World famous Riesling vineyards
Paläontologisches Museum Nierstein
Nierstein is located directly on the Rhine about halfway between Mainz and Worms. To the city Nierstein belongs the district Schwabsburg, whose name derives from the castle Schwabsburg. Characteristic for the environment of Nierstein is the so-called "Rotliegende" - an approximately 290 million year old clay shale layer of striking red color. This "Red Hang" runs around the northern half of the town and is rightly considered one of the best vineyard locations in the world. Here grow excellent Rieslings, but also other white and red wines.
Nearby is also the "Glöck", the oldest known vineyard location in Germany. It was first mentioned in documents by the Frankish king Karlmann in 742.
Nierstein's attractions include the Paleontological Museum, which has a good reputation internationally among fossil explorers, the old half-timbered noble courtyards around the market square, the Wartturm as a vantage point in the vineyards above Nierstein and the 1802 discovered "Sironabad", a Celtic Roman spring bath and sanctuary. Festivals such as the Winzerfest, the "Days of Open Wine Growers" or "Wine on the Rhine" attract visitors as much as the numerous ostrich farms and caterers, where you can spend wonderful summer evenings.