Pretty Deidesheim sits in the heart of Germany’s wine country, and has an effortless grace about it. Vineyards stretch out across the landscape. Its winding streets are sprinkled with welcoming wine taverns. And the surrounding forests have plenty of scenic trails to stroll along.
More than just a stop off on Germany’s ‘wine route’, Deidesheim is as smooth and elegant as the grapes it grows.
Things to do
Even if wine isn’t your thing, it’s hard not to be enchanted by the countryside strewn with vines and the scent of fruit that hangs in the air. Tour the vineyards by bike and you’ll be able to sample local Rieslings at private tastings. Stop off at the Museum of Wine Culture for a fascinating insight into this grape-growing region.
Whether you’re looking for romantic fine dining or a relaxed ‘vintner’ platter to go with your wine tasting, this little village delivers on all counts. Thanks to the area’s Mediterranean climate, expect to dine on dishes filled with freshly picked lemons, figs, almonds and even kiwi fruit.
On the edge of the Palatinate Forest, Deidesheim is the ideal starting point for hikes, bike rides and gentle strolls. Depending on the trail you pick, you’ll see crumbling castle ruins, vines laden with grapes, storybook villages and sweeping views from the region’s incredible rock formations.
Visit during Pentecost to witness Geissbockfest. This local festival honours an old tradition – in exchange for using Deidesheim land, nearby Lambrecht pays the village one goat.
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