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The World's Largest Wine Festival - Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim


Although this fair is called "Wurstmarkt" (literally sausage market), the folk festival is famous for its celebration of excellent local wines. The Wurstmarkt takes place every second and third weekend in September in the town of Bad Dürkheim along the German Wine Road.

Located in the heart of Palatinate, Germany's second largest wine growing region, the Wurstmarkt prides itself in being the world's biggest wine festival. The culinary event has been celebrated every September for over 590 years, and what has started as a fair for local farmers and wine growers, attracts now more than 600,000 visitors annually.

Wurstmarkt - a Celebration of Local Wine and Food:

Alongside wine tasting, visitors can enjoy the local food of Palatinate, concerts, literature contests in the regional dialect, fun rides, and fireworks. Over 150 local wines will be poured during the Wurstmarkt, from fine Rieslings, to refreshing ice wines. Sip your Wein in large tents, where wine connoisseurs sit together at long wooden tables, or at a traditional “Schubkärchler”, a small wine stand.

The landmark of the Wurstmarkt is the world's largest wine barrel; it can hold 44 million gallons of wine, but has been transformed into a multi-level wine shop.

Wurstmarkt - Dates:

September 6-10 and 13-16, 2013

Wurstmarkt - Opening Hours:

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Wurstmarkt Address:

Bad Duerkheim is located 70 miles south of Frankfurt.

67089 Bad Dürkheim, Germany
Phone +49 6322 9566-250

Getting There:

The best way to get to Bad Dürkheim is by train; take an Intercity express train (ICE) to Mannheim; from there, use a regional train via Neustadt to reach Bad Dürkheim.
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