Built in 1556, the hearth in our half timbered house was warm and
glowing in the time for the birth of William Shakespeare eight years
An active and successful winery for over four centuries, Wein und
Kunst offers a glimpse of history at its finest. Located amid sweeping
panoramas of vineyards and mountains, Wein und Kunst represents the
preeminent location for a romantic European getaway. Minutes from
castles, museums, and famous cathedrals, our bed and breakfast is
positioned to to offer our guests the widest variety of vacation
Germany's largest expanse of uninterrupted forest is 100 meters from
our door. Offering year round access to groomed hiking trails, the
Pfalzerwald is the most sought after hiking destination in Germany.
Located directly on the Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Street),
Gleisweiler offers unlimited potential for wine tasting and winery
visits. Tutored wine tasting are available in our bed and breakfast, and
your favorite wine can be stocked for your visit.
Our village of 600 residents boasts 8 restaurants ranging from the
hearty local cuisine to gourmet feasts all within a ten minute walk from
out bed and breakfast.
We offer custom tailored vacation experiences that are not available
from larger establishments.
Due to the historical nature of the property, no smoking
is permitted on the premises. Violations of this policy will result in a
room fumigation fee of $350 as well as local fines for violation of fire
regulations covering historic buildings. This policy is not open to
interpretation or modification.
Due to the historic nature of the property, our bed and
breakfast is not suitable for small children or individuals with
difficulty in climbing stairs.
Our Restoration Philosophy:
The restoration of this historic property was carefully conducted
without the use of harsh chemicals or other toxic materials.
Paint was stripped with turpentine and wire brushes. Walls have been
plastered with the original mud and straw mixture, and painted with non
toxic milk based paints. Floor planks were custom sawed from local
forests and treated with a mixture of dissolved tree sap and oil. The
main staircase, which allows access to both suites has been left in its
original condition out of respect for its 450 years of service.
Many of the hand formed terra cotta roof tiles bear the signature or
mark of their maker two or three hundred years ago.
The main oak beams which form the exposed skeleton of the building
were cut almost five hundred years ago during the waxing moon phase to
take advantage of the rising sap.
The Dornfelder Suite:
The Dornfelder Suite is named after the most popular German red
wine. The suite features antique furnishings from the "Grunderzeit"
(circa 1880) and a collection of early photographs from between 1830
and 1918. Careful restoration work enabled us to preserve the living
room floor of wide, hand sawed pine planks dating from 1800. Exposed
oak beam ceilings and fachwerk (half timbered) walls grace every room
in the suite. Relax with a good book in front of the 1830 Biedermeier
cast iron oven. This oven represented the height of luxury heating 170
The Riesling Suite:
The Riesling Suite is located in what was once a grain storage
facility for the local tax collector. It features natural plank
flooring cut from local forests and walls plastered with the original
mud and straw mixture. Riesling is furnished in antiques and original
The Backstubbe (The old Bakery):
Once upon a time, the winery was so prosperous that it employed
several people in the wine growing and harvesting effort. The main
staple of their diet was bread in those days, and so an on-site bakery
was essential. The cast iron hearth oven dates from the turn of the
century and has been lovingly restored to functioning condition.
Barbara bakes bread in the oven at least once each week and guests
are welcome to try their hand, under close supervision, at baking
their own stone hearth bread. Enjoy a hearty meal and a glass of wine
in the evening by candlelight and the warmth of the oven.
The castle of Trifels was built in its present form around the year
1000 CE. It was the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and hosted Richard
the Lionhearted as a hostage following his return from the Crusades.
The crown jewels of the empire were held at Trifels and it was said
that "He who holds Trifels holds the Empire."
Trifels castle is accessible by car within a 15 minute drive from
Wein und Kunst. Ambitious hikers can make the trek in about 6 hours
and take a bus back to Wein und Kunst. Romantic views of the castle
are within a half hour hike into the woods.
St. Anna Kappelle:
Saint Anna's Chapel was built in the 14th century in thanks to God
for sparing the village from the ravages of the Bubonic Plague. Annual
pilgrimages are held to this charming chapel in the woods. Located
within a 30 minute walk from Wein und Kunst, the chapel location
offers a fabulous panoramic view of the Rhine River valley.
Schloss Villa Ludwigshohe:
The summer Palace Ludwigshohe was built by King Ludwig I of Bavaria
in what he affectionately called "the most beautiful mile in my
Surrounded by chestnut forests, and offering an unparalleled view
of the vineyards sweeping down to the Rhine River, Ludwigshohe can be
reached in 10 minutes by car, or 2 hours by foot. Inexpensive public
transportation allows hikers to choose between comfort and exercise.
Antique Oven Museum:
The Antique Oven Museum features the world's largest and certainly
the finest collection of fully restored cast iron ovens. The curator
of this private museum has assembled a representative collection of
ovens spanning the period from 1745 through the early 20th century.
Ovens in every historical style from Baroque through Art Deco are
exhibited in a domed wine cellar dating from the 15th century.
Hiking and Biking:
Hiking and biking trails abound in the area surrounding Wein und
Kunst. The Pfalzerwald offers thousands of square kilometers of hiking
and biking trails sprinkled with castles and ruins of a bygone age.
Less strenuous trails wind through the local vineyards which surround
the quaint medieval villages of the Pfalz.
The historical city of Speyer offers one of Europe's oldest and
finest examples of Romanesque architecture in its famous Dom
(cathedral). The city of Speyer was the seat of the famous Bishop of
Speyer, once a powerful force to be reckoned with in European history.
Several world class museums grace the city, featuring major exhibits
of art and history. Charming sidewalk cafes offer visitors a relaxing
pause in their sightseeing. Speyer can be reached by car within 30
minutes or by bike within 2 hours at a leisurely pace.
The University City of Heidelberg offers endless opportunity for
sight seeing and shopping as well as visits to its world famous
castle. Heidelberg can be reached by car in an hour, and by bike in
less than 4 hours. Inexpensive public transportation is also
Maxburg or "Hambacher Schloss" was built by the Grandson
of King Ludwig of Bavaria. It is the site of the 1828 Democratic
Protest which marks Germany's first mass demonstration against
monarchy as a form of government. The protests were put down
mercilessly, resulting in the migration of tens of thousands of locals
to the USA in time to feed the industrial revolution of the north.
Much of the 19th century industrial strength of the American northeast
region can be attributed to this massive influx of manpower.
Numerous antique shops and restoration specialists are located
within a few minutes drive of Wein und Kunst. We are happy to refer
our guests to shops and auctions which specialize in antiques in which
they are interested. Our own extensive collection of antiques has made
us experts on what is available on the local market and what the going
prices are. We can point the avid collector or the first time buyer in
the right direction for everything from $30,000 Baroque cabinets made
of precious woods to $100 Bauernstil pine chairs.
Hot tip!!! Due to the depressed German economy, Beidermeier
furniture made from the more expensive woods (e.g: walnut, mahogany,
oak, etc.) is selling at excellent prices.
Tutored wine tasting is available in the comfort of your own suite,
in our historic Backstubbe, or on the terraces. A wide variety of
local wines are available direct from our cellars, and particular
requests can be accommodated.
We feature wines from the Sudliche Weinstrasse (Southern Wine
Street) region of the Pfalz (Rhineland Palatinate). Guests have the
option of choosing a favorite wine and having it stocked for the
duration of their visit as well as for future visits.
Some of the finest Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein
in Germany are produced locally. These wines have an exceptionally
long storage life, and potential investment value. Long term wine
storage in our cellars can be arranged for a nominal fee.