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Landkreis Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald

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  • Day105

    Black Forest ridge above Hofsgrund

    October 9, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    The morning's rain and dark sky were unpromising but they were to bring an unexpected surprise! The terrain became wilder and as we climbed above 1000m the rain turned to sleet, then snow! Proper big snowflakes! It was 'Narniaesque' with dark towering trees becoming coated. At some points we were surrounded by Christmas trees sugared with white snow. Vicky was driving and was so excited she had to pull over and get out to dance!

    We repeatedly passed a distinct snow line as the changing altitude caused the temperature to rise and fall. The town of Freiberg had rain rather than snow when we went in search of some more Black Forest Gateau. The old town area was beautiful, with the forest rising up behind a square that contained a red sandstone church and rococo architecture. The gateau was more artisan than yesterday's, with a different sort of spirit flavouring the cherries. It went down all too quickly and we drove on to find a place to stop for the night.

    There had been lots of parking along the forest routes and we got the impression the area would have been packed had we visited in summer. After driving farther than we'd planned, to investigate a string of laybys we'd seen on the sat nav, we doubled back to one on a ridge at 1174m above sea level with an incredible view.

    The joy on people's faces as they pulled up and looked around them wasn't something that we'd seen evidence of in city centres, no matter how beautiful the rococo architecture!

    We were able to walk 50m to the other side of the ridge to watch the sun set then get up early the next morning to watch the sun rise from the van while we listened to Melanie's 'Baby Day'! As an extra treat the temperature dropped to 0°C overnight and the snow stayed to reflect the early amber rays and crackle underfoot when we got out.
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  • Day3

    Tag 2 // Am Ende der Kräfte

    September 5 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Am Ende standen 160km auf dem Tacho, bei etwas unter 8h Fahrtzeit und 10h Reisezeit ein echter Kraftakt. Aber das hatten wir ja so gewollt, auch wenn es an Ende nicht mehr für einen Blog Eintrag gereicht hat. Daher holen wir das heute morgen nach.
    Die Route führte uns an den Rhein bis Kehl wo eben diesen überquerten um in Straßburg an den Rhein-Rhone Kanal zu wechseln. Danach folgte ein 60km Anschnitt der nur geradeaus führte, immer am Kanal entlang. Durch die Bäume rechts und links konnten wir sowohl im Schatten als auch windgeschützt einige Kilometer absolvieren. Beim weiterhin vorherrschenden Südwind und strahlendem Sonnenschein durchaus angenehm.

    Ab Breisach hatten wir schlussendlich noch 20km auf Radwegen zum Etappenziel bevor wir bei Bratkartoffeln wieder Kräfte tanken konnten.

    Heute morgen regnet es etwas, soll aber bald besser werden, so dass wir uns beim Frühstück Zeit lassen werden um dann im Trockenen Richtung Feldberg auf zu brechen.
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  • Day773

    The Black Forest

    July 18 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We all know that the Black Forest is famous for its gateau, cuckoo clocks, thick woodlands, grassy meadows, timber farmhouses and waterfalls. We wanted to see if it is true.

    The area is 160km from top to bottom, and the village of St. Peter, in particular Camping Steingrubenhof, in the south, was our base for some exploring.

    A trip to Triberg ticked off many items on our checklist in one go. The journey there, on sweeping, curving roads, gave us a great introduction to the fantastic scenery for which the area is famous with rolling meadows and lush forest all around. Once in Triberg we visited Germany's highest waterfalls which drop a total of 163m and used the occasion to try out one of the special features on the phone camera to get a romantic photo of the waterfall in action. As a busy tourist destination, there were plenty of shops selling cuckoo clocks but we managed to resist. That wasn't the case however at Café Shäfer, where the original 1915 recipe for Black Forest gateau is still used today. Chocolate sponge cake, layered with cherries, brandy and lots of cream slipped down a treat and got the thumbs up from us both.

    Our visit coincided with the St. Peter Summer Concert where we were treated firstly to orchestral music from the local group of approx. 50 musicians, playing from a repertoire of both classical and modern tunes and then local rock band, Blackwood Mary, who kept us all entertained for 3 hours with their excellent performance of rock and country rock covers. All this together with local wine, beer and food made for a great Saturday night out.

    Nearby Freiburg is a large, sunny, university town with thousands of students whizzing abouts on bicycles trying to avoid the traffic and trams. It is also renowned for its annual 2000 hours of sunshine, which we experienced in temperatures above 30°C! The medieval old town is full of gabled townhouses, cobblestone streets and canal-side cafés. The impressive 11th-century cathedral with its filigree 116m-high spire and numerous gargoyles is located in the market square and surrounded by elegant houses and shops showcasing the towns rich history. We could have spent longer wandering around but the high temperatures and tourists decided us to return back up the hill to our campsite where a cooling breeze was very welcome.

    Our trip only explored the southern part of the area but what we have seen has made us want to return to see more.
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  • Day25

    Colmar

    May 25 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    A pre breakfast ride up the Grand Ballon for me, a hill climb in The Tour, then to Colmar (little Venice) and then into Germany.

  • Day2

    Tag 2 // Medipack in der Dropzone

    September 4 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Die Akkus sind leer, aber in 3km haben wir es geschafft. Dann wird Energie getankt.

  • Day2

    Seefeldener Straßenfest

    August 11 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Was sollen wir sagen, wenn du nicht aufm seefeldener strassenfest warst, warst du nicht aufm seefeldener strassenfest!
    Schlechtes Wetter und gute Augen, bringen einen auf die wirklich guten Veranstaltungen und so kam es wie es kommen musste - wir haben 4 Stunden in der festscheune gesessen, phase10 gezockt, Schauweie (musste kennen!) gegessen... Aber das größte Highlight war die Band!
    Flippste.
    Geschlafen haben wir irgendwo da am Rhein. War schön. Also dafür dass es geregnet hat.
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  • Day17

    Oct 6 - Exploring the Black Forest

    October 6 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Today’s adventure found us docked in Breisack (pronounced Bry-zack) in Germany. The day was another cool, overcast one with a forecast of rain. Bundle up and pack an umbrella has become our mantra.

    After breakfast, we went by coach for about an hour to Freiburg. Our guide, Gerlinda, told us about the Baden area that we were passing through. The land here is very fertile because of past volcanic activity. We passed fields of corn (for animal feed and ethanol production), millet, pumpkins, mustard and tobacco. There are a lot of walnut trees in this area so walnut bread and walnut cake are local specialities.

    Our destination was Schauinslandbahn - a cable car that took us high up into the Black Forest. The Black Forest got its name from the Romans who came here 2000 years ago. The forest is so densely wooded, that from a distance, it looks black, not green, and foreboding and menacing. The area is ripe with tales about goblins and dwarfs and gnomes and witches that inhabit the forest. We traveled up through light clouds and mist to the top. Our activity was a 4-km walk - all downhill - on good trails. The valleys are dotted with little farms and villages, and the fields are inhabited by contented-looking cows and sheep and goats.

    We stopped at a little house called Schniederlihof. The house is over 400 years old, and until 1966, belonged to the same family that made its living selling dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt). At that time eight siblings living in the house, all in their 20’s, finally recognized the futility of making a living there. They sold the house and land to the local community and then moved to the local village. The house is now a little museum that showcases the life of Black Forest farmers. The man who tends the museum is a descendant of the original family. We toured the parlour, the bedroom, the kitchen (with Black Forest ham smoking in the attic) and the barn. We were rewarded for our walking efforts with Black Forest Cake and hot tea. We hadn’t actually burned the equivalent number of calories, but when in the Black Forest…….

    Back at the ship, we actually had to wait a while to board. We had been double-bunked with another ship. It was time for it to sail, so our ship had to pull out, wait for the other ship to sail, and then pull back in. There was our captain again, making sure the gangplank was secure. He is definitely a hands-on captain.

    The entertainment for this afternoon was called “Four Hands over 50 Bells”. It was a duo who played tunes, both traditional and modern, on cow bells. It was a delightful, upbeat show. Promptly on cue, we sailed at 4:00 p.m. Next stop - Basel, Switzerland. That will be the sixth country of this cruise.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Landkreis Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald, Arrondissement de Brisgau-Haute-Forêt-Noire, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald

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