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Neustadt-an-der-weinstrasse

Neustadt-an-der Weinstrasse is a town in the Rheinland-Pfalz and is at the heart of the German Wine Road (Deutsche Weinstrasse). The historical market square sits in the heart of the town of Neustadt and here you will find the Town Hall, the Gothic Stiftskirche and the half timbered houses which have been lovingly restored. Going out of the market square will bring you to the church of St. Marien with its wonderfully ornate altar and statues and serene interior it is well worth a visit. A large, traditional fountain sits in the centre of the market place, and shops and cafes border the square.Behind the sandstone facades are the homes of the wine growers who invite you in to sample the selection of the best they have to offer. There are a myriad of small winding, cobbled alleyways which are a delight to explore and hold taverns, antique shops, artists studios and curio shops while the busier main streets are home to larger outlets in which you can find anything from food to clothes to dishes, in fact all that you need.

The chemist shop ” Adler Apotheke” along one of the main, busy shopping streets has been here since around 1600 and has been in the same family since 1914.The bakeries hold wonderful selections of breads and cakes and one extra thing in Neustadt to look out for is the boxed cake which is dedicated to the Heronine of Neustadt who was alledged to have saved the town from French invasion in 1689 because of her love for the French General de Werth. Near the centre is the Tourist information Office on the Hetzelplatz 1, all brouchures and maps can be obtained from here on Neustadt and the surrounding area of the Pfalz and the Deutsche Weinstrasse.

Details of Hotels and guesthouses are also available here. Tel:06321 926892. touristinfo@neustadt.pfalz.com or www.neustadt.pfalz.com

On the Martin-Luther Strasse, one of the main roads around the outside of the town, there is the Martin Luther church in whose car park is the Reisemobile Stellplatz which has water, facilities and electricity.There are three supermarkets only a couple of minutes walk away and next door is the Neustadter Brauhaus – Brewery – which is a wonderful way to sample some of the local beers as well as traditional German meals. for more information on the Brauhaus go to info@brauhaus-neustadt.de or www.brauhaus-neustadt.de

Sights

Eisenbahnmuseum – Steam Railway museum.The main railway on Schillerstrasse in Neustadt-an-der-Weinstrasse is home to around 40 historical Steam trains.

Museum opening times:
Tuesday – Friday
(except 24.12.2012 – 03.01.2013) 10.00 to 13.00
Saturday 10.00 to 16.00
Sunday, holiday:
(except 24.12.2012 – 01.03.2013) 10.00 to 16.00
for further information go to www.eisenbahnmuseum-neustadt.de

Hambacher Schloss – Hambach Castle is set 325 meters high in the eastern edge of the Palatinate forest which offers wonderful views of the German Wine Road and the surrounding vineyards.It was built in the middle ages as a fortress and has been a symbol of German democracy since 1832. You can visit the Hambacher Schloss and the Hinauf, hinauf zum Schloss! Exhibition all the year round daily from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (November – March 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.).

Guided tours focusing on the history of the castle and the history of democracy and a tour of the exhibition take place all year round daily starting at 11.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 2.00 p.m. 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. (November – March 11.00 a.m., 12.00 noon, 2.00 p.m.).

Group and theme tours plus workshops for students and adults, visits to the tower (120 steps) and special features for children such as birthday celebrations, special guided tours and workshops can be arranged at any time including outside opening hours by contacting info@hambacher-schloss.deor by calling Tel: ++49 (0) 6321 926290 or ++ 49 (0) 6321 9597880 .

Stiftskirche -Collegiate Church. The Romanesque church of St.Giles dates back to approx. the 13th century and stands at one side of the market square in the centre of Neustadt.It is the largest church in the Palatinate and has a Catholic side and a Protestant side. www.stiftskirche-nw.de

Rathaus – Town Hall. The wonderfully ornate Baroque building of the Town Hall, built in 1729, stands on one side of the market square near to the Stiftskirche. Large bronze lions guard the entrance to the building, they are the animal symbol of the town, and a large traditional fountain sits in front of it in the square. Look out for the small mice which are annoying the lions!

Christmas in Neustadt

Just steps away from the Kunigunden-Markt, on the historic market square with the gothic Stiftskirche (abbey church), the Rathaus (town hall) and Scheffelhaus, this traditional Christmas market is held here every year .

Christmas in Neustadt

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