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Biergarten In The River

What Not To Miss

I don’t just show you the obvious, I take you off the beaten path so you can experience the real Black Forest – like a local. I fill-in the blanks between the lines in those Travel Books and explain the not-so-obvious to give you a robust local experience. Many visitors to the Black Forest inquire about Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours. Unfortunately nobody offers these kind of tours in the Black Forest area. What I do offer are private guided tours (where you tour with a private guide and/or driver) and self-guided Travel Guide Itineraries where I show you how to tour on your own by train or by car. Fortunately when I ask visitors about their priorities I often get the same the answer ‘I want to see the ‘Best of the Black Forest’. Then sign up! I’ll show you. Most of my visitors fit into 2 categories: first are those who want to “see it all” in the limited amount of time – rushing through everything doesn’t matter to them – as long as they can take …

Hiking The Black Forest Germany

Introducing The Black Forest Trail

I am very excited to announce the latest addition to our hiking packages – the Black Forest Trail. As our repeat customers know, we have offered the Red Deer Trail for several years. It has been a very popular package for serious hikers seeking to really immerse themselves in nature. But 5 days of long trails was too much for many of you, who wanted something shorter and not so remote. You still wanted the convenience of luggage transport to your next hotel, and you still wanted nice accommodations. I heard you! And after searching for the perfect alternative, I think I have assembled the perfect hiking package. I certainly have enjoyed putting it together for you. My Black Forest Trail Hike run partially along a section of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail (in Spain), which is pretty cool. While seeking that perfect balance of nature, food, accommodations, I have woven together some other fantastic trails and short-cuts that were either more beautiful or included some fantastic features; like Schnapps fountains and cozy Gasthaus-Restaurants. …

The Black Forest Germany

What’s New at Black Forest Tours

Greetings from the Black Forest! Many of you have stayed in touch after visiting me in the Black Forest. I always like to hear how you are doing once you are back in your home country – what did you enjoy most while here? What didn’t you like? Please keep on sending me your feedback – I love to hear from you! And this newsletter is my way of reciprocating; to tell you about the good things that have developed for me during the past year. For one, I have finally settled into the town of Freiburg. I found a cozy place in one of the most beautiful areas of the old town. From my office window I have a direct view of the old town gate. Please stop by if you visit Freiburg. If I have time, I am happy to show you my local haunts. Last season I was given the chance to participate in a Rick Steve’s tour as a guest tour guide. I loved the experience and highly recommend touring with Rick …

Visiting The Black Forest In Winter?

Many people ask me if it is a good idea to visit the Black Forest in winter. Will there be snow? Will it be cold? Is there anything to do during winter? Is it safe driving in winter? The answer if you should or should not visit in winter is easy: it all depends. Official Black Forest Winter Tour Page Within minutes you can walk in the snow, go on a snowshoeing tour, rent skies or sit in one of the hot thermal baths surrounded by snow. If you are used to drive in winter conditions you should not have a problem driving here. It is often a good idea to carry along some snow chains if you are driving in the mountains. Alternatively you can also take the train to get up into the mountains. This is the easiest and most often fastest way to get to the top of the Black Forest and its ski areas. Do you want to visit some of the local attractions? You need to be aware that many …

Hiking The Black Forest Germany

Fall has arrived in the Black Forest

Fall has finally arrived in the Black Forest. The past few days have been absolutely beautiful – picture perfect fall days. Sunny, blue skies and a temperature of 20 C. It seem we are now getting the summer we didn’t really have this year. At night temperatures drop to almost freezing point, but during the day the temperature keeps on rising. We took a driving tour through the Southern Black Forest to (what I think) is the prettiest mountain in the Black Forest – Belchen. The drive to Belchen was absolutely amazing – since the tourists have all left the streets were almost empty. We took the top down and enjoyed a warm breeze while enjoying the fall colors. Leaves have turned yellow, red and orange at this point – one of the most picturesque times to come visit. Once at Belchen we took the cable car up, grabbed lunch at the mountain restaurant and then hiked back down to the parking lot. What a nice escape from the busy city life in Freiburg! Interestingly …

Join me on a weekly Freiburg Culinary Tour!

When traveling I always enjoyed attending one of the local culinary tours. Many times I was surprised to find out what the locals eat – very different from what tourists eat! I usually try to attend at least one culinary tour or cooking class when traveling. Over the past few months I have received quite a few inquiries regarding cooking classes in the Black Forest or Culinary Tours in Freiburg. I had a difficult time to actually locate (english-speaking) people who were able to offer what I was looking for! To make a long story short – after a lot of research (it required me to eat and drink my way through the Black Forest!) , meeting lots of local producers, farmers, cheese makers, chefs, coffee makeres, brewers, wine makers I finally decided Freiburg was ready for an English-speaking Culinary Tour! Join me on one of my weekly tours in Freiburg to find out where to locals eat and drink, which fruits and vegetables are in season, what local schnaps tastes, where to get the …

Where is the Black Forest?

Everyone has heard of the Black Forest. Black Forest cake, Black Forest ham, Black Forest cherry schnaps….you can buy most of these products in your country but probably have never paid too many attention to where the product is from. Is there such a thing is the Black Forest? And where is the Black Forest located? Is it a Naturepark, a Nationalpark or an amusement park like Disneyland? Do you have to pay a fee to visit the park? Is it open in winter? Is it closed at night? Can you actually stay in the Black Forest? With Black Forest Tours we show you the real thing – we provide you with an introduction to the area, give you input on how to get to the Black Forest, tell you where to stay in the Black Forest and what to see. If you are adventurous we offer self-guided tours of the Black Forest. If this is your first time to Europe, Germany or the Black Forest we provide you with a private guide who will …

German Wine?

When it comes to wine everyone has heard of Napa Valley. And of course France, Italy, Australia and Chile. But visiting Germany on a wine tour? Interestingly enough we have more and more visitors from overseas acknowledging the excellence of German wines and wanting to discover them on a wine tour. There are 13 wine regions in Germany altogether. With more than 23,000 vineyards in Baden we are considered the 3rd largest wine region in Germany. The climate here is very warm, vineyards being protected by the mountains and facing the Rhine. Due to the warm climate in this most southern wine region in Germany, Baden is the only wine region in Germany that is considered a Wine-zone B. This is the same category as the famous French wine-growing areas Alsace, Champagne, Loire Valley. That means what’s being produced here has to meet stricter quality standards than wine grown in any other part of Germany. With every sip you taste you will fall in love with German wines. The Baden Wine road connects numerous old …

Getting a Taste of A Real Black Forest Cake

On your list of things to do while visiting the Black Forest should be ‘getting a taste of the real Black Forest cake’. Have you tried a piece yet? Many visitors from other countries are surprised about the variety of Black Forest cake being offered in the Black Forest. Not only do they look differently from what’s considered a Black Forest cake in other countries. They also taste very different! One of the reason for that is that we use real cherry-liquor. Of course you can also order a piece of non-alcoholic Black Forest cake….but then…would that be a real Black Forest cake? The restaurants and cafes in the Black Forest keep on coming up with new creations on how to package the Black Forest cake. Last years invention was the ‘Black Forest cake in a can’. This years invention is the Black Forest cake in a glass: We have seen it a few years ago already in some of the higher-end restaurants. But this year it seems that many restaurants have picked up the …