he Blackforest Highlands, with famous cities like Freiburg and Titisee, is well known for having one of the most gorgeous landscapes in all of Germany. Many people opt for tropical beaches or cultural hub cities when traveling and often times, regions like the Blackforest tend to end up in the backburner of the modern traveler. In an way, that is better for us!
We had the opportunity to spend a weekend in stunning Titisee, where the lake view is almost 360 degrees, the food is of utmost quality and the landscape… just breathtaking.
Surrounded by lush forest and pine trees, this area’s vegetation is very unique of the region and unlike anything you will see in other parts of the world. Driving from Zurich, which is only 90 minutes away, allows for a cultural immersion where crossing borders is a seamless process and the speed limit-nonexistent.
From hotels boasting traditional architecture to boutique homes or B&B’s, the Blackforest does offer something for everyone. Ideal for families and travelers in search of adventure, the forest is vast and allows for hiking, mountain biking, camping, and other outdoors activities.
Freiburg is only 40 minutes away so a weekend in Titisee can easily turn into a week long exploration of the sunny side of Germany.
This hotel is located on the banks of Lake Titisee and is one of the most contemporary in the region. Arrive by boat, lounge in the front lawn and take all the nature in. Here, relaxation is taken seriously. Every corner has a charming spot, exuding history but welcoming the new as well. The 22 rooms are all different and overlook the lake. As if the setting alone wasn’t relaxing enough, wait until you see the spa.
Treschers Schwarzwald at Lake Titisee
Beautifully placed at the shore of Lake Titisee, Treschers Schwarzwald hotel is known for it romantic setting and cozy, traditional amenities. Be warmly greeted by lively hosts, who are proud to share their traditions and hold high standards of service at heart. With one of the most relaxed and breathtaking settings as the backdrop, many rooms have views to the lake and pool area. On warm sunny days, venture out to explore the Black Forest or rent a boat, if chilly, a 4 star spa located in house offers a heated indoor pool, bio sauna, and an array of massage treatments.
Gourmet Restaurant Adler
It’s simply impossible to speak about the Black Forest without mentioning its first Michelin star restaurant, also the first in all of Germany. Gourmet Restaurant Adler is an institution. Family owned and run, each dish is a meticulously prepared masterpiece crafted by chef Florian Zumkeller. The Adler cuisine stands for traditional regional dishes as well as modern gourmet cuisine. Guest can chose different small parlors – from typical Black Forest style to elegant dining to enjoy their meal.
The newly renovated and rejuvenated Hotel Bären boasts a modern kitchen and interiors. While many restuarants in teh region focus on traditional gourmet, Hotel Bären’s menu is diverse and multicultural. Touches of French culinary and produce from around the world make this restaurant a perfect spot to expand your palette.
Black Forest National Park
With the longest and largest mountain range in Germany, the Black Forest stretches from the Swiss border in the south to the city of Karlsruhe in the north. This unspoiled and varied landscape is officially protected, from rocky mountain peaks and wild valleys to rolling meadows.
The National Park covers about 40 square miles/10,000 hectares. It is in the northern part of the Black Forest, between the cities of Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt, which are linked by the scenic Black Forest High Road. Highlights of the new park include the Hohen Ochsenkopf Mountain (3,360 feet /1,024 m) and the Ruhestein nature reserve. The new region is protected from development by man, but it offers more than just a home for plants and wildlife. On the well-marked trails, adults, families and children can hike and cycle, exploring and learning about the environment.
Also special to this new National Park are glorious panoramic views of the Rhine valley and range after range of the Black Forest hills.
Written and curated by Jade Moyano