Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt

Categories: Family and Kids, Entertainment

Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt
Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt

[ source: Wikipedia]

Wine festivals and markets abound in Germany, but few of them can claim to be nearly as large or old as the Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt. This wine festival in the Pfalz area has been celebrated for over 570 years at this point, and it is one of the largest public festivals in Germany. Every year in September, crowds of wine aficionados converge on the Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt to sample over 150 different wines served at over 50 different vending locales, featuring exclusively local wines and sparkling wines from Bad Duerkheim. The locations range from big wine halls to traditional "Schubkaerchler," which are small stands with long wooden tables and benches. The Weindorf, or Wine Village, also offers an array of larger tents that can be enjoyed. For the smaller visitors that may be in tow, the Wurstmarkt features a traveling fairground, which is quite popular with the younger set.

Bad Duerkheim might seem like an unusual location for what some consider to be the world's largest wine market, attracting over 600,000 visitors every year. The town lies in the Palatinate Forest about 30 km east of Kaiserslautern (Kaiserslautern vacation rentals | Kaiserslautern travel guide). At the center of the Pfalz, the Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt is easily reachable by train or by bus, thus there is no need to be concerned about combining the rich wines and automobile travel. Bad Duerkheim has its roots in ancient Celtic culture, and the town offers an array of ancient and medieval sites for those that are interested. One of these sites, St. Michael's Chapel, is linked to the origin of the Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt. Until the 15th century, pilgrims visited this hilltop church on St. Michael's Day (September 29). As time passed, a festival was organized every September near the base of the Michaelsberg.

Besides the wine locales, the Wurstmarkt offers a changing program of cultural events. Concerts and live music performances provide musical accompaniment to the clinking of wine glasses. On the Mondays during the fair, the Literary Fruehschoppen convenes. At 10 am, various well-know Pfalz writers and poets gather, and read from and discuss their stories, songs, and poems.

Despite the supplemental activities, everyone knows that one travels to the Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt to sample the rich regional wine culture. This can be done in various types of locales. The Schubkarch stalls are the traditional environments. There are 36 of these historic win stalls, and each can accommodate 120 people. The Weindorf stands are larger and are operated by various wineries from around the region. Two large wine halls and one large beer hall provide a bigger space for wine sampling. Lastly, one can seek out the Winegrower's Garden, a courtyard area with seating for 1,000 people with a glittering wine pavilion and circular bar located at the center.

September is a very pleasant time of year in Germany, so if you happen to find yourself in the country during the late summer, be sure to add the Duerkheimer Wurstmarkt to your itinerary.



About this Article

Rachel Hildebrandt

This travel guide has been written by Rachel Hildebrandt.

Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).

Find and book quality Germany Vacation Rentals and Holiday Apartments ...

By Vacation Theme: Alpine Villages, Beach Vacations, Farm Vacations, German Castles, Historic Old Towns, Lake Vacations, Metropolitan Cities, Small Villages, Spa Towns, Themeparks, [ + ] more ...

By State: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bavaria, Berlin (region), Bern (Canton), Brandenburg, Bremen (region), Burgenland (Austria), Canton of Jura, Canton of Uri, Carinthia (Austria), Fribourg (Canton), Geneva (Canton), Glarus, Graubünden, Hamburg (region), Hesse, Lower Austria, Lower Saxony, Lucerne (Canton), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Obwalden, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Salzburger Land (Austria), Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schaffhausen (Canton), Schleswig-Holstein, Schwyz (Canton), Solothurn, St. Gallen (Canton), Styria (Austria), Thurgau, Thuringia, Ticino, Tyrol (Austria), Upper Austria, Valais, Vaud, Vienna (Austria), Voralberg (Austria), Zug (Canton), Zürich (Canton), [ + ] more ...


Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Auf den Brühlwiesen, 67098 Bad Dürkheim, Germany

[ view larger map ]




Nearby Destinations Where You Can Find Nice Germany Vacation Rentals

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Situated on the Neckar River and home to approximately 150,000 people, Heidelberg is one of Germany's most popular and picturesque travel destinations. Heidelberg provides both a glimpse at history with its world famous castle, and a look to the future…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Heidelberg Vacation Rentals


Ramstein

Ramstein

Ramstein-Miesenbach is a municipality in the district of Kaiserslautern in Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. The beginning of Ramstein's modern industrial and business expansion began in the 1970s. The community had started developing a commercial area…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Ramstein Vacation Rentals


Landstuhl

Landstuhl

Landstuhl is a municipality of over 9,000 people in southwestern Germany. It is situated on the north-western edge of the Palatinate forest, approximately 10 km west of Kaiserslautern. It is perhaps best known in the U.S. because of the U.S. Army's medical…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Landstuhl Vacation Rentals


Baumholder

Baumholder

Baumholder is a town and a municipality in the district of Birkenfeld, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is well-known as the location of the largest concentration of US combat soldiers outside the United. The city is greatly influenced economically…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Baumholder Vacation Rentals


Baden Baden

Baden Baden

Baden Baden is a spa town built on thermal springs at the edge of the Black Forest in Baden Württemberg in southwestern Germany. This picturesque town is beautifully situated in a wooded valley, and is known for its casino culture and its Roman history.…  [ + ] More Details

Related: Baden Baden Vacation Rentals



Feedback, comments, questions?

Bettina Kraft

If you have visited here please share your experiences with our readers on Facebook. Or, if you have other cool trip suggestions and would like to contribute a travel guide here, please drop me an email. We also are encouraging free-lancers, travel guide writers or publishers who have great Germany related content to send us an email and get in touch with us.

Subscribe to the latest Germany travel guide articles in a reader (RSS)

Ask a Local for special travel insider tips!

We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.

Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!

Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!Register for our free monthly Germany travel newsletter and download as a gift this valuable eBook: "10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation" - written by Bettina Kraft, owner of the Live Like a German site.
[ + ] More Details

Add the "Best of Live Like a German" to your web site or blog!

Best of Live Like a German Badge

Get the Best of Live Like a German badge, which shows the latest Germany travel tips, popular vacation packages, special trip plans, and a selection of travel guides. It can be integrated easily into your web site or blog.
[ + ] More Details