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Baden - Ortenau Wine Trail

The Baden Wine Route offers passionate wine hikers a variety of routes over a total of 160 kilometers. We would like to take a closer look at the 11.5 km stage from Neusatz via Sasbachwalden to Kappelrodeck.

Our starting point is in the Neusatz district of Gebersberg, from where we first follow the signposted wine trail. It is quite steep in this section, but once it is behind us, the path leads us uphill through the field more moderately and finally, gentle descends into the Laufbach valley.

In front of us is the village of Lauf, which was first mentioned in 1383. The municipality initially belonged to the Imperial Austrian district of Ortenau and was awarded to the Grand Duchy of Baden in 1805. The prime landmark of the area, Neu-Windeck Castle, is popularly known as "Laufen Castle". This medieval fortification was built by the Lords of Windeck around 1300 and has been a ruin since 1580, appearing picturesque in the lovely landscape. However, the ravages of time have so badly affected the old walls that a visit is unfortunately not possible due to the risk of falling rocks.

As we leave the castle ruins behind, we alternate through orchards and vineyards, an idyllic sight to inspire dreams. We finally pass the “Alde Gott” shrine, the namesake of the region's Pinot Noir, a sparkling garnet to ruby ​​red in color, then on to the cozy half-timbered village of Sasbachwalden. To really enjoy the charming atmosphere of this wine-growing town, we stop at one of the numerous restaurants and fortify ourselves with local specialties and delicious wine. The "Alde Gott Stuben" (Talstrasse 51), the restaurant "Zum Fässlewirt" (Murberg 1) or the café-restaurant "Rebstock" (Königsrainstrasse 2) are recommended, but there are so many places in Talstrasse alone, that nobody will go hungry or thirsty.

Rejuvenated, we follow the wine trail towards Kappelrodeck. The path leads steeply uphill and it takes some effort until we are finally rewarded with a wonderful view of the Achertal extending in front of us.

We now walk downhill through beautiful vineyards and finally reach our destination, Kappelrodeck, the red wine community famous throughout Germany. Rodeck Castle, dating from the 11th century, towers over the home of the ‘Witch of Dasenstein’. It is one of the few castles that has seen no major destruction over the centuries so is well preserved. From there you have an excellent view of the Rhine Valley all the way to Strasbourg.

Another worthwhile destination is the Zuckerbergschlösschen, a romantic and playful gem that stands in a spacious park with magnificent trees. In the castle café we can now relax after our exertion and let the impressions of the day pass us by.

As a classic wine-growing region, Kappelrodeck naturally offers its visitors plenty of opportunities to regenerate after a long day of hiking. The Gasthaus Linde (Marktplatz 112) in the middle of the village is a good place to settle in.


11,5
Kilometers Distance

350
Elevation [m]

3
Hours walking time

Ortenau Wine Trail

Stage

Neusatz - Kappelrodeck

Start

Neusatz

Finish

Kappelrodeck

Marker

Blue grapes on a red diamond in white rectangles. Red line to the left and right of it

Route Character

A sporty climb at the beginning, but then undulating terrain. Paved paths, partly asphalted. The route also leads through forests and offers from time to time some wonderful views over the Rhine plain.

Parking

Various parking spaces in the center of Neusatz


Route Contact

Badischer Wein GmbH


Basler Landstraße 28 b
79111 Freiburg

Phone: +49 761 / 89784784
info[at]badischerwein(dot)de
www.badischerwein.de

Activities

Rust
Europapark Rust
Freizeitpark
www.europapark.de

Linx
World of Living
Museum
www.world-of-living.de

Hohberg
Bienenmuseum
www.bienenmuseum.de

Oberkirch
Ruine Schauenburg
Ausflugsziel
www.schauenburg.de

Durbach
Skulpturenpark Durbach
Ausflugsziel
www.durbach.de/Media/Attraktionen/Skulpturenpark-Durbach

Gutach
Vogtsbauernhöfe
Freilandmuseum
www.vogtsbauernhof.org

Baden Baden
Casino / Thermen / Kurpark
Kurstadt
www.baden-baden.de

Kappelrodeck
Ölmühle
Museum
www.kappelrodeck.de

Kappelrodeck
Zuckerbergschloss
Galerie mit Gastronomie
www.zuckerbergschloss.de

Vinery

Straußwirtschaft (seasonal wine taverns) are a tradition dating back to Charlemagne that allow winemakers to offer their own wines and snacks for a few months in the year. As a sign that they were open, a bouquet (Strauß) or a broom (Besen) was attached to the gate.

These wine bars are only called "Straußwirtschaft" in the Alemannic dialect, in Swabian they are called "Besenwirtschaften" or simply "Besen”.

In Baden's wine-growing region, the “Strauße", as they are called, are limited to 40 seats and may be open for a maximum of 16 weeks per year, often divided into spring and autumn. The variety here is greater than anywhere else. The best way to get an overview is on the Internet.


Recommendations for hotels and restaurants

Hotel Gasthaus zur Linde

Schwarzwaldstraße 32
77815 Bühl

Phone: +49 7223 / 98050
gasthaus[at]linde-neusatz(dot)de
www.linde-neusatz.de

Reblaus Gasthaus & Pension

Hardkopfweg 2
77815 Neusatz

Phone: +49 77815 / 940860
gasthausreblaus[at]t-online(dot)de
www.reblaus-waldmatt.de

Gasthof Hirsch

Grüner Winkel 24
77876 Kappelrodeck

Phone: +49 7842 / 993930
info[at]hirsch-kappelrodeck(dot)de
www.hirsch-kappelrodeck.de

Obere Linde Hotel & Restaurant

Hauptstraße 25-27
77704 Oberkirch

Phone: +49 7802 /8020
mail[at]obere-linde(dot)de
www.zur-oberen-linde.de