Mutterstadt — A Mother Of All Cities

It might be fitting that the Rhineland-Palatinate city of Mutterstadt literally translates to “Mother City,” because you’ve hit the motherload of all places.

You certainly can’t ask for a better location; south of ancient Worms, north of ruling Karlsruhe, and west of working Mannheim and scientific Heidelberg. That’s for sure a great circle of some great sightseeing and drinking. :-)

Drinking? Oh, this area of the gorgeous Palatinate produces some of the best grapes for German wine. You might even run into the “wine queen” or one of her “princesses.” Make sure you bring home a bottle or two, all the better to remember your “mutter” of a vacation.

Wine isn’t the only thing made around here. Mutterstadt is lucky enough to be in what’s called the Vegetable Garden of Germany. Its potatoes (called Grumbeere here in the Palatinate) are the best around, but you’ll also find carrots, sugar beets, and everything else that your “mutter” told you to eat at the Pfalzmarkt.

Between sipping glasses of good Riesling and eating the freshest vegetables around, you’ve got sightseeing to do. Start at the historical City Hall, a cute little half-timbered number built around the 1730’s. City Hall is also where the Kerwe church festival starts at the end of August on the Festplatz, working its way to the New Gate Community Center.

Mutterstadt has two Community Centers, actually. The other is the Palatinum which hosts many conferences and meetings. Although, many come for to see the sculptures outside dedicated to the men & women of the city.

But, if you want to keep with the church theme, no visit to Mutterstadt would be complete without a visit to the St. Maria Ascension Church. She was originally built a millenia ago and remained a Catholic church until the Reformation in 1566.

Besides Maria’s tower, keep a lookout for the abstract painted Wasserturm, a watertower that stands 52 meters (approx. 150 feet) above the city. That’s a bit taller than the old oak trees in the municipal forest with its winding twisting bicycle and walking paths. Which is the perfect place to finish your day in Mutterstadt.

 

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