Whether travelling on foot, on two wheels or on four – anyone who enjoys the finer things in life will be in their element on the Southern Wine Route. This sunny region in the southern Palatinate has numerous customisable travel offers available throughout the year to suit all requirements. Holidaymakers using a wheelchair, for example, can enjoy plenty of choice in terms of accommodation, restaurants and leisure facilities.
This journey of discovery begins with a welcome drink at the local Weinkammer wine boutique. It is followed by a tour of the historical village centre, accompanied by an ambassador of local wines and culture, who provides an interesting and entertaining introduction to the history of viniculture on the Southern Wine Route. The tour also features two wineries, where it delves into the secrets of making and appreciating wine, before it concludes with a relaxed and friendly wine tasting back at the Weinkammer. This is an accessible guided tour, as the route is suitable for wheelchair users throughout, and the wine boutique can be reached via a ramp.
From Germany to France and back again – the border land train runs between the towns of Wissembourg in Alsace and Schweigen-Rechtenbach in the southern Palatinate, home of the German Wine Gate. On this 75-minute train ride, passengers can discover the old town of Wissembourg and French and German vineyards while enjoying fantastic views across the Rhineland Plain all the way to the Black Forest. This attraction is certified by the Travel for All scheme, making it a cross-border experience that everyone can enjoy.
Visitors to the Biblical Wine Trail in Kirrweiler will learn that wine is definitely a heavenly drop. On the 2.5-kilometer-long circular trail, there is a wealth of information about wine and the Bible at a total of twelve stations. The Biblical Wine Trail leads along paths that are easy to follow and can also be mastered by people with disabilities. Topics at the stations include the tree of life, the wedding at Cana, and the Last Supper. The trail was the first hiking trail in Rhineland-Palatinate to be certified according to the Travel for All labeling system and is suitable for people with walking disabilities and wheelchair users.
The people of the Palatinate love to celebrate. There are more than 200 festivals at which visitors can enjoy Palatinate hospitality and sample wines, local produce and the regional cuisine. The choice is extensive, ranging from wine festivals and kerwen (traditional church fairs) to Christmas markets complete with delicious glühwein from local vineyards. The Palatinate festivals for all initiative started in 2017 and is so far unique within Germany. It provides detailed and verified accessibility information for a growing number of events that helps visitors to find a wine festival which is suitable for them. A specially appointed Wine Festival Commission reviews selected wine and village festivals as well as regional markets with regard to their quality, ambience and accessibility. The aim is to enshrine the high quality requirements for the events in the long term.