1 2 3 4 5 6 A B C D Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve Forest border in the Palatinate Forest Nature Reserve Vacationland German Wine Route 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.