Combining new and old in Rhineland-Palatinate
Combining elements of Old and New Germany and set amid stunning Roman ruins and Medieval castles, the Rhineland-Palatinate is a remarkable region for travelers to get away from it all and experience the wonders of German hospitality first-hand.
Whether you're interested in strolls along charming old streets little changed over hundreds of years of history or a hike through the Rhine Valley, a holiday home in Rhineland-Palatinate might just become your favorite new getaway. It's little wonder why so many visitors find themselves returning to the region year after year.
The region is also a history buff's paradise, and a favorite destination for lovers of history is the region's largest city, Mainz. Here visitors can spend a charming day walking the historical streets of the city's Old Town or checking out first-rate museums devoted to educating visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
Once home to Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press and even printed his famous Gutenberg Bible within the city, visitors should be sure to check out the Gutenberg Museum opposite the local cathedral. Here family members can learn about the day-to-day life of one of history's great inventors before setting off to explore the city's historical districts.
For a truly one-of-a-kind family activity that will bring the region's treasures front and center, try scheduling a trip through the famous Rhine Valley. History shares close quarters with stunning natural scenery in this one-of-a-kind location.
Whether booking a cruise or sailboat trip down the Rhine or simply hiking around the many towns built along the river, families can take in views of the region's many castles, cherished vineyards, and chateaus.
A popular tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhine Gorge is a particularly stunning example of the valley's beautiful hideaways. Curving through mountain passes and offering gorgeous views of a vast swathe of architectural and natural history, it's little wonder that so many visitors to the region make a Rhine Gorge visit a top priority.
For lovers of history, a quick jaunt into the town of Trier, set in the famous Moselle wine region, will immerse families in a bygone age. Defined by its treasure of ancient ruins such as Roman baths dating back 1600 years, an ancient Roman bridge, a stunning cathedral, and a market square preserved to appear just as it did hundreds of years ago, the town is a true jewel nestled within the German heartland.
Children will also be sure to love the nearby Gartenschau Kaiserslautern, a favorite activity center for all ages. Visitors will experience life-sized models of wild animals and dinosaurs, extensive playground facilities, charming gardens, and outdoor markets featuring delicious snacks.
Whether you're a fan of the famous local wines, or simply love a well-made cup of coffee, a stroll around the Gartenschau grounds with a favorite drink in hand makes for a magical day trip indeed.
With its ancient cities and Rhine Valley beauty, a visit to the Rhineland-Palatinate is an authentic German travel experience unlike any other. Steeped in history, the region is welcoming to visitors who return to its historical and natural wonders time and again. Above all else, enjoy the magic of an authentic Rhineland journey!