Edenkoben Travel Guide

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  • Edenkoben
    by Russell_the_Wombat
  • Edenkoben
    by Russell_the_Wombat

Edenkoben Things to Do

  • Heilsbruck Cistercian Nunnery

    The Cistercian nuns came to Edenkoben in 1262 and built their convent outside the town. The nunnery was closed down in 1560 after the Reformation. It is now a large winery.The church has long been torn down. Only a small stair tower is preserved. This tower and also the main building date from the 16th century. The complex is located on a small...

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  • Open Air Exhibition on Wine Making

    The so-called "Open-Air Museum" shows old machines and tools that were used in wine making: wine presses, barrels, wagons, and such. The pieces have been put up otdoors among the vineyards. (Of course they are not in use any more.) The path by the road offers lovely views of the landscape, the hills covered in vines, the chain of the Palatinate...

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  • Where to Catch the Postcard View?

    The "Postcard View" of Edenkoben, which you'll find on many postcards, shows the silhouette of the village with the two churches above vineyards. Only during my second visit I found the spot where this view can be taken: from Blücherstraße, the Southernmost street of the town.From the train station, follow the main road (Staatsstraße) South,...

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  • Rietburgbahn - Chairlift to Rietburg...

    Of course Edenkoben has its castle ruin, Rietburg on the mountain top above Villa Ludwigshöhe. There is not much left of the castle, the greatest attraction is the view of the Rhine Plain. The easiest way to reach the top is the chairlift which departs just behind Villa Ludwigshöhe. There is also a hiking trail which zigzags up the slope underneath...

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  • Friedensdenkmal - Peace Monument

    The monument on the slope of Werderberg was erected in 1899 to commemorate the victory of Germany over France in the war of 1870/71 which lead to the foundation of the German Empire. Originally it was a victory monument.In 1969 the monument was adapted to more modern views about war and its consequences: The sword was taken from the hand of the...

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  • Schafsplatz

    The square in the town centre has only recently been redesigned. Google Earth still shows it as a construction site (checked in October 2011), so this must be really new. The small stream that runs through the town has been turned into a canal with sandstone walls and a rocky river bed. Wide sandstone steps lead down to the water, a place to sit in...

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  • The Vineyard in the Middle of the Town,...

    Edenkoben has, sort of, grown around this vineyard which is now in the middle of the town. It is located on the slope of the hill with the old town and the two churches, it used to be on the edge of the twon. The newer quarters towards the railway line along Bahnhofstraße and Luitpoldstraße are now enclosing it. There are some nice photo options...

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  • Lederstrumpfbrunnen - Leatherstocking...

    Wild West in a Palatinate wine town ? What is the connection between F. J. Cooper's Leatherstocking tales and Edenkoben? One of the models that Cooper used for the hero of the stories, the trapper Natty Bumppo, is said to have been a certain Johann Adam Hartmann who had emigrated from Edenkoben to America in 1764.The sculptor Gernot Rumpf created...

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  • Chestnut Forest

    Sweet chestnut trees are common on the lower slopes of the Palatinate Forest. This tree is not a native to the area but has become a wild tree around here. It likes the mild climate of the wine region. Around Villa Ludwigshöhe, for example, there is a large chestnut forest. Ludwig I had hundreds of them planted around his summer villa, and the...

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  • Ludwigsplatz

    Ludwigsplatz is the central square of the old town. Such a square can be expected to be the town's "market square", but Edenkoben has renamed it after the popular Bavarian King Ludwig I, the builder and owner of Villa Ludwigshöhe. His statue, a work by the sculptor Philipp Perron from Munich, has been put up in the square in 1890. The inscription...

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  • Typical Vintners' Houses

    The typical houses of Edenkoben all follow the same pattern. The residential houses are lined up with their gables towards the streets. Next to each house there is a courtyard, closed off from the street by a high wall with a large arched gate, big enough for a loaded farm wagon. Some of these arches have inscriptions with dates, names or initials...

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  • Former Catholic Church of St Nepomuk

    The catholic community started building their church when the protestants just finished theirs, in 1740. It was dedicated to Saint John Nepomuk, his statue can still be seen on the streetside gable. It served as parish church until the much larger new church was finished in 1890, a few metres down the street. The old church was turned into a...

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Edenkoben Transportation

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    by Kathrin_E Written Apr 9, 2012

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    Edenkoben is easy to reach by train. The town is located on the regional railway line between Neustadt/Weinstraße and Landau. Only Regionalbahnen (RB trains) stop there, though. This means one train per hour to Neustadt and one train per hour to Karlsruhe via Landau. The station, more a stop along the straight tracks, has but two platforms, one per direction. The railway line must be crossed via an underground passage which has both stairs and ramps.
    In Neustadt and Karlsruhe you can connect to the long-distance ICE network. In Landau there are connections to Wissembourg/Alsace, in western direction to Pirmasens and east to Germersheim/Speyer.

    This area, Southern Palatine, is part of both the VRN and the KVV. Tickets of both public transport networks can be used on these trains. The station is not manned; tickets must be obtained from the ticket machines.

    The train station is located on the eastern edge of the town. To the town centre you'll walk about 15-20 minutes.

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Edenkoben Local Customs

  • Painted Distributor Boxes

    Telekom's distributor boxes are usually plain boring grey boxes in the streets. In Edenkoben they are all painted in different designs, more or less artistic, more or less colourful, but all interesting. Groups, clubs, schools and individuals could have one and paint it to their liking. The results are as varied as the people of the town.My...

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  • Sip a Glass of Wine in the Vineyards

    It was a warm sunny spring day and the almond trees were in bloom. I walked a long the road that leads to Villa Ludwigshöhe when I spotted this pleasant scene around the big historical wine press: people sitting on chairs and benches enjoying a glass of wine. I tried hard but could not resist the temptation;-)A local winery had spotted this market...

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  • Almond Blossom

    The mild climate of Palatine allows not only growing vines but also almond trees. When they are in bloom they are the town's pride and joy. Every year around the end of March and beginning of April people come to see and admire the blooming trees. Edenkoben celebrates a Mandelblütenfest (Almond Blossom Festival) every spring.Almond blossoms are...

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