Black Forest, Alsace and Switzerland  In Depth

Research – Links to More Detailed Information

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There's no need to do homework ahead of time to enjoy this tour, but if you are interested in more background
than is provided in the day-by-day itinerary these links will guide you to more detailed information.



Black Forest, Germany

Schloss Reinach

Schloss Reinach is your tour hotel, just west of Freiburg in the heart of Germany's Back Forest.  The hotel wesbite includes details about local activity options for your free time.


Burg Hohenzollern

Official website of Hohenzollern Castle, including castle and family histories and a layout plan of the castle.


Schloss Lichtenstein

Official website of Lichtenstein Castle, including castle history, descriptions of castle features, and an extensive photo gallery.


Freiburg (Wiki)


Background information about the Black Forest city of Freiburg, population about 225,000.  Freiburg was incorporated in the 12th century and is known for its university, its high standard of living, and its advanced environmental practices.

Freiburg Minster

Wiki page describing Freiburg's cathedral, begun about 1200 and featuring the only Gothic church tower in Germany completed in the Middle Ages (1330).


Breisach (Wiki)

Background information about the town of Breisach, population about 15,000, on the Rhine west from Freiburg.

Alsace, France

Strasbourg (Wiki)


Background information about Strasbourg, the capital and principal city of the Alsace region, metro population about 650,000.  Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament. The city and the region of Alsace are historically German-speaking.  Strasbourg has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries.


Strasbourg Cathedral (Wiki)

Background information about the history and architecture of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg.


Colmar Tourism Website

The "Town of Arts and History" section of this Colmar Tourism website is packed with historical and sightseeing information.  Maps are in the "Staying in Colmar" section.


Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg

Official website of Koenigsbourg Castle, with complete sections detailing the castle's history and its features.


Alsace Wine Route

Website of The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin d’Alsace, the Alsatian regional wine industry body.  Information about Alsace wines, vineyards, and the Wine Route.




Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland are the larest plain waterfalls in Europe – 150 metres (450 feet) wide and 23 metres (75 feet) high.


Lucerne (Wiki)

Lucerne is the most populous city in Central Switzerland (about 76,200), and the transportation, telecommunications, and governement hub of the region.  This web page includes history and sightseeing highlights.


Lucerne Tourism Website

Website of Lucene's Tourism Office.  The "City Experience" section provides information about highlights for visitors.


Mount Pilatus (Wiki)

Pilatus is a mountain near Lucerne, elevation 2,128 metres (6,982 feet).  The top can be reached via the world’s steepest cogwheel railway or by aerial panorama gondolas and aerial cableways.


Pilatus-Bahnen Website

Pilatus-Bahnen AG is the operator of the integrated systems of cogwheel railways and cableways serving Mount Pilatus, as well as hotels, restaurants, and thrill parks on the mountain.


Lake Lucerne (Wiki)

Lake Lucerne is the fourth largest in Switzerland.  It has a highly irregular shape, and much of the shoreline rises steeply into mountains up to 1,500 metres (4,900 feet) above the lake, resulting in many picturesque views including those of Mount Pilatus.


Lake Lucerne
Navigation Company

The Lake Lucerne Navigation Company operates a fleet of paddle steamers that offer sightseeing lake cruises of varying durations from Lucerne.



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