I spent last weekend walking in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) area of Saig-Lenzkirch and Feldberg. Close to the French Alsace region, it’s about 2.5 hours drive from Ramstein and very pretty. It’s a perfect getaway for an active weekend of walking (or mountain biking if you are really brave). Our office dog, Lola also came along for the trip along with my wife and some friends.
We stayed at a lovely spa hotel called Saigerhöhe, which has a lovely traditional mountain hut style restaurant, serving delicious seasonal and local food.
The weather on Saturday was glorious so after some morning spa treatments, we donned our walking boots and headed up to the highest point called Hochfirst then walked onto the village of Lenzkirch. We found a greek restaurant in Lenzkirch for a late lunch. We were lucky as most restaurants in small villages in the Schwarzwald close for lunch at 2pm and we arrived at 3pm! But the owner was great and stayed open for us and the food was delicious.
Then we trekked back to the hotel at Saig via a different route. All in all we covered 17km with a 400 metre change in altitude. We went home tired but enjoyed a delicious dinner that night and a very good sleep.
On Sunday we drove to nearby Feldberg. It’s a ski resort and actually the first place I ever skied so it has a special place in my heart. I’ve outgrown the ski slopes here somewhat but it was a lovely spot for another hike. The weather was pretty brutal (rainy, windy and even some sleet) but we wrapped up, braved the elements and hiked to the top (FeldbergerGipfel) where there was even snow on the ground.
We continued a few kilometres further down the other side of the mountain to reach a small hut for the obligatory slice of Schwarzwäldertorte (Black Forest Gateaux). There are lots of really cosy huts nestled all over forests and mountains in Germany. Many are run by local clubs (Vereins) and offer simple but delicious food (soups, salads, wurst and cakes). They are always full of fellow hikers, a few damp dogs and if you are lucky, a roaring fire. I promise you a day of hiking and lunch in a mountain hut is the most German you will ever feel in your life!
On our way home we headed to another lovely restaurant for lunch – The Adler Post. Because we arrived after 2pm so there was only a lighter menu on offer – which was still very nice but we got a glimpse of the main menu and that looked amazing!.
As well as kilometres of hiking routes and bike trails, this area of the Black Forest has a few other highlights nearby:
- The town of Titisee – a really authentic Black Forest town on a gorgeous lake, where you can hire electric boats in the summer.
- Badeparadies – an amazing indoor/outdoor pool paradise on the outskirts of Titisee. There is a totally separate water park area for kids to go crazy in and a relaxation pool with retractable roof, relaxation beds and indoor/outdoor pools with a swim up bar. It’s open til around 10pm so you can relax here after a long day of hiking.
- Freiburg – a traditional cobble-stoned city with lots of historic buildings.
Let me know your favorite hiking spots! David