Road Tripping Southwestern Germany: The Rhineland, Alsace, and Black Forest Regions

Eight years ago and 60 degrees colder than it is currently, I traveled to Germany for the first time. I was studying church and art history for the Spring 2010 semester, and while spring in Bavaria sounds lovely, it wasn't actually spring until the last week of our semester, and what I was actually experiencing was Germany's fourth-coldest winter of the last 120 years

Oddly enough, I still loved it. I've actually made an (unintentional) habit out of traveling in non-peak seasons - Iceland in February, Copenhagen in October, New Orleans in December, and Portland in November. Still, I've wanted to go back to Germany pretty much since the second I returned home from my last trip and see its warmer, greener side.

In August 2018, I did! 

My husband and I spent 10 days road tripping Southwestern Germany, briefly dipping into the Grand Est region of France. We drove a loop starting and ending at Frankfurt Airport, staying in 6 different cities in the Rhineland, Alsace, and Black Forest. 

  • 2 nights in Cochem
  • 2 nights in Trier
  • 1 night in Strasbourg
  • 2 nights in Baden-Baden
  • 1 night in Stuttgart
  • 1 night in Heidelberg
 Cochem, Germany - Looking out at the Moselle River and Cochem Castle.

Cochem, Germany - Looking out at the Moselle River and Cochem Castle.

 Trier, Germany's Hauptmarkt (Main Market)

Trier, Germany's Hauptmarkt (Main Market)

 Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France

 Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden, Germany

 Stuttgart, Germany - As seen from the top of the Fernsehturm (TV tower) at sunset

Stuttgart, Germany - As seen from the top of the Fernsehturm (TV tower) at sunset

 Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Soon I'll be sharing more detailed posts on each of our destinations, so stay tuned! 

Kameron Jenkinsgermany