German Wine Route
The German Wine Route - or German Wine Road - (Deutsche Weinstrasse) stretches through the middle of the Palatinate (Pfalz, former Rheinpfalz), the biggest coherent wine growing area in Germany. It starts at the German Wine Gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach on the french border and ends after 85 km at the House of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim. The German Wine Route is the oldest Wine Road worldwide and was opened on the 19. october 1935 by NSDAP Gauleiter Josef Buerckel.
Palatinate Forest and Northern Vosges in green, German Wine Route in red
The hilly Palatinate that is traversed by the German Wine Route is often described a mediterranean landscape due to growing figs, kiwis or oleander. The wine road is protected from prevailing winds and rain by the Palatinate Forest, the biggest forest in germany, adjacent on its eastern side is the upper rhine valley (or rhine rift). The wine road region is up to 15 km wide, many villages directly on the route have the addition "an der Weinstrasse" (on the Wine Route).
The German Wine Route has lots of superlatives, for example:
- Biggest barrel in the world, the giant barrel in Bad Duerkheim with a diameter of 13,5 m, containing a wine restaurant inside.
- Biggest wine fest worldwide in Bad Duerkheim with more than 600000 visitors each year.
- Biggest winemaker parade worldwide in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse.
- Biggest winemaker township in germany, rivaled by Landau (2039 ha) and Neustadt (2012 ha).
- Oldest vineyard in Germany, the about 400 year old Traminerweinberg, a vineyard with Gewuerztraminer (Gewurztraminer) in Rhodt unter Rietburg.
Atomic plant, 16km away from the first vineyards, 25km from the German Wine Route/ Road. Cheers!
What to expect on this site:
No manipulated propaganda showing laughing people behind wine glasses. I won`t show you edited pictures of laughing propaganda robots riding bikes in the middle of vineyards.
You will some `backside`pictures of some villages and towns, you will see rotten sandstone walls besides world known vineyards, you will see pictures of traffic round-abouts with piles of granite stones (in a region of sandstones) and pictures of huge hangar size halls constructed in the middle of vineyards, ruining the view of a cultural landscape.
Did you know that in each village in germany, there is at least one monument for the "victims" of several wars.
These victims are the soldiers of the german army from World War I, WW II and some other wars. The people that went through the gas chambers and concentration camps - they don`t have monuments in most (=almost all) villages.
Did you know that there is not even one monument in germany for deserted soldiers of the Wehrmacht? People that have been in the german army, the Wehrmacht, and did not want to participate in `Adolf Hitlers` war and have therefore deserted have not been (symbolic) rehabilitated until 1999. However, this deserted soldiers have to apply for rehabilitation.
To make the story perfect, the monument above was relocated after WW II by soldiers of the US army. Former located near a market place, it is now located next to a protestant church. Hope nobody got stroke by lightning.
...not to far away