Wissembourg, France, is a great day trip from Kaiserslautern.
It’s only about 1-2 hours away, depending on traffic and weather.
Wissembourg was a battle site during the Franco-Prussian war. France lost, allowing the Prussians entrance into the country.
We went on a sunny and warm day in April and it was gorgeous with flowers and trees in bloom!
Wisteria is one of my favorite scents!
There’s a large free parking lot in the city center.
And there are free restrooms!
The 13th century medieval ramparts encircle the city center and are a lovely park-like walk or a picnic on a bench in the sunshine.
The kids liked running in the old moat.
I loved the other side of the village with the canal and ramparts.
St. Peter and St. Paul’s cathedral is lovely and dates back to the 1200s!
The abbey tower dates to 1025!
We walked through town and enjoyed the fountain and flowers.
We made reservations online at Restaurant du Cygne after browsing online for somewhere with good French food.
They have prix fixe menu and lovely plats. The wait staff is extremely sweet and helpful – in at least three languages!
I chose a 4-course prix fixe with accompanying wines – asparagus salad, dorade with bell peppers, quail, and strawberries with ice cream.
Tori chose the dorade. Katie got a steak.
Alex got the chicken kids’ meal! Look at it!
Everything was superb.
The whole reason for going to Wissembourg was to get chocolates at Patisserie Rebert. We were not disappointed. My favorites are the saffron-infused truffles.
Rebert is located on a lively corner, easily recognizable by the bright red awning and crowds.
We each got a lovely pastry and we picked out a box of chocolates. The cakes were fresh and delicious a few hours later at home!
We stopped at a little grocer for some fresh peas and white asparagus on the way back to the car.
It was a fun day!