The small town gem of Endingen has the best preserved historic old
town in Kaiserstuhl. It offers various tourist highlights and all sorts
of independent businesses in the town centre. Wine tasting hosted by
winemakers, fruit from the wine-growing villages, guided cycling and
walking tours: Endingen has something for everyone.
Visitors will be enchanted by the town's attractive, medieval buildings. What's more, it is situated in a renowned wine-growing region, the Kaiserstuhl. This area is known for its mild climate and exceptional terroir. Things must have been pretty hot here in the early days. Millions of years ago, nature spewed out huge quantities of lava which piled up all around. Over time, this has cooled, and the landscape has matured. Today, this volcanic rock forms the base of the Kaiserstuhl. This unusual range of hills rises up from the Rhine valley between the Black Forest and the Vosges. The weathered volcanic soil here now offers a place for particularly high-quality grapes to thrive. The local vineyards press these grapes to produce outstanding wines. Long rows of vines characterise the landscape around Endingen am Kaiserstuhl. The almost Mediterranean climate offers optimal conditions for wine. And exotic plants and animals are also native to this region. 35 species of orchid can be found here. With a bit of luck, you might come across a sun-loving green lizard. Or perhaps one of the colourful tropical bee-eaters will make an appearance. There's a fair chance of this for visitors to the Kaiserstuhl trail. It starts in Endingen and was nominated Germany's most beautiful hiking trail in 2019.
Winemakers are delighted to take interested visitors around their vineyards. The rustic experience starts with a tractor and trailer. And these tours offer repeated wonderful views. You can learn interesting facts about viniculture while surrounded by vines. Tours also offers a glimpse of the special conditions in the Kaiserstuhl mountains. But listening and observing are not enough. Taste is also essential for true understanding. That's why these traditional tours include a wine tasting accompanied by a sumptuous food. Often the trip ends with a tour of the wine cellars. Afterwards, visitors will be enchanted by the town's attractive, medieval buildings. Tall vines grow over the façades and add a splash of green to the buildings. The old town gate and former aristocratic estate exude a certain style. The Baroque church completes this small-town idyll. And of course there are plenty of welcoming taverns. Enjoyable places to bring an exciting day to a close.