When is Römerberg not really Römerberg? I swear, it’s not a silly question. The answer is when Römerberg is really the villages of Berghausen, Heiligenstein, and Mechtersheim; which only became the town of Römerberg only about forty years ago. I guess those medieval knights of long ago would be a bit confused today, huh? ;-)
You’ll find Römerberg on the left bank of the majestic River Rhine, only about 5km south of Speyer.
This is a town with little to no sightseeing, but with a good number of beer and wine gardens, and plenty of outdoor activities. You’ll also find yourself centrally located to visit such places as Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, and Bad Dürkheim. So, staying a few nights at the historic Gasthof zum Engel would be a good idea.
If anything, you’ll enjoy staying at this framework hotel, one of the few 18th century half-timbered buildings around town. Or, just enjoy its beer garden ;-)
You’ll also be centrally located to enjoy the Pfälzer Wald, a forest area with hiking trails and bicycle paths. If you get hungry, pack a lunch and cook some bratwurst at one of the grill hut areas. Then, play a game of tennis or two.
After a forest jaunt, checkout the nearby Straußenfarm Mhou (in Rülzheim) where you’ll see ostriches. Imagine an omelette made from one of those eggs — one is equal to a dozen chicken eggs. Better bring a mighty big appetite!
I think I’d prefer a day at the Aquadrom (in Hockenheim) where you can be pampered with a massage, sweat in a sauna, or swim the day away. Of course, Römerberg has the Hallenbad, but the Aquadrom offers more amenities for you spa lovers.
Just don’t leave without checking out the churches of St. Pankratius in Berghausen, the St. Laurentius Church in Mechtersheim, and St. Sigismund in Heiligenstein.
Stop at a local beer or wine garden along the way between each one and you’ll have a good time in Römerberg.