Tourism in and around the Mainz-Bingen District

Rhine-Hesse – Magic of a thousand hills

Rhine-Hesse is situated in the large triangle of the Rhine knee between Mainz, Worms, Alzey and Bingen. The dynamics and transformation in Rhine-Hesse are impressive. A new generation of wine growers has taken over. Self-confident young people, who have the know-how and a good feel for making great wines. Rhine-Hesse, with its 26.300 hectares of vineyards, is the largest wine-growing area in Germany. Their Rieslings are causing quite a stir. Add to this the classic cultivars like Silvaner, Pinot blanc and Pinot gris and, as a wildcard, Scheurebe. Approximately one third of the vineyards is taken up by reds, with Dornfelder taking the lion's share and Pinot noir and Portugais bleu, the classic Bordeaux blends, not far behind. There are as many faces to gastronomy as there are grape vines in a vineyard. Rhine-Hesse enjoys regionally traditional food, with a large portion of local colour thrown in. Even the most experienced gourmet may therefore look forward to culinary aha moments. The Rhine, the old, historically cultural towns of Mainz and Worms, wine festivals, vintage festivals, street carnivals and court festivals, more than 500km of interconnected and well sign-posted cycling paths as well as an increase in offers to spend a "holiday on a Rhine-Hesse wine farm" make Rhine-Hesse a worthwhile destination, inviting you to a voyage of discovery of a thousand gently undulating hilly vineyards.

Rheinhessen-Touristik GmbH
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 17
55218 Ingelheim am Rhein
Tel.: +49 (0) 6132 / 4 41 70
Fax: +49 (0) 6132 / 44 17 44

Welcome to the Nahe region!

Whether you want to enjoy fresh air in the middle of nature, health or wellness, legendary history or culture, noble wines, culinary delicacies or the glitter of precious stones: Guests from all over the world appreciate the Nahe region as the first destination for unique and varied experiences. Enjoy exceptional natural beauty, revitalise yourself, amble along historical pathways, enjoy Riesling and Burgundy wines or be enchanted by diamonds and minerals. We, the people of the Nahe region know exactly how to turn every excursion into an unforgettable experience.

Naheland-Touristik GmbH
Bahnhofstrasse 37
55606 Kirn/Nahe
Tel.: +49 (0) 67 52 / 13 76 10
Fax: +49 (0) 67 52 / 13 76 20

Discovering the Romantic Rhine with all your senses

There is a truly royal valley between Rüdesheim and Bingen in the south and the start of the Siebengebirge in the north. Here, like in hardly any other region in Europe, exceptional natural beauty goes hand in hand with over 2000 years of culture - and the majestically flowing Rhine joins the highlights of this valley, which contains not one, but two UNESCO heritage sites. Everywhere you go, you notice this very special symbiosis of forts and castles, quaint medieval towns and wonderful wines. Tradition on the one hand, but also a fascinating voyage of discovery which will provide you with innumerable holiday experiences. On foot through romantic alleyways and steep, terraced vineyards, on the river by one of the many white ferry boats or steamers and, last but not least, from the many high vantage points, the eye sweeps across the Rhine, taking in the unique panorama. A holiday country, as old as the legends and fairytales of the beautiful Loreley or the two estranged brothers, yet young and modern like the ARP Museum in Künstlerbahnhof Rolandseck or the Rheinsteig Trail - the Rheinsteig-Premiumwanderweg. There is harmony in the contrast between hill and dale, adventure holidays and days for relaxation and pampering. Enjoy the magic of this picture book region, bursting with ideas and stories between Mäuseturm and Drachenfels.

Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH
Loreley Visitors Centre
56346 St. Goarshausen
Tel.: +49 (0) 67 71 / 95 93 80
Fax: +49 (0) 67 71 / 59 90 94
Email: info‎

Nothing but nature: The Hunsrück

The Hunsrück is clearly defined as one of the most attractive Central German Uplands simply by its geographical position: The region is surrounded by four rivers. At the foot of the upland, the Mosel, Nahe, Saar and Rhine rivers meander through their valleys. In the middle of Rheinland-Pfalz you find a scenic gem. Away from industrialisation and the hurly-burly of city life, nature here presents a restful change between forests and meadow, creeks running through steep valleys and gently undulating mountain ranges. It is not surprising, therefore, to find not one, but two nature parks, the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park and the Soonwald-Nahe Nature Park, which are extensive nature reserves. Because nature parks can only evolve where nature is left to itself. The forts, castles, churches or historical buildings tell of a history centuries hold. They are the cultural gems of the Hunsrück's treasure trove.

Hunsrück-Touristik GmbH
Building 663
55483 Hahn-Flughafen
Tel.: +49 (0) 65 43 / 50 77 00
Fax: +49 (0) 65 43 / 50 77 09

The Mainz-Bingen District is comparatively young as it emanated only in 1969, when the Mainz and Bingen districts merged. It covers an area of 606 square kilometres from Guntersblum to Bacharach and 80km along the Rhine. In many of the 66 towns and communities of the district numerous historic buildings give testimony of the long and colourful history of the region. Wine is one of the eminent characteristics of the district. Three world-famous wine growing regions characterise the district: The Middle Rhine, the Nahe and Rhine-Hesse, Germany's largest wine growing area. In June 2002, the Middle Rhine Valley, which includes the stretch between Bingen and Bacharach, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The district is directly connected to the Rhine-Main and the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan regions via the Autobahns, the Rhine as Europe's largest and most important waterway, the railway and a conveniently structured short-distance public transport system. The distances to the Frankfurt and Frankfurt-Hahn (Hunsrück) airports and thus to the rest of the world are short.

The Bingen District is one of the few regions in which population numbers continue to increase. This entails a responsible attitude towards young families, children and juveniles. Combining raising a family with work is thus an important socio-political subject and a task which the Mainz-Bingen District tackles with great commitment. One of the aims is to offer to all parents child care options suited to their individual needs. The district continues to be assertive in the expansion of its offer of child care and full-time places in day-care centres.
Despite its modern structure and economic strength, the region maintained its original and charming character and excels by its great leisure appeal. With its wide range of associations and groups, everybody will find something to match their preferences. A study showed that more than half of the district's population do voluntary work. The district supports this commitment by supporting voluntary offices for projects which depend primarily on the unpaid commitment of its citizens.
There are many reasons in favour of Mainz-Bingen: an exceptional range of day-care centres and schools, tertiary education institutions, incomparable scenery, social services, cultural activities and plenty of leisure options. But most of all, the people are very special: cosmopolitan, hospitable, warm-hearted, unobtrusive yet also always prepared to share their table in the wine bar and restaurants with other guests.