The charming European town of Breisach is situated directly on the Rhine and represents a connection between both holiday regions: the Black Forest and the Alsace in France. The cathedral of Saint Stephan on the top of the Münsterberg (cathedral’s hill) is the symbol of the town. From the cathedral you have a wonderful view over the Rhine valley to the Black Forest in the east and the Vosges in the west.
Breisach offers numerous possibilities for a day trip, short break or holidays: There are different kinds of guided city tours, cruises on the Rhine, tours with the historical steam train, cycling or trekking tours, guided tours in vineyards and wineries, open-air theatre, cooking courses, pottery markets, wine festivals as well as Christmas fairs and so on.
Furthermore, the tourists and guests can choose from a wide range of restaurants, pubs and coffee bars and ice-cream parlors. Certainly, there is something for everyone’s taste and everyone’s requirement and occasion: Eco-tourism on a winegrower’s estate in the Tuniberg region, different sorts of holiday apartments, smaller guesthouses, restaurants and hotels of varied categories suitable for groups and conferences.
Breisach represents an ideal point of departure for excursions in the Kaiserstuhl, Alsace, Black Forest and the towns of Freiburg, Colmar and Basel. These towns can be reached in a comfortable way by bus, train or ship.
Historical Münsterberg (cathedral’s hill)
On the hill of the cathedral you follow traces bearing witness to over 3000-year-old history: Many different peoples had benefited from the strategically favourable situation of Breisach in more than 3000 years of history. These peoples marked the history of the town and as a consequence, the town changed several times its national identity. Despite of the fact that the town was destroyed twice in 1793 for the first time and in 1945 for the second time, you get an idea of the town’s turbulent history while walking over the Münsterberg. Don’t miss to have a look in the cathedral of Saint Stephan being an example of Gothic-Romanesque architecture, several gates as well as galleries and art works presented in public urban spaces.
Museum for Town History
With its numerous exhibits such as archaeological findings, paintings and figures, the Museum for Town History guides the visitors on a travel through earlier centuries. Not only is shown the history of the town, but the history of the Breisgau which gave Breisach its name, too. The museum is located in the historical Rheintor built as “Arc de Triomphe” (triumphal arch) for Louis XIV when the town of Breisach had been part of the French kingdom.
The largest producers’ winery of Europe and the largest cellar filled with wooden barrels in Germany: High quality directly from the producer that’s the conviction of the local winery “Badischer Winzerkeller” with its winemakers who have grown up with the tradition of the viticulture in Baden and who are setting innovative standards with regard to quality and taste nowadays. With its approximately 2,000 hectares the Badischer Winzerkeller is the “cellar of the winegrowers in Baden” representing 9 specified regions where the wine of the Badischer Winzerkeller is produced (from the Lake of Constance in the south to the Tauberfranken area in the north). During regular guided tours the winery can be visited. Furthermore, there are particular events such as cooking courses, night of hot wine, wine festival and thrillers performed in the cellar.
High premium sparkling wine made in arched cellars of the middle ages: The Geldermann Privatsektkellerei produces exclusively sparkling wine according to the traditional bottle fermentation. Since the origin of the label in 1838 this traditional way of production has been kept. The historic cellar under the Münsterberg of Breisach and the impressing arch from the 15th century can be visited every day without prior registration (from Mondays to Saturdays at 14:00 h and between March and October even on Sundays and public holidays).
Excursions on the Rhine and its channels by ship: Between Easter and the end of December the river cruise company BFS (Breisacher Fahrgastschifffahrt) offers many possibilities for short trips, day tours to Basel, Colmar and Strasbourg or round trips through locks. Furthermore, they organise themed and culinary tours at lunch- or dinnertime. The combined tours with the historical steam train which passes slowly through the French riverside forests (Rheinauewälder) represent a particular event.