Germany Trip Plan:
2-weeks special - Endingen am Kaiserstuhl

Germany trip plan: 2-weeks special - Endingen am Kaiserstuhl
Wine terraces Kaiserstuhl, GNU-Magnus Manske
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Welcome to one of the warmest regions of Germany, the Kaiserstuhl! Make yourself home on its northern side, in the historic wine town of Endingen. Enjoy day trips to Lake Constance, Europa-Park Rust, Strasbourg in France, Basel in Switzerland, mountains and lakes of the Black Forest and romantic cities along the Rhine.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 14 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Welcome to one of the warmest regions of Germany, the Kaiserstuhl! Make yourself home on its northern side, in the historic wine town of Endingen. Enjoy day trips to Lake Constance, Europa-Park Rust, Strasbourg in France, Basel in Switzerland, mountains and lakes of the Black Forest and romantic cities along the Rhine.

The region of the Kaiserstuhl is a volcanic massif and since long famous as a wine and fruit growing region. To the west flows the river Rhine, marking the border to France, not far to the south lies Switzerland, and to the northeast stretches the Black Forest. Favored by the very warm climate, the town of Endingen, together with Amoltern, Kiechlinsbergen and Königschaffhausen, represent one of the largest wine-growing communities in the state of Baden. Culture and traditions are influenced by nearby France and Switzerland, especially pleasurable when it comes to food! During your stay take full advantage of local, regional and even country specific diversities.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $1018 for 2 persons / 14 days
Admissions: starting at $400 for 2 persons / 14 days
Car Rental: starting at $858 / 14 days
Gas: starting at $500 / 14 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2776 / 14 days
 4 persons, starting at $3994 / 14 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Historic wine town Endingen am Kaiserstuhl

Day 1: Historic wine town Endingen am Kaiserstuhl
City hall Endingen, GNU-Dr. Eugen Lehle
[ source: Wikipedia]

Make yourself home in a fully fitted, lovely vacation apartment in the historical wine town of Endingen am Kaiserstuhl. The state-approved health resort is located on the northern edge of the Kaiserstuhl. Go on a walk through the fascinating old town with its romantic corners, gates and fountains, surrounded by beautiful nature, vineyards, forests, rolling mountains and hills. Endingen has a very attractive townscape with its many half-timbered houses from the 16th century, particularly around the market place. In the evening indulge in typical regional food in restaurant in the vicinity of your vacation apartment.


Day 2: Train ride to Breisach on the Rhine, wine tasting and sightseeing boat trip

Day 2: Train ride to Breisach on the Rhine, wine tasting and sightseeing boat trip
Breisach Cathedral, GNU-Magnus Manske
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An exiting sightseeing tour starts in Endingen when you embark on the Kaiserstuhlbähnchen, a slow riding train passing through the diversified landscape of the Kaiserstuhl. Your train ride ends in Breisach am Rhein. Visit St. Stephan's cathedral - the town's landmark located on top of a hill. Roman and Gothic elements can be found and you will also discover numerous treasures and outstanding art works. Step into the largest, and Europe's most important wine cellars of the Baden wine cooperative, of course followed by a wine tasting. From here, go on a leisurely stroll through the old town, down to the Rhine lowlands. The last highlight of today is a sightseeing boat trip on the majestic river Rhine.


Day 3: Enjoy a fun packed day at Europa-Park Rust

Day 3: Enjoy a fun packed day at Europa-Park Rust
Europa-Park Rust, GNU-Jonaslange
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This is without doubt the most popular theme park in Germany, located in the southwest of Germany between Freiburg and Strasbourg. The park is split into fifteen different areas, mostly named after European countries or regions. The park mascot is a grey mouse named Euromaus although there are over a dozen other characters home at the park. Besides the many spectacular roller coaster rides through the air and water, the park offers many shows such as an Ice Show, a Gladiator Show, an Acrobatics Show, a fully re-created Globe Theater and the Magic 4D Cinema. 


Day 4: Scenic drive to Strasbourg in the Alsace region, France

Day 4: Scenic drive to Strasbourg in the Alsace region, France
La petite France, Strasbourg
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Strasbourg is located in the province Alsace on France's eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. It is a beautiful city with its complete historic center, the Grande Île, Grand Island, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. Medieval streets, quarters and churches, as well as a kaleidoscope of remarkable buildings from the various architectural periods make Strasbourg so unique. Visit the cathedral of Notre-Dame, most beautiful district on the waters Petite France quarter, the Church of Saint-Thomas. Hundreds of restaurants and brasseries offer not only traditional Alsatian specialties.


Day 5: Black Forest highlights such as Triberg and Mountain Feldberg

Day 5: Black Forest highlights such as Triberg and Mountain Feldberg
Mountain Pasture on Feldberg, CC-rmk
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After an enjoyable trip by car your first destination of today is the climatic health resort town Bad Triberg. Besides the world's largest Cuckoo clock it is also renowned for its waterfalls, with a vertical drop of 496 feet. Continue your drive through the impressing Black Forest to its highest mountain called Feldberg. (4,898 ft) It offers one of the most extensive panoramas of Germany. Southeast from the main peak is a plateau leading to the Seebuck peak (4,750 ft). From here, a deep valley in northeastern direction contains the Feldsee, a lake of glacial origin at an altitude of 3,280 ft. The Feldberg Lift Network brings you to the most beautiful spots, trails and tracks. Also many asphalt roads around the mountain lead to inns and several mountain pastures, inviting you to rest and enjoy Black Forest delicacies.


Day 6: Basel on the Rhine in Switzerland, sightseeing and Basler Zoo

Day 6: Basel on the Rhine in Switzerland, sightseeing and Basler Zoo
Scottish Highland Neat, Basler Zoo, GNU- Roland Zumbühl
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Enjoy a free of charge train ride south to Basel in Switzerland. Basel is located where Germany, France and Switzerland meet. As an important trade route, the river Rhine played a key role in making Basel the city it is today. Exploring Basel on foot, especially the Old Town, means traveling through time. The twin towered Cathedral is a dominant feature of the city. Another feature is the imposing City Hall on the market place. Cross the Rhine on the Mittlere Brücke, one of the oldest Rhine crossings between Lake Constance and the North Sea. (13th century) The terrace high above the Rhine behind the Cathedral offers a magnificent view over the Old Town. Later the day visit the Basler Zoo, the countries first, and home to a wide range of rare and endangered species.


Day 7: Freiburg im Breisgau, mountain Schauinsland an dinner at the Schlossberg

Day 7: Freiburg im Breisgau, mountain Schauinsland an dinner at the Schlossberg
Aerial view Schauinsland, GNU-Thomas Maier
[ source: Wikipedia]

Freiburg im Breisgau is located on the western edge of the Black Forest at the foot of the Schlossberg Mountain. Start your sightseeing tour at the cathedral, with its slender tower standing high above the rooftops of the old town, which is full of well preserved historical buildings. Go on a shopping spree in the main shopping street, Kaiser Josehpstraße. Freiburg is also home to the longest cable car run in Germany, (2.25 miles) leading to Freiburg's landmark mountain called Schauinsland. (4,212 ft) Enjoy unrivaled panoramic views over the city of Freiburg, the Kaiserstuhl, the Rhine valley and the Vosges. In the evening enjoy a great dinner at Freiburg's Schlossberg, Castle-mountain. An excellent gastronomy awaits you. Fantastic views of the town and the Rhine valley are included your dinner.


Day 8: Fortress Haut-Koenigsbourg and a visit to the Affenwald, monkey-forest

Day 8: Fortress Haut-Koenigsbourg and a visit to the Affenwald, monkey-forest
Haut-Koenigsbourg, Vosges, GNU-Steschke
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A winding route through beautiful forest land awaits you today on your trip to the Vosges. One of the most visited destinations in France is the castle Haut-Kœnigsbourg. It is situated between Strasbourg and Colmar, on a 2,485 ft high mountain peak on the eastern slopes of the Vosges. Since Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern restored this majestic castle from the 12th Century around 1901-08, it is considered to be the castle of castles in the Vosges. Before you visit the castle step into the world of the Barbary Macaques at the Montagne des Singes. Witness this fascinating animal society which evolves almost as in the wild. No cages or barriers are here of what has been their domain since 1969. The site of the park is beautiful, but it is the well-being of the monkeys that strikes the visitor straight away. Enjoy a close up and feed them with, at the parks entrance provided food.


Day 9: Lake Constance, Flower Island Mainau and the city of Bregenz

Day 9: Lake Constance, Flower Island Mainau and the city of Bregenz
Island Mainau, Lake Constance
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Lake Constance, at the northern foothills of the Alps, is a most popular holiday region in Germany. The lake is shared with Austria and Switzerland. After a boat trip take some time on the Flower Island Mainau, the 3rd largest Island in the Lake Constance. Beautiful flower gardens and arrangements await you from early spring to late autumn season, giving the island a subtropical flair. Then continue your trip to the historic city of Bregenz in Austria, situated on the eastern shore of Lake Constance. Over a narrow strip of shore that stretches along the north eastern area of Lake Constance, Bregenz borders with Lindau in Germany. The city fortifications date back to the 13th to 16th century, enclosing many beautiful preserved historic buildings. Take a leisurely stroll through narrow lanes and romantic corners. Drive back on the Swiss side of the Lake Constance, with the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Alps.


Day 10: Hike through the Kaiserstuhl vineyards to Mount St. Catherine

Day 10: Hike through the Kaiserstuhl vineyards to Mount St. Catherine
Kaiserstuhl Vineyards, GNU-Magnus Manske
[ source: Wikipedia]

After so much touring take it easy today and enjoy a hearty breakfast before you go on a wonderful hike in the Kaiserstuhl. Almost one third of the Baden wine is grown in this warm region, with several independent wineries inviting you to sample their grape products. On a well marked trail you will pass wine terraces, fields and woods before reaching Mount St. Catherine, with 1,615 ft the highest point of the district Endingen. From here you have brilliant views of the whole region all the way to the Black Forest to the right and the Vosges in France to the left.


Day 11: Train ride to Lake Titisee and Schluchsee

Day 11: Train ride to Lake Titisee and Schluchsee
Schluchsee, Black Forest
[ source: Wikipedia]

No self driving today but a free of charge train ride to the two most beautiful lakes in the Black Forest, Lake Titisee and Schluchsee. Friends of water sports will love the large natural lake Titisee with its many opportunities for sailing, paddling, organized boat-tours or swimming. The Schluchsee is a water reservoir in St. Blasien in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald region southeast of Titisee. The lake, with its storage level 3,050 ft above sea level, is the highest dam in Germany and the largest lake in the Black Forest. Go on an easy hike in this beautiful surroundings, before heading back to your vacation apartment.


Day 12: Steinwasen Park in the Black Forest  

Day 12: Steinwasen Park in the Black Forest  
Steinwasen-Park main entrance, GNU-Stefan Scheer
[ source: Wikipedia]

The Steinwasen Park is located about 20 km southeast of Freiburg, the park is primarily a wildlife park, but contains a few rides, such as a toboggan run and a traditional Black Forest Railway. The park is located in a narrow valley and extends to its slopes. Over the valley stretches a 238 yards long rope bridge. Walking on it is an exciting adventure rewarded by beautiful views. A lift brings you to the mountain station and to the start of the toboggan run. Besides the installations, Steinwasen Park offers wonderful observation possibilities of over 20 different wild animal species and a magnificent natural landscape. The paths and roads through the Park offer ideal opportunities for strolls and walks - an absolute highlight is the climb to the overlook Feldberg Blick.


Day 13: Sightseeing on board the Sauschwänzlebahn

Day 13: Sightseeing on board the Sauschwänzlebahn
Museum-steam-train, GNU-Schmidti
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A very relaxed way of sightseeing is criss-crossing the fascinating Black Forest on board the Sauschwänzlebahn, a museum-steam-train. It became this funny name, best translated to pigtail-train, because of the twisting moves of its central section. It slowly winds its way through spectacular scenery involving 39 tunnels and 2 viaducts! Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride! On the last evening have a typical Black Forest style dinner at one of the many cozy restaurants of the region.


Day 14: Departure day

Day 14: Departure day
Kaiserstuhl vineyards, GNU-Johannes D.
[ source: Wikipedia]

Oh what a ride. An action packed 2-weeks holiday comes to a close and we are sure that, besides your pictures, souvenirs and gifts, you will take a lot of good memories back home. Bon voyage!


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