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  • Typical Mainz street signs
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Land Rheinland-Pfalz Favorites

  • Rhine Cruise

    Koblenz Favorites

    Background While spending a few days in Cologne, we decided to take a cruise down the Rhine River. Having read many tour books, not having yet been a member of VT, we decided to depart from Cologne via train. We took the train to Koblenz. What a blast! We were on the train with a large group of fans of the Fortuna Dusseldorf soccer team that...

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  • Rhine River

    Mainz Favorites

    We took a tour boat up the Rhine River from Koblenz to Mainz. Although the scenery was, of course, beautiful, when you go upstream, there's a long time between castles. It took us 8 hours - if memory serves, going downstream would have taken about 3. I would highly suggest going, but going the other way!

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  • Wine and Vinyards

    Koblenz Favorites

    Koblenz is located in Germany's winegrowing region. South of Koblenz is the so-called Rheingau region. The drive thorugh the vineyard is a great experience. In this hilly region almost all hills is covered with vines. Every now and then you can stop in a village and have a glass of local wine in a tavern. Better to travel by bike because you...

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  • churches

    Mainz Favorites

    In the rapidly descending twilight of an early January afternoon, I didn't have time to take a moment and step inside the Christuskirche. But I did snap a picture of its impressive copper dome. The Christuskirche was dedicated in 1903, and was part of a Wilhelmine project to bring an imperial and stately air to what were then the northern suburbs...

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  • Deutsches Eck

    Koblenz Favorites

    I took advantage of the Eck, and proposed this week at the corner of Mother Mosel and Father Rhein, this is a very beautiful area! Make sure you go to the top of the statue and marvel at the beauty of this area. Take a quick trip across the river and hike the back trail up to the fortress. I will always remember the view of the Ehrebritstein...

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  • Theatre

    Mainz Favorites

    No proper German city of the 19th century was without its own municipal theatre! The good burgers of Mainz jointly funded this project in the proud 19th century, dedicating the stage in 1831. Recent reconstruction created new stages behind the 19th century facade, and mean that the theatre will continue to function through the 21st century.

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  • Bread and Cakes *Mmmm*

    Koblenz Favorites

    Waaaayyyyyy off the beaten path in a tiny *Gasse* on the Ehrenbreitstein side of Koblenz, in the Obertal area, we came across a gorgeous little local bakery selling all kinds of cakes and bread at much lower prices than in other more touristy places! Exploring at leisure!

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  • Festivals

    Mainz Favorites

    If you are in Mainz during Christmas time, please visit the Christmas markets. Generous choice of great food and gifts. We love their Mushroom dish and also the German Sausages ! We can never get enough of it ! Also try the Gruwine (Warm Mulled Wine). This promise to warm you up in the freezing winter. This is how Christmas should be celebrated !

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  • Vegetarian streets ;-)

    Koblenz Favorites

    When Steve and Susan were over we walked around the nice old town of Koblenz and on the search for a (vegetarian) snack we found the "Gemüsegasse" (Vegetable Lane). We were sure we'd find something here ;)

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  • market-place

    Mainz Favorites

    Mainz has been a cathedral city for over a thousand years, a fact commemorated by this bronze monument in the central square. The monument is decorated with images depicting the city's history, including a scene from the Second World War, with a Star of David, and flames from the devastating air raids.

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  • Make sure you see the Fortress...

    Koblenz Favorites

    Make sure you see the Fortress Ehrenbreitstein, and Duetsches Eck. My best memory of Koblenz was trying to find a way into Fortress Ehrenbreitstein. We drove like an 1.5 hours to see this castle and it was closed. So instead of give up in defeat, we took a risk and tried to get in anyways. We ended up being on the wrong side jumping fences and...

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  • City hall

    Mainz Favorites

    I only spent here few hours in the summer and I did enjoy it very much here. To find out more check the Mainz official site which is also available in English & French. Mainz Official

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  • Old Town

    Mainz Favorites

    The old Kirschgarten, just off Augustinerstrasse, is one of the most pleasant parts of the old city. Half-timbered houses give it a bit of a "disneyland" feel, but this is a real neighborhood, and businesses that cater to the local community and mixed in with more "touristed" places.

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  • Schillerplatz

    Mainz Favorites

    The Osteiner Hof is in Schillerplatz, across from the Carnival Fountain/statue. It was built in the mid-18th century as a dowager's palace for the sister of the Prince Elector was also constructed in 1750. Today, it serves as offices for the State government.

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  • Neubrunnenplatz

    Mainz Favorites

    There are lots of good restaurant choices in the small streets that radiate from this square. It's about a ten to fifteen minute walk from either the train station or the Dom. Neubrunnenplatz is dominated by its central obelisk, and the genial sphinxes that guard it.

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  • City centre

    Mainz Favorites

    It was the French Emperor Napoleon who ordered the creation of a square dedicated to the memory of Gutenberg in the early 1800s. A few decades later, the citizens of Mainz commissioned the prominent Danish sculptor Berthel Thorwaldsen to create this prominent (larger than life) statue that adorns the square. Just one peculiar detail - Thorwaldsen...

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  • Best time for a visit in Palatinate

    Rheinland Pfalz and especially Palatinate is beautiful all year round. However, this is no secret to the many fans of this part of Germany, so it can get quite crowded in summer and autumn. But nevertheless, autumn and spring are the most beautiful seasons in my opinion. Spring, as due to the mild climate, the region is exploding with tree blossoms...

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  • Steep vineyards,guarantee for excellent...

    During boat trips along Rheinland-Pfalz’ rivers it becomes obvious how steep some vinyards are. The steepest of all is said to be the Calmont at Moselle river (near Moselle loop) with 68 degrees. But also along Rhein river you’ll see many very steep ones and I always wonder how much of a hard effort harvesting the grapes is for the vintners. They...

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  • Don't miss the wine festivals

    I am not sure if this might better belong to the local customs or restaurant section - well, now I add it here.By now, you all might have guessed that Palatinaters are very much into celebrating their wine, the world and the dishes. This means that every month a festival is taking place along the Weinstraße.You can check the Pfalz' website for...

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  • Pfalz or Palatinate – the name’s origin

    Often I get questions of what the name Palatinate stands for. It derives from the Latin word palatiam (palace), in German Pfalz, that’s how castles were called which had been built as temporarily seats of power or residences for the emperors of Holy Roman Empire. These days, the emperors didn’t live in palaces permanently but had to travel around...

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  • Rheinland-Pfalz – regions and diversity

    The incredible diversity, Rheinland-Pfalz offers to the visitors lies in its 9 regions, each one is very much characerised through its landscape or better through the rivers which have shaped the landscape. Rhein river, the most prominent one, is responsible for the very much fertile lowlands in Palatinate, which, in addition to the wine, makes it...

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  • Pumpjacks? Oilfields? Texas? No,...

    In Palatinate’s south near Landau, or near Nußdorf to be precise, you will see something you would rather believe to see in Texas or other typical oil output countries: pumpjacks, slowly making their typical nod. Well, there is an oil field near Landau with around 30 exploration pumps in operation at 110 tons per day. It is not much compared to the...

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  • Excellent website with short movies

    Rather than blowing up my tip with unnecessary text, I let the videos speak for themselves :-)This website has an amazing amout of short videos about almost every aspect of Palatinate:Pfalz Bewegt (= Palatinate moves). The movies are available in English (and well spoken English!). Although the navigation tabs are not yet translated. Here is the...

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  • Wine Tasting: Some General Hints

    Tasting the wines is an obvious wish if someone visits a wine region. The ways of handling wine tastings differ widely from winery to winery, and sometimes it is not easy to find a suitable place. Here are some general hints:Some wineries have shops, type "open cellar door", where you can taste and buy wine. The tasting is usually free but they...

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  • Schengen Visas

    I still remember the old days when one needed a visa for every single European country. That is of course if you have a nationality that is not really favoured in Europe for free entry and travel. Today it is a lot easier, okay not getting the visa since some Consulates and Embassies require personal interviews, however once you have the Schengen...

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  • Rhineland-Palatinate Card

    This all-inclusive card gives free admission to more than 90 attractions and places of interest in Rhineland-Palatinate. When you buy a card, you also receive a free copy of the attractive and clearly laid-out Marco Polo travel guide to Rhineland-Palatinate, which lists all the attractions and the tourist regions of the state. Besides the...

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  • the Eifel Region

    where my roots are..this part of Germany, has seen many comings and goings. the Celts before the Romans.....the Prussians and the Hesse..then Napoleon had his eye on this part..when he was gone, the Prussians where back, then the French again....and 1946, accidently:-) I was born too....and then Rheinland-Pfalz was proclaimed as one of the 11...

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  • The Bridge at Remagen

    The Remagen Bridge was a railroad bridge built in 1916-18 due to insights the German military developed anout sustaining Worl War I and future military supply needs. In its massive support towers it included demolition chambers which the French fulled with cen=ment after that war.The town and bridge were bombed heavily during the Allied invasion in...

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  • Gonsenheim forest and Mainz-Finthen

    Off the beaten path or general? No eaysy decide. But for me it was at last important and general experience. When you come to Mainz then should you visit that part of town.The Gonsenheimwald (Gonsenheim forest) lies in the quarter of Mainz Finthen. Why he is not called Finthen forest, nobody probably knows. It is fantastic therein. Many old and...

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  • Open heart and lot of time

    A single activity? That is impossible in Rhine region. All of this would give you a fondest memory.But what I want say is that: take lot of time and an open heart when you will travel to Rhine river region. Want not only visit somewhat, please, want visit the whole area. Then it will get an unique memory. Why is it so beautiful at Rhine....? One...

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  • Castles

    along the River Rhein and Mosel you find Castles in Abundance. take a rail trip along the rivers or selfdrive on good roads.when you are in Koblenz already, take a daytrip down the Mosel Valley and visit Burg Eltz Burg Eltz is my favorite and when you have a look at their webpage, you might agree. looks like Neuschwanstein, King Ludwigs great...

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  • Some links for your vacation in the...

    On this tip you will get some interesting links for the Rhine-valley :click here for an interactive map of the part of the Middle-Rhine between Bingen and Brey (shortly before Koblenz)It is just in German, but it will show you all the sights of a village, when you click on it on the map !http://www.rhinecastles.com - castle-hotels along the Rhine...

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  • Andernach

    take a cruise on the Rhine.enjoy the peace and quit when floating along Castles and Vineyards, Andernach is an excellent starting point.....have a look at my Andernach page. the Koeln-Duesseldorfer Rheinschifffahrtsgesellschaft..what a mouth full :-) but they take you from Border to Border..Holland to Switzerland and it is unforgettable. you need...

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  • General information

    Rheinland-Pfalz lies in the center of the Rhenish Schist Massif. In my opinion the most beautiful part is the stretch of the Rhine Valley between Bingen and Bonn. Here you find the Rhine river, dozens of castles and the famous Lorelei Rock. Rheinland Pfalz is famous for its wine and you better make sure to try some, when you visit this area!

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  • the Countryside

    is where Rheinland-Pfalz shows off it's real Beauty. I grew up in this Village,if you like to go to my Nickenich page, to find out more, then I wont need to repeat myself ^..^Nickenich

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  • Neighbours

    we always had a great relationship with our neighbourly villages. speaking the same language, loving the countryside, the fields and the forest. friendly rivalery at soccer games was a must on sunday afternoon, which could get a little heated ... walking or biking in the area of Plaidt, Kruft, Kretz or Namedy, the Neighbourhood Villages around...

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  • Rudesheim

    Rudesheim is an interesting city along the Rhine, and a stop for most of the river barges that cruise up and down the river viewing castles.Rudesheim has a little for everyone - wineries, old and new, plenty (overkill is more like it) of shops and cafes, so plan on spending a minimum of 6 hours there if you are daytripping.The down side was that...

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  • Wilhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen

    Last Monday was the final day of the exhibition "Blauer Reiter".www.wilhelm-hack-museum.de

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  • Mainz - the capital

    Mainz is the capital of Rheinland-Pfalz. It is a nice place to visit, especially the old parts of the town. here a pic of the cathedral, which you can see from everywhere when walking in Mainz.

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  • History

    Conrad, half-brother of Emperor Frederick obtained the title count palatine in 1156 and owned territories on both sides of the Rhine. When Conrad's line died out in 1214, the Palatinate passed to the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty. They enlarged their to the east. In 1356 the Golden Bull gave them the right to vote in the election of the Holy Roman...

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  • Villa Hugel

    This is a small well kept four star establishment a short walk from the centre. It's half way up the...

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    Owners: Christiana & Günter HECK They have single, double and triple rooms. Special offers for the...

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    All the service was nice and friendly. The room was very comfy and sunny. We had tv and shower in...

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