The Electoral Palatinate located in South West of Germany is a region known for its small picturesque towns, fine wines and vast history. As Mainz and Frankfurt are located nearby there is always the option to visit a larger city as well. The Electoral Palatinate offers the opportunity for many day trips around the region, making it an excellent destination to rent your holiday home.
Heidelberg regarded as the Oxford of Germany is a beautiful old university town and is noted for its lovely period buildings and ruins of eras gone by. Visit the Museum of the Electoral Palatinate of Heidelberg located in a beautiful Baroque Palace to learn about the deep history of the region or climb above the Town to explore the Heidelberger castle where you can view the romantic Renaissance ruins, amongst the most important of their kind in Europe. Alternatively, ascend to the “Königstuhl” and take in the unspoiled view over this distinctive Town. Below the castle, the Old Town is a lovely area to look around as the narrow streets open out to reveal the charming Old Bridge, Market square and University buildings. Heidelberg is a fantastic day town to visit and there is certainly more than enough to warrant spending a whole day here!
Immmerse yourself in the rich history
Speyer, noted for its influence in the Reformation period as the Palatinate principalities began to support Luther and his 95 Theses and longstanding Jewish community is another historical Town to explore. The architecture of Speyer is both distinctive and inspiring as it is diverse. The Speyer Cathedral dating back to the 11th century and its Romanesque architecture is markedly different from the others in the city. It also has a regal significance as a number of German Kings and holy roman emperors Equally as notable, the Dreifältigkeitskirche or Trinity Church is important as a site where Lutheran and Reformed denominations compromised and united in face of growing persecution across the border in France.
Speyer is also the perfect place to sample the renowned wines of the Palatine either in the many bars or on specialist wine tasting evenings, Weinstube Rabennest and Zur Schwarzamsel are two recommended establishments if you are looking for something slightly more authentic and prefer either a cosy or rustic ambience. The wines of the area are undergoing something of an international Renaissance, so they are definitely worth sparing some time and money for. Additionally, the town of Worms nearby has a similar history and is another alternative if you are seeking a similar experience.
As Frankfurt is reachable by train within less than an hour, it is well worth visiting during your stay in the Palatine and as the fifth largest city in Germany it is a thoroughly modern city home to many international firms, open plan public spaces and the large Palmengarten and Botanical Gardens of the Goethe institute. Local delicacies include the infamous Frankfürter in its various forms and the so called “Apple Wine” which equates roughly to a rustic cider from the British countryside. The smaller Mainz is just south of Frankfurt too and shares an even greater historical significance than Speyer or Heidelberg thanks to Johannes Gutenberg who invented the Printing Press there! The Palatinate region offers an experience that like its geographical location is somewhere between North Rhine-Westphalia and the Swabian regions, so if you have rented a holiday home in those destinations before, the Palatinate offers an equally unique German holiday experience!