Along the German Wine Route, spring begins earlier than elsewhere in Germany since the abundant almond blossom shines here in soft pink shades from March. This annual natural spectacle is celebrated from 1st March to 30th April with the "Rosa Wochen" ("Pink Weeks") and a wide range of events focusing on the almond. The entire region joins in with merry festivals, culinary delicacies and superb arrangements for the almond season, and the vintners open their doors and invite guests in to sample the new vintage. The region has plenty to offer gastronomically with its restaurants, wine bars and hotels, where creative chefs conjure up a multitude of specialities using almonds.
A magical setting awaits visitors from 1st March to 30th April. During the "Rosa Leuchten" ("pink lights"), many fortresses, castles, churches and city gates along the German Wine Route shine in a symphony of pink and rosy lights which are visible from miles around and attract guests from near and far. Among others, the German Wine Gate in Schweigen, the Madenburg in Eschbach, the Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe in Edenkoben, the Hambach castle above Neustadt an der Weinstraße, the historic town hall in Deidesheim, the Wachtenburg in Wachenheim and St Michael's Chapel in Bad Dürkheim take part in the light symphony.
A high point of the almond blossom season and, at the same time, the first wine festival of the year is the traditional almond blossom festival in Neustadt-Gimmeldingen, the date of which is fixed only shortly before the event depending on the state of the blossom. Likewise, celebrations take place along the almonds-lined street Villastraße to the castle Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe for the "Edenkoben Almond Mile" and at the Dionysius Chapel in Gleiszellen for the large almond blossom festival. In addition, there are countless guided tours, hikes as well as culinary and merry wine events at which almond is the protagonist. A trip in the Old-timer Panorama bus along the blooming almond trees or past the illuminated buildings is certainly a special experience. There are several tours during the day and in the evening at the weekends from March through April.
The almond trees bloom particularly richly and abundantly on the streets and paths of the Palatinate Almond Trail. This very special hiking trail runs through the land of the almond blossoms and is signalled with almond flower signs. Across 77 kilometres, it leads from Bad Dürkheim through the Palatinate wine-growing landscapes to Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the French border.