European City Breisach on the Rhine
Brisin-ac Water Breaker on the Rhine
City with history
Often the focus of German and European politics, the history of the "mother city of Breisgau" goes back over 4000 years.
As early as the Neolithic Age, people settled on the plateau of today's Münsterberg, and in Celtic times there was a princely seat here that maintained trade relations as far as the Mediterranean region.
The Romans also recognised its strategic importance and built a fort here, where Emperor Valentinian I issued an edict on 30 August 369. The year 369 is also considered the founding date of the town of Breisach. The name Breisach comes from the Celtic word "brisin-ac", which means "water breaker" - the rocky mountain where the water breaks. Even in the early Middle Ages, the waves of the untamed Rhine often crashed against the Felsenberg from all sides.
It is precisely on this rocky mountain, today known as the Münsterberg, that the Hotel Stadt Breisach is located with a unique view of the Rhine, the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains.