Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt Wine festival, Bad Dürkheim 9-19 September 2022


Largest wine festival in the world – Bad Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt

9 – 19 September 2022






With a history of more than 550 years, Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt is the largest wine festival in the world.

One of the most traditional and entertaining festivals in Germany is annually held two weekends in September.

About the festival

The festival is very famous for its entertaining part that attracts thousands of visitors each year.

It goes from small traditional wine stands to large wine halls, basing on what seems more inviting and intriguing.

There’s also the Weindorf with some of the best wine products in Germany and Europe.

The festival focuses on wines, but it’s not all that Wurstmarkt is offering.

Fun for the whole family; You’ll find a combination of wine, literature and lots of more exciting things.

While you’re there, definitely visit the Michaelskapelle (the chapel), right above the market.

Until the 15th-century, pilgrims walked up the hill on St. Michael’s Day, which is considered the origin of the Wurstmarkt festival.





Hotel tips – Places to stay

Hotel Garni, An den Salinen, is situated at a 5-minute walk from spa gardens and a 10-minute walk from the outdoor saltwater pool called the Salinarium.


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The hotel also has a relaxing terrace with beautiful surroundings.

Our pictures from Bad Durkheim wine festival “Würstmarkt”

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More about Bad Durkheim

Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt combines tradition and wine culture – two things that describe the region in the best possible way.

As locals like to say – it’s the festival with a fantastic atmosphere where you’ll meet old friends that you’ve never seen before (Karl Räder, Dürkheim’s poet).

If you’d like to find out more about the hosting city of the festival – Bad Dürkheim – You can find all the information on their official website https://www.bad-duerkheim.de.

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Isle of Wight festival

Isle of Wight Festival is one of Europe’s biggest and most impressive pop and rock music festival.

The first festival was in 1968 with a long break from 1970 to 2002.



Lineup 2022

Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Nile Rodgers & CHIC,
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and many more!



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How to get there

Visit their official website, where you’ll find a great description of several ways to get to the Isle of Wight Festival;
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Europe’s loudest festival, Las Fallas in Valencia 15 – 19 March 2022

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Las Fallas Fiesta is known for its lights, gunpowder, traditional costumes, fireworks or music, so visiting Las Fallas and  Valencia in middle March is a great travel tip.

Las Fallas takes place every year on the dates 15 – 19 March.

About Las Fallas

Nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean coast, the city of Valencia celebrates spring’s arrival with a spectacular program.

It’s a combination of fiesta, fireworks, quality satire shows – all together placed under the one name – Las Fallas.

Every street in the city centre shows colourful giant paper figures known as ninots, often several meters tall, placed in fantasy groups at the parade’s end – made to make fun with political figures or soap stars.

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Every day at 2 pm, there’s a “la Mascleta” – the concert of gunpowder with simultaneously exploding of hundreds of mascots.

For those who love charming ceremonies, March 17 and 18 is an event that honours Valencia’s patron Virgin when thousands of “Falleras” come to the city centre in traditional costumes.

This festival dates back to when carpenters cleared their workshops, throwing out an old wood at the end of winter.

Over the centuries – it grew into the series of events that placed Valencia on the map of most exciting events, festivals and carnivals in March in Europe.

The roots are in pagan cleansing rituals, heralding spring and a new start.

There’s something spectacular about seeing these vast paper-and-wood figures reduced to ash.

What is suggested not to miss if visiting Valencia during Las Fallas is a spectacular firework usually displayed in the Paseo de la Alameda on March 19. The moment when all Fallas burn all over the city in a spectacle of fire.

Las Fallas firework wars

The floral parades end around midnight, and the Nit de Foc begins with a formal hour-long firework display.

It starts with a spectacular show, but this is the night that can become a firework war.

You might prefer to be as safe as possible during this Guerra de Los Petardos – and you’ll probably need earplugs if you want a wink of sleep.

The vital thing to add is that this carnival is not lasting only for mentioned few days.

It is a series of events that run throughout March each year, and it all starts on March 1 with Mascleta at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 2 pm.

It all finishes on March 19, with a program that lasts from 11 am to 1 am – March 20.





Children have their own Fallas events.

Young visitors might find the main events scary, although little Valencian locals come muffled up against stray sparks.

The best sights for youngsters are their very own ninot figurines.

These go on show for a few days at a central shopping mall before they’re set up on street corners.

The burning of all the ninots happens on huge bonfires at the Town Hall Square, with a special early evening bonfire for the children.

For more information about Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain, check the official page of the festival:

https://www.visitvalencia.com/en/events-valencia/festivities/the-fallas

Useful information

  • There are official warnings for pregnant women and anyone with a weak heart.
  • You really could end up playing with fire, and you might want to pack your earplugs.



Hotel tip


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Caro Hotel – Valencia¨



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If you want a unique experience, book a room at Caro Hotel.

A 19th-century palace situated in the centre of Valencia.

Only a short walk from the Cathedral.

Caro is an excellent mix of modern design with historical heritage, designed by Francesc Rifé.

The restaurant serves Mediterranean food with a modern twist.

Caro Hotel is in the middle of things to see in the centre.

Some parts of this unique hotel are 2000 years old.

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There are options from budget to boundless extravagance, but most prices double for Las Fallas, whether you choose a hostel or a five-star hotel.

Check it out here

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Rolling hills, vineyards, stone houses, and quaint hilltop villages; that’s Tuscany.

The fact is, this region of Italy is simply full of these beautiful features, and when you add in the coast and its larger towns and cities too, you can easily see why this is one of the top destinations in the country if not the world.

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