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One of the best ways to enjoy the rich and varied landscape surrounding Oppenheim is on the German Wine Route. With 85km of wines, warm welcomes, and pure, unadulterated enjoyment, it's an intoxicating mix. But there's more to Rheinhessen than just vineyard slopes. The Bergstrasse-Odenwald nature reserve for example, is part of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
German Wine Route
The German Wine Route, the first of Germany's holiday routes and still its most famous, runs through the country's second-largest wine-growing region. Whether Schweigen-Rechtenbach in the south is the start or the finish of the route is immaterial: many visitors enjoy it so much, that on reaching the German Wine Route gateway there, they simply do an about-turn and do the tour again in reverse, back up to Bockenheim. Another plus is the mild, pleasant climate, ideal for enjoying a countryside transformed by our unquenchable thirst for wine. The route is an unforgettable tour of discovery for walkers, cyclists, sporty types and holidaymakers alike.
Discover wine-growing par excellence in Rheinhessen, a region that extends deep into the Rhine plains between Mainz, Worms, Alzey and Bingen. Rich with natural beauty and full of surprises, it is a place of many contrasts. There's more to the region than just wine, too. The Upper Rhine Plain, also known as the Rhine Rift, is a valley, 300 kilometres long and 30 to 45 kilometres wide, formed by tectonic activity. It is part of a long zone of weakness in the Earth's crust, which reaches as far as Africa in places. See and learn about the rich diversity of nature in Rheinhessen.
Bergstrasse-Odenwald geological nature reserve
This geo nature reserve covers an area of land between the Rhine, Main and Neckar rivers. Walking here is like peering through a window into over 500 million years of Earth's eventful history. Real-life examples illustrate how geological, natural and human effects have combined to shape the landscape we see today. Special locations have been set aside for kids to learn about the history of the land by examining surrounding rocks. The reserve is best explored on the well-maintained network of walking trails, themed around geology.
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