The Black Forest, and Route du Vin - our family trip

JUL 18,2012 - JUL 25,2012 (8 DAYS)

General

This our trip report to the Black Forest Germany, Route du Vin France and a taste of Switzerland. Some general tips for the entire trip.

Transportation

We landed in Zurich and rent the car there. Looking back, it would have been cheaper to rent the car from Basel as the car prices are lower in Germany. 

Weather

We had occasional rain showers. Always have umbrellas in your car. We brought our

Food

On many days we just bought some food from the local grocery store. We then stopped somewhere, pull a blanket and have our lunch in the nature. 

Beer: this is Germany so you can't go wrong. Many local home made bear, many bear gardens. Heaven for the bear lovers. 

Money

We bought the black forest card: http://www.blackforest-tourism.com/schwarzwaldcard/schwarzwaldcard. It cost us 210 euro for a family with three kids.  The Europa-Park alone will cost you 200. So the black forest card is worth it only if you plan to visit the Europa Park.

Germany

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Titisee, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Germany

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General

Our flight departed on 8:00, and we landed In Zurich on 11:30. From there it was 1.5 hours of driving to our guest house near the lake, in the southern black forest.

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Accommodations

We booked a Zimmer in “Wald&See”, (www.waldundsee.de). Nice rooms, breakfast included.

Sightseeing

We went out to see the town, walking in the pedestrian mall in Seestraße. There is a big cuckoo clock shop that’s worth a visit. In a street named “Parkstrasse”, in house number 9, you’ll find a very interesting workshop, where they make and sell wood crafted items. The place is called “Holzschnitzerei”.

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Kids

We rented a paddle boat and spent some time in the lake. You can also take a pleasure cruise, or rent other types of boats. Another fun activity includes renting some bicycles and touring some of the bike trails in the area.

Hexenlochmühle, Furtwangen, Germany

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General

On the next day we did a daily trip which included: Hexenlochmühle, Triberg Waterfalls, Triberg and Hornberg. From Hornberg it took as 75 mins to get back to our hotel. 

Transportation

To get to Hexenlochmühle you drive north, in the direction of Triberg. The road is narrow and curvy, and you go by little streams and ponds. From road 500B you turn to road 5752K. After you pass the village of Glashutte you’ll see signs that will lead you to the Hexenlochmühle (www.hexenlochmuehle.de).

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Sightseeing

We came to an old wooden house, with an active water mill, spinning for the river flow. Inside the place, nicknamed “The Witch’s Hole” (fam. Karl-friedrich trenkle, hexenlochstrassa 13-14), there is a large store with lovely souvenirs like cuckoo clocks, wood artifacts, dolls, jewelry and more…

Food

Outside the house there is a nice restaurant, and along the stream there are lots of benches where you can sit and grab a bite to eat.

Triberg Waterfalls, Triberg, Germany

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Transportation

We got back on the road, and continued to Triberg. On the way we passed Furtwangen (15 Km south of Triberg), considered to be the birth place of clocks in Germany.

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Sightseeing

A few Kilometers before Triberg the road is winding through the woods, and you come across a sign “Triberg Waterfalls”. Here you can see the river Guatch drops from a height of 163 meters in 7 waterfalls to the bottom of the valley. Triberg waterfalls are the highest waterfalls in Germany.

It’s recommended to enter from the middle entrance, so we parked the car near Gutach Bridge. The parking isn't free, and you have to use a lot of coins to make sure your parking ticket will be still valid when you come back… The trail to the waterfalls is about an hour.
The entry fee for an entire family is only 3.5 Euros, and you can get in for free if you have a black forest ticket.

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The entry fee for an entire family is only 3.5 Euros, and you can get in for free if you have a black forest ticket.

Trekking

There are 3 walking trails: 4 Km, 4.5 Km and 5 Km. I recommend the “experienced trekker” trail, though all of them are pretty easy…. The trails will take you to the waterfalls, each in a different way, and they are marked with different colors. All and all it’s a fun and easy nature walk.

We passed a couple of wooden bridges along the way, walking in the natural grove of fir trees. You can continue with the trail up to the waterfall high point, or down to the valley. The higher you get, the more squirrels you meet…

Kids

There is a local attraction called “Forest Fun”, which is a high-rope park. It’s a bit scary, but the kids loved it (www.forestfun.de). The address is Gartenstraße 5, 78136, Schonach.

Triberg

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General

Triberg is a very touristic town. There are a lot of hotels, tones of restaurants, and hundreds and hundreds of carts and stands selling local souvenirs.

Sightseeing

Near the entrance to the town you’ll find a small pong with geese and swans. Around the pond there are walking trails, and restaurants and cafes where you can take a break and relax from the drive.

Schonachbach

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Sightseeing

We continued up north to the town of Schonachbash. In this small town you’ll find the world’s biggest cuckoo clock – 7 square meters, with an enormous mechanism. The clock was built by the owner on the house, and you can get explanations about its history and mechanism from the wife of his son. Afterward you can go outside to the yard and get a real live demonstration of this gigantic clock. The house is open daily from 9:00 till 18:00, and it cost 1€ a person to get in.

Hornberg, Germany

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Transportation

We continued to drive up north on route 33, through the tunnels and by the Guatch River, in the direction of Hornberg.

Sightseeing

Hornberg is a nice small town. You can visit the nearby fortress (castle Hornberg), located on a steep rocky hill. The castle dates back to the middle ages, and was built in the beginning of the 12th century.
Another local attraction is the local cuckoo clock: if you’ll insert a coin you’ll see 21 beautiful figures come out of the clock dancing… The wood house where you can see the clock is open Mon-Thu 9:00-18:00, and on Sunday between 9:00 and 17:00.

Food

In the local café you can sit down and relax, and grab a piece of the famous black forest cake.

Gutach, Germany

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General

On this day we visited - Park mit allen Sinnen, Rodelbahn Gutach, Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, Wolfach and Grube Wenzel.

Park mit allen Sinnen

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Kids

We drove to the town of Guatch and stopped in Park Mit Allen Sinnen (Park with All Senses). The park is set in a natural preserve, and you walk barefoot on trails with mud, pebbles, gravel and more; the paths lead to pavilions of scent and stations where you can feel things. Afterward you can relax in a meditation cave in the middle of the forest, or bathe in a cave of colors and sounds (http://www.parkmitallensinnen.de/park/).

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Rodelbahn Gutach, Singersbach, Gutach, Germany

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Only five minute drive from “Park Mit Allen Sinnen”, you can visit the slides of Rodelbahn Gutach (http://www.sommerrodelbahn-gutach.de/) – and your kids will thank you for sure… This is a metal track built on the side of a hill; You get into the little car, and they pull you up the track. And then they let go…You can control your speed with the hand brake, but I don’t think our children pulled them even once… The slides are open daily from 9:00 till 18:00 in the summer season.

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Money

Each ride is 2€ for a child and 2.5€ for adults, and you can buy a multiple ticket of 6 rides for 9€ (kid) or 12€ (adult).

Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof

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Museums

Not far from a the Rodelbahn you can visit the Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof (open air museum). The museum, located on a farmhouse dating to 1612, features reconstructed buildings and simulations of the activities typical to a farmhouse in those days.


You can see an exhibition of typical work carried out by travelling craftsmen, exhibitions on dairy and livestock farming in the Black Forest and exhibition of woodworking craft. There is also an exhibition on clocks and traditional costumes of the Black Forest, and of forestry management and glassblowing and a collection of regional stone and minerals. I wouldn’t miss the demonstration of the old flower mill - the kids loved it (www.vogtsbauernhof.org).

Wolfach, Germany

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Food

The town of Wolfach, one of the most famous spa towns in Germany, also offers a variey of cafés and restaurants, where you can dine and relax.

Sightseeing

The Dorotheenhütte glass blowing workshop in the center of town is the last active glassworks using traditional methods in the Black Forest. The glasses are manufactured - blown, cut and engraved - in front of the visitors, and you can even try it out yourself (we didn’t succeed all that much…). A very nice place, and a great activity for the kids.


Address: Glashuttenweg 4, wolfach (www.dorotheenhuette.info).

Grube Wenzel, Frohnbach, Oberwolfach, Germany

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Kids

Grube Wenzel is and old silver mine, now functioning as a visitor mine. A guide will take you down the mine for a distance of almost 1,000 meters, and explain how the mine operated when it was open. Each guided tour is about 75 minutes, and you get your own rubber boots and helmet…


The price for an adult is 5€, and a ticket for a kid is 3€.

Address: Obere rebbergstrabe 12, wolfach (www.grube-wenzel.de).

Oberried

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Steinwasen Park

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Kids

The next morning we got up early, got into the car and drove to Oberried. We visited Steinwasen-park (www.steinwasen-park.de). The park offers a variety of attractions for the whole family, like the longest adventure rope bridge in the world, a rollercoaster and a bobsled run. There is also a small animal petting area, numerous lakes, and you can also visit the Black Forest museum/railway, a 3D simulator and more.

A ticket for adults is 20€, and a ticket for children 4-11 is 17€. Kids under 4 get in for free, as well as birthday kids. The park is open from 9:00 till 17:45 (July-September), or 10:00-17:45 (the rest of the year).

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Food

In the park there is a nice little restaurant serving home-cooked food, and French Fries and Hot-Dogs for the kids.

Freibad Aqua fun

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Kids

Another fun place for the kids was the water park in Schluchsee (Freibyrger Strasse 16). This is an adventure outdoor pool with water slides (the giant slide is a 105 meters long). You can also play beach volleyball and football, and if the weather is not that good there is also a games room and a gym.

Adult entry fee is 4€, and kids (6-16) pay 2.7€. The park is open from May to September between 9.00 and 19.00.

Sankt Blasien

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Sightseeing

The town of Sankt Blasien (St. Blasien) is located in the Waldshut district in Baden-Württemberg, in the southern Black Forest, at the foot of the Feldberg Mountain (www.stblasien.de). It’s a very nice town, with beautiful gardens and well decorated buildings, but the main attraction is the marvelous Basilica.

Sightseeing

The dome of the Basilica of St. Blasien is the third biggest one in Europe, with a diameter of 46 meters and a height of 63 meters. The original Abbey in St. Blasien was destroyed by fire in 1768, and the Cathedral was rebuilt in the Baroque style. The building is marvelous, all in white with huge white columns. Inside the Cathedral the bright is flowing through the big windows, reflecting all the white inside as well.

Food

There are a lot of very nice cafés in St. Blasien, and in front of the Basilica there is a very good restaurant, located in the Dom-Hotel. We had “Hirsh Stew” with berries (deer meat), which was a real delicacy.

Kids

You can rent bicycles and travel the surrounding area, or take a coach ride if you don’t feel like paddling.

Freiburg

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General

On the next day we visited Freiburg, schauinslnd, rodelbahn hasenhorn in todtnau and st. blasien.

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General

The next day we drove to Freiburg (www.freiburg.de), taking road 31 from Titisee to the city. We parked the car in a nearby parking lot called “Rotteckgarage Pc” (rathausplatz 2-4), 50 meters from the tourist information center. You pay by the hour, and there is an automated machine when you go down by foot from the lot.

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Sightseeing

We started the morning in the visitor center in the old city hall (altes rathaus). Freiburg is and old academic city, big and beautiful, with narrow picturesque streets, water canals (Bächle), markets and pedestrian malls. It is known as "The Jewel of the Black Forest", and for a good reason…

Assistance

If you have a tourist card (you can get it in your hotel, show it to the nice people in the visitor center and they will supply you with a free Freiburg official guide.

Sightseeing

Freiburg's Cathedral is one of the oldest and most beautiful in all of Europe. If you’ll climb up the stairs to the top of the tower you’ll get a fabulous view of the town. You can expect a long line, so try to get there before 10:00.

Shopping

Every day in the morning until 13:00 there is a market on the square surrounding the church, where you can buy local produce and goods.

Food

In the Cathedral square you can buy the famous Bratwurst mit Brötchen (Bratwurst in a bun) or Currywurst. The price is only 2.2€, and it’s an authentic (and delicious) lunch. We recommend strongly trying Mayer’s Bratwurst stand.

Sightseeing

You can visit Schwabentor and Martinstor, the two remaining old gates of the city. Martinstor is easy to find, since the local McDonald has placed its logo on the gate…

Museums

The new Augustiner Museum features a renowned art collection with works from the middle ages up to the Baroque period, as well as paintings from the 19th century. You can also visit Museum of Natural History (Naturmuseum und ethnologische Sammlung ), or the botanic garden, which is open daily from 8:00 till 18:00.

Schauinsland

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Sightseeing

The Schauinslandbahn is a cable car that will take you up to the summit of Schauinsland Mountain (www.bergwelt-schauinsland.de). The entrance to the lift is near Novotel hotel in the park (bohrerstrasse 11, horben). It’s the longest cable car in Germany (3.6 km long), and when you reach the peak you see the most spectacular view. The whole trip is about an hour and a half, and I’m sure you won’t regret it…

Transportation

The Schauinslandbahn is operated by VAG Freiburg, the same company that operates that city's tram and bus network - including bus route 21 that links the lower station of the Schauinslandbahn to the terminus of tram route 2 at Günterstal.

Todtnau

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Sightseeing

Todtnau is a small touristic town. The main attraction here is the waterfalls, located near the exit from the town (about 2 km from it). Just follow the signs in the direction of Aftersteg Village, and then watch for the signs directing you to the waterfalls. Go through the wood gate, and after a short walk in the forest you’ll reach the beautiful waterfalls.

Museums

Before visiting the waterfalls you might like to visit the local glass factory and museum, located in an old wooden house, 3 stories high, called “Glosblaserhof”. Here you will find glass artifacts, jewels and other fine (and expansive) accessories. There is also a nice restaurant in the location.

Hasenhorn Rodelbahn

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Kids

Hasenhorn coaster in Todtnau (www.hasenhorn-rodelbahn.de) is not far from Freiburg, and the kids will be most grateful if you’ll take them there… You go up the mountain with a ski-lift (15 minutes or so), catch the lovely view from the top – and then go down on a rail-slide as fast as you can (at least that’s how our children did it – but you can control the speed). The route is 2.9 km long, and it goes down the valley, with steep curves and loops that might make you dizzy….

Money

The price for the lift and the ride is 9.5€ for adults and 8€ for children under 16. You can also buy a multi-ticket that will save you some money. Children under 8 have to ride with an adult. The address is Seilbahngesellschaft todtnau gmbh, Todtnau.

St Blasien

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Sightseeing

The town of Sankt Blasien (St. Blasien) is located in the Waldshut district in Baden-Württemberg, in the southern Black Forest, at the foot of the Feldberg Mountain (www.stblasien.de). It’s a very nice town, with beautiful gardens and well decorated buildings, but the main attraction is the marvelous Basilica.

Sightseeing

The dome of the Basilica of St. Blasien is the third biggest one in Europe, with a diameter of 46 meters and a height of 63 meters. The original Abbey in St. Blasien was destroyed by fire in 1768, and the Cathedral was rebuilt in the Baroque style. The building is marvelous, all in white with huge white columns. Inside the Cathedral the bright is flowing through the big windows, reflecting all the white inside as well.

Food

There are a lot of very nice cafés in St. Blasien, and in front of the Basilica there is a very good restaurant, located in the Dom-Hotel. We had “Hirsh Stew” with berries (deer meat), which was a real delicacy.

Kids

You can rent bicycles and travel the surrounding area, or take a coach ride if you don’t feel like paddling.

Vogelpark Steinen

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General

Vogelpark Steinen ("Vogelpark" means "bird park") is close to Lörrach in Germany not far from Basel in Switzerland. To get there you take the Lörrach autobahn exit, drive toward Schopfheim B317, and cross-town link Steinen to Weitenau to Vogelpark (www.vogelpark-steinen.de).

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Kids

The park is located in a pastoral landscape, between the towns of Steinen-Schlächtenhaus-Hofen and Steinen-Weitenau. The park is considered one of the best birds parks in Germany, and features, besides birds, also monkeys, kangaroos and other animals.
Every day on 11:00 and 15:00 there is a live show of eagles, hawks and owls by the entrance (40 minutes), and on 12:00 and 16:00 the kids can feed the animals with free bananas and peanuts distributed by the park workers. The park is open daily between 10:00 and 18:00


A ticket for and adult is 12€, and the price for a kid is 6€ (if you have a black forest card – entrance is free!).

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Money

A ticket for and adult is 12€, and the price for a kid is 6€ (if you have a black forest card – entrance is free!).

Feldberg

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Sightseeing

Feldberg is the highest mountain in the black forest area, rising to 1,493 meters. In the summer this is a great area for treks and hikes – most of it is part of a nature reserve, and there is a good chance you’ll see some a lot of flowers and some rare animals, like wild-chickens and deer. I recommend you’ll take the cable car up to the peak, and go down the mountain on foot.

Museums

Near the mountain there is a nice museum (free entrance with black forest card), and a small pool with one slide (also free with black forest card).

Rust, Germany

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Europa-Park GmbH & Co Mack KG

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General

Europa-Park (www.europapark.de) – the largest theme park in Germany – is located in the town of Rust, not far from Freiburg (Europa Park Strasse 2, Rust 77977). To get there you need to take highway number 5, and exit on 57B. All and all the drive from Titisee to Rust took us about an hour (67 km). The park is open from 9:00 till 18:00, and you’ll be wise to arrive early…

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Sightseeing

As I mentioned, this is the biggest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park in Europe – after Disneyworld in France. There is a real river running through the park, great lawn, secluded corners of flowers and ponds, and the sounds of roaring laughter.

Kids

The minute we arrived, we knew this visit will be an experience to remember. The park features more than a hundred different attractions, and each area is dedicated to a different country in Europe. In Russia, for example, you can ride a roller coaster with mirrors all along its route, or try the Snowflake – an adorable ride for kids traveling in an adventure world; in Britain you’ll find the “Soccer world”, with a soccer museum; in Scandinavia you can try the fjord rafting, or take your chances on a pirate ship….

There are also great shows: In Spain you can watch a gladiator-fight, and in Switzerland – an ice skating show; Holland features the show “Pinokio”, and in Italy you can see an amazing laser spectacle.
There are magical castles, story-tellers, fairies and dinosaurs, and unbelievable parades – one in the morning and one at noon.

Money

A ticket for an adult will cost you 39€, and for a kid (4-11) - 34€. Children under 4 get in for free, as well as birthday kids – so you might want to schedule your visit accordingly… I recommend you bring with you water and lots of it – the prices inside the park tend to be very high.

Money

A ticket for an adult will cost you 39€, and for a kid (4-11) - 34€. Children under 4 get in for free, as well as birthday kids – so you might want to schedule your visit accordingly… I recommend you bring with you water and lots of it – the prices inside the park tend to be very high.

France

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General

After pleasing the kids with Europa-Park, we dedicated the next day to a more grownups activity, and traveled the Route Du Vin (Wine route). We drove along the Alsace Wine Route, which is the oldest wine route in France (www.alsace-wine-route.com/en).
The road extends over 170 km and 67 municipalities. It begins in Thann on the south, but we started in Colmar, more to the north, and drove all the way to Strasburg.

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Sightseeing

Alsace and the picturesque Route du Vin, with the small villages and little towns, the vineyards covering the surrounding hills and winding road, is something that words can’t really capture… You might feel lost from time to time, but as long as the Vosges hills are on your left (west), you’ll always get to the next destination…

Colmar

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Sightseeing

Our first stop was in after crossing the border was in Colmar – the biggest city on the wine route and an important commercial center in the wine industry. The streets of the city are entangled around the old buildings and the open squares, and lead you to the ancient quarter of the city. This area is also known as “Little Venice” – because of the canals running alongside the streets. The old houses are decorated with colorful flowers, that even hang from the street lights…. Try and find Maison Pfiste house, in Rue des Marchands – the street will greet you with wall painting depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament, and the pyramid roof of the old house is a heaven for photography lovers….

Food

In the old quarter you can find some nice restaurants, but to get to some of them you have to board a gondola or a local boat-taxi….

Riquewihr, France

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General

We continued up north on road D3, and arrived at Riquewihr – the pearl of Alsace.

Sightseeing

The entire town is surrounded by medieval fortifications, and all the around it you’ll see the vineyards which are the source of it’s great wines (it is especially known for its Riesling).The streets here are narrow, and the houses are made of stone and wood.

Food

There are sign directing you to yards where you can taste the wonderful wines, and you can relax in one of the many cafés, or dine in the local restaurants, which are abundant. Don’t miss the sweet Alsatian cakes!

Le Jardin des Papillons

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Kids

The butterflies garden (Jardins des Papillons) is located between Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé (Route de Ribeauvillé, 68150 Hunawihr). Here you can feast your eyes on our fascinating colony of exotic butterflies living in a natural habitat of luxurious floral surroundings. you can feast your eyes on a fascinating colony of exotic butterflies, living in a luxurious floral surroundings. The butterflies are accustomed to people visiting, and if you stand still they might even take a rest on your shoulder...


www.jardinsdespapillons.fr/en/

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

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General

We continued up north on road D42 in the direction of the historic village of Saint-Hippolyte (if you have the time you can visit the local fortress; we didn’t). From there we went up road D1 to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (www.haut-koenigsbourg.fr/en).

History

Haut-Kœnigsbourg dates back at least to the 12th century, and originally belonged to the Hohenstaufen family. It was attacked and burned in 1462, and was rebuilt 17 years later, and in the 16th century became the property of Maximilian the first, The Holy Roman Emperor. It was burnt again during the Thirty Years' War, and was left unused until the end of the 19th century, when it was given to the German emperor Wilhelm the second by the city of Sélestat . It was restored in the beginning of the 20th century, and was inaugurated in 1908 in the presence of the Emperor. In 1993 it was declared as a national historic site by France.

Sightseeing

You can take an audio guide and simply stroll around, admire the drawbridges, the knight hall and the armory. From the walls you’ll get a splendid view of the vineyards in the area, all the way to the Rhine Valley. On a clear day you might even see the Black Forest…

Money

Full ticket rate is 7.5€, reduced rate is 4.8€, and children under 18 get in for free. The castle is open daily, but the hours change according to the season, so you’ll be advice to check the website.

Obernai

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General

We continued north on road D425 to Obernai, located 27 km south-west of Strasburg.

Sightseeing

Don’t miss the pedestrian mall in Rue du Marche (Market street) in the center of town. In the end of the street you’ll find an old synagogue, that dates back to 1876. You can also see the local town well (“the six bucket well”), decorated in colorful flowers.

Food

There are some very nice cafés and restaurants along Rue du Marche, as well as wine-inns and local shops.

Strasbourg

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General

From Obernai we got on the express highway E25 and drove straight to Strasburg.

Sightseeing

The name “Strasburg” comes from German and means "Town (at the crossing) of roads". As the name implies, the city is at a junction of roads, train rails and rivers.


The capital of Alsace region, Strasburg is close to the border, and has flavors of both France and Germany. The city is a beautiful, full of magic and wonder. The antique buildings rise strait from the pavement, and you walk down the street you can take a peek inside a window or two, and see the well organized rooms, the heavy wood furniture and (almost always) many many miniature figures.


Strasbourg is a huge city, and you can roam the streets for days exploring it. But there are some places you don’t want to miss, like La Petite France. This is probably the best neighborhood in the city, a little piece of heaven with gorgeous buildings and enchanting streets and bridges. The scent of fresh-baked pastries will surly dazzle you, as will the aromas from the local restaurants.


I wouldn't miss a visit in Strasbourg Cathedral, with its beautiful Gothic architecture and stunning pink sandstone facade.

Shopping

The best place for shopping is probably Place Kleber – lots of popular shops and tons of activity.

Food

When in Strasburg you simply must try the Chucrut (Sauerkraut) – the best known dish of the entire region, with Sauerkraut, different kinds of sausages and other pork meats, and potatoes. It’s simple as it is delicious.
The best Chucrut we had was at a place called “Maison Kammerzel”, which serves ten different kinds of Chucrut…
As for the sweet-lovers, you will enjoy (of course) the chocolate croissant, but don’t miss out on the Tarte Flambee – this plums pie is a local specialty.

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Germany

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Wutachschlucht

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Trekking

The next day we sat out to tour one of the best known nature reserves of the Black Forest – Wutachschlucht (Wutach Gorge). This is a narrow valley with lots of walking trails that will suit every one and every need – whether you have all day or only an hour, and whether you are an experienced trekker or a little lazy…

We entered the nature reserve from Wutachmuhle, and took a nice and relaxed trek of about 2 hours round trip.

Assistance

Because of the wide selections, I recommend you visit the tourist information center in Bonndorf or in Loffingen, where the lovely people will be happy to assist you with finding the right trek for you.

Switzerland

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Rhine Falls

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General

We arrived at the falls from the side of Schlöss Wörth Castle, where there is a nearby parking lot. From Schlöss Wörth you can see immediately the falls with all their glory and I recommend strongly coming from this side (Neuhausen am Rheinfall 8847).

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Trekking

Rheinfall (The Rhine Falls) is the largest waterfall in Europe. The falls are more than 20 meters high and about 150 meters wide, and in the summer, the average water flow is 700 cubic meters (m³) per second!
The falls are located on the Upper Rhine, near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland, between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich (http://rhinefalls.com).


The waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking, and you can take a boat shuttle to different points of view and simply admire the might of nature. We sailed to a giant rock right in the middle of the falls, and the view was spectacular!


If you are up for it, our cruise was number 4 in list on this site
http://www.rhyfall-maendli.ch/schifffahrt/linien


The price was 36 Swiss Francs.

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