This was the very first trip to Germany for my wife and I and we decided to head for the Black Forest. It comprised 10 nights departing on Monday 5th August 2013 and returning on Thursday 15 August 2013.
We flew from London Stansted to Baden Baden (Ryanair) and had booked a hire car from Hertz. We always choose a mid range car for comfort (I have a slightly dodgy back) and in this instance the class was “Mercedes B class or similar”. Unfortunately, we ended up with “similar” which was an Audi A3 Sportback (the seats are nowhere near as comfortable as the Mercedes B class). But such is life. As the saying goes, “a bad day on holiday is better than a good day in your normal routine ”.
We planned our trip using a very helpful travel guide called “Back Roads Germany” (ISBN 978 1 4053 5374 8) - available from Amazon at around £10. We didn’t follow their routes and drives exactly but it was a good basis from which to create our own itinerary. And most importantly, all the places to visit had postcode references! - which is incredibly convenient when you are using a SatNav. (We have a Garmin nuvi 2545LM, purchased at a keen price from Halfords. This has lifetime free map upgrades, covers the whole of Europe and is a brilliant piece of kit that we can absolutely recommend to fellow Trip Advisor travellers. Instead of attaching this to the windscreen using a rubber sucker mount, (which keeps falling off the windscreen and which also leaves tell-tale circles on the windscreen to alert potential thieves that you might have a SatNav in the car), we use a Garmin “Friction Mount” - a deceptively stable weighted mount that is simply placed on top of the dashboard and which requires no attachment to the car whatsoever. This can be popped away out of sight each time you leave the car.
Highlights of our tour included the following:
Coffee and cake at Cafe Konig, Baden-Baden. (Can you believe they had run out of Black Forest Gateau - their “signature” cake?).
Drove along the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse and had (short) walk around Mummelsee
Freilichmuseum (open air museum).
Triberg (Cuckoo clock “capital”).
Blaubeuren (turquoise coloured pool of water)
Ulm (Ulm Minster has the highest church tower in the world).
Deutsches Uhrenmuseum (Clock Museum) at Furtwange
Burg Hohenzollern (Fairytale-looking castle).
Schloss Lichtenstein (another castle)
Strasbourg, France (we popped over the Rhine on our last day). We parked at “Le Petite France” car park – which had cheap and plentiful parking.
Our accommodation itinerary was as follows:
Night 1. Hotel Rebenhof (Baden Baden)
Night 2. Gasthof zum Weyssen Roessle (Schiltach)
Nights 3 to 5. Cafe Pension Feldbergblick (Titissee area)
Night 6. Hotel Gasthof zum Sussen Grund (Albstadt)
Nights 7 & 8. Hotel Restaurant Lowen (Ulm)
Nights 9 & 10. Waldcafe (Baden Baden)
(All of the above accommodations will be given individual reviews).
We now review Gasthof zum Weyssen Roessle (Schiltach)
Very traditional and attractive German decor. Private parking. Despite arriving later than we anticipated, (about 7.45 pm), Rose, the co-owner, along with her husband Ulrich, gave us an extremely warm welcome and organised dinner for us. Great dinner and plentiful buffet breakfast the next morning including eggs cooked to order. I am currently learning to play the piano and was allowed to play Ulrich’s piano (appallingly badly) in the breakfast room - definitely guaranteed to send the other guests running for cover. Thank you Rose and Ulrich for your outstanding and brilliant kindness and hospitality!