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Duttweiler

The sleepy hamlet of Duttweiler is the smallest of Neustadt’s wine village and lies surrounded by vineyards and farmland, typical for the region.

19 wine farmers maintain the 1000 year old tradition of winemaking in the traditional vineyards of Mandelberg, Kreuzberg and Kalkberg, where the vines find the fertile soils so necessary to produce wines of international repute. The main wine festival is celebrated on the second weekend of August and is one of the oldest in the Palatinate. Quaint wine-farmers houses, lovingly-restored, welcome visitors to the festival which culminates in the coronation of the Duttweiler Wine Princess on the opening Friday. Duttweiler is also the ideal starting point for cyclists.

The “Cabbage and Turnips” trail is an easy cycle tour for the entire family and runs parallel to the German Wine Street. Duttweiler has numerous connections to the Palatinate Cycle Network so that one can easily go from “Wine to the Rhine” at the cathedral town of Speyer or take a refreshing swim in the idyllically situated, open-air swimming pool. The artist, Bernhard Matthäss, has discovered the Palatinate sandstone as the ideal raw material for his sculpture, to be seen in the Kreuzbergstrasse 41 (Reservations under tel.: +49 (0)6327 5846).

An intriguing feature of the village is the communication system. Although the latest village news is, of course, always to be heard at the baker’s shop, the loudspeakers situated throughout the village ensure that the latest news about village activities, the results of football matches, missing cats and, of course, who is leading the annual village cycle race is made known to all.