German Winery Tours - What Makes Them Special
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German Winery Tours - What Makes Them Special
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Touring a winery is a delightful vacation activity. German winery tours offer so much opportunity for enjoyment because of the culture and history of the area. One of the country's oldest areas of viniculture is located in Rhineland Palatinate. This popular German wine road begins in the southwest area of Germany in the town of Bockenheim, and winds 50 miles through quaint villages and towns to the French border. Old world restaurants and market squares face the narrow cobblestone streets, and vacationers should take their time to enjoy the local wine shops and festivals.
Many beautiful and historic sites along the drive invite the visitor to enjoy a journey back in time. The ruins of Roman wine cellars and old taverns are reminders that grape vines were originally brought to Germany by the Romans. Ancient abbeys and medieval castles add to the historical beauty of the drive.
The mild Mediterranean climate of the region is perfect for cultivating the many vineyards of the area. The warm, sunny days that are so rare in Germany also provide a climate that allows for the cultivation of some exotic fruits, including lemons, kiwis and figs.
The most beautiful time of the year to enjoy a German wine tour is in Autumn, when the forests and vineyards are ablaze with color. Most of the local wine and harvest festivals are held in the fall, so the area is filled with activities to enjoy. It is relatively easy to find bed and breakfast accommodations at wineries in the area. Look for signs reading "Zimmer frei"; the German phrase meaning there is a vacancy.
Some of the highlights of the German wine road are listed below:
- Bad Dürkheim (Bad Dürkheim vacation rentals | Bad Dürkheim travel guide) - This multi-level wine restaurant was created from the world's largest wine barrel, which was capable of holding 44 million gallons of wine.
- Hambacher Castle - Known as the cradle of German democracy, the Hambacher Fest was held in this castle in 1932.
- Rietcastle - A cable car ride up to the Reitcastle offers incredible views of the surrounding wine region and beautiful countryside.
The German wine road comes to an end in the town of Schweigen, near the border of France. After having enjoyed one of the most beautiful and entertaining German winery tours available, a vacationer may choose to continue their scenic drive into France. The Alsace wine route offers many wineries and beautiful scenery for their continued enjoyment.
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