Baden Wine Trail
The Baden wine trail nestles amongst more than 160 picturesque kilometres (100 miles) along the western edge of the Black Forest. It leads through the most beautiful and significant wine-growing regions of Baden: Ortenau, Breisgau, Kaiserstuhl, Tuniberg, and Markgräflerland - and forms a kind of Viticultural Black Forest that reaches down to the Rhine plain.
Baden Wine Trail Gallery
The following images were taken on Ascension Day in May, when a long stretch of the Markgräflerland Wine Trail road between Staufen and Müllheim was closed to all but pedestrians and cyclists.
Baden Wine Trail by Car
Drivers can enjoy the journey from Baden-Baden to the Swiss border on unhurried, twisting roads and small side streets through the many wine villages with their winding alleys and old timber-framed houses. This is particularly the case for the idyllic holiday circuits around Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg.
Adorable towns characterise the cultural landscape in the Baden winelands, with museums, churches, and avenues. virtually the whole year round hospitable vintners lay on wine festivals, or wine tasting sessions. Between spring and autumn colourfully decorated brooms on the roadside identify a "Straußwirtschaft", where vintners offer delicacies from their cellars and vineyards.
Along the wine route through "Germany's finest gourmet corner" many excellent guesthouses and restaurants offer culinary delights. It is because of the many village guesthouses and regional specialities, from Asparagus to bacon, that the route is referred to as "Baden's gourmet way".
Whatever you do, two things are worth recommending: start the tour with an empty boot, and allow enough time to visit the shops of the wineries and wine co-operatives.
Baden Wine Trail on Foot
Active wine lovers can discover the most important regions of the Baden winelands on foot. From Gernsbach in the Murgtal the "Wine trail through the Baden Winelands" takes you through the Ortenau, Breisgau, and Margräflerland vineyards.
Some 25km (15 miles) north of Freiburg the walker has a choice: the east route over Glottertal to Freiburg, or the west route through Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg. The two routes meet again at Schallstadt, south of Freiburg, and continue on along the Markgräfler wine trail. The east route totals some 280km (174 miles), whilst the west route is some 10km (6 miles) longer.
The wine trail in the Baden winelands follows the course of the "Ortenauer Wine Trail" from Gernsbach to Diersburg, and then the "Breisgauer Wine Trail" to Freiburg, or the "Kaiserstuhl Wine Trail" and the "Burgunder Wine Trail" from Malterdingen via Endingen to Schallstadt. From Freiburg the "Markgräfler Wine Trail" goes via Schallstadt to Weil am Rhein.
Baden Wine Trail by Bicycle
Cyclists can travel by train and bike to Baden-Baden and from there through idyllic wine country to Weil am Rhein. The route is a good 240km (150 miles) ride along cycle paths through the Baden winelands, uphill and down, twisting through the Ortenau, Breisgau, Kaiserstuhl, and Markgräfler wine regions.
Altogether there is some 300km (186 miles) of cycle way. The mainly level cycle route leads along picturesque vineyards, through orchards and rustic wine villages.
The cycle trails through the Baden winelands are part of the regional cycle network, and are not therefore uniformly signposted. Those who wish to cycle them can find GPS route data on the Black Forest Tourism website. The cycle-tour is particularly enjoyable by E-Bike, and the Baden winelands is integrated into the Black Forest E-Bike network, with over 200 facilites for bike hire, charging stations, and battery swap points.
Baden Wine Trail Links
This article was translated from the original German at http://www.ferienstrassen.info/routen/routen-in-deutschland/badische-weinstraße/
More information about places along the way can be found on the Black Forest Tourism website at http://www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info/schwarzwald/Ferienstrassen/badische-weinstrasse. The site is in German, but with the facility to switch to a Google translated version.
More information about the Markgräfler Wine Trail (the "Wiiwegli" in the local Alamannish dialect) can be found in German at http://www.wii-wegli.de/.