SPEND TIME IN THE FASCINATING BLACK FOREST
The massive, lush mountain range called the Black Forest can be found in southwest Germany and it has quite the history that dates to ancient times. Some of this history can be seen within the remnants of military fortifications that date to the 17th and 18th centuries, however, much of the rest was destroyed when major hurricanes hit the area. The entire Black Forest region is rural and comprised of numerous villages scattered about as well as a few larger towns. The main language within the Black Forest is German, and there are a few distinct dialects of that language as well. Most people do speak some English, but it may be difficult for an English-speaking person to be understood on occasion.
When traveling to Black Forest, most people will fly into Stuttgart airport and then hire a car to transport them the remainder of the way to their destination. It is not too far of a distance, and the best part is that they get to see some spectacular views along the way.
The weather in the Black Forest does not vary too much from day to day, but it is a little cooler during the winter than in the summer. The temperatures during the winter normally average forty degrees Fahrenheit, while during the summer it can reach seventy degrees. Certain areas of the region receive more rain than others, and it can seem like it rains more often than not.
Anyone who is visiting this magical area will find that there is a plethora of places to stay, ranging from simple rooms to elegant and luxurious suites. Many of these properties have even been passed down from one generation to the next, so guests should realize that they are getting the true traditional Black Forest experience when staying at those.
Am Markt is an inn that has been around for more than 250 years in the oldest part of town. Guests are encouraged to ask for a room that overlooks the city for the best views, but no one will regret their decision to stay in this part of town.
Bären is another fantastic place to stay, and the Montigel family has owned it since 1878. They treat every guest like an individual, so if someone needs extra assistance there will be no problem with additional requests. Their attached restaurant serves delectable cuisine that incorporates local specialties including roast goose with chestnuts.
While in the Black Forest, visitors will find that they can fill their days with multiple adventures and activities. Here are the best things that every visitor can do:
Friedrichsbad Roman-Irish Bath
This is the most traditional bath in the Black Forest region and the seventeen stages allows each visitor to receive all the benefits and healing properties of the mineral water.
Waterfall off Schwarzwalkhochstrasse
An amazing waterfall is only a short twenty-minute walk from the Allerheiligen monastery off the scenic Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, which is also known as the Black Forest Highway. This waterfall is the perfect place for a little rest or a picnic lunch.
German Clock Museum
The Black Forest is known for many things, but one of the favorites is clocks. That is why a trip to the German Clock Museum needs to be on everyone’s list. The entire collection is 160 years old, and features more than eight thousand clocks and watches from around the world. The most loved clock in the museum is a wall clock that is believed to be from the 1850s. This clock is shaped like an alpine hut and it helped the German Black Forest cuckoo clock become the success it is today.
Upper Danube Valley Nature Reserve
No one will be able to resist the limestone cliffs that loom along the banks of the Danube, and while some people will be happy walking along this treasure, others will climb on a bike to ride along the trails. There are numerous trails to venture along, and each one leads to new discoveries with magnificent views.
This palace was originally named Karlsruhe when it was built as the city was founded in 1715. However, that changed once it was destroyed during World War II, and the palace was quietly rebuilt. The locals can be seen sitting on the lawn as they relax, while others are walking past as they head towards the Badisches Landesmuseum or other local attractions.
Most people do not realize that the Brothers Grimm use the forests of the Black Forest region to inspire them as they wrote their infamous fairy tales. There is even a German Fairy Tale Route that people can follow that takes them through where the Grimm brothers lived and worked throughout their lifetime.
Everyone will find the Black Forest region absolutely fascinating and no one will be disappointed during their time there. There is so much to do and see, and each day will bring a new and exciting adventure. Everyone is quite friendly, and visitors will be able to learn quite a bit about the lives and the traditions of the locals while they are there as well. A trip to this area is definitely one that will be remembered for a lifetime.