Southern Wine Route

Gently rolling vineyards, culinary delights and outdoor adventures in the Palatinate Forest

The Southern Wine Route may be at the heart of Germany, but it has a mediterranean feel. This scenic region between the Palatinate Forest and the Rhineland Plain enjoys more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the country. And besides the countless vines, you will also find figs, kiwis, sweet chestnuts and almond trees growing here. Picturesque wine villages with narrow, winding lanes give way to sun-kissed vineyards and mighty castles perched high up in the hills of the Haardt region. Spring starts early here and autumn lasts longer ‒ and the locals know how to enjoy it.



The Southern Wine Route is located in the south of Rhineland-Palatinate, in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and the technology region Karlsruhe. The Southern Wine Route derives its name from the first tourist route in Germany, the German Wine Route. The region has a share in the Palatine Rhine plain in the east and the Palatinate Forest in the west. The largest rivers are the Queich and the Lauter.


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Landau in der Pfalz
639.83 km² 
110,526 (2015)
Kalmit, 672.6 meters
2,000 per year

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