Among gemstone connoisseurs and lovers, the small town on the River Nahe enjoys worldwide fame: Idar-Oberstein, the world capital of gemstones, home to the gemstone knowledge of more than half a millennium. To date, the most precious gemstones have originated from this small town on the southern edge of the famous Hunsrueck – worth a visit for many other reasons too. Idar-Oberstein is a paradise for connoisseurs who know how to treat themselves well: perhaps with a well deserved break at BollAnts, which received an award as the best wellness hotel in the Rhineland-Palatinate, or an excellent wine from the region, from the hand-picked grapes of the Emrich-Schönleber winery, or by savouring an original spit roast, a regional culinary delight. Why not explore the region, visit Frankfurt’s elegant Goethestrasse or the romantic castle of Heidelberg or delve into history in Trier – the oldest diocese north of the Alps … all just a stone’s throw from the world capital of coloured wealth.