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A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg & Kaiserstuhl

Western Germany's Black Forest & Kaiserstuhl
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • fairy-tale scenery, storybook charm, heavenly cuisine
  • superb network of walking trails
  • guest travel cards included
  • beautiful Freiburg
  • follow the Bee-eaters' Trail amid Kaiserstuhl's vineyards

Mention the Black Forest to anyone and they'll immediately think of cuckoo clocks and gateaux. However, as any German will tell you, there's far more to this alluring region that these clichés. Cosy wooden inns, cloaked in dark eaves that seem to scrape the forest floor, sit amid peaceful glades and send curls of smoke up through an evergreen canopy. And although the trees inspire a special reverence, they are but part of the story – for Germans, this region is synonymous with hiking – especially here in the Highlands (the 'Hochschwarzwald'), where our rewarding routes explore an extensive network of fine trails.

Peppery parsnip soup with chilli and ginger; succulent pork fillet stuffed with Black Forest ham and smothered in melted cheese; herb-infused leg of wild boar with home-made Spätzle and wild mushrooms. All brought the scents of the forest back to life on the plate and provided the perfect end to another perfect day.
     
Andy Montgomery, Buzz Trips

For an extended holiday, there's nowhere better to start than the pocket-sized, medieval city of Freiburg, a place you will instantly love. Famed for its Münster, university and Bächle (miniature canals), it's the perfect stepping-off point for an exploration of the little-known Kaiserstuhl, part of the floating frontierland between Alsace and Baden Württemburg. This is reputedly the warmest and sunniest corner of Germany, right on the doorstep of the Black Forest, and centred on a large, attractive, vine-covered volcanic 'knoll' rising up from the pancake-flat Rhine plain. It makes idyllic walking country but has a proud gastronomic heritage, too: from its terraced vineyards and excellent Badisch cuisine, with subtle French influences, to the orchards of succulent deep-red cherries that are synonymous with that cake!

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 1 3 6 11 15 19 21 20 17 12 6 2
mm 73 65 68 82 103 127 110 124 83 66 83 75

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

The best time for meadow flowers is late May to early July. If you are visiting the Kaiserstuhl, you may spot bee-eaters and other rare birds in mid-May.