It was wine which allowed the village of Haardt to prosper: half-timbered houses dating back to the 18th Century, baroque villas with ornate stonework and coats of arms together with almost manorial wine estates are mute witness to this historical affluence.
The village itself, dating back over 750 years, is overlooked by the Count Palatinate Castle “Haardter Schlössel” and its terraced vineyards. An officially recognised health spa, it is also named the “Balcony of the Pfalz”, since, in clear weather, it is possible to look over the vineyards and see the distant Cathedral of Speyer.
Leading away from the village, there is a gentle walk to a park planted with exotic Mediterranean plants – Dr. Welsch Terrasse, from where the “Sonnenweg” takes one up to the ruins of the Wolf’s Castle – “Wolfsburg”. The wine trail leading off “Herrenlettenweg” brings you up to date on vinous matters with information about the cultivation of vines, the grape harvest and the character of the more than 16 different grape varieties grown in the village, such as the Portugieser, the Scheurebe or the Gänsfüßer. Eye-catching nooks and crannies offer a welcoming pause with views of ornate baroque villas. Thanks to its sheltered geographical site and mild climate, Mediterranean plants feel at home in the village of Haardt.