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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Rheineland-Pfalz, Germany your home away from home

The lovely region of Rheineland-Pfalz is located on the western border of Germany, adjoining Luxembourg. It is a popular area with Americans who enjoy the many festivals held here. The area is rich in castles, with one at almost every town; picturesque towns with mural-painted houses and Roman ruins. This area is Germany's leading producer of wine and the wine routes in the south west are lovely. They are particularly busy in late summer, when the wine festivals are celebrated. The largest festival is the Durkheimer Wurstfest, or sausage festival, but the wine far outweighs the amount of sausages consumed!

Things to Do in Rheineland-Pfalz Visit the Wineries

The Mosel Valley is one of the prettiest valleys in the world and runs from Trier in the southwest of the region, to the famous Deutsches Eck in Koblenz. The winding river valley which stretches for about 50 miles (80km) is lined with beautiful vineyards. The better known German Wine Road also runs through the area further south, towards the French border. In the early autumn there is a continuous circuit of wine festivals in these areas offering wine tasting, parades and cultural events.

Enjoy the Cuisine

This region's specialities are sausages served with heaps of potatoes and sauerkraut. The Pflaz region serves Saumagen, a bologna made with pork and potatoes which is sliced and grilled. In this region beer takes a backseat to wine, especially as most of Germany's white wine is produced in this region.

Places to Visit in Rheineland-Pfalz

The capital ofRheineland-Pfalz is the city of Mainz at the southern end of the Rheinland, Germany's premier wine region. It is home to some of Germany's most scenic castles and, although a modern city, it has some great museums.

In the southeast of Rheineland-Pfalz are the historic cities of Worms and Speyer which are both dominated by huge old Cathedrals. Speyer Cathedral is beautiful both inside and outside and has a massive crypt. The freshly painted town buildings which line Maximilianstrasse always make a colourful sight, along with the traditional maypole and the Altportal. The town also has some lovely churches such as the tiny Heiliggeistkirche or Holy Ghost Church. On a more modern note, Speyer has a Technik Museum with military aircraft and hardware on display.

Further north is Koblenz where the Rhein and the Mosel River meet. The Ehrenbreitstein Castle is one of the largest in this area with a maze of battlements and there is also the more modest 13th century Koblenz Castle. Take a ferry across the river and enjoy the historic architecture in this lovely city. The nearby towns of Weindorf and Bingen am Rhein are also worth exploring. In the far southwest is the modern metropolis of Kaisersalutern which has some historical treasures.

Weather in Rheineland-Pfalz

Those staying in a holiday rental in Rheineland-Pfalz will find the summers warm and sunny and the winters cold. The area gets a little rain or snowfall all year round. Summer temperatures average 74°F (23°C) in August and it remains warm until well into October.

Travel to Rheineland-Pfalz

The main international airports serving Rheineland-Pfalz are the Bonn/Cologne (CGN) Airport which is 40 miles from Koblenz and Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) which is 48 miles away.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      A wonderful home from home with a bit of luxury!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful week in Traben-Trarbach (family of 4). The apartment was well situated to Traben and Trarbach as well as other attractions. Overall the apartment was clean, well equipped and the hosts were generous with their time, instructions and showing us around. We all made the most of the outdoors space too! We felt most welcome and definitely expect to return soon.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 06, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Great apartment with spectacular view!

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                                                                                                      I arrived in Germany with my husband and daughter on July 28, 2017. We travelled to Bingen on the Rhein and stayed 2 nights in Astrid and Klaus' apartment. I booked this place for the view and location and we were not disappointed. The apartment is on the top floor of the building with fabulous views of the Rhein. I had been concerned about the possible noise from the train line - especially after a 24 hour trip from Australia- but there was no issue. With the windows closed there was no disturbance from the train noise at night. Astrid welcomed us and gave us helpful tips about the area. The apartment had everything we needed and was very clean and well looked after. The day we arrived we went across to Rüdesheim on the car ferry and went up on the cable car to the monument. We had a lovely afternoon exploring Rüdesheim and stayed there for dinner. Bingen was far more authentic and less touristy than Rüdesheim and we were glad we chose to stay on that side of the river. We travelled on the Rhein from Bingen to Koblenz, getting off the boat at Bacarach and at Boppard on the way. From Koblenz we caught the train back to Bingen. It was a great start to our holiday in Germany.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017