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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Rhineland Palatinate. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.


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Rhineland-Palatinate Flag
Flag of the German Federal State of Rheinland-Pfalz
where in Germany is Rhineland-Palatinate

Official Name: Rheinland-Pfalz
en: Rhineland Palatinate

Nick name: Weinland-Pfalz (Wineland-Palatinate)
Motto for Palatinate: Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz. (Cheers. The Palatinate.)

Abbreviation: RP

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Mainz

Other Cities: Frankenthal, Idar-Oberstein, Kaiserslautern, Koblenz (Coblenz), Landau, Ludwigshafen, Neustadt (Weinstrafle), Pirmasens, Speyer (Spires), Trier, Worms, and Zweibrücken.

Location: in central south-west of Germany
Area: 19 847 km² (7 663 sq mi)

Population (2013): 4 million
Religions: 24.8% Protestants, 64.7% Roman Catholic, 7.2% no religious affiliation.

Natural resources: Wine.

Agriculture products: Wine.

Industries: Tourism, wine, chemical industry.

The state is located in central south-west of Germany. The state offers idyllic river landscapes in a mountainous country, historical cities and villages and some of the best wine-producing areas in Germany.

Rhineland-Palatinate shares international borders with France, Luxembourg and Belgium, it borders the German federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia in north, Hesse in east and Baden-Württemberg in south-east, it surrounds the federal state of Saarland.

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Official Sites of Rheinland-Pfalz

Official Rheinland-Pfalz (in German only).

Landtag Rheinland-Pfalz
Rhineland Palatinate's parliament.

60 Jahre Rheinland-Pfalz
Celebration site for 60 years of Rhineland Palatinate since its foundation in 1946.

Statistisches Landesamt Rheinland-Pfalz
Rhineland Palatinate's state office for statistics (in German).


Google Earth Google Earth Mainz
Searchable map and satellite view of the capital of Rheinland Palatinate.
Google Earth Google Earth Rheinland-Pfalz
Searchable map and satellite view of Rhineland Palatinate.

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany   


Newspapers from Rhineland Palatinate online (in German)

National news and for the region Rhein Main, Mainz; online service of Allgemeine Zeitung, Wiesbadener Tageblatt, Wiesbadener Kurier, Wormser Zeitung.

Pirmasenser Zeitung
Newspaper, Pirmasens.

Die Rheinpfalz
Newspaper Ludwigshafen.

Newspaper for Mainz/Wiesbaden.

XXSpeyerer Tagespost
News from Speyer.

Trierischer Volksfreund
Newspaper from Trier.

Südwestrundfunk (SWR)
Regional public radio and television.

National public television channel based in Mainz..


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Arts & Culture

XXHambacher Schloss
The Hambach Castle where the Hambacher Fest“ (Hambach Festival) took place in the end of May in 1832, a demonstration for freedom and unity of Germany.

The Imperial Cathedrals on the Rhine in the cities of Mainz, Speyer, and Worms.

Der Kaiserdom zu Speyer (Mariendom)
Imperial Cathedral of Speyer, largest Romanesque church, burial site of 8 German emperors and kings.

Dom zu Speyer
Mariendom (Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Steven), the Imperial Cathedral of Speyer.

Wormser Dom St. Peter
The smallest of the three Imperial Cathedrals on the Rhine.

Trierer Dom
Trier Cathedral and Church of Our Lady, oldest Bishop's Church in Germany, the seat of the Bishop of Trier since 1 700 years.

Landesmuseum Koblenz - Festung Ehrenbreitstein
With its state collection of prehistorical items and folklore art.

Famous for its collection of paintings of modern art of the 20th century.

Gutenberg - Museum Mainz
One of the oldest museums of print-art in the world, it is dedicated to the inventor of printing, Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg, born in Mainz.
Landesmuseum Mainz
One of the oldest museums of Germany, shows its important collection of art and cultural history.
Naturhistorisches Museum Mainz
Largest Museum of Natural History in Rhineland Palatinate.

Historisches Museum der Pfalz
The Historical Museum of the Palatinate with permanent exhibitions showing the history and development of the Palatinate.

Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Trier
Shows a collection of archaeology and arts of the city of Trier.

Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz
The German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate.


Business & Economy

Zum Wohl. Die Pfalz. - Pfalzwein, e.V.
Information on wines and the wine-growing-country of Palatinate.

The Chemical Company, Ludwigshafen.

Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn
The Travel Guide to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN), Germany's Ryanair hub.

Destination Rheinland-Pfalz - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Rheinland-Pfalz: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Rhineland-Palatinate Travel and Tour Guides
Travel guide to Rhineland-Palatinate's seven holiday regions.

Tourism Information for Regions of Rhineland-Palatinate

Eifel - Ahr
A tourist guide to Ahr, Rhein, Eifel, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler (in German only).
Eifel Tourismus
A tourist guide to the Eifel region (in German only).

Hunsrück - Nahe
Reisen durch den Hunsrück (in German only).
A tourist guide to the Nahe Region.

Mosel - Saar
A tourist guide to the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer Region (in German only).

Die Pfalz
Das Portal für Ihren Urlaub in der Pfalz (in German only).

Rheinhessen Info portal (in German only).

Rheintal, Lahn, Taunus
A guide to the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley Mittelrhein-Lahn, Lahntal and Tal der Loreley (in German only).

Westerwald Touristik-Service
Westerwald tourist information (in German only).

Deutsche Weinstraße
German Wine Road.
Südliche Weinstrasse
Tourism information for the Southern Wine Route.

The State Capital, official web site of the city of Mainz.

Major cities (official sites):
The city is known for the Frankenthal porcelain factory (1755 - 1799)

The German Capital of Gemstone Industry.

Home to the Football team 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Koblenz (Coblenz)
The city is the principal seat of the Mosel and Rhenish wine trade.

The city at the Südliche Weinstraße ("southern wineroute")

BASF city.

Neustadt (an der Weinstraße)
One of the many stops on the German wine road (Deutsche Weinstrasse).

Official website of Pirmasens.

Speyer (Spires)
Formerly, the Imperial City of Speyer.

Germany's oldest city.

One o the oldest City in Germany, beside Trier.

The former capital of the duchy of Zweibrücken.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Universität Kaiserslautern
Universität Koblenz - Landau
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Universität Trier
The Trier University's Homepage.


Environment & Nature

Nature Parks in Rhineland-Palatinate
Naturpark Nassau
A landscape conservation area within the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge (Rhenish Slate Mountains).
Naturpark Pfälzerwald
The UNESCO recognized natural park and biosphere reserve Pfälzerwald (in German).
Naturpark Saar-Hunsrück
Natural Park Saar-Hunsrück in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.
Naturpark Soonwald-Nahe
Nature Reserve Soonwald.
Naturpark Südeifel
Nature Reserve Südeifel.

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.



The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate was established on 30 August 1946. It was formed from the northern part of the French Occupation Zone, which included parts of Bavaria (the Rhenish Palatinate), the southern parts of the Prussian Rhine Province, parts of the Prussian Province of Nassau, and parts of Rheinhessen on the western banks of the Rhine; the new state was legally confirmed by referendum on 18 May 1947.

Rheinland-Pfalz/Rhineland-Palatinate, the History
The History of Rhineland-Palatinate, describes the history not only of Rhineland-Palatinate, but of several lineal states located along the middle Rhine River.

Palatinate (Pfalz)
Wikipedia entry about the Palatinate region and its history.

Rheinprovinz (Rheinpreußen)
Wikipedia entry about the history of the Rhine Province a former province of Prussia.

Additional Information about Rheinland-Pfalz

Open Directory Project: Rheinland-Pfalz

Wikipedia: Rheinland-Pfalz
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