Breisach am Rhein (Germany Baden-Wurttemberg)

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2022-01-21 22:24

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Breisach am Rhein (fka Altbreisach) is a Rhine River cruise port and city in Germany's Baden-Wurttemberg state (Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district) with population around 17,000. Breisach is located halfway between Colmar and Freiburg im Breisgau (approx 20 km / 12 mi away from each) and approx 60 km (37 mi) north of Basel, close to Kaiserstuhl (Emperor’s Chair hills). A bridge over Rhine connects to Neuf-Brisach (Alsace France).

Breisach am Rhein (Germany) river cruise port

On bus excursions from Breisach, cruise tourists may also visit Schonau im Schwarzwald (Lorrach district) in the Black Forest. Schonau is approx 35 km (22 mi) northeast of Basel and approx 23 km (14 mi) south of Freiburg im Breisgau.

The name of Breisach is Celtic and is translated as "breakwater". In the 16th century, the town became a stronghold of the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806 AD). In the 17th-18th-centuries the town was part of France, the Holy Roman Empire and Vorderosterreich/Outer Austria (1278-1805/Territory of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Austrian Empire), until 1805 when was annexed to Grossherzogtum Baden/Grand Duchy of Baden (1806-1918).

The current-day municipality was formed via mergers between Breisach and four neighboring towns (Hochstetten, Gundlingen, Niederrimsingen, Grezhausen-Oberrimsingen). Trains link the city with Freiburg (via Gottenheim) and Riegel (via Vogtsburg and Endingen). There are road connections to Lindau and Colmar.

The local economy is largely based on viticulture/wine growing.

Nearly the entire town (85%) was destroyed during WW2 (1939-45) by artillery fire while the Allied forces (mainly Americans) were crossing the Rhine River. St Stephansmunster (13th-century cathedral) was heavily damaged.

In 1969, the town was considered a construction site for nuclear power plant. However, Wyhl was chosen instead, but the construction project was abandoned in the face of opposition.

Port Breisach am Rhein cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Breisach am Rhein, Germany Baden-Wurttemberg. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

1 January, 2022
Phoenix Reisen Cruises cruise lineMS Aurelia12:0017:00

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