A dream in the colour of soft pink - in the Palatinate this usually takes place during the first weeks of the year, because Spring is here earlier. This natural spectacle attracts every year “Spring-hungry” people to the avenues of almond trees, which are like a pink ribbon along the German Wine Street. The whole region is filled with merry festivities, culinary pleasures and great arrangements, during the almond blossom season: the highlight is the Gimmeldinger Almond Blossom Festival, when guests are invited to take a long walk through the sea of pink blossoms and the Mandelring turns into a street of festivities ...
Almond Blossom Festival in Gimmeldingen - (The date for 2018 will be announced here)
Almond Trees in Gimmeldingen
Originally from China, India and North Africa, the Greeks brought this tree to Italy and then the Romans across the Alps. First mentioned in the Palatinate, these pretty flowering trees were first mentioned around 1100. In 1464, the cultivation of almond trees was mandated by Elector Friedrich of the Palatinate in order to increase the urban revenues of the town of Neustadt. Because of its pretty flowers, Reichsrat von Buhl planted the first avenue of almond trees in Gimmeldingen, in front of the Castle Hildebrandseck in 1911. A planned deforestation of these trees at the end of the 60’s caused a powerful uproar. Engaged citizens of Gimmeldingen however knew how to prevent this, and since then have planted more avenues. The first Gimmeldinger almond blossom festival took place on April 15th, 1934 under the idea of making the local wines more well-known as well as attracting tourists.