Rheinland-Pfalz is a state, or Bundesland, on the southwestern border of Germany. Rheinland-Pflaz borders Belgium, Luxembourg and France, and the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Saarland. The capital of the state is Mainz; other towns and cities include Koblenz, Ludwigshafen, Speyer, Trier, and Worms. There are three rivers that converge in the state: the Rhine River bisects Rheinland-Pfalz and merges with both the Mosel and the Lahn rivers. Koblenz, known as the famous Deutsches Eck, or “German Corner” where the Rhine and Mosel rivers merge, hosts a spectacular fireworks over the Rhine event each year which draws thousands of tourists.
To get to Rheinland-Pfalz, fly into Frankfurt or Berlin; you can catch a train from either city into Mainz, and from there to the smaller towns. Travelling around the region to remote hiking places or castles is best with your own transportation, or by joining a tour.
Budget travellers should look in Mainz, Trier, Worms, or Speyer for hostel accommodation. There are only a few in each city. Traditional dorm-style hostels here can be found by searching “jugend,” “herberge,” or “jugendherberge,” all terms that will get you to a backpacker hostel. In small villages, consider a guesthouse (“gasthaus”) or bed and breakfast.
Once you have accommodation sorted, explore this incredibly historic region. The Rhine River Valley is one of the state’s most important tourist spots, with its terraced vineyards, picturesque villages, and vast castle ruins. River tours run daily, stopping at different castles and villages; interested travellers can also take an overnight or weeklong Rhine River cruise. Much of Rheinland-Pfalz is UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from the cathedrals at Trier and Speyer, to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage site, with vineyards, historic towns, and over 40 castles. Speyer’s cathedral is the largest example of Romanesque architecture in the world, while Trier is the most northern Roman city, and the archaeological ruins of the baths, the town gate, or Porta Nigra, and basilica showcase the once-vibrant Roman culture. Worms plays host to the famous Backfischfest, the regions biggest wine festival. Travellers planning on attending that should book accommodation well in advance.
With some of Germany’s oldest history at Trier to the lush terraced vineyards to the meandering river valleys, Rheinland-Pfalz is a unique destination that all travellers will enjoy.
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