Lorrach is considered to be one of Germany’s most surprising towns. Its rural location near the Swiss borders encourages travellers to assume that it is a typical provincial town with little to offer in the form of cultural attractions. However, they couldn’t be more wrong. The atmospheric old town exudes an air of ancient majesty while the picturesque market place bustles with daily trade; refined restaurants serve gastronomic treats inspired by a rich culinary heritage while the famous Voices festival fills the town with mellifluous melodies every year.
The undulating hills that surround Lorrach are home to an excellent collection of commanding castles; some lie crumbled whereas others are perfectly preserved and continue to reign resplendently over the townscape. Crowning the Wiesental Valley, the Rotteln Castle is now an atmospheric collection of ruins. With its authoritative towers and stolid stone wals, it’s easy to see how this structure was one of South Germany’s most powerful fortresses.
Lorrach is famed for its glittering selection of public art, all of which can be enjoyed and explored on the sublime Sculpture Trail. Modern and majestic sculptures inject colour and energy into the historic streets, and include enticingly entitled art works such as Faces of the Sun, Search for Peace and Prosperity of the City and Upward Drift.
Housed in one of the town’s most remarkable, mustard coloured buildings, the Gasthaus zur Blume is a traditional German treat that welcomes diners with its irresistibly inviting atmosphere. Home cooked meals are hearty in portion and wholesome in flavour, and all ensure diners will be satisfied with the rich and robust cuisine on offer. (Untereckstr.1, D - 79539 Lörrach, Germany)