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.
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.
25 April – 4 May 2020
May market and wine festival, Landau
10 May 2020
German-French farmer's market, Bad Bergzabern
21–24 May 2020
May Festival, Maikammer
3–6 July 2020
Wine festival "Kirrweiler Weinzehnt, Kirrweiler
10–14 July 2020
Gommersheim fair, Gommersheim
10–12 July 2020
Landauer Sommer (summer festival in Landau old town), Landau
17–20 July 2020
Böbingen fair, Böbingen
7–11 August 2020
Weinkerwe wine fair, Niederhorbach
12–21 September 2020
Autumn market and wine festival, Landau
18-21 September 2020
Altdorf fair, Altdorf
3–4 October 2020
Keschdefeschd chestnut festival, Annweiler
15–18 October 2020
Fest des Federweissen (new wine festival), Landau
26 November – 20 December 2020
Thomas Nast St Nicholas craft market, Landau
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.suedlicheweinstrasse.de/wineloversweekend
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.suedlicheweinstrasse.de/allahopp-family-deal