Experience the Palatinate without limits
The Palatinate has a tendency toward world-class superlatives. The people are proud of the largest pair of shoes (size 247) in the German Shoe Museum in Hauenstein, the largest tuba in the National Musician Museum at Lichtenstein Castle in Kusel and at 30 metres long, the largest pig's stomach. Most forget to mention the world-class climate. Mild temperatures give the region an early spring with almond blossoms creating a sea of pink and an extended autumn, in which the Palatinate Forest bursts into a blaze of colours. The Romans brought the almond trees and the wine to the region, with their Mediterranean flair that the people of the Palatinate know how to preserve. The premium wines of the Palatinate are created under the motto "Old vines and new creations."
The city of Deidesheim on the German Wine Route scores extra points when it comes to disabled accessible travel. That starts on arrival. In order to make it as convenient as possible, the Verkehrsbund Rhein-Neckar has been using an increased amount of railcars at ground level along the Neustadt-Deidesheim-Bad Dürkheim route for trouble-free boarding and disembarking.
The Cittàslow movement in Deidesheim
Deidesheim is a member of the Cittàslow movement, which prioritises slowing down and an improved quality of life. Kerbs were purposefully sunken in the city centre and 20 playgrounds and interactive stations were installed in the castle gardens. The tourist information office moved to a different building and built the new space to be accessible to disabled people. Vineyards and gourmet restaurants have accessibility in mind as well and have redesigned their establishments to make it possible for disabled visitors to purchase wine as well as visit the restaurant. Paved agricultural roads permit strolls through the vineyards, making even walks with a buggy or wheelchair easy.
In the neighbouring village of Neustadt you can visit Hambach Castle, "the cradle of German democracy." All areas there are accessible by lift. In the exhibit "Up, to the top of the castle!" media and activity stations convey the history in an entertaining way. The exhibition spaces as well as the restaurant are disabled accessible.
A visit to Speyer: History meets Technology
Two worlds collide in Speyer: it is one of the oldest cities in Germany, characterised by historical sites, but at the same time it houses some of the most impressive exhibits of modern technology.
The neo-Gothic memorial church and the Historical Museum of the Palatinate, which houses the cathedral treasure and a wine museum among other things, are both disabled accessible. In the heart of Speyer, you will find the 11th century Speyer Cathedral. Today the cathedral is the largest remaining Roman church in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cathedral is accessible to visitors with limited mobility as well as wheelchair users.
A visit to the Technology Museum in Speyer is a must for technology enthusiasts. There you can see impressive exhibits such as a Boeing 747 or the Russian space shuttle Buran, part of Europe's largest aerospace exhibit. The Technology Museum is ideally suited to people with limited mobility.
Wine and Cuisine
Wine experience in the Palatinate
With a size of more than 23,000 hectares, the Palatinate is the second largest wine-growing region in Germany. The particularly mild climate facilitates the growth of the Riesling, Pinot Noir, Dornfelder and Portugieser grape varieties. This is why the Palatinate region is considered the largest Riesling and red wine-growing region in all of Germany. Get to the know the different wines at the many wine festivals of the region, such as the "largest wine festival in the world", the Bad Dürkheim Sausage Market.
Enjoy a wine tasting with vesper plate in the wine shops or visit a vineyard such as the von Winning vineyard in Deidesheim and taste the wine fresh from source.
You'll find further culinary highlights at the Haus der Kulinarischen Landstraße in Konken. There you can acquire regional products from agricultural self-marketers as well as delicacies from partner regions.