Neustadt an der Weinstraße Travel Guide

  • Neustadt an der Weinstraße
    by Kathrin_E
  • Neustadt an der Weinstraße
    by Kathrin_E
  • Inscription in the tower hall
    Inscription in the tower hall
    by Kathrin_E

Neustadt an der Weinstraße Things to Do

  • Marienkirche: Interior

    The catholic parish church, built in 1860-1862, has preserved its neogothic interior. Altarpieces, pulpit, organ and gallery, confessionals, statues all originate from the era when the church was completed. Only the stained-glass windows are younger. They were created around 1970 and depict mostly scenes from the life of Mary. The benches have also...

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  • Juliusplatz and Marienkirche

    Juliusplatz is a few steps from the busy market square but a lot quieter. The middle of the square is occupied by the large neogothic church of St Mary. The square is surrounded by other important historical buildings, including the Casimirianum and the baroque town hall. The little park around the church has a couple of benches under trees, and...

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  • Tired Warrior on a Tired Horse

    The sandstone monument commemorates the fallen soldiers from Neustadt in World War I. The sculpture on top is not one of the usual heroic scenes. Both the warrior, naked except for the helmet, and his horse look tired, hanging their heads and mourning the many men who lost their lives on the battlefields. The inscriptions on the pillar list their...

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  • Haus des Weines - House of Wine

    The beautiful complex of half-timbered houses hosts two institutions that can do with such a romantic location: the House of Wine where the local wineries present and sell their products, do tastings etc., and the civil registration office. (The restaurant in the courtyard has arrangements for wedding receptions so you can have the whole...

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  • Stiftskirche: Frescoes under the Porch

    The porch in the West, or "paradise", has a feature which is easily missed: the frescoes in the vaults. They date from the era around 1500 and show why the term "paradise" is applied to a church's porch. Heavenly staff assemble over the entrance: angels with musical instruments; prophets, the symbolic creatures that represent the four evangelists,...

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  • Stiftskirche: Interior

    The nave of Stiftskirche, i.e. the protestant part, recently underwent a through restoration and renovation. Last time I visited it was a construction site with no access, now (2013) it has been reopened. Parts of medieval frescoes in the vaults and high up on the walls came to light. Everything else has been freshly painted and looks almost too...

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  • Stiftskirche

    The main church of the town, built more than 500 years ago, is the dominant building in market square. Like many churches in Palatine it was divided and simultaneously used by Calvinists and Roman Catholics until the latter built their own parish church, Marienkirche, in the 1860s. Stiftskirche has recently been throughly renovated - in 2011 it was...

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  • Kunigunde and Her General

    Neustadt escaped the fate of most cities, towns and villages in the Palatinate Heritage War of 1689: being burned down by French troops. The town owes its good luck to a young lady named Kunigunde Kirchner, daughter of a Neustadt citizen, and her love affair with the French general de Werth. For her sake the general spared her town.The street where...

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  • Elwetritschen Fountain

    A monument has been set to Palatine’s famous fairytale birds in the middle of Neustadt. The shy nocturnal creatures come to life in the middle of the town. The sculptors Gernot and Barbara Rumpf have created it. The couple is famous for their fancy fountains. Their works can be found in many towns, but they live in Neustadt, so this was a ‘home...

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  • Hambach Castle - it's a party!

    Hambach Castle is located on the Schlossberg (Castle Mountain) at an elevation of 325 m in the Pfälzer Wald (Palatinate Forest). As the name indicates it is a part of Hambach, a suburb of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. The area of the castle had been settled since Roman time and the castle itself was built in the 11th century.Hambach Castle...

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  • Storchenturm

    The “Stork Tower” does not have a stork’s nest, so it is not obvious how it received this name. It is the last preserved tower of Neustadt’s fortifications. It is visible best from the playground in Marstall, just round the corner from the Elwetritschen fountain. Footnote for families with small kids: playground!

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  • Weinbruderschaft and Schwarzer Löwe

    The “Black Lion” has a long tradition. It dates back to at least 1600, if not further. The half-timbered house has the typical wide gate that leads into the courtyard. Don’t miss walking in – the courtyard is an architectural gem. If you are into fine dining, the restaurant in the courtyard may be just the right thing for you. The back house of the...

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  • The Newspaper Reader

    Neustadt has many sculptures but this is one that I particularly liked. On a stone block that serves for whatever technical purposes, a bronze man is sitting, legs dangling, and reading his newspaper. His hat and bag are carefully placed next to him on his bench. This sculpture was, like the hammer thrower in the town hall, created by F. W....

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  • Casimirianum

    There were times when Neustadt was the seat of a university. Palatine was the first territory in Germany that introduced the second, the Calvinist reformation. Since the state university in Heidelberg was still Lutheran, Elector Johann Casimir founded a Calvinist university of theology here in 1578. The university building has been named...

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  • Brezel Marks on the Wall of the Church

    Have a closer look at the wall of the church, especially the part facing the market square, west of the entrance door. There are lots of inscriptions and incised drawings on the sandstone. Some must be qualified as graffiti while others actually served for a legal purpose. Note the carefully designed Brezel (pretzel) shapes. These are the measures...

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  • The Lion

    The lion sculpture in front of the town hall is another work by Gernot and Barbara Rumpf, the creators of the Elwetritsche fountain. The Lion is the crest of Neustadt, and of Palatine, too. The lion’s attention is slightly distracted by two little mice that play between his front paws. Being the lion of a wine town, the tip of his tail is shaped...

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  • Marktplatz - Market Square

    Market square is the heart of the town. Every Tuesday and Saturday, in summer also on Thursday, a farmers market takes place here. This square is really ‘square’, or almost. The northern side is occupied by the mighty Stiftskirche, the main church of the town. The baroque complex in the west is the town hall, originally built as Jesuit college in...

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  • Paradise Fountain in Kartoffelmarkt

    Kartoffelmarkt, the smaller market square behind the big church, used to be the potato market. Its most striking feature nowadays is the paradise fountain. My photos were taken in winter with the water turned off, in summer it will look even more interesting. It shows paradise after Adam and Eve were forced to leave. There is the tree, which bears...

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  • Romantic Lanes (2): Metzgergasse

    Just the same as to Mittelgasse and Hintergasse applies to Metzgergasse. This lane is even narrower and more crooked, and even more photogenic. Probably also more crowded because it is located in the heart of the town off market square. Metzgergasse begins at the southern side of the square between the restaurant Schwarzer Löwe and the café. It is...

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  • Romantic Lanes (1): Mittelgasse and...

    Narrow lanes with half-timbered houses and beer and wine pubs, picturesque street views, little shops and galleries… Mittelgasse and Hintergasse, the side streets north of Kellereistraße, should meet the cliché of “Gemutlichkeit”, as overseas visitors notoriously misspell it. Anyway, if you are looking for a place to have a meal and/or a drink or...

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  • Saalbau

    The big building in the square opposite the train station is the centre of cultural life in Neustadt. Theatre and concerts, conventions and balls take place here. It is also the site of the coronation of the German Wine Queen, who is elected in Neustadt every year. The neorenaissance architecture betrays its origins in the 19th century. The Saalbau...

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Neustadt an der Weinstraße Hotels

  • Ramada Treff Neustadt Weinstrasse

    Exterstrasse 2, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Rhineland-Palatinate, 67433, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Neustadt an der Weinstraße Restaurants

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    by TomInGermany Written Apr 8, 2012

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    After a hike in the Pfalzerwald hills or a visit to the Hambacher Castle, the Neustadter Brauhaus is a great place to stop for a home-brewed beer (helles or dunkel) and some tasty German fare. The brauhaus is huge, seating over 400 people inside and out. They have an extensive menu serving traditional German food and they brew their own beer right on the premises. While we were there on a Saturday afternoon we watched the brew master emptying the vats of the Wort (I think that is what is was).
    The beer master speaks very good English, the owner's English is also pretty good. Too bad our waitress didn't speak any English. This wasn't a problem since the menu included English at the bottom of each food choice so all we needed to do was point.

    Favorite Dish: The beer. They make a very dark dunkel but the taste was very mild without the heavy malty taste I usually associate with a dark beer.

    Can someone translate for me! Bar and Beermaking Vats! Bathrooms are upstairs The Beer!
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Neustadt an der Weinstraße Transportation

  • Central station

    Neustadt's central station (Hauptbahnhof) is a train hub for the South of Rhineland-Palatine. It is located on the railway line between Mannheim/Ludwigshafen and Kaiserslautern/Saarbrücken with frequent S-Bahn connections of the VRN network. Local railways to Karlsruhe and Wissembourg/Alsace (South) and to Bad Dürkheim and Grünstadt (North) start...

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  • Transportation Map

    I have found this useful map showing all the motorways and roads leading to that place...Enjoy your trip!

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Neustadt an der Weinstraße Local Customs

  • Strawberries

    It is that time of the year... Strawberries are the first fresh fruit of the summer, and everyone (except the poor allergics, for whom I feel sorry) is waiting for the season to begin. Depending on the weather, local strawberries are ready to eat in early to mid June, maybe late May in years with a warm spring, and the season lasts until the end of...

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  • Farmers Market

    Farmers markets take place in market square every Tuesday and Saturday, in summer also on Thursdays. The merchants are mostly local producers. Some do organic farming, others conventional. Palatine is a vegetable and fruit growing region, not only wine, and local products are famous. You'll find finest quality from local orchards and fields at...

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  • Elwetritschen, and How to Catch Them

    Elwetritschen or Elwedritschen (d and t sound alike in the local dialect anyway) are a species of bird-like creatures that are endemic to the forests and vineyards of Palatine. You will come across their traces everywhere, and if you keep your eyes open you may even spot some in Neustadt’s old town. They are very famous and subject to a lot of...

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Neustadt an der Weinstraße Off The Beaten Path

  • Visiting Hambach Castle

    I enjoyed my day trip to this place and visiting Hambach Castle.I walked around it several times, visited the museum and had a privileged lunch in the castle conference hall. Very informative, impressive and majestic!

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  • Kalmit

    Only 673 metres high, this is the highest point of the Rhineland Palatinate. From the terrace at the summit there is a splendid view of the Rhein plane.

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  • The Old Town

    Neustadt's old town is a mix of wine romantic and busy town life. With about 50.000 inhabitants Neustadt is the centre for the Weinstraße region. Most streets in the centre are pedestrianized, which makes walking around pleasant. The main shopping streets are Hauptstraße, Kellereistraße and Friedrichstraße, where you find many little shops and also...

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  • Grab a Map

    A very practical and useful idea of the tourist office: Free leaflets with maps of the town, as well as two different information brochures about the town and region, are on display in these boxes outside the door. They are accessible any time, 24/7, independent from the opening hours of the tourist information office. Just open the lid of the box...

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