Spring almond blossom

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almond blossom marking out the German wine route

almond blossom marking out the German wine route

Many times, Just about Travel has mentioned the annual, spring cherry blossom extravaganza’s that can be seen in various parts of the world. But how about almond blossom?
Along the German Wine Route, spring begins earlier than elsewhere in Germany since the abundant almond blossom often shines here in soft pink shades from March. This annual natural spectacle will be celebrated from 1 March to 26 April 2015 with the “Rosa Wochen”and a wide range of events focusing on the almond. The entire region joins in with  festivals, culinary delicacies and the vintners open their doors and invite guests in to sample the new vintage. The region also has plenty to offer gastronomically, with the chefs in the restaurants, wine bars and hotels conjuring up almond specialities.

Incidentally, the wine route celebrates its eightieth birthday this year being the oldest wine route in modern times.

During “Rosa Leuchten”  -pink lights – many fortresses, castles, churches and city gates along the German Wine Route shine as pink and rose lights,  visible from miles around, light up the skies. This includes the German Wine Gate in Schweigen, the Madenburg in Eschbach, the Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe in Edenkoben, Hambach castle above Neustadt an der Weinstraße, the historic town hall in Deidesheim, the Wachtenburg in Wachenheim and St Michael’s Chapel in Bad Dürkheim.

A high point of the almond blossom season and, at the same time, the first wine festival of the year is the traditional almond blossom festival in Neustadt-Gimmeldingen, the date of which is determined by the state of the blossom and is only fixed shortly before the event. Likewise, celebrations take place along the almond blossom-lined Villastraße to Schloss Villa Ludwigshöhe for the Edenkoben Almond Mile and at the Dionysius Chapel in Gleiszellen for the large almond blossom festival.

In addition, there are countless other guided tours, hikes and culinary and merry wine events at which almonds are the centre of attention.

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