The rural district right around the small town of Kusel calls itself Musician’s Country. Do not expect a musician standing on every other corner, though. Rather, the name stems from the town’s old tradition of musicians, sometimes complete orchestras, making a living from going on tour through the better part of the world in order to feed their families back home in the meager quarters. Today, however, it pays off much more to visit than to leave the region – there’s so much to explore.
The 13th century Lichtenberg Castle houses the Musician’s Country Museum displaying the history of the touring musicians from western Palatinate. Georg Drumm, one of the local musicians, wrote “Hail America”, the official ceremonial march of the White House.
The Bike Handcars. On the tracks between Altenglan and Staudernheim you can experience memorable tours through the Glan Valley with its stunning beauty. www.draisinentour.de
The Culinary Road is an association of producers and sellers of regional specialties, which you can enjoy in any local restaurant or in the House of the Culinary Road in Konken. The permanent farmer’s market held there offers regional delicacies such as cheese, sausages, meat or high-quality liquors www.haus-kulinarische-landstrasse.de
One of the Potzberg’s attractions is its Wildlife Park. An area of 60 acres is home for all sorts of game, boars, and wild horses. A falconry performs air shows with eagles, vultures, and hawks and maintains a breeding program for birds of prey. www.wildpark.potzberg.de