Discover the Romantic Cities during the chilly seasons

Charming tips for golden winter moments

The end of the summer marks the beginning of the cosiest time of year. The Romantic Cities between the Rhine and the Moselle are not only the perfect place to enjoy the last hours of sunshine of the year, but also a charming backdrop for your personal winter fairy tale.
The wine harvest starts in the wine-growing regions of Rhineland-Palatinate in mid-September. The lively wine festivals in the Romantic Cities are an opportunity to experience the traditions and exuberance of the people of Rhineland-Palatinate close-up.

Then time starts to fly by. The days get shorter and the temperatures plummet. The unique museums and exhibitions provide a fascinating insight into the turbulent history of Rhineland‑Palatinate as well as somewhere to warm up out of the cold.

From the end of November, you can also discover the magical Christmas markets of the Romantic Cities. Every event has a wonderful story to tell, whether it is in the old town, in front of an imposing cathedral or towering high above the Rhine.

Where else could you enjoy this wonderful time of the year as much as you can in the Romantic Cities?

Stories from the Romantic Cities

Historic city tours – a wonderful winter experience

When the autumn leaves start crunching underfoot and you breathe in the clear, crisp air and warm your face in the last rays of sunshine, it is the perfect time for a guided tour in the Romantic Cities. There are some real cultural treasures waiting for you in the cities between the Rhine and the Moselle. You can learn all about Roman emperors, legendary heroes and Jewish traditions. Here are some of the varied guided tours of the Romantic Cities, all of which make perfect winter highlights.

Advent and the Christmas season

Experience your own winter fairy tale in the Romantic Cities

There can hardly be a more romantic time of year than Advent. The magical atmosphere in the small and medium-sized cities of Rhineland‑Palatinate is guaranteed to enchant you. Many of the cities and Christmas markets are real insider tips, with their captivating charm and historic old town backdrops. The treats awaiting you include regional mulled wine, a two-kilometre walk through the glittering Christmas wonderland around Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and a Christmas festival dedicated to the Nibelungs.

Christmas market in Koblenz, Romantic Rhine

Christmas market in Koblenz, Romantic Rhine

A woman drinking a glass of wine in the old vaulted cellar of the Vereinigte Hospitien winery, Moselle valley

Wine tasting in Germany's oldest wine cellar at the Vereinigte Hospitien winery, Moselle valley

Wine season in the Romantic Cities

The highlight of the wine-making year

Wine from Rhineland‑Palatinate is gold in every sense. Almost 70 per cent of wines produced in Germany are grown here.
This extraordinary culture shaped by wine goes hand in hand with the lively atmosphere of the six cities between the Rhine and the Moselle. You can get to know the excellent wines and regional specialities at numerous traditional and modern wine festivals, during a vineyard tour or at various contemporary wine events.

First-class museums in the Romantic Cities

A trip back in time through a chequered past

There is culture to discover everywhere you look in the Romantic cities, from Roman times to the present day. Rhineland‑Palatinate has often been the scene of major events in European history and the culture on offer in the colder seasons is particularly varied.
The museums and exhibition halls boast fascinating permanent and changing exhibitions on a range of interesting subjects. This is exactly what you will find in the three state museums in Mainz, Koblenz and Trier, which are home to the most significant cultural history collections of the state of Rhineland‑Palatinate and among the most important archaeological museums in Germany. The Landesmuseum Koblenz at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress features a range of exhibition spaces covering a wide range of subjects, all at a height of 120 metres.
But some of the smaller exhibition halls also have interesting stories to tell.

Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum

Idar-Oberstein One of a kind worldwide and "a must" for lovers of precious objects: The German Gemstone Museum (Deutsches Edelsteinmuseum) presents all kinds of…

Deutsches Mineralienmuseum

Idar-Oberstein The German Mineral Museum is an Eldorado for mineral lovers. Visitors can expect a very special journey through time. Among other things, they can see…

Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

Mainz The museum is open from May 27th. Further information at: Four millennia history of…

Historical Museum of the Palatinate Speyer

Speyer The Historical Museum of the Palatinate regularly puts on large special exhibitions geared towards people interested in cultural history or families.…

Jüdisches Museum im Raschi-Haus

Worms Today's "Raschi House" is probably the site of the Jewish teaching house where the eminent Jewish scholar Raschi studied in the period around 1060.…

Karl Marx House

Trier, Stadt Trier The oldest parts of the house where Karl Marx was born date from 1727, the courtyard buildings date from the Gothic period. Today the house serves as…

Landesmuseum Koblenz

Koblenz The State Museum has permanent collections documenting important aspects of the region’s technological developments as well as its economic and social…

Mainz State Museum

Mainz 200,000 YEARS OF CULTURAL HISTORY The Landesmuseum's art and cultural history collection extends from the Stone Age to the present day. Among them are…

Museum der Stadt Worms im Andreasstift

Worms The Museum of the City of Worms is located in one of the most beautiful buildings in Worms, in the former St. Andreasstift. It houses the city…

Museum Schpira

Speyer The SchPIRA Museum exhibits the original windows, architectural parts and coin finds from the medieval synagogue and ritual bath.

Nibelung Museum

Worms The multimedia Nibelung Museum is built into the medieval town wall with its battlemented parapet and two towers. Guided tour of the Nibelung saga on…

Rhineland Federalstate museum

Trier, Stadt Trier This is one of the most important archaeological museums in Germany and one of the most important Roman ones in Europe. A "must" for Roman fans.


Koblenz The interactive experience exhibition: on more than 800 square metres, you take a fantastic journey through time as a virtual guest of a steamship…

Speyer Museum of Technology

Speyer It is located between the cathedral and the airport. Superb exhibits from the history of technology are on display in the listed Liller Halle and on…

Winter hiking in Rhineland‑Palatinate

Snowy strolls and wintry walks

During the cold seasons, the icy, fresh air is an invitation to take a relaxing wintry walk through the countryside. There are a range of excellent hiking trails and circuits around the Romantic Cities, which make for an exceptional experience when covered in snow. Enjoy jaw-dropping views and recharge your batteries in these wonderful natural settings!

Winter walk along the "Frau Holle" dream loop, Hunsrück

Enjoying the snow on a winter walk along the "Frau Holle" dream loop, Hunsrück