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2 days in The Black Forest

Here is a more detailed trip report of our 2 days in The Black Forest, during our German road trip. The Black Forest is truly a beautiful part of the world. Here’s an overview of our 2 days in The Black Forest and what we got up to.

As I mentioned, this trip was part of our road trip around Germany. We drove to The Black Forest from Heidelberg, which gave us the opportunity to drive the well known ‘Schwarzwaldhochstrasse’ (the B500). If you’re driving, or planning to drive through the Black Forest, I strongly urge you to do so. It was one of the best ways to see the forest and pin point places to stop and explore. And if you’re going to drive, then I strongly urge you to pick up the B500, which is one of the most scenic drives you can do in Germany.

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As can roughly see from the map, you take the B500 from Baden Baden, down to Freudenstadt. Here we changed the route a little because we wanted stop off at Triberg, before continuing on to our hotel in Todtnauberg.

2 days in The Black Forest

After a couple of hours driving we arrived in Triberg, parked up and stopped off for some lunch and to stretch our legs for a bit. We had a lovely traditional German lunch at a local eatery, before heading to the Triberg waterfalls which was very pretty.

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We then continued our drive to Todtnauberg where we were staying for a couple of days, finishing the B500 up some very twisty, mountainous roads – lots of steep inclines and hairpin bends!

We stayed at a place called the Herrihof Landhotel, which was situated half way up a hill with beautiful views of the trees, rolling hills and mini-village below. We arrived mid-afternoon and the hotel offered free private car parking, so after checking in we were itching to get out and explore the beautiful scenery around us.

After an hour or so exploring the village and local area, we stopped off at a pub / restaurant called the Waldblick and grabbed a couple of drinks in the sunshine. We were deciding where to have dinner and actually ended up eating at the Waldblick, which was one of the best meals we had during the entire trip! I had a goulash which was amazing, while Oli had a game dish with a rosti which was also delicious! Our waitress was lovely and very chatty, she mentioned to us how pretty the views were from the top of the hill (on the other side to the hotel), so we decided that’s what we would do the next morning.

Day 2

We had things planned for the day, so we got up early in the morning and out the door around 6:30am/7:00am. We walked up this very steep hill, but the views from the top were worth it. Everything was so silent and still where it was so early in the morning still. Before I knew it though Oli was on one knee and I’m very happy to say that a little place called Todtnauberg in the Black Forest is where we got engaged!

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We continued exploring and slowly made our way back to the hotel for breakfast, before heading into the main town of Todtnau to go on the Hasenhorn coaster – basically a toboggan style ‘self-drive’ coaster which was SO much fun and definitely not the first thing I imagined we’d do after we got engaged.

There was free parking at the foot of the hill, signposted Hasenhorn and then we took the ski lift up to the top and sat in the toboggan-carriage…thing and rode it all the way down. You pick up crazy amounts of speed – you can brake when you feel like it – we were also one of the first to go on it that day so it meant the track was nice and clear.

We then explored the town a bit and found a cute little square in the centre of Todtnau; grabbed a water from a local cafe and made a few phone calls home to tell them the news. After this we drove to Feldberg mountain (it was a toss up between Feldberg or Belchen, so I hope you think we made the right choice). We caught the gondola to the top and took in the amazing views from Feldberg tower. It was beautiful sunshine when we arrived, but as we stood up the top, we literally watching some horrendous looking weather roll in. It was great to watch the clouds coming in and stroking the tops of the trees – very atmospheric.

We decided to head back down and beat the weather before it got too bad, so we headed back to the square in Todtnau and ordered some drinks to continue our celebrations. It was boiling hot and muggy, although dark and cloudy, so we sat under the restaurants umbrella when the heavens opened up and the most amazing thunder storm surrounded us.

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I may be slightly biased, due to this being my engagement location, but I absolutely loved everything about our 2 days in The Black Forest, it’s such a beautiful place. We cared more about the scenery than the towns and villages – I would love to go back and take in even more of that beautiful scenery. We tried to drink it all in, some of the views just didn’t look real –  I definitely recommend anyone to go!

 

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