Medieval city of Oberkirch (Black Forest)

Oberkirch, Renchtal valley, Baden, Black Forest

This lovely wine town of Oberkirch is located at the gateway of the Renchtal valley in the Black Forest - right at the Baden Wine Route. The warm, deep bedrock soils are wonderfully characteristic of this wine making region which has given rise to Oberkirch`s unmistakable image. The vineyards and orchards relish an excellent reputation and Oberkirch`s schnapps and liqueurs from its 891 distilleries are recognized as top products in Germany. Oberkirch also prides itself as a culinary delight offering specialities from the traditional Baden cuisine to the hearty Black Forest meals that guaranty to satisfy every palete.

Of great interest is the ruin of Schauenburg from the 11th century, which sits in its unique splendor above the city. The Schauenburg boasts a wonderful view of the city and the Rhine valley to Strasbourg. The historic old town with its picturesque half-timbered houses is a major attraction and is home to the Grimmelshausen Museum. Grimmelshausen, a famous writer and poet from the Baroque period is known to have completed one of his most famous works "Der Abentheurliche Simplicissimus"  in the Gaisbach district in Oberkirch.

Festivals and Events in Oberkirch

In addition to the numerous events held in Restaurant Pflug, the town of Oberkirch and the Rench Valley region also provide an array of cultural offerings, in fact Oberkirch has become known as a city that knows how to showcase a great festival. Throughout the year these events can range from the Strawberry Festival, Wine Festival or the Culinary Weinwanderung, a unique event whereby the eager tourist can experience the local culinary specialities whilst meandering through the most scenic vineyards. Oberkirch is a hiker`s paradise whether enjoying a leisurely stroll through the orchards and vineyards, especially beautiful at springtime with their veritable sea of flowers on display, or a more energetic tour to the Black Forest heights to soak in the panoramic views. We have a range of activities in and around Oberkirch that will suit every individual (more information is available via the Oberkirch city website or the Renchtal Tourist Office).


Carnival in Oberkirch

Date: This annual highlight event takes place the week before Ash Wednesday

Visit the unforgettable Swabian-Alemannic Carnival in Oberkirch. In southern Germany, the carnival or Fasent as it is called is somewhat similar to the carnivals of the Rhine but has its own origin.
Characteristic is the disguise of participants with masks, which consist mostly of wood. It is tradition of the The Hästräger (Swabian-Alemannic for costume wearer) to maintain the same Häs (costume) from year to year, in some areas it is even customary for these costumes to be passed from generation to generation.

Expect bustle and fun at the carnival in Oberkirch !!


Oberkirch`s Outdoor Pool 

Date : Opened May - September

A visit to the outdoor pool in Oberkirch offers more than just a swimming experience. The wading pool and the sandy-mud game area provide hours of safe enjoyment for the children allowing the parents to keep a watchful eye whilst tucking into some coffee and cake on the elevated kiosk terrace. 

How about taking a rapid plunge with the 60-meter-long giant slide? Or a cool refreshment under the mushroom fountain or the waterfall showers? Perhaps chance an adventurous leap from the 5 meter tower into the diving pool? And for those who just wish to enjoy a casual or energeric swim the 50 meter track pool offers endless enjoyment. 

Modern Water: 1998 saw the refurbishment and remodelling of the Oberkircher swimming pool which is now considered to be technically on the cutting edge. For example, the eco-friendly heating of  24° Celsius water temperature is  generated by the waste heat of the nearby industrial company "Koehler Paper Group AG".

Highly-trained staff and trained volunteer lifeguards ensure safety whilst swimming. The pool is accessible for disabled people, including the entrance area and is also well equipped with changing facilities and toilets for very young family. 


Cycling around Oberkirch

Date : Spring, Summer, Autumn 

Explore this unique landscape by bicycle, also possible with an e-bike from the hotel.

Enjoy the blooming orchards of the Rhine and Renchtal valley in spring, the golden autumn landscape of the vines and the forests and foothills of the Black Forest. The diversity of the region allows for many interesting things to do and can be easily integrated into any cycling tour. 

Whether a small taster tour around Oberkirch or a challenging bike ride on the Baden Wine Route - any request can be catered for. 


Walking around Oberkirch - 23 Walking tours

Date: Spring, Summer, Autumn 

Oberkirch invites you to enjoy any of the 23 walking tours ! Walking trails through the orchards of the Renchtal valley, the scenic vineyards or a hiking experience through the Black Forest - we offer something for every taste.

GPS walks: Hike with a GPS device in Oberkirch through vineyards, woods and meadows ! Find tours with detailed descriptions, royalty free uploads and borrow a GPS device at the Tourist Information Office for a fee of 5 euros.


Strawberry Festival in Oberkirch

Date: May

Once the field strawberries are deliciously ripe it's time for the Strawberry Festival in Oberkirch. Located in one of the largest strawberry-growing regions in Germany up to 3000 tonnes of these precious fruits are harvested and used annually. The restaurateurs, confectioners and processors are hardworking deserving customers.

Is it any surprise that visitors can taste the endless stawberry creations at this festival? Of course, the strawberries, which the retailers offer next to asparagus, are fresh and ready to be eaten. Festival stages, streets and alleys are home to the large cultural program with lots of music on offer. 


Festival of Lights in Oberkirch

Date: July

The "Oberkirch Festival of Lights" is the setting of a very special celebration of lights. Countless luminous lights, often having a size of up to seven meters, are on display in the streets and alleys. The Oberkircher retailers invite you to a summer night shopping until midnight. Music entertains in the old streets where a taste of Baden cuisine can be found as well as many catering stalls where the interested tourist can browse and linger. A night flea market in the candlelight is also on show.

Each year a magic show of lights is held along with a traditional concert in the city garden. The musical entertainment is provided by the Harmonica Friends artists and Orchestra of Oberkirch.

On this evening the lovingly illuminated city garden shines  with thousands of tiny lights. Visitors can expect a summer evening with a very special atmosphere. The Oberkirch Light Procession, with its rich culture and cuisine is also a highlight not to be missed.


Oberkirch Wine Festival

Date: Early September

Oberkirch lies between forest and vineyards, just across from Strasbourg and at the Baden Wine Route. The Black Forest and neighboring Alsace are quickly accessible from Oberkirch. Beautiful half-timbered houses dominate the picturesque pedestrianized historic quarter. Oberkirch offers visitors numerous recreational facilities, an attractive guest itinerary, 250 kilometers of marked hiking trails and a wide variety of cultural offerings.

Every first weekend of September a traditional Oberkirch wine festival takes place. This nationally renowned festival attracts thousands of wine lovers and connoisseurs to the city.

Oberkirch hosts large marquees enticing visitors to try the various gourmet stalls offering international and regional specialties. Visitors can relax in the marquee or enjoy the adventurous rides in the nearby amusement park. 


Apple Festival in Oberkirch

Date: End of September

One week every Autumn sees the celebration of the "German's favorite fruit" - the apple!  What better way to kick off Apple Week than with the Apple Festival in the local marketplace. From 10am to 4pm, everything revolves around the theme of the Apple. Numerous delicacies around the fruit are offered at the various booths. Whether apple fritters, apple crumble or apple schnapps, the variety has no limits. The marketplace is carefully decorated and Apple Tree Avenue informs the visitors about the different varieties of the popular fruit. Wonderful autumnal apple products are available for sale and younger visitors can enjoy freshly squeezed apple juice. The Oberkirch Apple Festival is definitely worth a visit!.


Culinary Walkthrough in Oberkirch

Date: September

The highlight of each year in Oberkirch is undoubtedly this event. In good weather several thousands participate in this walk from "hell to paradise". Served by Oberkirch top chefs the gourmet stations offer wines, sparkling wines and exquisite delicacies. The hike can be started independently from 10am to 2pm at the marketplace.

 


 


Your hotel in the centre of Oberkirch!

The Hotel Pflug with restaurant and beer garden is beautifully located between the Black Forest and Strasbourg in the impressive Renchtal valley. The cosy Black Forest hotel is close to Freiburg, Baden Baden, Offenburg, Karlsruhe, the Alsace in France, the famous Europa Park in Rust and the airports in Baden Baden and Strasbourg. Enjoy this wonderful accommodation in the medieval town of Oberkirch.

 

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