Culinary Trip to Germany and France October 2014

by Kirsten on January 5, 2014 · 8 comments

in Travel


 Heidelberg Altstadt

Attention: This trip has been postponed. Please contact me with any further questions. Thanks.

I’m very excited to announce a food and wine culinary adventure to my home area in Germany. We’ll start out in the captivating town of Heidelberg Germany then head down the wine road that passes through the Palatinate wine region (the source of world famous Riesling wines). We’ll visit the pretty resort spa town of Baden Baden and experience a historical harvest parade in the Black Forest before ending the trip in cosmopolitan Strasbourg France. Last year’s version of this trip was such a great success that I decided to offer it again in 2014. I’ll take a group of eleven guests on a fun-filled food and wine adventure to Germany and France this October.


Our trip begins in Heidelberg, the charming baroque town in the southwest of Germany on the Neckar River. We’ll stay in the old town with a great view of the famous castle and take advantage of everything the town has to offer.

Heidelberg Schloss

Our first day will be spent getting to know the town with a guided tour of Heidelberg and a visit to the fortress that pops up like a fairy tale on the hill behind the town. On day two in Heidelberg we’ll enjoy a day of cooking at the Kochschule Eppelheim, dining on our creations for dinner. If you’re new to the cuisine of this region of Germany you are in for a treat!


After our two days in Heidelberg we’ll hit the road to meander down the famous Weinstrasse, the German Wine Route. The wine route is set in the Palatinate wine region, which is the second largest in Germany. The Palatinate boasts breathtaking scenery and an unusually mild climate not seen elsewhere in Germany. The warm weather allows the cultivation of kiwifruit, lemons, figs, and almonds and produces some of the best wine grapes in the world.

Along the German wine road

We’ll visit a couple of wineries for tasting and touring in the charming villages of Bad Duerkheim and Deidesheim.

 Deidesheim a Collage

Our day on the wine route will end with a short drive to the resort town of Baden Baden.

Theater, Baden Baden


Baden Baden

Our hotel in Baden Baden is located right in the center of the town, perfect for accessing the spas, shopping, and sights. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the town with a guide, but we’ll also leave time open for enjoying that famous spa and shopping scene.

Sabachwalden Umzug

During our time in Baden Baden we’ll also take a short road trip to Black Forest town of Sasbachwalden, one of the most beautiful villages in all of Germany. Here we will experience an original harvest and wine parade featuring beautifully decorated floats and locals dressed in traditional historical regional costumes. Sasbachwalden is also the location of our second cooking class of the trip at a lovely Gourmet cooking school with famous Chef Klaus Wagner, where we’ll cook and eat dinner together.

Petite France, Strasbourg

After our time in Baden Baden we’ll make the short trip to Strasbourg France in the Alsace region. Prosperous and cosmopolitan Strasbourg has been called the intellectual and cultural center of Alsace, but we’re also sure you find the lovely Petite France area where we will be staying simply romantic and charming.


Our time in Strasbourg includes a guided tour, wine tasting and dinner at a classic winstub, and our final opportunity to partake in a local cooking class at L’Atelier des Chefs. I’ve purposely left the final day in Strasbourg open for one last chance to see the sights, take in the culture, and shop for gifts. We’ll enjoy a farewell lunch together that afternoon before we head back to the hotel at the Frankfurt airport that evening in order to catch flights home the next morning.

Marronen Stand



Wednesday, October 1, 2013
Travel Day
Arrive at Hotel in Heidelberg

Thursday, October 2, 2013
Guided Tour of Heidelberg
Group Dinner

Friday, October 3, 2013
Free time for exploring Heidelberg
Cooking Class (and dinner) at Kochschule Eppelheim

Saturday, October 4, 2013
Touring the Weinstrasse
Winery tours and tastings in Bad Duerkheim und Deidesheim
Group lunch along the wine road
Arrive in Baden Baden

Sunday, October 5, 2013
Wine tasting in Sasbachwalden
Wine and Harvest Parade
Cooking school (and dinner) at Gourmet die Kochschule in Sasbachwalden

Monday, October 6, 2013
Guided tour of Baden Baden
Free time for exploring, shopping or enjoying a spa treatment
Travel to Strasbourg, France
Casual group dinner and wine tasting at a typical winstub

Tuesday, October 7, 2013
Guided tour of Strasbourg
Cooking school (and dinner) at L’Atelier des Chefs

Wednesday, October 8, 2013
Free day for shopping and sightseeing in Strasbourg
Farewell group lunch
Return to hotel at Frankfurt Airport

Thursday, October 9, 2013
Return flights home

Travel Collage HD 1a


$4,295 single occupancy (airfare not included)
Price includes:

An 8 day and 8 night food and wine culinary adventure through Heidelberg, the Weinstrasse of the Palatinate, Baden Baden, the Black Forrest and Strasbourg

Accommodations at picturesque hotels set in the best locations in Heidelberg, Baden Baden, and Strasbourg with single rooms.

Three cooking classes (including meals) in state of the art cooking schools, one in each town

Two meals a day (breakfast and either lunch or dinner depending on the day’s schedule)

A full day of wine touring and tasting on the famous German Wine Route

Wine and harvest parade in Sasbachwalden, Black Forrest

Guided walking tours in Heidelberg, Baden Baden, and Strasbourg

Transportation for the week (from arrival in Heidelberg to departure at Frankfurt airport)

Final night accommodation at the Frankfurt airport hotel


You may hold your spot in the trip with a $1000 deposit made out to My Kitchen in the Rockies and sent to Kirsten Hall, 1308 Glade Gulch Road, Castle Rock, CO 80104. Final payment of $3295 will be due when the group has filled with eleven guests. Because payments are nonrefundable, I urge you to consider outside travel insurance should you be concerned about the possibility of cancellation. Be sure to check your policy carefully to ensure it covers your needs.

In order for us to make the trip, we need a full group of eleven, so I advise you NOT to secure your airfare until I confirm the group. If I am unable to confirm the trip, your deposit will be refunded in full.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have regarding this culinary trip to Germany and France in the comment section. I can also be reached directly via email at: MyKitcheninthRockies(at)dkhall(dot)org

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Kate January 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

What a great trip you have planned….I love this area of Germany and have been fortunate to travel there twice before. A cooking tour would be fantastic! Everybody is certain to fall in love with the area.

Marianne January 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Your Culinary Trip looks delightful, Kirsten! The lucky people who are going with you are in for an interesting and memorable trip – especially as you’ve included the Alsace, one of our favourite areas. Auch dein Blog mit herrlichen Rezepten verfolge ich gerne – gute deutsche Rezepte mit einem Nord Amerikanischen update. (Now that’s a mixed sentence, isn’t it!)

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Baden-Badener January 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

The restaurants in Baden-Württemberg received most awards in the new Guide Michelin 2014, the best-known restaurant guide in Germany. It is a gourmet paradise. Hope you’ll enjoy the trip!

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