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enchanting you!

Trier Mainz Koblenz

Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage

Neustadt/Weinstraße Idar-Oberstein Speyer Worms

enchanting you!

Trier Mainz Koblenz

Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage

Neustadt/Weinstraße Idar-Oberstein Speyer Worms

inviting you!

Trier Mainz Koblenz

Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage

Neustadt/Weinstraße Idar-Oberstein Speyer Worms

A feeling that goes under your skin... Treat yourself to a holiday of pure romance and full of passion. Seven towns in southwest Germany invite you to partake in exciting experiences, creative pleasures and unforgettable memories. The romantic cities of Idar-Oberstein (new), Neustadt/ Weinstraße (new), Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Worms and Speyer – all boasting a wealth of history, all situated along the Rhine and Moselle rivers and all of them marked by legendary castles and palaces, mighty cathedrals and churches, crooked old streets and modern shopping arcades, alluring culinary specialities and world-famous wines. Sparkling moments are guaranteed... !

The Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage Directorate General ideally complements

the cultural offer of the city cooperation. The Rhineland-Palatinate GDKE is responsible for the management of the state‘s rich cultural heritage and for making it possible to experience the fascinating history of Rhineland-Palatinate. Ancient Roman buildings such as Porta Nigra or the amphitheatre in Trier are state treasures, as are the historic buildings on the banks of the Middle Rhine. Hardenburg Castle, Trifels Castle and Villa Ludwigshöhe Castle are only a few of the numerous highlights in the Palatinate countryside with its many castles. The highlight for tourists high above the Rhine and Moselle rivers is the Prussian fortress of Ehrenbreitstein in Koblenz. Not to forget the top-class state museums in Koblenz, Mainz and Trier.

Walk in the footsteps of the unique history of our state. Stunning views, spectacular

architecture and exciting productions are waiting for you.

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Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage

Speyer Worms

Worms, Jazz and Joy

Koblenz, Rhine in Flames at the Deutsches Eck (German Corner)

Getting to your prickling experience... Our cities can be reached quickly and conveniently, in your own car, on flights to the airports Frankfurt (Hahn), Frankfurt (International), Köln-Bonn, Baden or Luxemburg, as well by train with Deutsche Bahn. For round trips we recommend the Rheinland-PfalzTicket offered by Deutsche Bahn, while hiring a car is ideal for individual trips. More detailed information on www.romantic-cities.com.

Frankfurt-Hahn Idar-Oberstein Heidelberg Neustadt/ Weinstraße German WineRoute

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Mainz, Cathedral

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Trier, wine enjoyment

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Worms, Jazz and Joy

Places to indulge your passion...

Idar-Oberstein, German Gemstone Museum

the Nibelungs are set in and around Worms, a town where the boundaries between imagination and reality begin to blur, and where the Nibelung Festival brings the

Let‘s go to the Romantik Cities! Sparkling moments guaranteed,

ancient saga to life in its original setting...

passions aroused! There is no other place in which the fascinating world of precious stones shows us its Enter Trier as the Romans once did, through the Porta Nigra gate. Amid the lively

magic, mysticism and multi-faceted diversity as impressively as in Idar-Oberstein. Let

atmosphere of the medieval city, sights such as the amphitheatre, the Roman baths

this world enchant you when you immerse yourself in a fairytale brought to life here.

and the majestic throne room of Emperor Constantine the Great are bound to impress anyone with even the most fleeting interest in history! Would you have thought that Trier

Neustadt an der Weinstraße – some superlatives perhaps? The old part of the city

Cathedral is the oldest episcopal church in Germany, or that in 4 AC it was the biggest

with more half-timer houses than anywhere else in the Palatinate, the biggest cast steel

church in the whole of the Roman Empire?

bell in the world, the biggest vintage festival pageant and the first wine festival when

Koblenz is where the Moselle meets the Rhine, beneath the Kaiser-Wilhelm

the almonds blossom in early spring (Gimmelding Almond Blossom Festival). First-class

monument at the famous Deutsches Eck (German Corner), just a stone‘s throw from

wine estates, the crowning of the German Wine Queen… reason enough to visit the

the old quarter. Are you fascinated by the Romantic Rhine? Stolzenfels Castle is the

Romantic City at the gates of the Pfälzerwald forest.

first of more than 40 castles, palaces and fortresses in the Rhine Valley. Delve into the legend of the mysterious Loreley... You will get perfect preparation by visiting the „Romanticum“, the new interactive exhibition for Rhine romanticism in the Forum Confluentes. On board a virtual ship, a fantastic journey starts through the romantic Middle Rhine Valley. .

When the grapes hang fat and heavy on the vine, the true charm of Mainz comes

to the fore with countless wine festivals, quaint bars and a vibrant young restaurant scene. Surrounded by the renowned wine-making regions of Rheinhessen and Rheingau, this is a place where you can indulge and develop your passion for fine wine, and enjoy a varied programme of cultural events.

Once an important centre of politics and power, Speyer has been shaped by

rulers with a passion for architecture. No fewer than eight German kings and emperors lie buried inside Speyer‘s awe-inspiring cathedral, the largest Romanesque church on the European continent Together with the cathedrals in Mainz and Worms, it forms a chain of Romanesque imperial cathedrals along the Rhine and symbolises the region‘s rich history.

Pride, war, jealousy and love are the ingredients of the epic medieval tale of the

Nibelungs, in which trickery and deception lead to the murder of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer, Germany‘s most popular hero figure. Most of the scenes from the Song of

Neustadt/Weinstraße, Almond Blossom

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7 Cities

Trier Mainz Koblenz

Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage

Neustadt/Weinstraße Idar-Oberstein Speyer Worms

Trier, Porta Nigra

Wine culture in RhinelandPalatinate

Trier – A Center of Antiquity

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Mainz, wine market

Still to this day the colossal Porta Nigra town gate marks the largest Roman metropolis north of the Alps. In the historical old town of Trier, hundreds of years of architectural history blend together with trendy cafés and cosy wine taverns to create a captivating atmosphere. Germany’s oldest town is in the middle of the Moselle valley. Its idyllic environs abound with hidden treasures. Come and explore its beauty wandering through the vineyard slopes, strolling along the river banks or cruising down the Moselle, Saar or Ruwer rivers.

Sparkling moments are guaranteed in Trier since it is Germany’s sparkling wine ma-

king capital! The Petrisberg above the Roman amphitheatre is the perfect location to enjoy a picturesque sunset. The panoramic view from St. Mary’s Column down to the sun-drenched meander of the Moselle river is matchless for romantic evenings. Stylish candlelight dinners await you in the restaurants on the terraces of the Moselle river while a plethora of excellent meals and wines are to be found within the historic walls of the vineyards.

Mainz – wine throughout the year

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When the vines are sagging with an abundance of plump grapes this town on the Rhine presents its most charming face with innumerable wine festivals and lively culinary experiences in the traditional vineyard taverns. The highlight is the Mainz Wine Market on the last weekend of August and the first weekend of September. Later in the year, sample exquisite Rheinhessen wines in the traditional wine taverns of the picturesque old town. Explore its narrow alleyways and splash out in its fancy shops.

Among the oldest cities in Germany, Mainz boasts a vast 1000-year-old cathedral,

a perfect backdrop for the sea of lights which illuminate the Christmas market during the Advent season. You will frequently encounter Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press – Mainz has dedicated the Gutenberg Museum and the Johannisfest at the end of June to its most famous son. You will be overwhelmed by the heavenly blue light of St. Stephan’s Church with its unique Chagall windows. The Rose Monday Parade is a festival of gaiety and the absolute highlight of the famous Mainz Carnival.

Trier, Adventure performance “The Secret of the Porta Nigra”

awaiting you!

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Speyer – the imperial city

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Speyer looks back on over 2000 years of living history and rightly bears its imperial title – no fewer than eight German kings and emperors lie buried in the awe-inspiring Speyer Cathedral. The largest Roman church in Germany has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1981 and attracts visitors from all over the world with its medieval beauty.

Once a centre of politics and power, today Speyer captivates visitors with its peer-

less sights and impressive historical Old Town. The Via Triumphalis, Speyer’s shopping promenade, is lined by hundreds of open-air seats for ‘spectators’. Between the caKoblenz, Ehrenbreitstein

Speyer, Old Gate

Worms, Holy Trinity Church

thedral and the Altpörtel a wealth of modern street cafés, traditional wine taverns and lively bistros are bunched together like pearls on a string. Oleanders adorn your way

Koblenz – the only town on the Rhine & Moselle rivers Situated at the Deutsche Eck, the world-famous “German Corner”, where the winding paths of the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet, nestles Koblenz, one of Germany’s most

through the romantic alleys, palms decorate the historic squares while the promenades encourage you to pleasantly linger. Speyer – clearly a place of stylish romance!

Worms – the town of the Nibelung Saga

beautiful towns and the ideal starting point for exciting excursions into the Upper

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Middle Rhine Valley – a Unesco World Heritage Site. A visit to the Romanticum, the

A town made for heroes. With every step visitors to Worms encounter the Nibelung

interactive exhibition in the Forum Confluentes is ideal for getting you into the right

myth of love, pride and pugnacity... If you enjoy being on the water, then board a Rhine

frame of mind for the UNESCO world heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

steamer and who knows – maybe you will find the legendary Rhine gold of the Nibe-

Visitors experience Rhine romanticism and the landscapes of the Upper Middle Rhine

lungs. The imperial cathedral from the 11th century, which still towers over the roofs

Valley in an interactive, multimedial exhibition, and get to know the Rhine and all its

of Worms and can be seen from far and wide, is affectionately known as the town‘s

facets, sagas and legends. This rich culture, the fresh local cuisine, the warmth of the

“crown”.

Rhinelanders and the exquisite Rhine and Moselle wines give this town its unique flair.



The history of this 2000-year-old town spans the Romans and Celts, the Franks and

special glow. The narrow and winding medieval alleyways are irresistibly inviting with

Merovingians up to modern times.

the festively lit cathedral and numerous monuments, the Rhine laps softly onto its



banks, locals and visitors get acquainted in the snugly cosy bars and wine taverns.

A stroll through Koblenz’s old town and up to the Kaiser Wilhelm Monument at the

Deutsche Eck is a living history lesson. The ferry and the inclined lift or the cable car

When the sun slowly sets in the evening, the town of Worms is bathed in a very

A romantic end to the day and a prickling start to the evening in one...

will take you across the Rhine River to spectacular Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. A Rhine romanticism classic. Cruise along the Rhine from Koblenz to the legendary Lorelei Rock,

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a classic Rhine romance experience. Then explore the world of art in many museums,

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the culture in the town theatre and cabarets, shopping in petite boutiques and large malls... and why not enjoy a regional treat as a prickling refreshment in between: a glass of sparkling Riesling wine.

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awaiting you!

Idar-Oberstein, Inner City

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Idar-Oberstein, Weiherschleife

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Hambach Castle

Idar-Oberstein: the tranquil gemstone metropolis

Neustadt/Weinstraße: the Wine City

Small and nice. This is how the tranquil village on the Nahe River presents itself

Neustadt an der Weinstraße and its nine wine villages are located in the Palatinate,

to visitors. Ubiquitous, fascinating and magical moments originating in the brilliant

near the Alsace region. They are the gateway to the Pfälzerwald Nature Park, with

treasure of the precious stones and jewels. Go on a a journey with the gemstones,

well-signposted walking trails and quaint chalets to stop off at. Surrounded by rows of

beginning where their history started. Agates have been mined and processed here for

vines, ideal for cycling through vineyards and fields, Neustadt is Germany‘s secret wine

more than 500 years. The gemstone mines in Steinkaulenberg are the only gemstone

capital, where wine festivals are celebrated from spring to autumn. The highlights are

mines in Europe open to visitors. The precious stones reveal themselves in the bedrock

the Gimmeldingen Almond Blossom Festival and the German Wine Harvest Festival

here. Watch the polishers doing their work, how they take the rough stones and make

with the crowning of the German Wine Queen.

them come alive with a beautiful gloss. In the historical waterwheel-driven Weiher-



schleife or in the numerous modern mills open to visitors. In the two museums, the

Palatinate, the Gothic Collegiate Church with the world’s biggest cast iron bell towers

German Gemstone Museum and the German Mineral Museum, and in many jeweller‘s

over the Town Hall and the Scheffel house on the historical market place. It‘s well

shops and gemstone boutiques you will get an overall impression of the treasures

worth strolling through the medieval alleys and trying a glass of Palatinate wine in the

craftsmen produce from the rough stones.

Haus des Weines or taking a ride on the historical “Kuckucksbähnel” (Cuckoo Railway)



steam engine to romantic Elmstein Valley. Don‘t forget: visit Hambach Castle, the

Everything is romantic in the old part of Oberstein, which, located below Ober-

stein Castle and the legendary Felsenkirche, the church in the rocks, invites visitors

The old part of the city with more half-timbered houses than anywhere else in the

cradle of German democracy, and Villa Böhm City Museum.

to stroll around and spend time enjoying the town. The Bengel industrial monument, where art deco jewellery originated, and the mystical Gemstone Adventure World are also located here. The centre point of the Saar Hunsrück Steig, Germany‘s best hiking route, and its numerous “dream loops” invite hikers to enjoy first-class

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Trier, Imperial Thermal Baths

Of stepping back in time and UNESCO world cultural heritage... Speyer, Cathedral

Koblenz, Electoral Palace

Koblenz Mainz Idar-Oberstein Trier

Worms Neustadt/ Weinstraße

Worms, Church of Our Lady

Speyer

Discover the cities – themed routes... The seven Romantic Cities are home to three of the four world heritage sites in The cities of Rhineland-Palatinate reflect its chequered history. Unique monu-

Rhineland-Palatinate: the Roman monuments, cathedral and Church of Our Lady in

ments have survived the turbulent times and have plenty of tales to tell today‘s

Trier, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley near Koblenz and the cathedral in Speyer. In

visitors ...

short: monuments, buildings and landscapes that are sure to inspire you!

Of emperors, kings, imperators and the fascination of gemstones...

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Koblenz

Of wine, the rivers of history and the people...

Mainz Idar-Oberstein Trier

Worms Neustadt/ Weinstraße

Speyer

Weinstraße Emperor Constantine the Great, champion of Christianity in the Roman Age, had Trier built as his imperial seat in the 4th century AD, and the architecture he commissioned remains impressive even today. The dimensions of the Constantine

“As far as the tower of the Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) throws its shadow”

basilica (aula palatina) are breathtaking. Visit Idar-Oberstein to experience the

was the measure to determine the area within which wines in Worms were allowed

fascinating world of top-class gemstones in all their facets. Four German kings

to give themselves the name “Liebfrauenmilch”. In Mainz descend into the world‘s

and four emperors found their final resting place in the cathedral of Speyer, so it

deepest cellar at the Kupferberg sekt winery! Sekt from Koblenz was very popular in

is right that it should be known as an imperial cathedral.

the 19th century among wealthy merchants and the nobility. In Trier, the importance of the wine for the church is clear: the ties between Trier cathedral and viticulture go

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back a long way, and the Bischöfliche Weingüter estates are among the best-known

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producers of fine wines among the international cognoscenti. Neustadt an der Weinstraße: The name says it all! Located on the German Wine Route and a central starting point in the second-largest wine-growing region in Germany, Neustadt has the right wine for any taste. Detailed informations and booking on our website www.romantic-cities.com

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the 2nd century AD and still spans the Moselle today. The path along the river is a lovely place for a stroll, past the medieval cranes, and always keeping St. Mary‘s column, which towers high above the town, in view. The pretty restaurants on the sun terraces of the district of Zurlauben are a stylish place to end the day and enjoy a drop of fine wine while enjoying glorious views of the Moselle.

If you want to find out more about Trier‘s monumental buildings or the details

of its proud Roman history, the q Archaeological Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) 7 in the palace gardens is a must. No other museum in Germany provides such comprehensive information about the civilisation, economics, settlement, religion 2 Red House and Steipe

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Trier in 24 hours Time travel included

and art of the first four centuries AD.

After so many stone reminders of the past, you may fancy a little greenery… If

that‘s the case, follow the Moselle Wine Route through the romantic river valley as it winds its way gently towards Koblenz, where the Moselle finally flows into the Rhine.

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Trier has numerous UNESCO world heritage sites, mostly dating from the glorious



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days of the Roman Empire: the Porta Nigra, the Barbara Roman Baths, the Imperial



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Thermal Baths, the amphitheatre, the Basilica of Constantine, the Roman Bridge,



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the cathedral, the Church of Our Lady and the Igel Column outside the gates of



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place to start is the q Porta Nigra 1, the best preserved Roman city gate north of



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the Alps. Dating back to the second century, it is still the main gateway to Germany‘s



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A tour of Trier is like a walk through more than 2,000 years of history. The best

oldest city.

Follow the pedestrian area from the Porta Nigra past the lively q Hauptmarkt

(main market) 2 with its pretty buildings, market stalls, cafés and shops straight to

Golden times in Trier: The complete, currently largest treasure of golden

q Trier Cathedral 3. The original building from 330 AD was the largest Christian

Roman coins in the world (18.5 kg!) has been on show for the first time ever

church in the ancient world, and around four times the size of the current cathedral.

in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum since 2013.

The Roman core is still preserved, with its original walls more than 25 metres high.

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Directly adjacent to the cathedral stands the earliest Gothic church in Germany, the q

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Church of Our Lady 4, built in the 13th century. Past the baroque Palais Kesselstatt, and you take another huge leap back in time as you come to the 4th century q

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the amazingly well-preserved q Imperial Thermal Baths 8 and, just a few minutes walk from there, to the q amphitheatre 9 where crowds of up to 20,000 spectators

Roman Baths 10. From here, take a look at one of the oldest preserved bridge constructions north of the Alps: the q Roman Bridge 11 with its basalt pillars was built in

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24h Mainz From the museum it‘s just a stone‘s throw to the Rhine. There, you can either take a cruise with a Rhine riverboat and admire Mainz from the river, or wander along the pretty promenade. To the left is the q state parliament 7 and the q Electoral Palace 8, while if you head right you pass the historical q Fort Malakoff 9 and the shopping arcades to reach the q Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding 10 which has five original shipwrecks dating back to Roman times.

Outside the gates of the city, the wide Rheinhessen hills stretch into the distance,

reminding many visitors of Tuscany. Whether exploring the idyllic villages along the Rhine or the many villages of the ‚hinterland‘, it‘s worth looking out for the vintner‘s 4

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taverns – a Rheinhessen institution. These cosy taverns are run by the wine-producers themselves on their own estates, and can be recognised by the bunches of flowers

Mainz in 24 hours From wine to Rhine

hanging above the doorway. A delightful and romantic way to round off your Mainz experience!

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Mainz and wine – the two go hand in hand. Situated on the edge of Rheinhessen,

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Germany‘s largest wine-growing area, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate worships



the nectar of the gods. Rheinhessen is also known as the “land of 1,000 hills”, so it is

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only fitting that you should begin your tour of Mainz at the top of one. q Kupferberg



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hill 1 affords spectacular views across the city and is also the location of the Kupfer-



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berg sekt winery. The name “Kupferberg” is synonymous with sparkling wine. Ex-

concerts in a class of their own

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plore the centuries-old vaulted cellars, which burrow several storeys deep down into



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From Kupferberg, it‘s on to the next hill, Stephansberg, where the q Gothic

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Church of St. Stephen 2 contains a unique treasure: stained glass windows by the French artist Marc Chagall. They bathe the church in an iridescent blue that looks like something from another world. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the windows - and don‘t miss what may well be the most beautiful cloisters in Rhineland-Palatinate.

From Stephansberg, your tour takes you through picturesque lanes down to

the old quarter. The main street here is Augustinerstrasse, lined with little boutiques and home of the baroque Augustinian Church. Strolling towards the cathedral, on your left you‘ll see the Cherry Garden – a romantic square at the heart of the q old town 3. A few more steps across Leichhof square brings the imposing q 1,000-year-

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museums of printing in the world and is dedicated to one of the city‘s most famous sons, Johannes Gutenberg. As well as a copy of the world-famous Gutenberg Bible and many other unique printed treasures, the museum also has an authentic reconstruction of Gutenberg‘s printshop. There is a demonstration every hour from 10am onwards (except 1pm).

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If you enjoyed your short ferry trip and would like to spend more time on the water,

then we recommend a river cruise - a classic way to experience the romance of the Rhine. Several companies offer cruises on the Moselle and the Rhine, along the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which stretches 65km upriver to Rüdesheim. On the banks of the river are picturesque little villages, vineyards and forests, and every now and then you spy an ancient building reaching out from amid the greenery. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has 40 (!) castles and palaces. One particular highlight is Marksburg Castle near Braubach, which has remained virtually intact since the Middle Ages. In Koblenz itself, Stolzenfels Castle is a perfect example of early Romanticism on the Rhine. Even the climb up to it is something of an experience: from

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Stolzenfels Castle

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the Stolzenfels area of the city, the path snakes up to the castle through a wooded gorge, past a rock grotto with a waterfall and underneath a viaduct. If you want to see the world-famous Loreley, you have to continue your journey as far as St. Goarshausen. This is the home of the fabled rock where, according to legend, a

Discovering the area between the Rhine and Moselle

beautiful water-nymph combed her golden hair and lured sailors to a watery grave with her beguiling song…

Koblenz lies at the point where the Moselle flows into the Rhine. The name couldn‘t be



more apt, as it comes from the Latin “confluentes” or “confluentia”, meaning “the place

a drink or a bite to eat to keep you going . Proximity to the major wine-growing areas

There are plenty of wine bars and restaurants in Koblenz where you can stop for

where rivers meet”. q Deutsches Eck 1 (German corner), the symbol of the city, is

of the Middle Rhine and Moselle means you can be sure of a drop of the good stuff in

thus an excellent place to start your tour. This is where the Moselle flows into the Rhine

your glass.

under the watchful eye of Kaiser Wilhelm I, whose bronze equestrian statue sits in splendour atop 100 stone steps.

Koblenz is not just a place where two great rivers come together: it is also a mee-

Seasonal tips:

“Romance & Rivers”

ting point for people, and has been since Roman times. Evidence of the city‘s 2,000

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year old history confronts you at every turn. Immediately behind the Kaiser is the oldest



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tles on the Rhine up to Stolzenfels

of Koblenz‘s churches, the q St. Kastor basilica 2 which was built in the 9th century



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and the return trip, entrance to

outside the walls of Koblenz at that time. Stroll along the banks of the Moselle, where



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Stolzenfels Castle, visit to the

the cruise ships moor up, then wander back through the picturesque lanes of the old



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“Romanticum” interactive exhibiti-

quarter to Florinsmarkt and the q Church of St. Florin 3 and the old Kauf- und Danz-

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on, guided tour through the roman-

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a restaurant in Koblenz.

From here, all roads lead to the q Church of Our Lady 4 and its beautiful baroque

onion domes. Your tour continues across the square and through the area known as

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the current town hall you come to a pretty inner courtyard and the q Schängelbrunnen fountain 6. The Forum Confluentes Cultural Centre 7 awaits you with the „Romanticum“ at the refurbished Zentralplatz. A building, in itself an object of architectural art, is home to the „Romanticum“, the new interactive experience exhibition of Rhine romanticism, the Middle Rhine Museum, the Tourist Information centre and the Public Library.

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itself: Cross the Rhine high up in the cable car or cross the river by ferry and take the inclined lift up to the fortress. From here, you have incredible panoramic views across

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24h Rhineland-Palatinate lived. The Rhine State Museum Trier 9 is one of Germany’s most important archaeological museums. Heated floors, luxurious public baths and 66 rooms for several families – the dimensions and fittings in Villa Otrang 10 in Fließem near Bitburg are impressive. Roman settlers lived on the country estate as early as in the first century after Christ. The Hermit’s Cell Kastel 11 in Kastel-Staadt is also a place steeped in history. After 1833, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. of Prussia commissioned Karl Friedrich Schinkel with converting the long-abandoned ruin with a breathtaking view into the Saar Valley into a grave for the remains of the blind king Johann von Böhmen.

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24 hours of live history in Rhineland-Palatinate

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1 History Re-enactments at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Rhineland-Palatinate has a lot to offer - its Directorate General for Cultural



1 Summer Festival at Stolzenfels Castle

Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate shows you just how much! Go exploring and



1 Special exhibition: „Max Slevogt. Neue Wege des Impressionismus“

discover monumental Roman buildings, medieval castles, historical stately homes and



top-class state museums in Koblenz, Mainz and Trier. The eventful course of history has



given Rhineland-Palatinate its beauty and appeal. Here are only a few of the highlights



(Brilliant Ideas – Brand names from Rhineland Palatinate)

in the state’s manifold cultural heritage.



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Upper Middle Rhine Valley – Koblenz

(Broadening Impressionism) in Mainz State Museum

1 Special exhibition: „Zündende Ideen – Marken aus Rheinland-Pfalz“

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It stands there undestroyed, the majestic Ehrenbreitstein Fortress 1 in Koblenz,



which appears to have grown into the rock when viewed from the river. When visitors

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medial theatre in a room in the

view the fortress from high above, they see a spacious landscape park stretching right

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up to the fortress walls. 3,000 years of fortress history are waiting to be discovered here. State Museum Koblenz, at home in the fortress, is an attractive place to go,

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trance already included in the fortress ticket). From the city centre you’ll be taken high up over the Rhine, with the Koblenz cable car.

Not far away from the fortress, in the suburb of Stolzenfels the highlight of Rhine

romanticism is to be found - Stolzenfels Castle 2 - built on a medieval ruin according to plans drawn up by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV.

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made his vision of romanticism come true here.

WORLD HERITAGE TRIER

Mainz – “Art and Cultural History”

The state’s most significant and oldest art- and historic-cultural collection is being

Trier – Centre of Ancient Roman History in Germany 4

presented in a new outfit in “Golden Ross Baracks”. The objects on show in Mainz State Museum 3, from the early Middle Ages to the present, fascinate visitors just as much as the tangible objects and hearing and smelling stations which make the museum an experience for all our senses. The building is barrier-free throughout, making it a cultural oasis for people with impaired mobility, sight or hearing as well.

“Trier – the centre of the ancient world”

Porta Nigra 4, the Trier landmark, was once a part of the ancient city fortifications. The amphitheatre 5 and Barbara thermal baths 6, just like the Imperial thermal baths 7 and the thermal bath at Trier Viehmarkt 8, give us an insight into how the Romans

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24h Speyer Nonnenbach into the q Hasenpfuhl 5 district. This lovingly restored former fishermen‘s and sailors‘ quarter with its fig trees, rose bushes and fountains, is the perfect spot for a romantic interlude.

And now, it‘s time for the q cathedral 6! Stand for a moment and admire the

perfect layout, the balanced distribution of the mighty structures to the east and the west, the symmetry of the towers on the corners of the nave and the transept. Rhenish Romanesque in its purest form! The foundation stone for what is now the city‘s most famous landmark was laid in 1030 by Konrad II. Together with the cathedrals of Worms and Mainz, it forms the triumvirate of “imperial cathedrals on the Rhine”. Speyer 6

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cathedral is a place of superlatives: it is the oldest of the three imperial cathedrals. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest fully intact Romanesque building in

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Europe. 134 metres long, 33 metres high with a central nave 14 metres wide, it has the dimensions of a Gothic cathedral. In its crypt, which remains virtually unchanged to this day, eight German emperors and kings have found their final resting place.

In the footsteps of the emperors



Next to the cathedral is another major attraction. Covering an area of around

6,000m², the q Historical Museum of the Palatinate 7 houses an impressive collecThe Salian emperors made Speyer the intellectual centre of their empire. They had

tion of exhibits from the Stone Age to the present day.

ambitious plans for their city, and you can aim high too, by starting your “imperial tour”



with a climb to the top of the q Old Gate 1. At 55m, it is Germany‘s tallest city gate,

to end your visit to Speyer. Cruise past the cathedral and old quarter on a pleasure

built in the early 13th century. After exactly 154 steps you will be rewarded with fantas-

boat, discover the unspoiled quality of the idyllic “old Rhine” or marvel at the glorious

tic views as far as Heidelberg and the German Wine Route. You can also see what‘s in

display of the setting sun on the water…

Directly behind the museum and the cathedral, the Rhine is a lovely, romantic place

store for you on your sightseeing tour (open for viewing from April to October).

If you stroll from the Old Gate down Maximilianstrasse, Speyer‘s main street,

towards the cathedral and the Rhine, you pass by virtually all the main highlights along

Seasonal tips:

“Romance & Emperor”

the way, although it‘s always worth a little detour or two. Our tip: take a walk to the q

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Memorial Church 2, which was endowed by the Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm II. Can you



see the emperor‘s children? Seven angels‘ heads in the centre windows are dedicated

Cathedral

welcome drink, color guide

to them. Kaiser Wilhelm II is quoted as saying: “Once they were seven little rascals



1 Mozart Music Festival

on Speyer Cathedral and the

(Bengelchen), now they are little angels (Engelchen).“ Of all the beautiful baroque and



1 “Bretzelfest” food festival

town‘s history.

rococo buildings on Maximilianstrasse, two are worthy of special mention: the Old



1 “Kaisertafel” food festival

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Mint built in 1748 and the town hall from 1726. From here you can already see the



1 Old Town Festival

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acclaimed Speyer imperial cathedral, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, but we



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breakfast in a three-star hotel,

detours on either side of the town hall.

To the right, in Kleine Pfaffengasse, are the q Jewish Court including SchPIRA

Museum and Mikwe 3 (1 Jan.-30 Mar.: Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Apr.-31 Oct.:

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Opposite the cathedral, set amid parkland, is the q Heylshof Palace 10, home

of some wonderful art collections. The Palace Gardens were the scene of numerous imperial diets, including that of 1521 when Martin Luther stood in front of Emperor Charles V and refused to recant his propositions. Memorial plaques on the ground re2

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cord this momentous encounter. From here you can see the q Luther monument 11, erected in 1868, it is the largest of its kind in the world.

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Through the gardens, which follow the line of the former city fortifications, you

come to the church of q St. Martin 12, a Romanesque basilica in red sandstone with a lovely west portal. Then continue along Kämmerer Strasse into the former q Jewish

From sagas to sunken treasures

quarter 13. Together with the Jewish cemetery, the synagogues and the Jewish museum in Raschi Haus form a striking reminder of the once influential Jewish com-

According to the saga, Hagen sank the Nibelung treasure in the Rhine near Worms. So

munity in medieval Worms.

what better starting point for your tour of the city than the q Nibelungenbrücke 1 over



the Rhine? Although this picturesque bridge with its mighty gate tower was only built at

northwards for another 10 minutes to the q Gothic Church of Our Lady 14.

After all this sightseeing you‘ll be ready to discover Worms, city of wine. Continue

the end of the 19th century, it gives the impression of being a gateway to the mysterious days of the 12th century, when the Song of the Nibelungs was written. Just a few minutes‘ walk northwards on the bank of the Rhine is the bronze q Hagen statue 2, a

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reminder of the city‘s fabled history.

10 minutes‘ walk towards the town, at the Fischerpförtchen gate, is the q Nibe-

An exclusive romantic evening

tour for two through the town, a

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lung Museum 3 which opened in 2001. Behind the attractive exterior – the museum is

market

candlelight dinner and a de-luxe

housed in two towers of the medieval town wall – is state-of-the-art multimedia tech-



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suite with floral decoration and

nology which brings the Nibelung saga to life in an exciting and unusual way. Tip: it is



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breakfast in your hotel room...

still possible to walk along parts of the town wall.



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Now to explore Worms, town of churches. There are seven in the centre, all built

before 1745. Close to the Nibelung Museum, on the right hand side of Petersstrasse, is q St. Paul‘s Church 4, a hall church built between the 11th and 13th centuries, with a Dalberg high altar and Gothic cloisters, both worth a visit. To the left of Petersstrasse towards the market square is the baroque q Trinity Church 5 dating from 1725. The mighty cathedral is already in view, but there is another little detour to the left before you get there. The Adler Pharmacy building on Neumarkt square is one of the handful of town houses that has survived from the baroque era. Passing by the south side of the cathedral you come to the q Church of St. Magnus 6. The simple, one-roomed church has its roots in the Carolingian era of the 9th century and was later extended to

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operational. Machines are operating, there‘s a smell of metal and chain oil; the factory and its history are alive. You can see, hear, smell and feel hands-on industrial culture.

Once you have strolled through the Oberstein pedestrian area with its numerous

jewellery, souvenir and jeweller‘s shops, you will reach the breathtaking Gemstone Adventure World located past the station. Visitors will experience the mysterious beauty of precious gemstones, crystals and minerals in the caves and grottos of the q Gemstone Adventure World 8. Mystical caves show magical light and colour effects, gurgling springs and a fiery, glowing volcano. 2

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of q „original Idar-Oberstein spit roast pork“ 9. Taste the national dish in one of the many traditional spit roast restaurants, where it is cooked on an open beechwood fire.

Idar-Oberstein in 24 hours Of precious stones and sparkling treasures

Its existence is thanks to the gemstone grinders who emigrated and brought the recipe and the method of cooking with them from Brazil.

Seasonal tips:

Discover and experience

One man, one year, one meter - this is how long a gemstone prospector takes to

Idar-Oberstein

get one metre into the mountain to prize sparkling precious stones out of the hard



1 Idar-Oberstein Jazz Festival

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bedrock. More than 500 years ago, agates, amethysts, rock crystals, jasper and



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Steinkaulenberg

smoky quartz were already being mined in the q gemstone mines in Steinkaulen-



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berg 1. The second stage of your round trip will take you to the q historical Weiher-



and goldsmith market

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schleife 2, the last water-driven historical agate grinding mill from the 17th century.



including a street theatre



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used to work and see how they make sparkling jewels from raw stones. The journey





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continues to the suburb of Idar. In the unique q German Gemstone Museum 3, the

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finest treasures and most precious jewels to be made by human hand will be waiting for you. There is probably no other place in the world in which the fascinating world

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show for you. The q Jakob Bengel Industrial Heritage Monument 7 is only a stone‘s throw away. It is 1900 A.C., and the workers are just taking their lunch break. The former chain and jewellery factory, also the place where art deco jewellery originated, is fully

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24h Neustadt Views into romantic narrow alleys and winemakers inns in the historical town centre, extensive views over a sea of pink blossoms when the almond trees bloom and across the rows of colourful vines in autumn. Views of Neustadt – a treat for the eyes...

Experience Neustadt an der Weinstraße and its wine villages with all your senses.

Wine and wine-growing characterise the landscape, but they also characterise the mindset and zest for life of the people who enjoy living here: this is where the almond trees may blossom as early as in February, and where figs, kiwis and chestnuts ripen, which means that fun-loving locals celebrate a wine festival somewhere in the Palatinate nearly every weekend from March to November. The first festival is the Gimmelding Almond Blossom Festival, and the highlight of the wine festival season is the German Casimiranium

Wine Estates and Pfälzerwald

Almond Blossom Festival

Neustadt/Weinstraße in 24 hours

Wine Harvest Festival, which has the biggest vintage festival pageant in Germany.

The cittaslow network offers fast connections in all four directions, to Deidesheim,

Speyer, Heidelberg, St. Martin, and Elmstein Valley and to Mainz, Karlsruhe, and Wissembourg and Strasbourg in the Alsace region.

Wine enjoyment and almond blossom time



The annual travel magazine LebensART has a handy guide with the most important

tourist attractions on the Mittelhaardt Wine Route for anyone wishing to take a holiday Right in the heart of the Palatinate, in an ocean of vines, at the gates to the Pfälzerwald

on the German Wine Route (also available in English, French, Italian, Spanish and

Nature Park (UNESCO) lies Neustadt an der Weinstraße and its nine wine villages. The

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historical market place is the centre of Germany‘s secret wine capital. It is surrounded by the Town Hall, old, stylishly restored half-timber constructions and the q Gothic Collegiate Church 1, which is the city‘s landmark and has the biggest cast iron bell in

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„Dream in Pink“ 2014/2015 –

the world, and remarkable, newly discovered frescoes. Wine bars invite visitors to take

a weekend to enjoy at almond

a seat outside and move closer together inside and enjoy a glass of classy Palatinate



Riesling or elegant Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).

Blossom Festival

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Wolfsburg Castle: The castle of the people of Neustadt was a fortified outpost



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a 3-star superior hotel, 1 glass of

in the middle of the forest; q Hambach Castle 2 is the cradle of German democracy.



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In between, on the Haardt peripheral, the famous wine estates of the German wine



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route, the oldest tourist route in Germany.



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Your senses are all addressed in Neustadt an der Weinstraße: hearing Palatinate

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blossom time in the Palatinate

Castle, Brochure, Gift of a book

sounds, a „pop“ when a cork slides out of a bottle of elegant wine estate sparkling wine or wine. In the distance the whistle of the q Cuckoo Railway 3 steam engine

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sounds as it makes its way to romantic Elmstein Valley with its three-castle circular trail.

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Irresistible Neustadt fragrances, such as vineyard peach, apple, vanilla or red

grapefruit in the wines produced from the different grapes; aromatic forest air and the

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Romance Take a break and enjoy some time as a couple! Everything is ready for you: treat yourself and the love of your life to an exclusive, sensuous and memorable escape from the daily grind. Greeted with sparkling wine and roses, you can be sure of a relaxing and refreshing break in stylish surroundings. Discover the variety of the Romantic Cities: our special packages in this category add that all-important romance factor to your holiday.

Passion Cultural journeys and sightseeing tours around the Romantic Cities! Passion comes in many forms. Experience fine wines, good food or follow your own personal interests. The Romantic Cities have much in common, in terms of history and culture, and yet each city is distinctly different. Take a tour on any of a number of themes through the cities and the attractive countryside around them.

Spirit Relax and let yourself be pampered! Regeneration for body and soul. Wellness for the spirit and pleasure for the senses. Allow us to transport you into a world of massages, steamrooms, thermal baths and salt baths. Add in a programme of varied and balanced meals, and you have the perfect recipe for a re-energising and revitalising break. Rediscover your joie de vivre and enjoy a variety of days out, shopping trips or important cultural attractions!

Shopping Romantic packages promise intimate breaks for starry-eyed new lovers, honey-

Shop‚ til you drop!

mooners or anyone for whom the candle of love still burns brightly.

Discover the great shopping in the historical ambience of the Romantic Cities.



A fabulous experience, summer or winter! International brands and lots of fantastic

Our packages can be divided into various categories, and all you have to do

is to decide which one best suits you. Whether it‘s health and fitness, shopping

shops and boutiques, all close together. Compare the prices: many items are

and dining or sightseeing tours around the cities and the attractive countryside –

cheaper than in other European countries!

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Contact and bookings: Detailed information and booking forms are available online at: www.romantic-cities.com. General information is available from the cities themselves or Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH: Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

Worms Tourist Information

Tel. +49 (0) 261/ 915 200

Tel. +49 (0) 6241/ 853 7306

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.gastlandschaften.de

www.touristinfo-worms.de

Trier Tourist Information

Idar-Oberstein Tourist Information

Tel. +49 (0) 651/ 978 080

Tel. +49 (0) 67 81 / 64-871

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.trier-info.de/english

www.idar-oberstein.de

Koblenz-Touristik

Neustadt/Weinstraße Tourist

Tel. +49 (0) 261/ 30 388 13

Information

[email protected]

Tel. +49 (0) 63 21 / 92 68-92

www.koblenz-touristik.de

[email protected] www.neustadt.pfalz.com

Frankfurt-Hahn airport “The gateway to the world” Rhineland-Palatinate‘s Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is a colourful melting pot for travellers from all over the world, with many scheduled flights provided by low cost international

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carriers such as Ryanair, Wizzair and Sun Express.

GmbH

AG Städteforum Rheinland-Pfalz

Mainz Tourismus

c/o Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

Tel. +49 (0) 6131/ 242 888

Löhrstraße 103 – 105, 56068 Koblenz

Planes leave Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for more than forty destinations throughout

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Europe. Passengers enjoy the airport with its attractive mix of shops, car rental desks,

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bars, restaurants and hotels.

The Directorate General

Bus services connect the airport‘s central bus depot with the Romantic Cities.

for Cultural Heritage

Further information: www.hahn-airport.de

Rhineland-Palatinate (GDKE) Tel. +49 (0) 2 61 / 6675-4000 [email protected] www.gdke.rlp.de Speyer Tourist-Information Tel. +49 (0) 6232/ 142 392 [email protected] www.speyer.de

www.hahn-airport.de