Entering the Black Forest

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
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Trip End Jun 14, 2011


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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Monday, May 23, 2011

We had stopped in Baden-Baden for the night which some people may be familiar with since it is a resort town known for its spas and bathhouses. We continued south along the beautiful and green countryside to Freiburg which is considered to be the gateway to the Black Forest. Freiberg was originally established as a mining town after the discovery of silver deposits in the 1100s and was established as a town in 1186.There is a beautiful cathedral in the center of town which was erected in the 15th century. Around the cathedral was a city market and it was here amount the Wurst (sausage) stalls that we decided to scout for lunch. We got back on the road in the early afternoon and headed into the heart of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), which we had been traveling along the side of for a while. The tall fir trees and spruces of the forest created a canopy different than any I've seen before. This wood is used to create the traditional cuckoo clocks which the region is famous for, along with schnaps, and Black Forest Cake. The natural spring waters are considered to have therapeutic qualities and you can see why it would be a popular destination for skiers, climbers, hang-gliders and sailors. We were traveling to the Bodensee, sometimes also known as Lake Constance which lies on the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We traveled along a road that took us right along the water where we saw small towns with numerous harbors and sailboats on the water. We stopped just north of the Bodensee at one of the fingers from the Lake known as the Uberlinger See. The town of Uberlingen was directly along the water with stairs that came directly out of the lake to the cement walkway where hotels and restaurants had patios overlooking the water. Derek and I stayed in a hotel directly next to the one the rest of the family was in and all enjoyed our rooms and the staff was more than friendly. Derek and I enjoyed a breakfast the next morning which was prepared by the husband and wife duo who ran the inn. We were able to enjoy it on their outside patio and it was slightly amusing to watch her run from the kitchen across the dining room in order to check us out (she didn’t want to leave her eggs boiling too long).
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