One of the top day trip destinations from Frankfurt is the red wine city Ingelheim am Rhein. The place is less visited compared to many other German destinations. It is at the south bank of the Rhine River. Tourists usually visit towns opposite of this city, such as the famous Rüdesheim am Rhein or the Rose City Eltville.
However, it also has a long history of rich wine culture and shows red wine competence. While Rhine-Hesse, the largest wine-growing area in Germany, is dominated by white grapes, the winemakers in Ingelheim are in favour of making red wines.
It has no lack of interesting sights and things to do. The following activities you could do all year round:
- The Ingelheim Imperial Palace
- Museum at the Kaiserpfalz
- Join a guided tour
- Hiking through vineyards and orchards
- Cycling through nature
- Wine tasting
- Ingelheim Red Wine Festival around the church
- Visit the Tiger-Garten Waldeck
- Have dinner in a local restaurant
The Ingelheim Imperial Palace
First of all you have the opportunity to learn about the history of the imperial palace in the local tourist centre (Neuer Markt 5, 55218 Ingelheim am Rhein). Among other things you can experience a virtual reconstruction of the architecture. A PC presentation in the museum informs in detail with text, image and film material about the (construction) history of the Pfalzanlage.
The Visitor Center is a good starting point for the “Historic Round Path Kaierpfalz Ingelheim”. There is the booklet accompanying the tour available. The visitor center also houses a tourist information office, where especially tourist relevant information of all kinds is available.
The Imperial Palace (François-Lachenal-Platz 5, 55218 Ingelheim) was built in the second half of 8th Century. Until the 11th century it served as a place for governance and as a residence for many Emperors and Kings, including Charlemagne.
Museum at the Kaiserpfalz
The museum invites you attractive programs to exhibitions, events, celebrations, lectures, guided tours, and workshops with historical themes throughout the year. The museum is near the imperial palace. The address is François-Lachenal-Platz 5.
Join a guided tour
The Tourist Information Centre offers various guided city tours and guided hikes. As a result of joining a guided tour, you get to know the historical city better.
Hiking through vineyards and orchards
If you rather explore the are by yourself, then there are 14 Hiking routes in the area for you to choose. Walkthrough vineyards and orchards you gain views of what’s going on in and around Ingelheim. The description on the hiking routes website is in German, but when you click on the button “mehr erfahren”, you will see a map on the right side of the page. Click on the map to zoom in to see the details about the hiking trail.
Cycling through nature
In addition to hiking, the hilly surroundings are surprisingly cycle-friendly. There are many cycling trails in the area. The description of the cycling trails website is in German, but when you click on the button “mehr erfahren”, you will see a map on the right side of the page. Click on the map to zoom in, you can view details about the cycling route.
Or, you can try to get some information from the tourist centre.
One of the local wineries is Weingut Wasem. Established in 1726, over the generations, this family-owned winery focus on the improvement of wine quality. All the grapes are grown in traditional vineyards situated in the area. You can also have a wine tasting in the shop. There are hotels in the area for people to stay overnight after wine tasting.
Participate in Ingelheim Red Wine Festival
Ingelheim is a party venue. There are many festivals all year round in the Red Wine City ranging from spring wine festival on Winzerkeller to the harbour festival on the Rhine. Each festival has its character through different scenes.
It is worth to mention that the Ingelheim Red Wine Festival at the church ground takes place each year from the last weekend in September to the first weekend in October.
If you plan to join the event, you need to book the hotel well ahead since the local hotels would be full very quickly.
Visit the Tiger-Garten Waldeck
Seven Bengal tigers (king tigers) have their home in Tiger Garten Waldeck. The origin of these tigers sub-species is India. According to WWF, only 400 animals worldwide still exist, and over one percent of these beautiful and rare animals live in Ingelheim. Hence it is noteworthy to visit.
If you are traveling with kids, this could be an activity for the day as well.
How to get there
The quickest way to get there is by car. The driving time is around 32 minutes, and the distance is about 46 kilometres from Frankfurt International Airport.
The alternative to getting there is by public transportation S8 at the Airport and then by RB26 at Mainz Central station.
Or, take the Köln-Düsseldorfer (known as KD) cruise to Bingen. The KD Rhine Pass is for a full day of adventure on any KD day cruise. From Bingen Central Station, you can take RB28 to Ingelheim in about 13 minutes. The KD Rhine Pass is also the best way to explore the Rhine river and wine town along the route.