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A traditional Winter Holiday

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A traditional Winter Holiday

I would like to take my family (children aged 14 and 17) for a short holiday in the Black Forest region during Christmas or, more probably, New Year and although we are non skiers, we would like to find some snow activities such as toboggan, sled, sleigh etc and maybe a gentle introduction to skiing?

We are looking for authentic regional atmosphere and scenery, so prefer somewhere off the normal (UK) tourist track.

We have been told Feldberg/St. Blasien area is nice?

Any small, inexepensive, family run hotel recommendations also welcome.

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1. Re: A traditional Winter Holiday

Same name, same question!

Am planning something similar for my family, Dec 2008.

Plan to fly to Frankfurt, see a couple of Christmas markets, then spend perhaps 3 nights in the Black Forest - have visions of a traditional hotel, good food and -with luck- a bit of snow and some tobogganing.

Did you ever get there? Do you have any advice or recommendations?

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2. Re: A traditional Winter Holiday

Snow is very much altitude dependent so that the southern Black Forest might be preferred with its higher mountains and more numerous ski areas. Tourist information on the Black Forest can be found at www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info and for Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German state it's in, www.tourismus-bw.de . At the latter website (possibly also the first) you can request free information be sent you. The problem with accomodations is that much of the information is only in German. Therefore at the BW website order the English literature that you want, and then go back to German and request "Urlaub auf dem Bauernhof", Gemütliche Urlaubsdomizile", and "familien-ferien" for holiday accomadations. Although they might be in German, there are pictures of the places and descriptions that you should be able to understand enough. You can then also e-mail or phone the owner's in English.

You can also go to www.urlaub-bauernhof.de which you can change to English, and also www.familien-ferien.de which I believe you can't.

Good luck in your search.

By the way, Euripe's largest, most visited, probably most beautiful, and one of the oldest CHristmas markets is in Stuttgart ( www.stuttgart-tourist.de ) with two other excellent large themed ones nearby, Esslingen ( www.esslingen.de ) Medieval & Christmas Market and Ludwigsburg ( www.ludwigsburg.de ) Baroque Christmas Market.

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3. Re: A traditional Winter Holiday

You'll have a fifty-fifty chance on snow in the Feldberg area. St. Blasien does barely provide winter sport opportunities, most likely cross country skiing.

Todtnau at the southern foot of the Feldberg is not too touristy. There are a 3.5km toboggan run and some ski lifts, and it is not far away from the Feldberg's ski schools and slopes.

Todtnau's little district "Todtnauberg" is located uphill on a sunny and secluded plateau.

todtnauer-ferienland.de/en/…

…feldberg-schwarzwald.de/home/feldberg_winter

gruener-baum-todtnau.de/gruener-baum/html/in…

http://www.foersterhaus.de/

http://www.hotel-ruebezahl.de/

schwarzwald-pensionkraeutle.de/en/index.html

That most of the web pages in this area are in German only is beyond my understanding, but you'll receive an impression and you can contact them by e-mail.

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