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Top Choice Castle in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Hambacher Schloss

Atop a forested Pfälzerwald hill 6km southwest of the centre, this 'cradle of German democracy' is where idealistic locals, Polish refugees and French citizens held massive protests for a free, democratic, united Ge…
Top Choice German in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Urgestein

For a gastronomic extravaganza, book a table at Benjamin Peifer's Michelin-starred, vaulted brick cellar restaurant within a half-timbered house in the town centre. Over 300 wines complement exquisite dishes like pi…
Top Choice German in Bad Dürkheim

Weinrefugium

Inside a charming mustard-coloured, charcoal-trimmed building, Weinrefugium serves exquisitely presented dishes incorporating locally grown flowers, herbs and vegetables. Smoked catfish with dill and Riesling sauce …
Castle in German Wine Route

Burg Trifels

Thought to be of Celtic origins, this enormous red-sandstone hilltop castle was first documented in 1081. Between 1125 and 1298 it was the repository of imperial treasures including, allegedly, a nail from Jesus' cr…
European in Deidesheim

Schwarzer Hahn

In the vaulted basement of the Deidesheimer Hof, this ultra-gourmet restaurant has gained a Michelin star for its creative French- and Palatinate-style haute cuisine. Mains might include Rhine river perch with smoke…
German in Deidesheim

LA Jordan

Inside the Ketschauer Hof, Michelin-starred LA Jordan has a four-course surprise menu, and five- and seven-course tasting menus that might include dishes such as seared tuna with mandarin and tarragon dressing, lacq…
Coffee in Deidesheim

Weincafe Kostbar

Run by Deidesheim local Markus Badura, whose intricate coffee etchings have seen him crowned the German latte art champion, this laid-back cafe has artworks created with coffee on the walls (all for sale), and cushi…
German in Bad Dürkheim

Restaurant Dürkheimer Fass

This convivial spot occupies the landmark Dürkheimer Riesenfass, the world's largest wine barrel, which has had a restaurant inside since a master cooper built it out of 200 pine trees in 1934. Dishes range from Leb…
German in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Restaurant 1832

Inside the Hambacher Schloss, opening to a courtyard, Restaurant 1832 serves dishes such as Saumagen (stuffed pig's stomach) with Riesling bread, roasted duck breast with glazed chestnuts, and goat's cheese gratin w…
Church in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse

Stiftskirche

Built from red sandstone, the 14th- and 15th-century Gothic Stiftskirche has been shared by Protestant and Catholic congregations since 1708. Renovations in 2005 revealed frescos from 1410 that offer a snapshot of l…