Breisach is located on the eastern bank of the Rhine, just west of the Black Forest and across from the Alsace region of France, famous for its wines. We start with a short trip into the Black Forest, where we learn how to make a cuckoo clock, then view the varied cuckoo clocks for sale, before we head into the forest, following trails along a stream to beautiful water falls.
Returning to Breisach, we trek up the hill to St. Stephen's Cathedral, overlooking the city and the Rhine. The cathedral was built in the 12th century, with extensions and renovations stretching into the 15th century, and has been rebuilt after being heavily damaged in the Second World War.
From the cathedral, we wander the streets of the town, viewing the great street art, many of them traditional sculptures by the artist Helmut Lutz.
Crossing to the other side of town, we descend to the banks of the Rhine and find a craft fair in the park, featuring lots of great pottery, art, baskets, and food.
Hiking back up the hill into town, we run across the Treadle Wheel Well Tower, built in 1198 with a 41-meter deep well driven by a wooden treadle wheel. Over the years, this building has also served as the city hall, court, and a prison torture chamber. Now, it has been converted into a gallery and we admire the art.
We descend from the hilltop, cross over to the other side of town, and climb through some vineyards to a small defensive complex, built on Eckartsberg hill, that served as part of the city's defenses from the 14th to the 17th century. Now, it provides great views of the city and the surrounding countryside.
We've experienced a lot in our short stay in Briesach. What a charming little town!