Celebrate German Unity Day with wine, walking and gourmet treats

Celebrate German Unity Day with wine, walking and gourmet treats

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Each year on Oct. 3, Germans celebrate Tag der Deutschen Einheit, or German Unity Day, that fateful day back in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) were unified into a single German state.

As the date is always celebrated on the day it happens to fall, those working a U.S. holiday schedule will often miss out on festivities organized to mark the day. However, Oct. 3 falls on a Sunday in 2021, giving many of us the chance to join in on the fun.

For several years running, two towns in wine-growing regions have marked the day with events combining walks through the autumnal vineyards with culture, culinary treats and tasty drops of wine. Both have returned in 2021, albeit with pandemic-related changes to their respective programs.

Oppenheim, a town some 15 miles south of Mainz in the Rheinhessen Region, organizes its traditional “Schlemmerwanderung” culinary hike. Four stands set up over roughly four miles of scenic trails serve up a tempting selection of tasty treats, best enjoyed alongside the region’s white, rose or red wines, or, in keeping with the season, Federweißen, the fizzy new wine.

Participants must go online and choose between two time slots, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and prepurchase a wine glass, holder and their wine of choice. Children and non-drinkers can opt for grape juice. The package goes for 7 euros per participant. Up to 500 walkers can take part in each time slot. Participants must be vaccinated, recovered or in possession of a negative test result less than 24 hours old. The starting point is easily reached from the town’s train station. Learn more and sign up at schlemmerwanderung.de

Deidesheim, a village just north of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in the Pfalz region, hosts its annual Jazzwanderung, a hike through the Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg vineyards punctuated by six points at which live jazz music is played. Wines from local vintners and freshly made foods keep hikers fueled and happy. Bands play in various styles, from New Orleans to modern jazz. The day comes to a close with a lively jam session at the last jazz point between 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. from the north entrance to the Deidesheimer Winzerverein on Niederkircher Straße, a 5-minute walk from the Deidesheim train station. The distance to be covered on the hike stretches some six miles, although it’s possible to cut that number by nearly half and still reach all the stations. Start times are staggered to keep people moving at a measured flow.

A hiking ticket in the form of a participant's wristband goes for 16.50 euros when purchased online in advance through www.reservix.de. The cost includes a wine glass and a route guide. Children under 14 can participate free of charge. The number of participants is capped at 2,000, and participants must have proof of vaccination status or recovery from a case of COVID-19 within the past six months, along with an ID. Children under the age of 11 are exempt from vaccination requirements. For details and to register, visit deidesheimer-jazzwanderung.de

Subscribe to our Stripes Europe newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, helpful PCS tips, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Europe
Pinterest: Stars and Stripes Europe
Instagram: @StarsandStripeseurope

Recommended Content