Saint Emilion

World-class wines: Along the Médoc wine route

he Médoc, the wine growing region between Côte d'Argent, Gironde and Arcachon, is probably one of the most famous in the world: names like Pauillac, Margaux or Saint-Estèphe make the hearts of connoisseurs beat faster. The number of Grand Crus, the wines that belong to the great growths, is enormous. The most famous wineries with their château-like estates can be visited on a tourist theme road: the Route du vin du Médoc. 
The road does not only lead past the famous stately chateaux and through some prominent wine cellars. There are also pretty wine villages such as Saint-Emilion, which with its monasteries and churches is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

World-famous soft cheese: The Camembert Route

White rind, golden yellow paste: Camembert is probably the best known soft mould cheese - and is produced in many countries. The original, however, comes from Normandy, more precisely from the village of Camembert in the department of Orne.
The Camembert Route also passes through here, passing farms where the cheese is still produced in the traditional way. Stops are also villages like Canapville, Orbec or Guerquesalles. Not to forget the museum and monument of Marie Harel, the inventor of Camembert in Vimoutiers.

Gradierwerk Bad Westernkotten

Worthwhile: The Westphalian salt route

Salt production and salt trade have played a role in the Hellwegbörde (Westphalia) since time immemorial. The first salt mines already existed in the Iron Age more than 5000 years ago. The Westphalian salt route from Unna to Salzkotten, along the old Hellweg trade route, follows the traces of this history.
There are many things to discover along the approximately 90 kilometre route: churches and chapels, such as the pilgrimage basilica in Werl - the third largest pilgrimage site in Germany. Graduation houses, such as the 120-metre long and 12.5-metre high Graduation House I in Bad Westernkoten. Or the adventure museum "Westphalian salt worlds" in Bad Sassendorf.