DATA: 07-11 and 14-17 September 2018
PLACE: Bad Durkheim, Germany.
The name should not be misleading. Durkheimer Wurstmarkt literally means the Salsicce market. In this case, however, wine is the protagonist. And in fact, it is the largest wine festival in the world.
Or, at least, it is the slogan of the organizers.
The numbers are all on the side of the Durkheimer Festival, one of the most anticipated events of all the Palatinate which, every year, makes almost 700.000 visitors recorder. No wonder wine lovers from all over the world come to Bad Dürkheim to taste the approximately 300 wine selections on offer.
It is also a festival of great tradition that will take place almost 600 years in these fantastic lands, the second and third weekend of September.
Tradition and above all, great quality. In fact, all the wines must overcome an incredibly selective process, to guarantee uniqueness and great quality. Each label must obtain a specific certificate and authorization; moreover, it must come exclusively from the area of Bad Durkheim. The selection varies from reds, to sparkling white wines and sparkling wines.
Password: fun. Excellent food. Excellent gastronomic offer to accompany your drinks. Live music and shows. And, as in the German tradition, many rides and attractions, from the most incredible and adrenalitic, to those dedicated to the little ones.
Durkheimer Wurstmarkt is, without a doubt, an excellent opportunity for revelry. In family or with friends.
HOW TO GET
The best way to reach the German town is through Frankfurt / Main or, alternatively, Stuttgart. Frankfurt International Airport is about 100 kilometers from Bad Durkheim and is well connected to major European and non-European destinations.
To arrive by train, you must make 2 changes; first in Mannheim and, later, in Neustadt.
The 97 kilometers by car are much more convenient. The route crosses, to a large extent, the A67 highway. The advice is to rent a car directly at the airport. From this link, the best offers.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE
LITERARISCHER FRÜHSCHOPPEN: one of the cult events of the Durkheimer Wurstmarkt. On Sundays all the fans of the Palatinate dialect get together.
JULES VERNE TOWER, It is a fantastic tower, about 80 meters high. An elevator will take you to the top, at the speed of 2 meters per second. Crazy sight on all the Durkheimer Wurstmarkt and the city.
WILDE MAUS XXL: the fantastic roller coasters, supported by virtual reality. Guaranteed fun.
Le Schubkarchstände They are the real heart of the Durkheimer Wurstmarkt. Between barrels and wooden carts, you can enjoy the best wine and sausages. In total there are 36 Schubkarchstände, all built according to traditional styles.
TIMETABLE AND PROGRAM
The Durkheimer Wurstmarkt 2018 takes place over the course of two weeks, from 07 to 11 and from 14 to 17 September 2018, for a total of 9 days. Here, below, the schedules of the main events not to be missed:
- THURSDAY 07. At 17: 00, big concert and festive walk from Ludwigsplatz to Gradierbau. From the latter, at the Michaeliskapelle, official opening of the event.
- SATURDAY 09. At 11: 00 the 4-Jazz show, in the wine village.
- SUNDAY 10. From the 10: 30, the long-awaited Literarischer Frühschoppen.
- MONDAY 11. At 21: 00 the "Musica d'artifice" with pyrotechnic musical shows.
- FRIDAY 14. Wine tasting in Riesenrad, starting from 14: 00.
- SATURDAY 15. In the wine village, at 11: 00 the Crack Hoffmann Jazz Quartett.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Bad Durkheim's accommodation offer is far from excellent. Our advice is to look for a structure in the surrounding area because there is no shortage of offers, starting fromHotel Residenz Limburgerhof, in the homonymous town about 15 kilometers from the destination. This is a good value-for-money hotel in 4stelle, just a few minutes from the train stop. All rooms, suites and rooms of the Hotel Residenz Limburgerhof are bright, comfortably furnished and feature free Wi-Fi. You can start your day the best way with a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet. Or relax in the Limburgerhof's sauna and solarium or work out in the fitness room. Info and reservations from here.
Who was lucky enough to find availability, the Weingut Zumstein It is one of the best facilities in Bad Durkheim. Beautifully located, it is ideal for discovering the wonderful town and its renowned festival. Book your room at the best price, from this link.