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Fodorites: What is your favorite city in the Black Forest?

Jan 11th, 2001, 06:51 AM
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Justin
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Fodorites: What is your favorite city in the Black Forest?

I'm going to go to the Black forest in August for 2-3 days and want to know what your favorite cities are in this region and why. Thanks
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 11:32 AM
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nancy
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Topping this , because I am curious!
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 11:44 AM
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Art
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I really don't know because there are so many charmings villages. I guess my favorate wouldl be Heigerloch because I spent 5 days over Christmas there many years ago. They had not seen an american car in that village since before the was (Mine was an old Studebaker) and almost everyone in the village visited us(We were staying with a family) bringing bottles of snaps over the time we were there. I was just learning German at the time and the people were so friendly and kept invising us into there homes. It was one of the best times of my life.
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 11:52 AM
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The only one I know about is Titisee. It is charming; the street signs are hand carved and painted.
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 03:40 PM
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Justin,
Gengenbach is a delightful small town - much like Rothenburg without the tourists! It has 17th and 18th century mansions, a town square surrounded by 17th century buildings, gates, towers and old walls and timber framed houses dating to the 16th century. Recognized to be truly unique, the government of Baden-Wurttemberg has placed the town under a preservation order to prevent any changes in its centuries old charm.
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 07:28 PM
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Friburg, hands down! Do a search on this board. Stay at the Hotel Alleehaus (Alle means tree-lined street in German) From the US dial 011 49 7613 8760. No, I don't own the hotel or work there; it was a good recommendation from a fellow traveler on this board. About $85 double with a great breakfast buffet.

Oh, I want to go back!
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 07:29 PM
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Oops! Make that Freiburg.
 
Jan 11th, 2001, 09:05 PM
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Freiburg because of its size (about 200K) and many university students offers the most things to do. Lots of good pubs & wine bars, good shopping, & several interesting historic sites. The U.S. bombed it in WWII so most bldgs are rebuilt since then. For charming small towns, I like Oberkirche
 
Jan 12th, 2001, 03:21 AM
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Yes, Titisee is such a pretty area. I highly recommend you go there for part of a day anyway. Find the clock store with an entrance where you actually walk thru a "clock" to get into the store.

The lake is majestic. Rent peddle boats & go out on the lake. It's really neat, especially on a nice day in August!

Bob
 
Jan 12th, 2001, 05:04 AM
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The Black forest isn't about "cities" for me. Baden-Baden is a city, and a charming enough one; for an elegant Casino experience, I would even assert that a night out gambling there is superior to Monte Carlo.

But Oberkirch (already mentioned by Frederich) is closer to what's great about the Black Forest - - actually the northern end - - Titisee and Freiburg are the southern end, and they are by no means the same.

From Oberkirch, explore the entire Renchtal (valley), and continue on up over the Schwarzwald Hochstrasse. And if you are devoted to the continuing exploration of places luxurious and spectacular (as I am), consider dinner or an overnight at Hotel Traube-Tonbach.

The Schwarzwaldstube there is legendary, almost to the point of inaccessibility with only 19 tables, served by 11 head chefs! You can find countless internet references to the culinary genius of Harald Wohlfahrt who runs the place, or see www.traube-tonbach.de to read what they have to say about themselves.

And in the south, I took a liking to Schonach - - near Triberg, but less touristy. As with Oberkirch (and many other small German towns), you can learn more at www.townname.de - - i.e., www.oberkirch.de or www.schonach.de - - for more info.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
Jan 14th, 2001, 11:45 AM
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hey thanks for your responses keep 'em comming. What are feelings about titisee and cities around there where I can use Schffhausen as a main city and just do day trips
 
Jan 14th, 2001, 03:33 PM
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Hello Rex,

it`s really amazing that you know about Harald Wohlfahrt. Although he and the Schwarzwaldstube is pretty well known in Germany I know nobody who really had a meal there. I guess you read a lot apart from travel guides before you travel. I really appreciate your recommendations.

Miriam
 
Jan 14th, 2001, 05:32 PM
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Miriam,

Thanks for the expression of confidence that I get a few things right, sometimes. I have been called pedantic on another thread tonight (not even an insult, at least not to some people).

Just out of curiosity, do you refer to Paris as Ville Lumiere? or Stadt des Lichtes? Hmm - - here's a site in German that uses the former expression - - www.uwefreund.com/paris/ - - guess I was wrong!

But back to the Traube Tonbach. I took a group there last summer. We had a private dinner in the Eichbergstube - - still not as high up the culinary "laddder" as the Schwarzwaldstube - - but still very, very special. And a few of us got to take a look into the famed Schwarzwaldstube.

 
Jan 14th, 2001, 05:55 PM
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Hi Rex,
don`t care what other people think about you.
I was just amazed because I couldn`t earnestly recommend any restaurant in the US although I travel a lot abroad(mostly in the US).I think for the dollar being so strong it`s easier to afford a meal in that kind of restaurant than for most German people.
But-compared to my experience at Ruth Criss (sp?)Steakhouse in San Diego I would rather take the bucks to Harald Wohlfahrt..You might have met some famous Germans without knowing it-not that I care about that, but some people do. I like your attempt to show people the "real" Germany.

Miriam
 
Jan 14th, 2001, 06:03 PM
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Miriam,

There ARE good resturants in the US.

Just one example: try Vong the next time you are in Chicago. The work of the very talented Georges Vongerichten.
 
Jan 14th, 2001, 06:16 PM
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Miriam
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Hi Rex,
I never had the intention to say that there are no good restaurants in the US...you know foreign language...
I found one place I would recommend, but I think I`m lazy at those things, that`s why I appreciate your reliable recommendations. It was in Salem and it was called the Flying Pig or sth. like that..
I`m sorry-wasn`t the post about the Black Forest?
But Rex-you`re right-you don`t visit the Black Forest in order to have fun in cities. Just get a car and enjoy the natural beauties.

Miriam
 

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