objects of

"Roman porcelain", the Terra Sigillata

ceramic, the unique, massive find from a

gravel pit, and plundered metal objects

from a Germanic tribe. Sundays and

holidays 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. and by

appointment. Hauptstrasse 35,

Tel. +49 (0) 7272 955893

www.rheinzabern.de

B6 Shipping Museum and Local

History Museum with Meadowland

Museum, Neuburg

The Shipping Museum, located in the

belly of a ship on the Lauter, documents

the life of Rhine skippers. The Local

Museum depicts life along the river and its

meadowlands and floodplains. May to

October: every first Sunday of the month

Local History and Shipping

Museums

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

An der Lautermuschel,

Tel. +49 (0) 7273 2224

Rhine Meadowlands Museum

(Thursdays) May to October

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., every first Sunday of

the month 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Rathaus Neuburg, Hauptstrasse

Tel. +49 (0) 7273 1226 or 2224

B5 Viehstrichmuseum, Schaidt

The focus of the collection is on the local

tradecrafts, basket weaving, cooperage,

and wagon making.

Museum hours: by appointment

Hauptstrasse/Bürgerhaus

Tel. +49 (0) 6340 363 or 482

B5 Museum of local history and

culture, Freckenfeld

Documentation of the town's history from

the Thirty Years War and thereafter.

First Sunday of the month and by

appointment. Tel. +49 (0) 6340 5324

C2 Potato Museum,

Ludwigshafen-Fußgönheim

All you need to know about potatoes.

Second Sunday of the month: 1 p.m. - 6

p.m., Special tours by appointment.

Hauptstrasse 62

Tel. and Fax +49 (0) 6237 929266

www.kendzia.de/kartoffelmuseum

GOLF COURSE

C2 Golfpark Kurpfalz AG

Limburgerhof

Kohlhof 9, Tel. +49 (0) 6236 479494

Fax 479499, info@golfclub-kurpfalz.de

www.golfclub-kurpfalz.de

CHURCHES

C3 The Cathedral of Speyer

One of the most important Romanesque

edifices in Germany, included on the

UNESCO world cultural heritage list in

1981.

November 1 to March 31: Mon to Sat 9

a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

April 1 to October 31: Mon to Fri 9 a.m. -

7 p.m., Sat/Sun 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Edith-Stein-Platz 8

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 102618, Fax 102619

www.stiftung-kaiserdom.de

C3 Memorial Church, Speyer

Neo Gothic church edifice, built from 1893

to 1904, with colourful window walls and

an impressive organ.

Mon to Sat 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

April 1 to October 31 to 6 p.m.

Bartholomäus-Weltz-Platz

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 676611

www.gedaechtniskirche.de

C3 Holy Trinity Church, Speyer

Built between 1701 and 1717 as a

Lutheran church, modelled on the St.

Catherine's Church ((Katharinenkirche))..

A richly ornamented wooden vault adorns

the interior, the wood carvings on the

pulpit, altar, and choir are remarkable.

(Guided tours possible in conjunction with

a city tour).

OTHER

C3 Altpörtel, Speyer

One of the tallest city gates in Germany

(55 m). The lower section was built between

1230 and 1250, the upper level of

the tower with its handcrafted parapet and

arcades was added in the years 1512-

1514. Observation platform and

exhibition on the city's fortifications.

April 1 to October 31: Mon to Fri 10 a.m. -

12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sat/Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

C3 Jewish Bath, Speyer

Ritual cleansing bath (Hebrew: Mikwe),

built prior to 1128, with a 10 m deep

bathing shaft, the oldest of its kind in

Germany. April 1 to October 31: Mon to

Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 142392, www.speyer.de

OTHER

C3 Varieté Palace, Speyer

Variety revue theatre with comedy, dance,

song, and artistry of the best.

Untere Langgasse 6

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 676767, Fax 676769

www.varietepalast.cqr.de

C3 Technology Museum and IMAX

Dome, IMAX Classic, Speyer

The Technology Museum displays classic

automobiles, submarines, airplanes,

locomotives, ships, fire engines, steam

engines, etc. on its 150 000 m2 outdoor

grounds. Further attractions include the

two IMAX theatres.

Daily from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Am Technik Museum 1

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 67080, Fax 670820

www.technik-museum.de

C3 Sea Life Aquarium, Speyer

Visitors can see over 3 500 animals in 35

basins spread over 2 000 m2 as closely as

if they were swimming with them.

Daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Closed

Christmas Eve)

Im Hafenbecken 5

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 69780, Fax 697827

www.sealife.de

C3 Old Rhine Boat Trip, Speyer

Daily trips from the docks on the banks of

the Rhine, also by appointment. For ticket

orders please fax +49 (0) 6232 621866,

Tel. +49 (0) 6344 8753

C4 City Ramparts of Germersheim

Discover the cultural and architectural

historical points of interest of the former

fortress of Germersheim along the

ramparts' path.

Städtisches Kulturamt

Tel. +49 (0) 7274 960218

www.germersheim.de

C5 Corn Labyrinth, Leimersheim

We hope you get lost! Fun for young and

old.

Hours of operation: summer months

Seehof, Tel. +49 (0) 7272 5237

ADDRESSES

Tourist information: Landkreis

Rhein-Pfalz

Referat für Naherholung

and Fremdenverkehr

Europaplatz 5

67+49 (0) 63 Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Tel. +49 (0) 621 5909414 or 5909279

Fax 5909638

h.wittmann@kv-rpk.de or

s.schwitzgebel@kv-rpk.de

www.kv-rpk.de

Tourist Information

City of Speyer

Maximilianstrasse 13

67346 Speyer

Tel. +49 (0) 6232 142392, Fax 142332

touristinformation@stadt-speyer.de

www.speyer.de

Tourism Board for the District of

Germersheim

Luitpoldplatz 1

76726 Germersheim

Tel. +49 (0) 7274 53232, Fax 5315232

info@suedpfalz-tourismus.de

www.suedpfalz-tourismus.de

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