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Rhineland-Palatinate

Rhineland-Palatinate (German: Rheinland-Pfalz) is located in the south-west part of Germany. Its capital is Mainz. It consists of nine fascinating regions. Each is different and offers a variety of landscape, culture, and joy de vivre.

Rhineland-Palatinate is the largest wine producing area in Germany. A paradise for wine lovers, because it is home of 6 of the 9 wine-producing districts in Germany. This Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide contains selected locations that we recommend for your Germany vacation, along with complete and objective information on Rhineland-Palatinate travel, including photos and reviews.

Popular regions to visit are the Rhine Valley - a famously scenic section of the Rhine, much of it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Eifel, Rheinhessen, Taunus, Pfalz, Hunsrück, and the Westerwald.

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Popular Destinations - Rhineland-Palatinate

  • Ramstein
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    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

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  • Landstuhl
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    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

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  • Baumholder
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    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

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  • Kaiserslautern
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    Kaiserslautern

    Kaiserslautern is home to almost 100,000 people. In the city and its surrounding district live an additional approximately 50,000 NATO military personnel members (mainly American), who often call the city K-Town, and contribute approximately $1 billion…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Trier
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    Trier

    Trier, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, is the country's oldest city, dating from Roman times. Trier is rich in ruins from the Roman Empire (protected by UNESCO), such as the Porta Nigra gate, the Roman baths (the Kaiserthermen), and a…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Koblenz

    Koblenz

    The history and sites of Koblenz, located where the Moselle flows into the Rhine, stretch back to Roman times. No visitor to Koblenz should skip a tour of the Saalburg—the most fully-reconstructed Roman fortress in Germany. Koblenz (Latin (ad) Confluentes,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Idar-Oberstein
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    Idar-Oberstein

    With a population of around 35,000, Idar-Oberstein is a city in the Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. The city lies on the Nahe River and is considered the German Capital of the Gemstone Industry. Options for recreational activity in Idar-Oberstein include…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Bacharach
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    Bacharach

    The beautifully preserved medieval city of Bacharach lies in the heart of the Middle Rhine region. Bacharach is said to have been founded in pre-Roman times, possibly by the Celts. Town highlights include Stahleck Castle (now a youth hostel), many sections…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Spangdahlem
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    Spangdahlem

    Spangdahlem is a municipality in the district of Bitburg-Prüm, in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany. The USAF Spangdahlem Air Base is situated in the vicinity.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Cochem
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    Cochem

    Cochem is the capital of the district Cochem-Zell in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is situated in the valley of the Moselle River, at the foot of a hill surrounded by a feudal castle, the Reichsburg, dating from 1051. The town is surrounded by vineyards.…  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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