Our favorite places to drink wine in Germany
Mainbrücke Würzburg in Franken
Before stepping onto this historic bridge, pop into a tiny, nearby wine shop, just across the river Main. Then, join fellow wine lovers who flock to the bridge during the warmer months to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun.
Perched above a flourishing vineyard, the German Wine Institute identified these panoramas as the most beautiful “Wine Vineyard Views” in 2012 and 2016. The full list features breathtaking destinations for tourists, hikers, and of course, wine drinkers, to all wind down, and snap a few pictures along the way.
Head to this bustling market, situated on two sides of Mainz historic cathedral every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Market-goers on Saturdays are drawn to a charming wine stand, where they can mingle, nosh on food from nearby vendors, and enjoy a day of wine tasting. In the summer, crowds at Marktfrühstück Mainz can reach between 8,000-10,000 people enjoying Germany’s authentic food, wine, and atmosphere.
10 most amazing places to drink wine in Bordeaux
1. On the top of the Dune du Pyla
This stretch of sand is also the tallest sand dune in Europe. A bottle of Bordeaux is the perfect addition to any picnic at the Dune du Pyla.
2. At a French Oyster Farm
Oysters can’t get any more fresh than right from the farm! Pair with crisp, chilled white wines for an unforgettable pairing at an unforgettable destination
3. On the top of La Cité du Vin
A museum for wine? Of course we have that in France! After touring this groundbreaking cultural gem, head to the 7th floor, where the museum’s restaurant showcases panoramic views of Bordeaux, and a wine list that’s more than 500 bottles strong.
4. At one of the Top Wine Bars in the heart of Bordeaux: Le Bar à Vin
Take advantage of this iconic wine bar’s extensive offerings, boasting wines from numerous appellations in Bordeaux. Looking to up your wine education? Each glass is served with a cheat sheet so you’ll leave more knowledgeable than when you walked in!
5. Along the river at the Chantier de la Garonne
This former boat basin has transformed into the ultimate hangout. Share a bottle of wine with a group of friends, and take in the waterfront views. Beer lovers will find brews made on-site, and adventurers can take to the water for a variety of activities. Our recommendation: make a day out of it!
6. 360-Degree Views at Night Beach
Unparalleled views of Bordeaux await at the top of the Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel. Each summer, this rooftop space transforms into the ultimate destination for day drinking that turns into a nighttime affair. No matter what time of day you go, the views will be matched by the incredible selection of wines.
7. In front of the Miroir d’eau
Peer into the world’s largest reflecting pool, situated on the Garonne at the Place de la Bourse. Then, take a minute to reflect on all of the beautiful wines you’ve tasted in Bordeaux!
8. Les Capucins in the heart of the city
The ultimate marketplace! Fill your basket with locally-made fruits, cheeses, and fresh breads, alongside delectable products from all over the world. Of course, you’ll also find wine merchants here with all the right bottles!
9. The Jardin Public
Pack a picnic and head to the oldest park in Bordeaux! With lush greenery and rich historical structures throughout, it makes for a memorable outing with family and friends.
10. On a terrace in Saint-Emilion Village
Tour the historic, cobblestone streets of Saint-Emilion Village. You’ll find unmatched, old world beauty that’s the perfect backdrop for a clinking glasses with a friend. Seek out terraces and balconies and take in the stunning views.
Our favorite events
Excellent wines, diverse culinary delights and live music on three stages: the Ingelheim Red Wine Festival offers all of this in the splendid ambience around the castle church. Ingelheim shows red wine competence, red wine pleasure and a great desire to celebrate happily. Program highlights include the opening of the red wine festival with the coronation of the red wine queen, the traditional Ingelheim evening and the mayor's red wine tasting.
Bordeaux Fête le Vin
Bordeaux Fête le Vin is one of the biggest wine festivals, taking place from the 23rd to the 26th June 2022. On the programme are free concerts, sailing boats, food stalls, wide variety of Bordeaux wines, exhibitions and a firework display over the Garonne.
Christmas time in Germany
Germany at the holidays is über charming! From big cities like Berlin, to wine regions such as Freiburg, Mainz, Stuttgart, and Würzburg, Germans take to the streets and celebrate Christmas with sparkling wine! Planning on visiting Germany during the holidays? Don’t miss the beautiful lights and bustling shops at local Christmas markets to fetch a German-crafted gift and sip on warm Glühwein, a special form of mulled wine.
Fasching, Fastnacht, Karneval?
The real Mainzer celebrates Fastnacht. He can also come to terms with Fasching. Karneval does not work at all.
The people from Mainz call Helau! And they are out and about in disguise from Weiberfastnacht (Thrusday) to Ash Wednesday. If you don't like to put on make-up or wear a costume, you can at least wear a scarf in the carnival colors of red, white, blue, yellow around your neck.
At the latest from Weiberfastnacht, the city is in a state of emergency. Fastnacht songs are played backwards and forwards in every pub.
On Rosenmontag you look for the best place to watch the big parade. The city center is largely cordoned off, as the wagons move through the city center.
Our favorite activities
There’s so much to explore both in and out of winery tasting rooms! Germany and Bordeaux offer destinations for oenophiles, foodies, history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and even outdoor adventurers.
What to do in Germany
Take a walk...
…almost anywhere vines are planted in Germany. Our favorite routes?
– Rheinsteig, comprised of 200 miles of lush views along the Rheingau and Mittelrhein regions.
– Take in sweeping views of the Rhine Valley on a magical stretch between St. Goar and Bacharach.
– The steep slopes of Bremmer Calmont in the Mosel or the Rotenfels in Nahe will be the perfect fit for experienced hikers. Enjoy a glass of wine after!
Break out the bicycle!
The riverbanks in all of Germany’s 13 wine regions are ideal for exploring on two wheels.
Canoe and kayak
Canoe and kayak lovers will be drawn to the calming presence of the Glan and Lahn rivers.
Go out to sea!
Boat rental stations can be found along the Wasserwanderroute Mosel (water route trail). For the more adventurous, try water-skiing on the Mosel at Bullay.
In August, the main road from Rüdesheim to Koblenz turns into a roller-skating haven! Bonus: You’ll be rolling through a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Paraglide in the Mittelrhein
where adrenaline take in the Bad Ems on the Lahn River.
Take to the skies
and float in a hot-air balloon over the rolling hills of Rheinhessen, the Pfalz, Baden, or Hessische Bergstrasse.
Golfers love hitting the green in Pfalz, an ideal destination for the sport.
What to do in Bordeaux
Castle hop by bike!
Take your wheels throughout the region as you journey from one castle to the next. Pro tip – you’ll enjoy more views than by car.
Journey down the Garonne
any way you please. Boating, kayaking, or cruising are most popular. Wineries are abundant along the river, so hop off when you feel like it and stay a while!
Explore contemporary chateaux
design and architecture by world-renowned names, like Jean Nouvel’s creation at Château la Dominique, which shifts the idea of a traditional barn into a vine-focused epicenter for wine.
Elevate your cultural worldview
by exploring art in the vineyards. More chateaux are bringing in artwork for visitors to marvel at while they sip wine!
More of a private label wine drinker?
Take it to the next level and create your own wine at a blending workshop. Here’s one of our favorites.