Yesterday, we hopped (ok, trained) up to Bad Dürkheim in the Pfalz for Wurstmarkt, a nearly 600 year old wine festival. The Pfalz is a large wine region in Germany and is known particularly for it’s white, dry (trocken auf Deutsch) tasting wines. Germany is world famous for it’s Rieslings after all. Rieslings just don’t get enough cred. It’s actually my favorite white grape these days.
After our 1 hr 20 min train ride using the Schönes Wochenende Ticket (flat rate price from groups), we arrived with no idea where to go. Luckily there were plenty of people to follow and we were at the Wurstmarkt, which is free entry, in less than 10 minutes. All hungry, we wandered about eyeing all the food stands. Throughout the day, we enjoyed 1/2 m bratwursts, currywurst, flammkuchen, garlic roasted mushrooms and candied almonds.
Once we tended to our hunger, thirst was the next base. We chose mainly to hang out in the Schubkärchler, which are small tents with long wooden tables serving up a few varieties of wine by the .5 L (yep, that’s over half a bottle in the USA). You can take it pure (4.30 – 5 € + 2 € glass deposit) or Weinscholore, which is wine watered down with some bubbles.
Wurstmarkt was also super family friendly. I mean so family friendly that we got pretty annoyed having to weave among all the strollers. But between all sorts or rides, games and little shopping stands, I get it.
The festival runs over 2 weekends mid September yearly. If you can’t catch Bad Dürkheim then, don’t fret, the entire Weinstraße makes for quite the day trip festival or not.