Spring in the Beautiful Black Forest
Experience Springtime in the Scenic Black Forest
One of Germany’s most varied holiday destinations, the Black Forest is a wonderful place to relax and explore. The region boasts gentle valleys, waterfalls, spectacular gorges and mountains densely covered with fir and spruce. A quaint area of timber farmhouses and traditional local costume, the Schwarzwald is a delightful place to visit. While you admire the area’s many offerings, don’t forget to delight in the famous gâteau.
Enjoy a blissful stay in the Black Forest based at the charming Bären Hotel in Oberharmersbach. Included are 3-course dinners, with choice of main course from the second evening and tea or coffee afterwards. Furthermore, enjoy an evening of live music and a piece of Black Forest Gâteau with tea or coffee on a day of your choosing.
Charming towns, exceptional scenery and cuckoo clocks
Visit the traditional clock-making town of Furtwangen. There, the German Cuckoo Clock Museum teaches visitors the fascinating history of time and time-keeping. The Black Forest Museum in Triberg displays mechanical musical instruments and the world’s largest cuckoo clock. Meanwhile, the nearby Gutach River thunders down over seven cascades to a depth of 163 metres. Freiburg, the ‘Gateway to the Black Forest’, offers beautiful architecture, an impressive Gothic cathedral and markets full of local produce.
The Schwarzwald is also in a perfect location for trips further afield. Cross over into Alsace for a day in the scenic French city of Strasbourg, a city with a rich French and German history. With its renowned cathedral, astronomical clock and picturesque waterways, it’s a delight to explore. Enjoy a cruise to take in the city and roam the twisting alleys, past the crooked houses and taverns. Particularly worth visiting is the monumental Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. Inside is one of the world’s largest astronomical clocks, dating back to the 1800s.
The breathtaking landscapes and charming towns of the Black Forest in spring are simply irresistible – especially when combined with this fantastic hotel package!
20th and 26th April 2020
Welcome to the Black Forest
Travel to Dover, where you will take the ferry across to Calais. Continue through France to Germany and the breathtaking scenery of the Black Forest. Upon arrival at the delightful family-run Hotel Bären, you will be greeted with a welcome drink. If time permits, begin exploring the local area before dinner in your hotel.
Gateway to the Black Forest
Today, enjoy an introductory tour of the enchanting Black Forest. Visit the charming medieval Freiburg – a city dominated by its Gothic Minster, the Schlossberg and the remains of three castles. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets, past the majestic landmarks, absorbing the atmosphere of this beautiful place. If you’d like to learn more about this beautiful town, known as the ‘Gateway to the Black Forest’, an optional guided tour can be arranged. Continue along the scenic Schauinsland and Feldberg roads via the shimmering Schluchsee reservoir lake, to the beautiful lakeside resort of Titisee. At this beautiful lakeside spa town, there’s an abundance of cuckoo clock shops and relaxing nature walks.
Triberg, Waterfalls and Cuckoo Clocks
One of the Black Forests’s most enduring exports – besides the eponymous gâteau – is the cuckoo clock. Take a drive through the picturesque Kinzig and Elz valleys to St. Peter, where you can visit a beautiful Baroque church. Continue through wonderful scenery to Furtwangen, a traditional clock-making town and home of the German Cuckoo Clock Museum.
Continue along the ‘Panoramic Road’, so called because of the views over the peaks of the Black Forest, the Rhine Valley, the Vosges Mountains and the Alps. Once in Triberg you have the opportunity to visit Germany’s highest waterfalls, Europe’s largest collection of barrel organs and the world’s largest cuckoo clock! The Black Forest Museum displays fascinating mechanical musical instruments and handicraft of ages long passed.
Upon return to the hotel this afternoon, why not enjoy a complimentary slice of Black Forest Gâteau with a tea or coffee? It’s a wonderful way to round off the day before in the evening, enjoying a hearty 3 course dinner with a choice of main course.
Pop over the border to France’s beautiful Alsace region today. A historic town, Strasbourg is a maze of twisting little streets and crooked old houses. Perfectly picturesque, it appears to have tumbled from the pages of a storybook. The town centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers plenty in the way of culture and cuisine. Explore La Petite France, a district of timber-framed houses and canals harking back to the city’s medieval trades of tanning and dyeing. Board a sightseeing cruise which takes you around the centre of the city, allowing you to explore Strasbourg in a leisurely way. Admire city’s contrasts from the pink sandstone cathedral to the sleek offices inhabited by bodies of the European Union.
On your return, perhaps stop off in the wine country to visit a vineyard and enjoy a tasting. Then, enjoy an evening of live music in the hotel. This special addition to the evening makes for a fantastic farewell to your time in the Black Forest.
The time has come to depart the beautiful landscape and delicious tastes of the Black Forest. Head back through France to Calais where you will cross the Channel by ferry to Dover. From there, continue your journey to your local area.
Bären Hotel, Oberharmersbach ***
This excellent 3* family-run hotel as its own in-house butchery and bakery as well as a lovely bar/restaurant area. Coach parking available. All rooms have a TV, hair-dryer, safe and ensuite with shower.
Hotel Bären exterior
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|20th April 2020||From £205.00 per person||From £40.00 per person|
|26th April 2020||From £195.00 per person||From £40.00 per person|