Sommerloch in Rhineland-Palatinate

4 August 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Sommerloch © Klaus Graf/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Sommerloch © Klaus Graf/cc-by-sa-2.0-de

Sommerloch is a municipality in the district of Bad Kreuznach in Rhineland-Palatinate with 400 inhabitants. In the town on Weinbergstraße (Wine Mountain Street) is Saint Aegidius Roman Catholic church built in 1789. Sommerloch lies northwest of Bad Kreuznach in the vicinity of the Nahe Valley, on the edge of the Soonwalds. The village is surrounded by vineyards. Seven wineries grow about 100 hectares of vines, primarily Riesling grapes. This wine region is not far from the “middle” Rhine River, not far from Bingen and Ingelheim.   read more…

Montabaur in Westerwald

28 July 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Kora27/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Kora27/cc-by-sa-3.0

Montabaur is a town and the district seat of the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the same time, it is also the administrative centre of the Verbandsgemeinde of Montabaur – a kind of collective municipality – to which 24 other communities belong. The town is known throughout the country for its strikingly yellow castle and its InterCityExpress railway station on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line. Montabaur lies in the Westerwald, roughly 20 km northeast of Koblenz. About 13,000 people live in the city, while the district is home to about 40,000.   read more…

Neustadt on the German wine route

7 November 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Franzfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Franzfoto/cc-by-sa-3.0

Neustadt an der Weinstraße (formerly known as “Neustadt an der Haardt”) is a town located in Rhineland-Palatinate. With 52,000 inhabitants, it is the largest town called Neustadt.   read more…

The Hambach Castle

4 June 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0

Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832.   read more…

Boppard in the upper Middle Rhine Valley

2 March 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Rhine Panorama © Moguntiner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rhine Panorama © Moguntiner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Boppard is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district in Rhineland-Palatinate, lying in the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is also a state-recognized tourism resort and is a winegrowing centre.   read more…

The Greater Region Luxembourg, Lorraine, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate and Wallonia

16 October 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, European Capital of Culture

Großregion map © Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes

Großregion map © Staatskanzlei des Saarlandes

The Greater Region is the area of Saarland, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Wallonia, the French Community of Belgium and the German-speaking Community of Belgium. It is not identical with the SaarLorLux Euregio, being in the same territory.   read more…

The Nibelungen and Luther City of Worms

15 August 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Nibelungen Bridge over Rhine river © Heidas

Nibelungen Bridge over Rhine river © Heidas

Worms is a city in Rhineland-Palatinate on the Rhine River with 82,000 inhabitants. The climate in the Rhine River Valley is very temperate in the winter time and quite enjoyable in the summertime. Rainfall is below average for the surrounding areas. Snow accumulation in the winter is very low and often melts within a short period of time.   read more…

The Maria Laach Abbey

25 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Aerial view © Dr.G.Schmitz

Aerial view © Dr.G.Schmitz

Maria Laach Abbey (in German: Abtei Maria Laach) is a Benedictine abbey situated on the southwestern shore of the Laacher See (Lake Laach), near Andernach, in the Eifel region of the Rhineland-Palatinate. It is a member of the Beuronese Congregation within the Benedictine Confederation. The abbey was known for nearly 770 years as “Abtei Laach” (“Abbatia Lacensis” or “Laach Abbey”, meaning the “Lake Abbey”) until 1862 when the Jesuits added the name “Maria”.   read more…

Germany’s test market Hassloch

3 March 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

The oldest houses © Georg Slickers

The oldest houses © Georg Slickers

Haßloch (or Hassloch) is a municipality in the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Unlike most municipalities in the district, it does not belong to any Verbandsgemeinde – a kind of collective municipality. It lies near the Mannheim/Ludwigshafen built-up area. The municipality has grown out of a single centre and is thus sometimes styled “Germany’s biggest village”. Haßloch is the Bad Dürkheim district’s biggest municipality, exceeding even the namesake district seat. The village has at its disposal well developed infrastructure with educational and shopping facilities; the region’s surrounding centres can in the main be reached within 20 minutes.   read more…

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