The Black Forest

Dark fir trees, deep ravines and picturesque half- timbered houses – Germany’s Black Forest is full of adventure.

The Black Forest in the southwestern corner of Germany is the largest continuous forested area in Germany. Fir and spruce trees predominate. The ancient Romans gave this forest its name, the “silva nigra” and it is known around the world for its famous cuckoo clocks and the creamy Black Forest gateau, the well-known chocolate cake with
luscious cherries and a creamy filling.

The Black Forest offers dramatic scenery and idyllic hideaways along its 20,000 kilometres of hiking trails. And the region’s charming villages offer plenty of opportunity for relaxed sightseeing. Among them is Calw, where the famous writer Hermann Hesse was born. This regional centre is also where ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND is headquartered.

The towns of Wolfach and Gengenbach boast exceptionally large numbers of half-timbered houses. The lively college town of Freiburg, with its impressive cathedral is also an exciting place to visit. The Freiburg cathedral’s tower, with its airy octagonal top portion, is considered a masterpiece of German Gothic architecture. Visitors can climb the tower and marvel at the view it offers of the city, the Kaiserstuhl region and the Rhine River Plain. The picturesque cathedral square is ringed by noteworthy buildings, including the Historic Merchants’ Hall, the Kornhaus and the Alte Wache. Visitors looking for big-city attractions can head to Stuttgart..

In addition to sustainable cosmetics, the Black Forest region is also known for its culinary products, including wine, ham and the famous cake, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. And Baiersbronn has more gourmet restaurants than anywhere else in Germany. This town is a great tip for foodies. Three of its restaurants are included in the Michelin Guide.

A natural paradise for hikers

It’s easy to work up an appetite for a luxurious gourmet dinner in the varied landscapes of the Black Forest, for example by walking around Titisee , a lake that was formed during the last ice age. The lake can also be explored in a more leisurely fashion on a cruise that starts from the lakefront promenade along Seestraße. Or you can rent your own boat.

If it’s challenging hiking you’re after, try the Wutachschlucht, a gorge known as the “Grand Canyon of the Black Forest” because of its 200-meter high cliffs. The trail offers 35 kilometres of natural wonders, beginning in Neustadt/Kappel and ending in Blumberg.

Afterwards, a meal at one of Baiersbronn’s award-winning restaurants or an excellent rustic inn will really hit the spot. Alternatively, you can head to the ANNEMARIE BÖRLIND – Natural Beauty SPA in Hotel Therme Bad Teinach. There, a team of experts pampers guests with cosmetics made from natural ingredients like cold-pressed botanical oils, herbal extracts and vitamins. Black Forest spring water is also used there, in combination with special treatment techniques.

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