Exploring Bad Dürkheim
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The river Isenach flows through Bad Dürkheim (Bad Dürkheim vacation rentals | Bad Dürkheim travel guide), a town on the German Wine Route about 20km west of Mannheim (Mannheim vacation rentals | Mannheim travel guide). Bad Dürkheim offers historic elements of the past contrasted with the elements of today. Bad Dürkheim’s main industry is wine production and is the Palatinate’s third largest winegrowing area.
Bad Dürkheim has plenty of churches to explore, including the Classicist Saint Louis’s Catholic Parish Church (Ludwigskirche), the Protestant Castle Church (Schlosskirche), and the Castle Church (Burgkirche), which today is a Protestant Community Center. The Burgkirche bell is rung yearly on March 18 in memory of the air raid in Bad Dürkheim in 1945, and also on the first Saturday of Advent, which marks the new liturgical year. Other interesting landmarks include the Limburg Abbey just outside of town, the Heidenmauer (“Heathen Wall”) which is a remnant of a great Celtic settlement, and Kriemhildenstuh, a 4th century Roman quarry.
Bad Dürkheim is perhaps most famous for the annual Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt, which literally means ”sausage market”. The 750-year-old Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt is actually the world’s biggest wine festival, bringing in more than 600,000 visitors to the area annually. Take your pick from over 150 different wines, including Reisling, fine reds, ice wine, and more. The festival offers wine in various wine halls or at the traditional "Schubkärchler", which are traditional wine stands complete with worn wooden tables, which if they could talk would certainly have their share of stories.
The Michaelskapelle (St. Michael's Chapel) is close to the market on the Michaelsberg and deserves some exploration during a visit to Bad Dürkheim. The actual origin of the festival began in the 15th century, when pilgrims walked to the top of the hill on Michael’s Day. The festival also features a traveling fair, so it’s good fun for the whole family!
How to get there: Bad Dürkheim is about 20 km west of Mannheim and can quickly and easily be reached by car.
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This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.
Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.
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