Let's leave aside, whether or not Wissembourg is only the "true beginning" of the German Wine Route, too often the border was moved in the past.
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In any case, this is not the only "gate" to France, but one of the most beautiful, which also leads to the "Parc Naturel Régional des Vosges du Nord" (Regional Nature Park of the Northern Vosges).
The city is rich in religious treasures, although it has been shaken by the events of the past. The city developed around the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, the second largest gothic building in Alsace after Strasbourg Cathedral.
The tourist route is ideal for cycling. The picturesque villages often invite you to ride slowly, to stop spontaneously somewhere and just to walk a few steps. A bicycle can also be pushed... So if you are on the move with your own muscle power, you can discover the region on the cycle or hiking route German Wineroad.
We arrived by car and caravan, found the campsite of our choice in Wachenheim, to get to know this region by eBike.
The wine gives the landscape its very special character. Here the attractions of the Palatinate Forest combine with the vine landscape, as well as numerous castles and palaces - Hambach Castle, Wachtenburg Castle, Neuleiningen Castle, Trifels Castle, Villa Ludwigshöhe Castle, to name just a few.
The Palatinate cuisine contributes significantly to the enjoyment of this wonderful holiday landscape: Whether you want to try the hearty Palatinate cuisine or are on a culinary voyage of discovery, the chefs on the German Wine Route conjure up culinary delights from the region's resources. But what would the best food be without the right wine? Over 300 individual vineyards provide a wide range of wines. Nature, with an average of 1,800 hours of sunshine per year, does its bit for the Best to let mature, racy but also full-bodied and elegant wines thrive on the slopes of the Palatinate.
The best-known and most typical grape variety is Riesling, which is available here in countless taste variations. In the area of the Southern Wineroad are the Burgundy varieties Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are particularly in demand. Innumerable wine festivals offer the guest the opportunity to experience the quality and the to convince with loving care of the wines and to get to know the open, cheerful Pfälzer people.
And so that you can really enjoy the wine and the landscape, comfortable accommodations invite you from the guesthouse to the noble hotel or a camping site for the night.
Motorhome drivers will also find more or less attractive locations, which we do not like.