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World’s first ski lift was built in the Black Forest

You’ve heard about people going skiing in the Alps, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France and many other places. But skiing in the Black Forest? It is true indeed. With the highest mountain in Germany (outside of the Alps) the Black Forest is the birthplace of skiing in mid-Europe. The first ski club was founded here, in 1892 the first wooden skis were manufactured right here and in 1906 world’s first ski lift – powered by the local water mill – was built in the town of Schollach. The big mountain we are referring to is called Feldberg and is 1,493 metres high. Except for the German Alps to the east, the Feldberg region is the biggest skiing resort in Germany. Today there are more than 28 ski lifts and over 50 km of trails. If you aren’t into downhill skiing you can find tons of trails for cross-country skiing and go snowboarding or snow-shoeing and snowkiting.  You can also attend a dog sled race or watch a ski jump competition at one of the many ski …

Flammenkuchen – a local specialty

Flammenkuchen is a unique local specialty. Some people say it looks like a pizza. Try it. You will love it! This ‘pizza’ is a specialty you can only get in the Black Forest and the neighboring region of Alsace, and it may be the only native dish that would qualify as “fast food”. Its a favorite at festivals year-around. On the french side of the Rhine river, the Alsace, it’s called tarte flambe, which translates into “cake baked in the flames”. On the German side its called Flammenkuchen or Flammkuchen, literally,  “Flame Cake”. Flammenkuchen is made out of a very thin bread dough. The traditional topping is a mixture of sour cream and creme fraiche, onions and bacon, and spiced with salt and pepper. It is quickly baked in a very hot wood-fired oven and it is normal that it has burned crust at the edges. Its is thin and cools very quickly, so it is normal to eat it very quickly. Flammenkuchen has become so popular over the last few years that you can …

Canival in the Black Forest

Carnival season in Germany has started  and the question is – why aren’t you heading over there? You don’t need to travel to Brazil to have the time of your life – carnival season in the Black Forest is known for being one of the most fun times of the year. It’s not the warmest time of the year, but for sure one big party time! Black Forest people are very proud of their traditions and try to make a point that their Fasnacht (as the Swabian-Alemannic carnival is called) is very different from any other region in Germany. Fasnacht season officially starts on January 6th. On Schmutziger Donnerstag (literally ‘Dirty Thursday’ – this year on February 11th) 6 days of crazy partying start in every  town. Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) represents the end of carnival season. During those 6 days kids are out of school and there is hardly a person not wearing some sort of costume. In some Black Forest towns more then 80,000 people get dressed up and cruise the streets all day …

Winter Video of the Black Forest

Winter has arrived in the BlackForest and it’s cold! We just found this great video online which will give you an idea on what it’s like right now. If you are missing winter season in the Black Forest this year make sure you come back next time. The Black Forest is not only a great destination in summer – if you are into skiing, snowshoeing or other winter sports – this is the place to be. Skip Tahoe next year  and book a flight to Germany – see you soon in the Black Forest!

Blackforest Germany Tours Overview

Many people don’t know what The Black Forest is. Many think its an entertainment park like Disneyland or Europa Park. The Romans gave the name to the region while building roads skirting this mountain range next to the Rhine River. The people they encountered here living in this densely forested area were impossible to conquer. Caesar called the area and the people “Germania”. They were so fierce, the Roman Caesars later employed them as body guards. They became the stuff of legends. 2000 years later, The Black Forest defines the mountainous region in the southwestern corner of Germany. Locals generally view the region as North, Central and South because the terrain and weather differ among these 3 areas. Today about 60% of the land is densely forested mountains. The peaks hide castle ruins, with waterfalls in the steep ravines that run down to the valley below – the type of dark forest most often imagined in the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. But its not all dark. There is also a lot of open country, particularly in …