Rhenish Hesse

Rhenish Hesse (Rheinhessen) is in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland Pfalz) in Germany. The land of the thousand hills, a large part of which is covered in vineyards, is defined to the north and east by the river Rhine and Hesse, to the west by the Nahe valley and to the south by the Donnersberg in the Palatinate.

Cities

Rheinhessen

Other destinations

Rhine near Mainz, behind the Rheingau.

Talk

The locals of the region have a very strong dialect know as Rhoihessisch, but a reasonable standard of conversational German should get you through a visit.

Get in

By plane

Rheinhessen is well place for international flight connections with Frankfurt Airport and Hahn Airport both being less than an hours drive away from most towns in the area.

By train

By car

Easily reached from the west (north and south) via the A61/A63. A3 and A5 connects you to the east via the A60 but be aware there are only crossing of the Rhine at Mainz and Worms the roads being jammed at peak commuter times. There are car ferry crossing of the Rhine at Ingelheim, Bingen and Nierstein near Oppenheim.

By bus

Long distance bus companies ADAC Postbus and Flexibus serve Mainz from other German cities, Meinfernbus also include connections to other European cities. Deinbus have a service to through Worms.

Get around

The area has good coverage by regional buses and most major towns have rail links.

Between RNN and RMV you buy one ticket, and between RNN and VRN zu buy one ticket also.

See

Mainz Dom

Do

Itineraries

The Rheinburgenweg start in Bingen.

Events

Mainzer Fastnacht

Buy

Mainz is the main shopping city for the area with a good mix of large German stores and local speciality shops.

Wine is an excellent purchase to make in the region. In the villages you can get personal service direct from the wineries. Many of them will just be a small room with racks of wine bottles and boxes; do not be put off by a small door with just a sign above it, you will get a warm welcome and often a chance to sample the wines before purchasing.

The region is also a major area for growing of Asparagus, white Spargel can be bought fresh in season.

You will often see on the side of the road in villages a small wooden cart or set of shelves displaying apples and, when in season, other fruit and vegetable. There will next to these be a price per bag note and an honesty box where you place your money. This is a great feature of the region, recommend using it for fresh local produce but do not abuse it by under paying.

Eat

There are many good restaurants in the villages and towns of the region. You will also find Straußwirtschaft in the region, these are often just small rooms attached to a local winegrower selling their own wine and some local style small meals.

Spundekäs with pretzels

Local dishes include:

Drink

Rheinhessen is Germany's largest wine growing region. The main grape varieties being Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Dornfelder, Silvaner, Blauer Portugieser, Spätburgunder, Kerner and Grauer Burgunder. Although dominated by white wines there are also some good reds, particularly around Ingelheim.

Beer is not so dominate as in other part of Germany but there are a couple of good micro-breweries in Mainz and Ingelheim.

In the autumn try out the Federweißer (white) and Roter Rauscher (red), a cloudy still fermenting drink from freshly pressed grape. Tastes like a grape soda but be aware it can have a deceivingly high alcohol content.

For non alcoholic drinks you can find some good locally produced apple and grape juices.

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