The German Wine Route – Heaven for Wine Connoisseurs
The German Wine Route
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Inaugurated in October 1935, the German Wine Route is the oldest one of all scenic tourist routes in Germany and still the most popular one. The towns Schweigen—Rechtenbach and Bockenheim are start and finish of this about 50 miles long route that leads through the country’s largest coherent wine growing area.
The Palatinate is a region that is spared from the typical cold German winters and has an almost Mediterranean climate. While in the last winter months the rest of the country is often covered in snow and ice, in the countryside along the German Wine Route the almond trees are already in bloom. On the other hand, the summers are never too hot but the sun shines gently down on the soft hills planted with vines, lemons, kiwis and figs. However, if you are not solely interested in the landscape but also want to taste some amazing wine, you should go on your tour in autumn. This is when the grape harvesting takes place and open—air wine festivals are held in each and every village and town along the route.
The Wurstmarkt in Dürkheim welcomes about half a million visitors every year and is the largest wine festival in the world. With more than 150 wines in over 50 wine halls and stalls on offer, wine connoisseurs are spoilt for choice. In 2011 this festival is celebrated for the 595th time and takes place from the 9th until the 19th of September. For further information, please visit http://www.duerkheimer-wurstmarkt.de.
The Palatinate is not only similar to Tuscany in Italy regarding the climate but also in appearance. You can still find the remains of ancient Roman settlements, fortress ruins and castles all along the German Wine Route. This windy route through the narrow streets of picturesque wine villages, around world-famous vineyards and through deep forests is one of the most romantic areas in Germany.
No matter if by foot or bike on the well—marked trails, you will enjoy every second of your journey along the German Wine Route. And beware, your trip might take longer than you planned because once you are there you might not be able to stop yourself from visiting each and every one of the countless rustic wine taverns and cozy restaurants serving amazing Palatinate cuisine along the way.
[ source: deutsche-weinstrasse.de ]
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This travel guide has been written by Kathrin Wagner.
She grew up in a small town in Bavaria and then studied Media studies, Literature and History in Erlangen and Munich. As a student she already spent half a year in London and moved back there after graduation in 2006. She is still living in London, where she works in publishing.
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