Black Forest – Home of the cuckoo clocks
When most people imagine the Black Forest, it is a vision of trees, nature and relaxation that fills the mind. But the Black Forest has far more to offer than that! There are many opportunities for enjoying culture and relaxation throughout the year.
he Black Forest region is not only home of the world-famous cuckoo clocks, the red pom-pom hats and the iconic farmhouses. It is also a region where you can enjoy the picturesque landscape during e.g. an easy paced hiking or bike tour. Make sure you include a stop at a Vesperstuben (snack place), where you enjoy a rustic “vesper” (fresh bread, Black Forest ham, regional sausages etc) to get some new strength for the rest of the tour.
But not only the Vesperstuben offer excellent food. The Black Forest region is famous for its hospitality and its excellent cuisine – not only in the renowned top restaurants of the region with their many crests, stars and cooking spoons will you experience the culinary excellence of the Black Forest, but a glance on the menu of a smaller village restaurant can also reveal a choice of excellent traditional Baden or Swabian dishes.
Those with an interest in culture should include a visit to the beautiful university city of Freiburg with the 116-metre-tall spire of the stunning minster. Stroll around the surrounding square, where a market is held every day except Sunday (you must try a sausage at one of the market stalls there) From here you can also admire the square’s main sights like the Historical Merchants’ Hall from 1532 with its deep-red facade and colourful corner towers, the Museum of Municipal History in the Haus Zum Schönen Eck from 1761, and the Alte Wache, now the House of Badensian Wines – certainly not the worst use for this beautiful old guardhouse!