Black Forest Driving Trip with Porsche Rental
On Day 2 you can check out some of the wineries on the Baden Wine Route (the hotel can give you names) or visit Triberg, a picturesque town famed for its cuckoo clocks and Germany's highest waterfall. Lunch on your own along the road and dinner at ...
Gasthaus gives plenty of reasons to indulge
It is a wonderland of German memorabilia, photographs of the Greipel family proprietors, antiques, a cuckoo clock, servers in dirndls and, most importantly, whimsical mini-facades of chalets that divide the dining room into sections. Annemarie Greipel ...
December 22, 2014
Trekking Around Titlis: Snowshoeing in Central Switzerland
After strapping on snowshoes, our guide Catherine Fischbacher leads our group, a motely crew of varying ability levels, away from the downhill skiers into the heart of the Gerschniwald forest. The first few Shivering slightly, we enter this ...
March 23, 2015
Luxuries: Designer cuckoo clocks, red clothes, accessories
Carved owls and birds eight-day mechanical German Black Forest cuckoo clock, $474.58 at clockrite.com. • Auckland 1055 wall clock is One-day-movement Chalet-style cuckoo clock by August Schwer, $475 at cuckoo-palace.com. • Contemporary one-day ...
October 26, 2014
Germany's great outdoors: The Black Forest, wine country and Saxon Switzerland
You can even find house-sized cuckoo clocks near the village of Triberg. The region is also a Mac's Adventure (0141 530 4013; macsadventure.com) offers a nine-day Red Deer Trail self-guided walking holiday (with seven days' walking) in the northern ...
March 27, 2015
Meeting Slated for European Tour
DUBOIS – A meeting will be held Feb. 3 for adults and families interested in a 12-day European tour. It will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Covenant Church, DuBois. Tour participants will visit Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and ...
January 30, 2015
Germany's Black Forest: a popular holiday destination
The tallest tree in the Black Forest is the silver fir, which can grow to a height of 65 meters. With the golden sunshine dancing on the treetops and the forest dotted with quaint wooden houses surrounded by flowers, the scene is like gazing upon a ...
March 14, 2015
What could be more fun than driving a Porsche through the Black Forest, which has some of the loveliest scenery, best hotels and gastronomic restaurants in Germany. The package costs $3,590, land only, and includes an arrival transfer, a 3-day Porsche rental (911 coupe or convertible), gas for the car, two nights at the Hotel Ritter, a 10 euro voucher for treatments in the Ritter’s spa, a wine tasting, daily... Departures in June are on Tuesdays (2,16,30) and Fridays (12,19), in July on Friday (10) and in September on Tuesdays (9,15) and one Friday (4). A one-day tour is available for $1,490 on the same dates. The Tradition-Hotel Ritter in Durbach is a design hotel that features supremely comfortable contemporary rooms, three celebrated gourmet restaurants and an enormous spa with pampering facial and body treatments. There’s a short trip on a no-speed-limit autobahn, then a slower drive on the winding, hilly and spectacularly beautiful roads of the Black Forest to the Sattelei Hiking Hut near Baiersbronn for lunch. On Day 2 you can check out some of the wineries on the Baden Wine Route (the hotel can give you names) or visit Triberg, a picturesque town famed for its cuckoo clocks and Germany’s highest waterfall.
It is a wonderland of German memorabilia, photographs of the Greipel family proprietors, antiques, a cuckoo clock, servers in dirndls and, most importantly, whimsical mini-facades of chalets that divide the dining room into sections. Annemarie Greipel may spend much of her day in the kitchen baking spectacular desserts, but at dinner she's front and center. To say that she greets guests is as much of an understatement as saying her Black Forest cake is a chocolate dessert. I'm not a newcomer to some good potato soup, but Gasthaus' potato soup ($6) made me realize I didn't know how extraordinarily luscious it could taste. Affluent with cream and pieces of sausage, it set a standard for which I'm sure no other potato soup will come close. Rouladen ($21. 50) is a profusion of flavors rolled into one. Rolled beef is filled with bacon, onion and pickles. Bacon and pickle are a wondrous meeting of flavors, especially when they're ensconced in meltingly tender slices of beef. Other beef entrees include gulasch ($20), stroganoff ($25) and sauerbraten ($21). Story continues below the gallery. There's a nice selection of poultry dishes: tenderloins with sauteed mushrooms ($18. 50), ragout ($20), Cordon Bleu ($20) and the creamy sauced-Wiener Art ($17). Some entrees include spaetzle (squiggly egg noodles).
The pretty alpine landscape now seems magical, as a pink hued glow is cast upon the snow. Only the soft crunch of snowshoes striking the ground can be heard as we dart into a silent pine forest. I’ve never wandered through the alps before, but it’s everything I ever imagined it to be: mounds of pristine snow, charming huts dotted along the mountainside and impressive peaks luring outdoor adventurers. predictably packed snow, but once we enter the forest, it’s hard to remember you’re on a multi-purpose mountain. It’s up and down through the deep snow. We tread alongside cedar trees so tall, it’s hard to believe they’re not yet 100 years old. It hasn’t been a great year for snow, yet in these copses of trees, we slip by plenty of snow ghosts and even snowy ‘shrooms – great boulders encrusted with mounds of powder. Here a deer a recently slept, happily nestled in mound of snow at the base of a fragrant pine. The forest gives way to a clearing and we float across the open meadow. Catherine goes on to explain that come the summer months, this area is ripe with cows and farmers take up residence in these huts for milking and making their own cheese.
Cheese & Chocolate, Castles & Culture! How to Find More Fun with Less Fuss in Europe
In storybook-like Breisach, amid the Black Forest, a life-size cuckoo clock dances outside a marketplace filled with these intricately carved timepieces. Also watch glassblowers sculpt delicate art and... ...indulge in world-famous, decadent Black ...
July 9, 2015
Southwest Germany tourism officials make push for South Florida travelers
Black Forest Ham and Cuckoo clock. Visitors to the Black Forest can also find unique tourist experiences such as sleeping in a wine barrel or in quaint vacation apartments called cuckoo nests. "It's a diverse state with a lot of different attractions ...
July 2, 2015
Cuckoo for clockwork
Most of the cuckoos Lehn works on are German-made Black Forest cuckoo clocks with movements made by Regula and Hubert Herr. He avoids estimating the monetary value of any cuckoo clock because he says most people value their clocks for personal reasons.
June 25, 2015
Germany's Baden-Württemberg is More Than Cuckoo Clocks and Black Forest Cakes
Imagine that you’re in a classic Mercedes-Benz for a top-down, wind-in-your-hair ride through the Black Forest. Your route overflows with castles, cuckoo clocks and cobblestone alleyways. In short, it is fairytale perfect. Where, you might ask ...
June 17, 2015
The Doctor Is In at the Cuckoo Clock Hospital
Today you can likely find him in his own personally designed and constructed workshop, the Cuckoo Clock Hospital ... clock. These metrics and diagnostics allow him to properly adjust the cuckoo. Most of the cuckoos Lehn works on are German-made Black ...
Marcia Davis: In East Tennessee, secretive, sly cuckoos make kooky calls
Cuckoo clocks, first made in the Black Forest in Europe, use bellows to reproduce the "cu-cu" calls of the European cuckoo. There are different cuckoo species all over the world with yellow-billed and black-billed the only two in Tennessee. Yellow-billeds ...
May 23, 2015
Inviting Black Forest is anything but bleak
Triberg also boasts three claims to fame: cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cake and Germany’s highest waterfalls. The waterfall trails were busy with visitors watching the Gutach River plunge in seven cascades, more than 525 feet, into the valley below.
May 10, 2015