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Black Forest Tours Helps Indians Find Their Perfect Cuckoo Clock Souvenir

It’s mid-July and we are busy touring the Black Forest on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been very predictable so far. One day we have temperatures in the high 30s (Celsius), the next day we have the most incredible thunderstorms and a temperature drop to 15 C. It’s been an odd summer weather-wise so far. Visitor-wise we have been very luck though! We met some incredible people from Australia, the US, the US, Japan, HongKong and various other parts of the world. We have also welcomed an enormous amount of visitors from India this year who have been to the Black Forest area the very first time. Buying a cuckoo clock in the deep woods of the Black Forest, visiting one of the last real cuckoo clock factories in the Black Forest, hiking up the Black Forest waterfalls and eating a real piece of Black Forest cake have been some of the priorities for Indian visitors. We are working with several tour operators from India who offer package tours to Germany. A stop-over …

How to get seated in a German restaurant

Have you ever wondered how to behave correctly when entering a restaurant in Germany? Basic German restaurants don’t have a hostess. Therefore – upon entering the place greet the waitress/owner/bar tender (if you see anyone), then proceed to an appropriate table by yourself (‘appropriate’ meaning – don’t choose a table for 6 if you are by yourself). If there is anything wrong with your choice the waiter will tell you (for sure – German waiters don’t mind telling you what they think of your choice). In a casual place people might come up to you and ask if they can share your table (so can you). And the right answer would be YES (unless there is a good reason to say no). If you happen to have a restaurant then check in with the waitress first so they can place you at a table. What’s your experience on getting seated in a German restaurant? Any tips or recommendations on how to behave if you don’t speak German?

Upper Rhine Valley – what do you think about it?

You’ve been visiting the Black Forest in Germany, have been to the Alsace region in France and of course you crossed borders into Switzerland. And you did it all in one day, right? In our region it’s possible to do – so why not! The border region of Switzerland, France and Germany is considered to be one of the most beautiful region in Europe. Called the Dreilaendereck in German (literally 3-country-corner) people who live here are used to be crossing borders on a daily basis. Many live on one side of the border and work on the other side. Currently more than 90,000 people are crossing borders every day to get to work. On the weekend people cross borders to get cheaper gas in France or go swimming in the thermal pools of Germany. There is always a reason to drive over the Rhine to the other country. And it makes you feel special if you can quickly drive over to Switzerland at lunch time to buy a delicious cheese for the dinner party. When …

Mummel…what?

Our trip through the Northern Black Forest continues and the question today is…..what and where the heck is Mummelsee? And no – it’s not a spelling error, this is the lake’s real name. According to a legend, the Mummelsee is inhabited by a Nix and the underwater king of the Mummelsee. The king lives beneath the water and dragged down women to his underwater kingdom many years ago. Mummelsee is located in the Northern Black Forest – a straight 40 minute on the Black Forest High Road between Freudenstadt and Baden-Baden. The Hornisgrinde mountain (the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest) overlooks lakes Mummelsee and provides an unbelievably scenic background. The lake is a very popular destination for tourists and people who want to get out of town on the weekend. Right now the lake is still frozen but the brand new Mummelsee hotel is a good place to stop and warm up. Take in the scenery from a comfy chair and enjoy the view while sipping a good glass of wine (or tea …

Beautiful Baden-Baden

Who hasn’t heard of Baden-Baden…second-most beautiful city in the state, the place where Obama shook hands with all the other G8 members 2 years ago…horse-racing, spas, casino, beautiful people, high-society, warm climate, lots of history,…what do you associate with this town? Often mentioned in the same sentence with cities like New York and St Tropez and considered the ‘smallest metropolis’ in the world. Visitors like Napoleon, Brahms, Dostojewski, Tolstoi, Queen Victoria and modern-day celebrities like Sean Connery, Bill Clinton and others have helped get Baden-Baden the reputation of the most elegant and sophisticated playground in Germany We think a visit to the Black Forest isn’t complete without having at least spent half a day in this town of 54, 000. The problem is that most people are heading straight to the Southern Black Forest – whereas Baden-Baden lies in the Northern Black Forest between Heidelberg and Freiburg. The International Horse races, the thermal spas Friedrichsbad and Caracalla, the beautiful casino, the Kurhaus and some of the most beautiful 5 star hotels in the world – …

Markgraeflerland? Never heard of it…..

The so-called area of Markgraeflerland is located at the southern end of the Black Forest. It’s the region between the Rhine and the mountains of the Black Forest, stretching from Freiburg to the Swiss border at Basle. The margraves of Baden who ruled here centuries ago gave this region its name. Markgraeflerland is often referred to as ‘Tuscany of Germany‘ – due to its mild, sunny climate, gourmet food and fine wines. The Baden Wine Road goes for miles and passes by dozens of wineries inviting you to some wine tastings. Wine festivals are being celebrated all over this area starting in late summer and lasting for weeks. The  Gutedel grapes are typical for this particular wine region in Germany and produce a light white wine, also known as Fendant (in Switzerland) or Chasselas (in France). Muenstertal is a beautiful valley in the Markgraeflerland with the monastery St Trudpert – its origins dating back to the 7th century and a must-see during your stay in the Black Forest. Today Muenstertal is a health resort stretching …

Freiburg – warmest and sunniest city in Germany

Considered the warmest and sunniest city in Germany, Freiburg is the perfect city to stay in while visiting the Black Forest. Freiburg is a well-known university town and has a population of about 200,000. Though heavily bombed in World War 2 the old town has been beautifullly restored and has preserved much of its medieval charm. Click on the pictures below to have a look yourself: Freiburg Freiburg is also considered the solar city and the greenest city in the world. Join one of our solar tours and see what we are doing to stay green!

Lakes in the Black Forest

Today is probably not the best day to give a quick overview on some of the lakes in the Black Forest – considering that we are in the middle of fall! The first snow is here and Feldberg is covered in 15 cm of white fluffy snow. But why not start dreaming of hot summer days to spend on the shore of a nice cool lake? So here we go: If you’ve visited the Black Forest already, there is a pretty high chance that you’ve been to lake Titisee.  Being the largest natural lake, Titisee is THE hot spot in the Black Forest – a high altitude spa resort with plenty of fancy hotels catering to anyone seeking wellness, relaxation and the outdoors. My absolute favorite lake in this area is Lake Schlüchtsee. It’s located very close to Lake Schluchsee (and the Rothaus brewery!) but very small in comparison. Half of the lake is closed off to swimmers due to the presence of a nature reservoir. I love this lake – it’s small, clean, and …

Wanna ‘Live like a German’?

If you have always wanted to visit Germany but always thought it might be difficult to organize the trip, we have found the perfect solution for you.  “Live Like a German” is a website which helps you plan your entire trip – from flights, hotels, tours, train tickets, car rentals, apartment rentals, day trips – whatever you could possibly need – Live-Like-A-German can help. The Kraft family who runs Live-Like-A-German (a German couple that immigrated to the US ten years ago) can provide all the insider tips about where to go and what to do, even in the most remote and secluded parts of Germany. And the bonus – they have lived in the US long enough to know what Americans really like. On their web site you can find hundreds of articles about specific destinations, fun trips and activities as well as fantastic restaurants and nighttime spots. The texts are short and sweet and include pictures as well as links for further reading. This web site is both a helpful travel guide and a …

Mountain Coaster ride Black Forest

There are many mountain coasters in Germany and specifically in the Black Forest. Many of them aren’t that exciting. The one we really like is in the Southern Black Forest. The ride is almost 3 km long and super exciting with tons of sharp bends and a few mesmerising 360º turns. The best thing is that you are in charge of your own speed. This mountain coaster is something you shouldn’t miss during your Black Forest vacation. We usually try and make time for at least one coaster ride during our sightseeing tours. Contact us for more info. Fun!