Ger­many’s Black For­est

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plunge in seven cas­cades, more than 160 me­tres into the val­ley be­low. Next, we win­dow-shopped for cuckoo clocks, an ac­tiv­ity which prompted a de­bate over whether one would suit our sit­ting room wall. Prices range from 20 eu­ros for the tini­est clock, to well over a thou­sand for a large carved time­piece, with over­seas ship­ping avail­able. We de­cided our wall was fine as it was. Later on the out­skirts of town, we vis­ited what is billed as the world’s largest cuckoo clock, which of­fers tours of its clock­work mech­a­nisms for 2 eu­ros.

Our tum­mies were rum­bling and the Black For­est’s culi­nary show­stop­per de­manded to be tasted. Triberg claims the orig­i­nal recipe of the fa­mous Black For­est cherry cake, which is not as sweet as vari­a­tions else­where, but of­fers a light choco­latey sponge, soaked in cherry schnapps, filled with cream and cher­ries, topped with choco­late shav­ings.

Other des­ti­na­tions in the re­gion in­clude spa towns like Baden Baden and the lively uni­ver­sity city of Freiburg. But we found our hol­i­day par­adise in the soli­tude of the woods, watch­ing our daugh­ter col­lect­ing a bounty of nuts, tast­ing black­ber­ries and mar­veling over the mush­rooms that grow amid the dark for­est’s shad­ows and dap­pled sun­shine.


The Black For­est got its name from a canopy of leaves so dense that parts of

the woods are dark. It also in­spired Grimm Broth­ers’ fairy tales.

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