The German state of Rhineland-Palatinate is located in southwestern Germany and borders on North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, France, Saarland, Luxembourg and Belgium. The capital is Mainz. Hardly any other German state can be found that has so many different landscapes and cultural resources. You can walk in different regions such as the Moselle Valley, the Eifel, Saar-Hunsrück and the Westerwald.
Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park.
The Saar-Hunsrück nature park, which lies between the Moselle and the Rhine, is almost 2000 km² in size and consists of two parts located in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. The 'Naturpark Saar-Hunsrück' association with a branch in Hermeskeil manages this area. A gently sloping ridge on the slopes of the Hunsrück and steep vineyards on the rivers of the Moselle, Saar, Ruwer and Nahe are characteristic of the park's varied cultural and natural landscape. Both for culture and nature lovers there are plenty of opportunities to discover the area and to do things. The 816-meter-high Erbeskopf, the highest point in Rhineland-Palatinate, the Saarschleife near Mettlach and the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig, which has been awarded the Deutsche Wanderinstitut's hiking label and is therefore one of the best hiking trails in Germany.
Long distance routes.
- The 184 km long Saar-Hunsrück-Steig runs from Mettlach on the Saar to Trier on the Moselle and Idar-Oberstein on the Nahe, and lives up to its motto "Experience versatility"!
- The Eifelsteig connects Aachen and Trier, as well as the varied landscapes and various geological highlights of the Eifel with "water and rock" as recurring elements.
- Pfälzer Prädikatsfernwege are three marked hiking trails that can be explored in stages and as multi-day tours: the Pfälzer Höhenweg, the Pfälzer Waldpfad and the Pfälzer Weinsteig.
- The RheinBurgenWeg along the left side of the Rhine takes you over a length of 200 km through the romantic Middle Rhine valley between the Mäuseturm in Bingen and Rolandsbogen in Remagen.
- The Rheinsteig goes over a distance of 230 kilometers from Bonn via Koblenz to Wiesbaden.
- The Westerwald-Steig, "the route to pure nature", starts at Bad Herborn in Hessen and ends after 235 km at Bad Hönningen am Rhein.
- Over a length of 83 kilometers between Kirn on the Nahe and Bingen on the Rhine, the hiker on the Soonwaldsteig, which largely leads through the Soonwald-Nahe nature park, can immerse yourself in a unique nature experience. On six stages, the Steig offers a walking experience in harmony with nature, unspoilt wilderness and oasis of tranquility to gain inspiration and refuel energy. Everywhere the trail offers peaceful adventures, but during a trekking tour, two stages of the Soonwaldsteig become a very personal adventure. A camp with cooking and campfire romance should be just as much a part of this type of walking holiday as the feeling of being present with all the senses in nature.
Trier is the oldest city in Germany and is located on the right bank of the Moselle. The city is certainly worth a visit because of its historic character and friendly atmosphere.
- The Grand-Place of Trier is one of the most beautiful city squares in Germany. On the square is the Market Cross, which dates from 958, and was the symbol of obtaining market rights. There are beautiful buildings in different styles on the square. The whole is dominated by the St. Gangolf Church (dedicated in 1459).
- Basilica of Constantine was formerly called Aula Palatina and is a brick-built building, probably built around 310 during the reign of Constantine the Great. It was a throne room of the palace of Constantine.
- The Dom of Trier was built by the Roman emperor Constantine (306 -337), who began construction in 326.
- There is also a Roman amphitheater in Trier. It was built around the year 100 against the slope of the Petrisberg. The arena had around 20,000 seats. The complex is surrounded by a defensive wall. The large openings were intended to allow the cages of animals to pass through. In the basement under the arena were the cells for the prisoners sentenced to death and the animal quarters. The prisoners were raised in the arena to the first famished wild animals. The basement is currently on display. Outdoor shows are given in the arena itself in the summer. The amphitheater is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.