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Many a theatrical performance has its origins in the Song of the Nibelungs, which has been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The associated festival was first introduced in 2002 and soon gained nationwide recognition. The open-air stage in front of the ‘Wormser Kaiserdom’ (Imperial Cathedral of Worms) attracts an international audience every year, including a variety of celebrities. The intention of the festival’s artistic director, successful film producer Nico Hofmann, is to portray the Nibelung saga in a new light and broaden the public’s knowledge of it.
The festival this year, ‘hildensaga. ein königinnendrama’ (a queens drama), puts the spotlight on the Norns, the famous goddesses who spin the web of fate.
Entire Season: from 17th of july until 2nd of august 2020. Get your tickets on.
In a European Best Destinations (www.europeanbestdestinations.com) survey, Trier’s Christmas market was voted the most beautiful in Germany and the 11th best in Europe. A total of 289,700 users from 116 countries participated in the survey. So, visiting Trier’s Christmas market should feature prominently on every Christmas fan’s 2020 agenda.
A ladder, a drum, a dragon, a demon – all are hidden away or unobtrusively placed on the walls, street corners and doors of Worms’ city centre. They only reveal themselves and tell their tales in the torchlight. The new guided tour was conceived by the tourist information office of Worms and the local union of tourist guides. The next public tours will take place on 18 January, 15 February and 14 March next year. The guided tour can also be booked for a group on a specific date until March 2020 on request in writing.
Summer in the City is set to happen again next year: the city of Mainz has lined up a number of international stars and new talent in a varied programme that will run throughout summer. The first few names have already been leaked. These include Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Xavier Naidoo and Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry’s Hollywood Vampires.
Entire season: 19th of june until 15th of august 2020. Get your tickets here.
The Romantic Cities have successfully pursued the goal of designing and planning for people with disabilities for quite some time now. In November 2019, the tourist information office in Koblenz was awarded the ‘ServiceQualität Deutschland’ quality seal for its exemplary level of accessibility by Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Economic Affairs Dr Volker Wissing. But it is not only Koblenz that advocates accessibility: various city tours, attractions and restaurants in the other cities are also fully accessible. Even so, there is room for improvement. This is why students at Hochschule Worms (the university of applied sciences in Worms), in collaboration with wheelchair users, are developing a mobile app that displays accessible places in the city.
Trier will be hosting yet another exhibition of national significance in 2022: ‘The fall of the Roman Empire’ is particularly suited to the city due to its several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The exhibition’s main venues will be the Rhenish Landesmuseum (state museum), the Cathedral Museum and the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift (City Museum St Simeon’s Collegiate Church). Supplementary exhibitions are planned at the treasury of the public library, the Imperial Baths and Porta Nigra. The exhibition will open on 25 June 2022 and run until the end of November.
While on a city break, what could be better than exploring the city on foot, strolling through the pedestrian zone with an ice cream in your hand or simply wandering from one shop to another? Pedestrians discover the most beautiful places and notice details that would have otherwise been missed.
And this applies perfectly to a visit to the Romantic Cities. According to a survey by the search engine Holidu, Koblenz and Mainz are among the most walkable cities in Germany. This was defined by determining the proportion of pedestrian zones in relation to the total length in kilometres of all the streets in the city. Koblenz has a total of 13 km of car-free, walkable roads, while Mainz has 11 km.
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The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) interviewed more than 44,000 visitors from 66 countries about their favourite attractions in Germany and developed a Top 100 list for 2016. It includes five of the Romantic Cities: Number 28 (Trier/Roman monuments/UNESCO World Heritage Site), Number 32 (Speyer/Cathedral/UNESCO World Heritage Site), Number 68 (Koblenz/Deutsches Eck/Ehrenbreitstein Fortress), Number 85 (longest suspension bridge ‘Geierlay’ near Idar-Oberstein), Number 87 (Neustadt an der Weinstraße/Hambach Castle).
As a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, Speyer Cathedral now offers a new possibility to get a view in addition to its observation deck. Dwarf galleries are characteristic for the Romanesque style of architecture. For the first time in the history of Speyer Cathedral, small groups will be able to walk in the dwarf gallery.
Created by nature and cultivated by humans - on the rivers Rhine, Moselle, Nahe and Ahr nature is a real experience and culture a guaranteed pleasure. Rhineland-Palatinate is wine, woods and walking country.