Make a date for the Bad Duerkheim Vineyard Night
Two evenings a year, the vineyards above Bad Dürkheim, Germany are illuminated for the Weinbergnacht culinary walk, the perfect event for a date night with your special someone.
Sip a lovely local Riesling and stroll along the dirt path as the landscape changes from shades of green and blue to purple and pink. Stop at the glowing white-igloo-shaped tent up ahead for your next pour and a hearty Pfälzer dish, sweet crepe or fresh-from-the-oven Flammkuchen.
The highlight of the evening awaits you at the summit of the hill, where the ruins of a Roman villa have been transformed into a hip wine bar. Complete with candlelight and music, you will be tempted to spend the entire evening here. Rest your feet for a bit, have a couple of glasses of wine, and share a cedar-plank salmon sandwich before moving on ... there is so much yet to taste, and the night is far from over.
The 2017 edition of Weinbergnacht (Vineyard Night) takes place Friday to Saturday, March 10-11. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 11 p.m. both nights. Tickets are priced at 20 euros each, which includes 15 wine samples (.05 liters) and a souvenir glass. Children under age 16 may attend for free. Food purchases are not included in ticket prices.
All 4,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday, but there are still a few available for Friday. Contact the Bad Dürkheim tourism office for tickets, or book a package deal that includes your entrance to the event and accommodations in a nearby hotel.
- Download and print the event guide, which includes a map with a listing of wine and food offerings at each station.
- Dress warmly, and wear a waterproof, hooded jacket and sturdy walking shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy. Bring a small backpack or purse with water, a flashlight, an umbrella, Wet Wipes and toilet paper (just in case the portable toilets are out).
- Make sure you have euros, tickets and Weinbergnacht glasses — wine will not be served in anything other than event glasses.
- Arrive at opening, and be prepared for heavy crowds as it gets later.
- If you’re driving, designate a driver and park at Wurstmarktplatz. Otherwise, check Deutsche Bahn for trains; the journey is less than an hour from Kaiserslautern.