Germany’s Black Forest
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.