Best time to visit Rhineland-Palatinate

temperature & rainfall

Choosing the best time to visit Rhineland-Palatinate is a bit like choosing a wine. Nothing is too extreme, summer being dry, and spring – with almond blossom in the air – definitely exuding sweetness. Autumn brings a bouquet of ripe grapes and leaves turning, leaving a lasting aroma in morning mists. Fruitiness kicks in during summer when orchards burst to life, with temps rarely exceeding 23°C. Winters are mild, with snow on higher ground, just enough to add sparkle, but not enough to oxidise and ruin the taste.

When to visit Rhineland-Palatinate

A month by month guide

March brings the almond blossoms out in the south, especially along the Wine Route, with the first wine festival happening as early as April.
Similarly, around April and May, you will start to see market stalls burgeoning with local produce, such as fruit, asparagus, vegetables, wine and spirits.
The driest months are, strangely, February and March, with the highest precipitation happening in May and June. But it is still slight, so not a big worry.
The Rhine in Flames or ‘Rhein in Flammen’ Festival takes place between May and September, and is a wonderful way to see the region.
Christmas markets, a specialty of the region, run through November, December and some to celebrate New Year in January.

May is a great month to enjoy the Mosel, with the Happy Mosel event shutting down all the roads along the river to motorised traffic.

Bad Durkheim’s famous Wurst Markt, with equal amounts of wine as wurst, it has to be said, is every September.

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Kevin Kalfels from Rhineland-Palatinate Tourist Board shares his best time to visit Rhineland-Palatinate: “On certain days throughout the year, the roads along the main rivers close to cars, and are filled with cyclists, walkers, inline skaters and so on. They are wonderful local events, not aimed so much at tourists, but more for local communities to enjoy. Local food producers come out to sell their goods, and there is a great atmosphere. The first one is Happy Mosel which takes place in May and the other one is Tal Total on the Rhine, with the roads between Koblenz and Bingen , and Lahnstein to Rüdesheim converted into a freewheeling festival in June.”

Festivals & events


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The Rhine in Flames or Rhein in Flammen Festival

This annual celebration takes place at five key points along the Rhine. Koblenz is one of the biggest parties, around mid August every year, with fireworks and music and trips on boats, with a choice of 70, and fireworks on all sides of the river. You can take it all in on a boat journey lasting for three or four hours from Koblenz to Speyer. For more information, see
Responsible Travel would like to thank the Rhineland-Palatinate tourist board for their sponsorship of this guide
Photo credits: [Cochem castle, almond blossom, cycling, and fireworks: Rhineland-Palatinate Tourist Board]
Written by Catherine Mack
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