Die Schwarzwald

I believe that the last travel post I wrote was relaying the beauty that we beheld in Garmisch. We had been told how amazing it was to visit the Bavarian Alps, but our expectations were far outweighed by what we actually saw. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful sights that we have seen while living in Germany for this past year. Recently, we took a short weekend trip in die Schwarzwald, better know, auf Englisch, as the Black Forest. It’s such a different feeling knowing ahead of time that you are about to embark on a journey filled with beautiful views, than it is when you discover that beauty on your own. I don’t know what I was expecting when we set out of the Black Forest, but as we got closer, I just could not keep my eyes off the magnificent country that we were driving though. (And of course I have no photos of the country side, so you’ll just have to go visit for yourself!)

Our first stop was a glass blowing museum that I had heard about. The museum part was great, but the neat thing was, that they will let you blow your own glass vase for a small fee! It was kind of a silly thing to do, but we thought it would be fun. They have a man helping you, who actually does the majority of the work, but lets you put your own breath into making the vase.

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After they are finished, the vases need to rest for a little bit, but once they were ready we took them to a another person, who grinds down the opening to make it smooth and even.

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After that stop, we made the rest of our way into the town of Triberg. This village is known for it’s Cuckoo Clocks, and Deutschlands höchste Wasserfälle (Germany’s highest waterfall). So obviously we had to check those things off the list. But before getting to that, we just took a stroll around the town and found some lunch.

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After a little Cuckoo Clock shopping, we headed to the waterfall and did some hiking up and around it, which made for a lovely afternoon. The weather was friendly and the waterfall and hiking areas were very beautiful.

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That night, because when in Rome (or die Schwarzwald), we had Black Forest Ham, and Black Forest Cake for dinner.

We had planned to spend the following day in Freiburg, which is boasted to be the sunniest city in Germany. We did go, however, it was cloudy and raining… go figure. So we decided to cut the day short and head back home, which we decided was justified since the previous day was so successful.

There were a few things that we had planned to do in other areas of the Black Forest that we just didn’t get to. But we were very satisfied with our trip and will maybe go back one of these days to experience the beauty of the Black Forest again. And we did not go home empty handed…

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We are now the proud owners of this hand-carved original Black Forest Cuckoo Clock. If you are in the market for one, I highly recommend Oli’s Schnitzstube in Triberg. They make all their own clocks and the craftsmanship and customer service is amazing.

Well, bis zum nächsten mal (until next time)… Auf Wiedersehen! 

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