Breisach

Overview

Introduction

Breisach, Germany, is a small but charming town situated along the Rhine, located halfway between Freiburg and Colmar, France.

A Romanesque cathedral dating from the 13th century, St. Stephansmunster towers majestically on a hill above the town and draws visitors to see the late Gothic altar that was created by an unknown craftsman. The steep walk up to the cathedral offers a nice tour of the historic and colorful town center. Those who reach the top are afforded sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, featuring rolling hills and the many vineyards of the Kaiserstuhl hill range.

Breisach is home to one of Europe's largest wine cellars, Badischer Winzerkeller. Founded in 1952, the popular cellar now produces 500 varieties of wine each year. In August, visitors can attend the largest wine, music and food festival (Weinfest Breisach) in the region. Breisach is also a culinary hot spot, with its rustic restaurants and cafes featuring rich regional cuisine from its state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Cute souvenir shops in town sell slices of sweet local delicacies, such as walnut torte and Black Forest cake.

Traces of history through the ages can be viewed everywhere in the area. The ruins of the Castle Breisach from the 12th century, Castle Alzenach from the 13th century, and the Castle Usenberg from the 11th century lie nearby. Situated right along the French border, Breisach is also an ideal starting point for visiting the numerous nearby wineries and medieval towns by bike.

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