Picture, if you will, rolling hills of vineyards where music is carried away by the wind. Sounds like the opening sequence of a movie, doesn’t it?
It’s not some Hollywood theatrical trailer, it’s Osthofen in the Rhineland-Palatinate.
All right, so I mentioned vineyards, does that mean Osthofen has wineries? You bet your sweet Riesling it does. Wine making is big business around here; and for two days in September during the Wine Festival (called the Winzerfest) you’ll know why — the stuff just tastes so good.
They pick a new Wine Queen every year; and I’m still trying to figure out how to be a judge.
Wine isn’t the only thing that makes Osthofen cultured. It’s the Art Days, a month long event from March to April; and the Spring Festival (always good for more wine drinking) and the free music concerts held in the park through the summer.
The best is the Osthofener Market and Beer Garden Party. Why? Easy, two days of shopping and beer drinking in August. Need I say more? ;-)
Between pints Osthofen’s got some nice sightseeing; and I mean more than just its beer gardens. The most visited is the Bergkirche, which has been a holy site since the 6th century when a chapel to St. Remigius was built.
Kind of makes the Catholic St. John Church that was built in 1713 pale in comparison, doesn’t it? No, actually — St. John’s and the Kleine Kirche (built 1581) are both lovely.
Other sightseeing you can do around Osthofen (whether by foot or by bicycle) is to check out the Rathaus (built 1902), the Altes Rathaus (1739), and the Jewish Cemetery (with a memorial to the town’s Jewish community lost during the National Socialist period).
A guided tour of Osthofen might be a good idea (available June/July/August for only a few Euro). This way you can hear more on this 2-hour tour about the town’s history than on your own or at the Heritage Museum (open 1st Saturday of the month 9am-11am).
Could you do me a favor? While you’re here, ask around how I can judge that wine queen contest. Thanks! ;-)