Culture

Discover the Nahe region

Charmingly, idyllic timbered buildings, winegrower romanticism and cosy hospitality can be found in the wine growing towns on the river Nahe - maybe even on a kind of scavenger hunt.

The Rhineland Palatinate Open Air Museum - Experience what life was really like. 

Hidden in the Nachtigallental valley the past is well preserved. Idyllically located between forest and meadows and made of stone, clay and wood is a unique collection of silent witnesses to a time long past. On 35 hectares of spacious grounds, covered with cobblestone paths, there are almost 40 historic buildings from various regions of the Rhineland Palatinate. These buildings were taken apart stone by stone at their original locations and then rebuilt and furnished as they were, in the museum. In the village blacksmith's shop, the water mill, the store and on the skittle alley, in wine maker's houses, farmhouses and the bakery visitors can experience how people lived over the past 500 years, how they mastered their daily lives and work and how their lives were influenced by the changing of seasons.
There are also gardens, pastures and meadows, a medicinal herb garden and a vineyard. On a number of activity days, visitors can watch museum bread being baked in the old stone oven and the blacksmith as he lets sparks fly. 'Hands on' is a must in this museum: washing clothes like 100 years ago or learning in a class at the old school, bowling on an old skittles alley – go ahead take a trip into the past. One of the highlights in the museum year is the big museum festival in September, when alleys and houses fill with life, music and the smell of 'Spießbraten' (grilled meat) over an open fire. Also found among the groups of houses are chestnut sheep and goats, free running chickens, geese and ducks. An educational apiary provides lots of information on the great importance of these small insects. For a snack on your walk through the museum just stop in at the museum guesthouse which offers a number of regional specialties. In the museum store you may find the one or other small souvenir of your visit to the past. In addition, for those deeply in love, the museum has a very special offer: those who are very romantic can even be married by the justice of peace in the Hasselbach bakery and town hall.
www.freilichtmuseum-rlp.de

A wonderful place: The monastery ruins of Disibodenberg

Where the rivers Nahe and Glan meet is where Disibodenberg stands tall, providing an extensive view into the Nahe valley. On its heights rest century
old stone ruins giving testimony to a life behind cool monastery walls dating all the way back to Disibodus who, around 640, built the first settlement
at this symbolic location. Today the symbol of trinity protrudes from a triple trunk oak tree in the middle of the ruins of the abbey church.
Nature and history have joined forces here in a unique combination creating a truly mystical location. Wander between the remains of the walls and old gravestones on the path of the most famous woman of the middle ages: Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) spent most of her life in the Benedictine monastery on Disibodenberg. This is where she recorded her visions in the famous Scivias script and developed her world famous natural healing treatments, which are still being used today.
www.disibodenberg.de

Preserve the past: Local museum in the Prior's yard (Priorhof)

Only he who knows the past can understand the present. The local museum in the historic Prior's yard in Bad Sobernheim, with its love to detail, reminds of historic personalities from the city and provides a comprehensive collection of the geological history in the region. Historic village centres with winding streets and alleys Where the famous "Hunter of Kurpfalz" lies buried, where Hunsrück heights, deep Soonwald forests, Palatinate highlands and the Nahe valley call for long walks, and where wine grows, a wine that is second to none in quality and diversity, is the perfect place to relax.
In 18 municipalities surrounding Bad Sobernheim hiking adventures, wine indulgence, villages with timbered houses and friendly hospitality in excellent
gastronomy all comes together.
Impressive monuments of nature and lovingly preserved historic buildings characterize the face of many villages. In the winding alleys of the old village centres, past flower garlanded windows with glazing bars and colourful shutters, it is easy to see what makes the region so charming. On the trail of the Schinderhannes, head of thieves, along enchanting streams and valleys, up to heights with breathtaking views or cycling on well maintained cycling paths it is not at all hard to meet people in villages and historic centres in a region that is always worth coming back to.
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