The Kaiserstuhl Region

kaiserstuhlThe „Kaiserstuhl“ (literally: the Emperor’s chair) is a relatively low mountain range – a Mittelgebirge – with a maximal height of 556.6 m above sea level. It is of volcanic origin and located in the South West of Baden-Württemberg, Germany in the districts of Emmendingen and Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald. In terms of natural regions it is considered part of the Upper Rhine Plain.

The Kaiserstuhl’s name is thought to refer to King Otto III, who held court near Sasbach on December 22, 994. Since then the whole mountain range was called “Königsstuhl” – the King’s chair. In May 996 Otto III was crowned Emperor and the King’s chair became the Emperor’s chair – the “Kaiserstuhl”. Reliable sources mention the name “Kaiserstuhl” only as early as 1304. Historians thus suppose that the term “Kaiserstuhl” was not coined until the 13th century.

Hasenhorn Coaster in Todtnau

High-speed fun whatever the weather!  Germany's most spectacular mountain coaster awaits you on the Hasenhorn in Todtnau. Strap yourself in and away you go on an unforgettable downhill journey – great fun for young and old alike. Your journey to the starting point is easy and comfortable with our modern double chair lift.

You control your own speed as the coaster takes you down 2.9 km of railed track. Getting to the bottom could not be easier. Surging waves, sharp bends and three mesmerising 360º turns guarantee a ride full of surprises.

Steinwasen-Park Oberried

Big bridges, fast downhill slides, scenary.. if you love thrill and speed with a few heights thrown in, Steinwasen Park is the place for you.

There's an indoor toboggan run that's well worth a trip for the adults too!

Europapark in Rust

Europa-Park is the second-most-popular theme park in Europe, after Disneyland Paris.

It is open from mid-March to the end of October and from the start of December to mid-January.

It is located in Rust, south-west Germany, between Freiburg and Strasbourg. Its mascot is a grey mouse named "Euromaus" whose friends include Eurofant, an elephant. It is split into fourteen different areas, typically named after European countries or regions.

Baumkronenweg in Waldkirch

The Baumkronenweg park in Waldkirch is another day-out possibility for families, but only for families that are willing to climb a steep hill beforehand.

Basically, one parks at the lake in the centre of Waldkirch (a short bus or train ride from Freiburg). From there, follow the signs to the Baumkronenweg and progress up the hill, overlooking the Schwarzwaldzoo (Zoo). It takes around an hour to scale the hill. We managed it with a pram but I would not recommend it for young children or disabled people. The hill is very steep.

Schwarzwaldpark in Loeffingen

Not really that reachable without a car but well worth the journey if you do manage to make it. The Schwarzwaldpark is _the_ place for kids of all ages, there's exciting rides, animals galore and much much more.

The white water flum is closed when the temperature is below 18°C temperature and bad weather looms.

The Surrounding Region

The Freiburg region is situated in the heart of Europe: it is intersected by key trade routes from north to south and from east to west. At the crossroads of these routes it provides optimum links to the European economic regions.

There are over two million people living in an area of 8,680 square kilometres, which includes the conurbations of Basle (North West Switzerland), Colmar, Mulhouse (Upper Alsace), and Freiburg (Southern Baden).

Mulhouse - France - A short trip across the Rhine from Freiburg

Mulhouse is a town and commune in eastern France close to Swiss and German border. It is the largest town in Haut-Rhin, and the second largest in Alsace after Strasbourg.

Its designated local development area consists of 16 communes, but its conurbation is substantially larger than that. 

Basel - Switzerland - A stones throw from Freiburg

Just 40 minutes by car and even less by train from Freiburg is Basel, just across the Swiss border.

Basel is the capital of the Swiss half canton of Basel Stadt or Bale Ville.  Located in north-west Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The city borders both Germany and France.

Zoo Mulhouse

A nice place to visit on dry days is Mulhouse Zoo. Lots of species of animals and plants situated in a large park with lots of space, so be prepared to walk your legs off.

There's a big wooden playground there too, a gift shop as well as a good restaurant and whatever else you would expect from a zoo.

Belchenland - a Winter sports wonderland

The Belchenland region (500 – 1414 m high above sea-level) is situated in the south of the Black Forest, approximately in the triangle between Freiburg, Titisee and Basle.

Years ago the towns and villages Aitern, Böllen, Fröhnd, Schönau, Schönenberg, Tunau, Utzenfeld and Wembach decided to form the holiday region Belchenland.

Vogelpark Steinen - Steinen Birdpark

Not too close to Freiburg (roughly 80km away) but worth the trip for you and your children. The park has over 1,000 birds from more than 300 different species.

Confusingly, in my mind anyway, they also house kangaroos and monkeys. Situated in a large green covered valley, the bird park has a large display of eggs and many days of the year, it is possible to view the eggs hatching, definitely fascinating for any young kids.

Zoo Basel

Zoo Basel is a non-profit zoo located within the city of Basel, Switzerland. Its main entrance is just outside of Basel's downtown strip of Steinen and extends in the Birsig stream valley to Basel's city border with Binningen, Basel-Country.

Its official name is Zoologischer Garten Basel — or in English: Basel Zoological Garden. Basel residents, however, call their zoo affectionately Zolli.

Colmar, France - Just across the Rhine

ColmarColmar is a city in Alsace, France. It was the last town in France to be freed after the second World War, on February 2nd, 1945.

Colmar lies between Basel (French: Bâle) and Strasbourg. There is a direct train connection from both cities. If you arrive from the German side, there is a bus leaving near the border at Breisach (to which there is a direct train from Freiburg). 

Baden - Germany's wine region

Baden is a region (Anbaugebiet) for quality wine in Germany, and is located in the historical region of Baden in southwestern Germany, which today forms part of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.

Under German wine legislation, Baden and Württemberg are separate wine regions.

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