The former wine cellar of St. Martin where ages ago the vintners delivered their tithe (wine tithe of course) to St. Martin’s barons, is now housing the tourist office. When I finally arrived there it was already closed, so I can’t say anything about their services. Though I assume that they are excellent, offering free brochures about the region.
Mid March to mid November: Mo-Fr 9-12 and 15-18, Sat. 10-12,
Mid November to mid March: Mo-Fr 9-12
They also have bicycles for rent.
They are located in the town centre, next to the little park with the Madonna (see to-do section).
Fondest memory: Update, March 2011:
A local website offers a lot of additional information and walks around village of Annweiler (which is southwest of St. Martin). Many walks and hikes in and around St. Martin are included:
Rund im Annweiler (Around Annweiler). Although in German only.
© Ingrid D., April 2010 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.), update March 2011: website added.
Palatinate, the part of state Rheinland-Pfalz, is known for a very mild climate. It is amazing how many flowers and plants can grow here compared to the rest of Germany. I know this, since I grew up in the region, but I was still amazed to see this araucaria growing here and more so about its size. I think the photo shows that it is huge, compared to the two floor building in the background.
But it is more than this araucaria. When you wander around the village and into the vineyards, you will see many wild fruit trees with apples, plums, pears and others.
In case you come for a visit, watch for the many little signs or stands along the streets during spring, summer and autumn: farmers sell their goods fresh from the land. It is usually chemical free and definitely more reasonable than in any supermarket. And, talking about the famous carbon footprint: the goods didn’t fly any kilometre from any exotic land.
St. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of the village and that’s why a statue of him is standing above the stairs to the main church, the one with the bible garden. The statue is made of the local pink sandstone. In fact one of the sandstone quarries in Palatinate is located a bit south of the village.
(Next to the stairs with St. Martin statue on top, is this little yard restaurant with the beautiful balcony, I described in the local customs section).