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Gimmeldingen

Sandstone walls, narrow streets and vine-covered entrances to wine-grower’s cellars characterise the village of Gimmeldingen. Although nowadays officially recognised as being a health spa, it was the Romans who first recognised the beneficial advantages of the sloping vineyards for viticulture.

A visible sign of such times is the Mithras plaque, created in honour of the God of Light – the original plaque can be seen in the Historical Museum of the Pfalz, in Speyer.

Gimmeldingen is the ideal starting point for hikers. Well-signposted paths lead into the Pfälzerwald Nature Park, the valley of Benjetal, to the scenic viewpoint Looganlage or into Silbertal - the Silver Valley. There is even a Nordic Walking trail leading through the valley. Information about viticulture and viniculture is available alongside the Wine Hike leading off the Fürstenweg. The wine village of Gimmeldingen is famous not only for its “Gimmeldinger Meerspinne” but also for the early almond blossoms which can be seen as early as March. The mild climate transforms the air into a perfume of almonds, and has been the ideal excuse for an “Almond Blossom Festival” and the coronation of the “Mandelblütenkönigin” for the past 60 years. The view from the König-Ludwig-Pavillon over the delicate pink sea of blossoms has long been a major attraction in Gimmeldingen. There is even a sandstone engraved with the words – “The Garden of Germany – the flowering Pfalz ! King Ludwig I 1856”, bearing witness to royal recognition.

At Whitsun, the villagers of Gimmeldingen celebrate the “Loblocher Weinzehnt” – the historical wine tithe, the third weekend in August is time for the “Gimmeldinger Weinkerwe” and the same weekend in October the “Gimmeldinger Herbst”. Reason enough to visit Gimmeldingen throughout the year.