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Where can one get a great breakfast in the morning?

Are there any cultural highlights, museums?

Ideas for 2-3 activities and daytrips?

Good restaurants for dinner?

Typical tourist activities or places that one should NOT do, as they are not worthwhile doing.

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How to get around and find best means of local transportation?

"We would like to drive to Lahr from Breisach. Is there a car rental company in Breisach? Or is there any public transportation ? Thank you." (posted 04/12/2015)

Hello, I do not know any car rental in Breisach. The next car rental in Freiburg. You can travel with Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.de) with public funds to Lahr. The train leaves every hour during the day and takes about 75 minutes. The cost is approximately € 13.30. I hope I could help. Many greetings Friedhelm Rinklin
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 04/13/2015
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Breisach there is a train to Freiburg. from there by train to Lahr. If you live in Breisach hotel or an apartment rented, ask for the cone guest card. In order to use all public transport for free with your family. Greetings from Endingen sends Hans Peter Linder Linder Winery
Answer provided by Hans Peter Linder on 04/14/2015
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Rent a car, I do not know. However, it is possible to take the Kaisertuhlbahn to Freiburg and from there to the DB-train to Lahr. MfG. Kindler, Markus
Answer provided by Markus Kindler on 04/13/2015
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"I am booked on Uniworld river cruise disembarking at Breisach on 03 July 2016. Have to get a train from Breisach to Zurich airport. Can you please advise how far away the port is from railway station. As have luggage is it easy to get a taxi Appreciate your advice Beverly Burt" (posted 01/04/2016)

That's not very far. That should be about 2 to 3 kilometers. The easiest way to take a taxi. Determines the staff can call a taxi on the ship.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 01/05/2016
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Hello, good day, you have communication with the train from Breisach with the SWG to Freiburg main station, from there to Zurich. You should order the small harbor in Breisach a taxi, because the path is about 3 km to the train station. Have fun on the beautiful Rhine!. Sincerely Reinhard Burgjhardt
Answer provided by Sigrid Burghardt on 01/06/2016
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Hello, The Station in Breisach is 1,5km from the port. With this S-Bahn then drive to the main station in Freiburg. From there you can then connect trains, with which you can get to Zurich in Switzerland. I think that you can call for reservations at the port without any problems a taxi on the spot. Mfg. Kindler Family
Answer provided by Markus Kindler on 01/08/2016
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"In Breisach in May for 4 days. Can we get a short Rhine cruise from the town port? Is there a tourist train around the Black Forest from the station?" (posted 03/26/2016)

Hello, a Rhine cruise is possible, there are several tours from Breisach. See: http://www.bfs-info.de/Startseite.aspx (sorry, only in German and French ....). Make a round trip "to the Black Forest" does not exist, for the Black Forest is too large. But there are several tours that you can take in the Black Forest. See for example: http://www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info/service/konus-tourentipps/tourentipp-freiburg-feldberg (also possible in English - there you will find plenty of other attractions in the Black Forest). When staying in Breisach, you get a free ticket, which allows you to make all journeys by train. The drive from Breisach to the station in Freiburg takes about 25 minutes. The train runs 2x per hour.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 03/26/2016
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In the port of Breisach travels in summer the BFS (Breisach Fahrgat Marine) daily trips on the Rhine, also to Strasbourg / Colmar / Basel (Switzerland). With the Kaiserstuhl train, you can go from Breisach to Freiburg, then change to explore the DB Bahn the Black Forest. MfG. Kindler, Markus
Answer provided by Markus Kindler on 03/28/2016
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"Is there a footpath over the Rhine bridge at Breisach ? Staying at the Le Ranch hotel in May and would like to use as much public transport as possible when there and leave the car at hotel." (posted 03/29/2016)

There is a road bridge, which is also accessible to pedestrians.
Answer provided by Markus Kindler on 03/30/2016
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"I'm considering a river cruise that will be docking in Breisach on April 1, 2018, Easter sunday. Will anything be open or going on that day?" (posted 09/12/2017)

Coffee will be open, shops will be closed.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 09/17/2017
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"We are taking the Viking Rhine River cruise in April 2018. We stop in Breisach from 8:00-18:00 on Saturday,April 7. We are traveling with 3 kids, and would like to go Europa Park for the day. Is it possible? Is there a Car rental available nearby?" (posted 10/19/2017)

That is possible. However, it is not so easy to reach the Europapark of Breisach: The easiest, but most time-consuming is to take the train to Freiburg and from there with the bus to Europapark by www.flixbus.de. There is no rental car in Breisach. Not too far away is the company Attila Autovermietung, phone +49 7664 3030. Perhaps one can inquire as to whether they bring a rental car to the Rheinufer.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 10/22/2017
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Where to find good quality groceries?

"will be on christmas river cruise in December. Is ther a grocery or department store nearby to the market? danke, chris" (posted 04/09/2016)

Yes Boat tours are also available in December. Shopping facilities are sufficiently available in Breisach.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 04/10/2016
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Hello, I'm not quite sure, however, would take place during the Christmas season and river trips. Breisach is a small town (20,000 inhabitants), thus are also sufficient groceries etc available. MfG. Family Kindler www.Haus-Kindler.de
Answer provided by Markus Kindler on 04/13/2016
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Are there any special local events?

"I will be in Breisach on a Rhine river cruise on Saturday 26 July. Is there anything special on, eg market, festival ? Thank you." (posted 07/23/2014)

Breisach has a very nice old town. A walk on the Münsterberg's is worthwhile, and you can enjoy the beautiful view over the Rhine valley and into France. Even the cathedral is worth a look. However, I do not know if it is open on Saturday. You can an interesting side trip to France to Neuf Brisach. The whole city is still in an old fortress. Very worth seeing. Many greetings and a nice stay in Breisach.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 07/23/2014
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"Hello, We will be in Breisach am Rhein on Easter Sunday. I was wondering if St. Stephan's Cathedral is a working Catholic Church. Do they hold masses there? Thank you, Joann Mannix" (posted 03/25/2017)

Yes, the Church is active and will be held fairs. Here is the link to the exhibition: http://www.st-stephan-breisach.de/breisach-und-hochstetten.html unfortunately only in German. The events, which are held in Stephansmünster see by the words "Munster". Many greetings and a nice stay.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 03/27/2017
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"Does your town have a Christmas Market? How far from the river cruise dock is it?" (posted 11/26/2017)

There is a rather small Christmas market in Breisach am Neutorplatz. It is about 10 minutes walk from the pier.
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 12/03/2017
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?

What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?

Is there a good local deli or restaurant with lunch menu?

Are there any points of interest or local attractions?

"Is there a winery with a tour that we can visit while in Breisach the first week in September? " (posted 08/01/2015)

You can take a tour at the Badischer Winzerkeller in Breisach. The Badische Winzerkeller is the second largest winery cellars in the world. Here wines from the Markgräflerland region, Ortenau, Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg be made. Our two apartments are in Endingen, about 17km away from Breisach.
Answer provided by Markus Kindler on 08/03/2015
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Yes, there are the "Badische Winzerkeller" in Breisach. There is a very good cafe with good merchandise. Ship lock trips in the evening. Neubreisach on the other side of the Rhine is an old, worth seeing French fort. Breisach worthwhile. Sincerely Burghardt in Endingen Gaestehaus-im-Ufenhard.de
Answer provided by Sigrid Burghardt on 08/04/2015
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What are good places to go for shopping?

"Are any Christmas Markets, stores, or restaurants open on Dec. 24th? We will be in Breisach on that date on a Viking River Cruise." (posted 06/23/2016)

Hello, the shops are usually open in the morning. At 24.12. but no longer has a Christmas market open.
Answer provided by Hans Peter Linder on 06/24/2016
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Any sporting activites and recommendations to stay active?

"Any place to rent a bike for 7 days in Breisach am Rhein?" (posted 08/16/2014)

http://www.breisach.de/html/seiten/text.phtml?lang=de&nav=49 Hello, on the above website, under the lists for bike rental and repair shops, are the places where bicycles (including electric bicycles) can be rented. I hope that helps you further. Best regards, Friedhelm Rinklin
Answer provided by Anne Rinklin on 08/17/2014
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In Breisach, we have the following bike rental shop: Fun bike, Metzgergasse 1, Breisach, Tel 07667 7733 Regards, Diana Offenburg, Breisach Tourism Office
Answer provided by Hans Peter Linder on 08/19/2014
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At the tourist office in Breisach, there are bicycles with electric battery. They are very good. If not, then in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl! Sincerely Guest House in Ufenhard, Sigrid Burghardt
Answer provided by Sigrid Burghardt on 08/18/2014
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Breisach am Rhein Overview

Situated along the Rhine River on the French and German border lies the city of Breisach. Home to Europe's largest producing wine cellar and the beautiful late Gothic cathedral, St. Stephansmünster.

Situated along the Rhine River on the French and German border lies the city of Breisach. Home to Europe's largest producing wine cellar and the beautiful late Gothic cathedral, St. Stephansmünster. It is a city with approximately 16,500 inhabitants, situated in the district Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, of Baden-Württemberg.

Its name is Celtic and means breakwater. The hill, on which Breisach came into existence was—at least when there was a flood—in the middle of the Rhine until the Rhine was straightened by the engineer Johann Gottfried Tulla in the 19th century, thus breaking its surge.

Things to See in Breisach am Rhein

Historical buildings:

  • Cathedral "St. Stephansmünster" with its famous wooden-carved altar and the monumental wall-paintings of Martin Schongauer.
  • Baroque "Rheintor"(Rhine gate), built by the architect Vauban for the French “sun king” Louis XIV. Nowadays it houses the museum of the town history.
  • "Radbrunnen"(wheel well): a tower built around 1200 to provide the town with water; nowadays concerts and exhibitions are hold in this building. Since 2013 the artwork “Radbühne” by Breisach’s famous artist Helmut Lutz is situated outside of this building; www.sternenweg.de; photo enclosed.
  • Breisach’s twin town Neuf-Brisach: at a distance of 5 kms in France; fortress also built by Vauban for Louis XIV; since 2008 on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The "Badischer Winzerkeller Breisach" is the heardquarter of Baden's wine cooperatives and one of Europe's largest wineries. Unique in Germany is the cellar with more than 135 big wooden barrels, each one individually carved. Offers for groups: Guided tour of the cellar on foot and in a little train followed by wine tasting, wine tasting combined with a cooking show, Cellar tour combined with a criminal play,Tour on foot or in a tractor through the vineyards combined with wine tasting

December: Christmas market

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More about the History of Breisach am Rhein

The seat of a Celtic prince was at the hill on which Breisach lies. The Romans maintained an auxiliary castle on Mons Brisiacus (which came from the celtic word Brisger which means waterbreak) The Staufer founded Breisach as a city in today's sense. But there had already been a settlement with a church at the time. An 11th century coin from Breisach was found in the Sandur hoard.

In the early 13th century, construction on the St. Stephansmünster, the cathedral in Breisach, started. In the early 16th century, Breisach was a significant stronghold of the Holy Roman Empire. On December 7, 1638, Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar, who was subsidized by France, conquered the city, which Ferdinand II and General Reinach had defended well, and tried to make center of a new territory. After Bernhard's death in 1639, his general gave the territory to France, which saw it as its own conquest. In the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, Breisach was de jure given to France.

From 1670, Breisach was integrated into the French state in the course of the politics of Reunions. In the Treaty of Ryswick in 1697, Breisach was returned to the Holy Roman Empire, but then reconquered on September 7, 1703 by General Villars at the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession. At the Treaty of Rastatt on March 7, 1714, Breisach became once again part of the Empire. Meanwhile, France founded its own fortress, Neuf-Brisach ("New Breisach"), on the left shore of the Rhine. In 1790, Breisach was part of Further Austria. In the revolutionary wars in 1793, Breisach was widely destroyed and then, in 1805, annexed to the de facto re-established state of Baden.

During World War II, 85% of Breisach was destroyed by Allied artillery as the Allies crossed the Rhine. The St. Stephansmünster was also heavily damaged.

In 1969, Breisach was considered as the construction site for a nuclear power plant, but Wyhl was chosen instead, where the construction project was later abandoned in the face of heavy opposition.

The near-by cities of Hochstetten (1970), Gündlingen (1972), Niederrimsingen (1973), and Oberrimsingen (1975) along with Grezhausen, which had been incorporated into Oberrimsingen in 1936, were all incorporated into Breisach.

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Situated along the Rhine River on the French and German border lies the city of Breisach. Home to Europe's largest producing wine cellar and the beautiful late Gothic cathedral, St. Stephansmünster.

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