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Staufen Castle in spring © Erich Spiegelhalter / TI Staufen

Flower magic and wine festivals on the Wiiwegli

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Spring hike in Markgräflerland “Freed from the ice.” . .

... are streams and brooks through the lovely, invigorating look of spring; in the valley there is green hope. The old winter, in its weakness, retreated into the rough mountains. ”What inspires the knowledge-hungry Renaissance scientist in Goethe's“ Faust ”during the Easter walk can be easily understood in the brightly colored valleys on the western edge of the Black Forest:“ Here I am Man, I can be here! "

Nowhere in Germany does spring begin as early and sustainably as in “Markgräflerland”. "Vierteleschlotzer" enjoy the wine, the sun and the hearty delicacies of the Baden cuisine at wine festivals and in the winegrowers' ostrich taverns, which are now open again.

The Markgräflerland is a region favored by sun, wind, landscape and history - and it is "Gutedelland". In 1780, the then sovereign introduced the Fendant grape from Vevey on Lake Geneva. For a long time Gutedel was “only” blended and bulk wine, but winemakers in the region have long been making first-class, varietal Chasselas and Gutedel of the highest quality.

Culture between vines

The “Markgräfler Wiiwegli” leads around 80 kilometers from Weil am Rhein to the Black Forest metropolis Freiburg. Our tip for an extended Easter walk: Take four or five days for this landscape, in which Goethe went into raptures, the Romans built one of their most beautiful thermal baths north of the Alps and in which nature, enjoyment and wellness can be combined today, such as hardly anywhere else.

You can go to the first evening Balinea thermal baths in Bad Bellingen let it end. The second day ends in the finely decorated garbage house below Roman bath ruins and the wine terraces of Badenweiler.

Finally, the third stage leads with a dangling through the old mining town of Sulzburg with its mighty pre-Romanesque church of St. Cyriak and a mystically located Jewish cemetery in the "Fauststadt" Staufen. In 3 Goethe's "Faust" is said to have died here during one of his alchemical experiments in the Löwen inn.

The 4th stage of the “Wiiwegli” finally takes the hiker to Freiburg, where he can review the most beautiful sections of the route under the “most beautiful tower of Christendom” on Münsterplatz with a Gutedel or another of the outstanding Baden wines.

Hiking without luggage

Since the end and starting points of the daily stages can easily be reached by train, the “Wiiwegli” experience can of course be broken down into several days. But it only gets really round when you take four or five days to enjoy it carefree.

Route map