Visiting the Black Forest on my Euro trip was an absolute must. I had dreams of prancing around like Aurora being surrounded by animals and cake… Well, the cake came a bit later but that’s one thing off my bucket list.
We stayed with our friend, Andrew, whose cute attic-flat overlooked the forest in Freiburg. Making for a great post during lightening storms!
A short train ride later and we arrived in Titisee. The sun was shining, the cuckoo clocks were singing. It was obviously quite a touristy location although not particularly busy, with typical German attire and wurst lining the main path down to the lake.
As you can see there was quite a lot of choice if you wanted a paddle boat, and the lake was even large enough for much bigger bus boats too.
We were in the mood to skinny dip, not paddle, so ventured further round the trees to a subtle alcove which lead down to it’s own mini-beach.
Complete with fly agaric mushrooms!
I’m not a strong swimmer, so found this quite scary since I know I can’t dodge boats quickly if needs be. I prefer to paddle, feeling free. It’s times like this when it’s a shame to be with other people, and you need to be alone to fully immerse yourself.
So I went for a stroll while they swam, admiring the trees and smells as I went. You can really feel the age and defiance of them when you’re surrounded, which was exactly what I was hoping for.
It’s very easy to see the inspiration for the Grimm brothers when you see smaller cities and places in Germany. Not just in the Black Forest, but the cute wells in Marburg or the gnarled, Gothic houses everywhere are straight out of Snow White. You bet I was looking for a gingerbread house in the Black Forest.
I couldn’t find one, so opted for Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte instead. My bucket list includes things like eating Black Forest Gateau in the Black Forest, and Viennese Fingers in Vienna, so you can imagine my joy when this was placed in front of me.
We waddled back to the train station, where we got off a few stops earlier and walked through a small woods before going for a short bike ride in the evening. I love that about Germany, it just feels like times stops. There’s always time for bike rides and beer, but they get stuff done.
I’ve got myself all excited to visit Berlin again now in August!
Have you ever been to Germany or the Black Forest? What did you think? Germany seems to be a controversial place – some people love it, some hate it. I personally love it! How can you hate a place with such a healthy appetite for cake?!