The Southern Wine Route may be at the heart of Germany, but it has a mediterranean feel. This scenic region between the Palatinate Forest and Rhineland Plain enjoys more hours of sunshine than almost anywhere else in the country. And besides the countless vines, you will also find figs, kiwi fruit, sweet chestnuts and almond trees growing here. Picturesque wine villages with narrow, winding lanes give way to sun-kissed vineyards and mighty castles perched high up in the hills of the Haardt region. Spring starts early here and autumn lasts longer ‒ and the locals know how to enjoy it.
The Southern Wine Route is a place where everyone can spend a relaxing holiday. Discover the regal splendour of Villa Ludwigshöhe in Edenkoben, relax and unwind at the Südpfalz thermal baths in Bad Bergzabern or go on safari at Landau Zoo for a day of adventure. If you are looking for an interesting but easy walk, why not try the Biblical Wine Trail at Kirrweiler, which also has an audio tour for those who are blind or visually impaired.
Currently, many spend their free time in their smallest circle, preferably in nature. All the more beautiful that the Southern Wine Route has the perfect places to spend relaxing moments with your loved ones on paths and places that are less frequented.
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There' s no shortage of enjoyment here, as several regional hosts offer a SÜW picnic package that can be conveniently booked online, picked up on site, and then enjoyed at a spot of your choice.
Included in the picnic package are various seasonal products from the region, including fresh bread, homemade produce, a few vegetables, something sweet and a bottle of wine. The included SÜW snack plate, which can be taken home, is also handy. A vegetarian option is also available. The picnic is available from 30 euros for two people.
Picnics can be enjoyed especially well at one of the many and varied barrier-free picnic areas in the region.
Here, everyone will find their perfect place to enjoy. Whether in the vineyards, in the forest, on green meadows or on a bench in the middle of a picturesque village - the places are as diverse as the region itself.
The more information about holiday packages that is available online, and the easier it is to plan a visit to a region via the internet, the better and more convenient it is for visitors. The Southern Wine Route’s new accessible packages are a great option for travellers with special needs or requirements. Accommodation and itinerary components were chosen on account of their suitability for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility. The accommodation information available about the accessible packages complies with the Travel for All certification system.
If you want to escape the everyday, then this is the package for you. Enjoy an overnight stay in an inviting and well-appointed hotel, complete with a hearty breakfast. At a wine tasting, you get to find out more about the fabulous wines of the Southern Wine Route.
For more information see www.southernwineroute.com/wine-lovers-weekend
Family holidays in the Palatinate region - enjoy a memorable short break where there is so much to see and do right on your doorstep. The alla hopp! adventure playgrounds in Edenkoben and Ilbesheim are the perfect place for the whole family to relax, get out and about or keep fit. Here you will find everything from outdoor gyms and fitness trails to slides, in-ground trampolines and family carousels. There are even some "insect hotels" to discover. Accommodation is available at Hotel Prinzregent in Edenkoben.
For more information see www.southernwineroute.com/vaalla-hopp-family-deal
The people of the Palatinate love to celebrate. There are more than 200 festivals at which visitors can enjoy Palatinate hospitality and sample wines, local produce and the regional cuisine. The choice is extensive, ranging from wine festivals and kerwen (traditional church fairs) to Christmas markets complete with delicious glühwein from local vineyards. The Palatinate festivals for all initiative started in 2017 and is so far unique within Germany. It provides detailed and verified accessibility information for a growing number of events that helps visitors to find a wine festival which is suitable for them. A specially appointed Wine Festival Commission reviews selected wine and village festivals as well as regional markets with regard to their quality, ambience and accessibility. The aim is to enshrine the high quality requirements for the events in the long term.
For more information see www.suedlicheweinstrasse.de/palatinatefestivalsforall.
Special situation events
Due to the coronavirus, most events cannot take place at this time. Please check with the host in advance if the event can take place. Please note that events can still be cancelled at short term
25 November – 19 December 2021
Thomas Nast St Nicholas craft market, Landau