A Day in the Black Forest
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A Day in the Black Forest
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Triberg, a small village in the heart of the Black Forest which is famous for its Waterfalls, Cuckoo Clocks and lately for the World’s first men parking space is a must during your stay in Germany. Explore the region and its locals with Christina, a local Tour Guide which worked for Marriott Hotels in the US and Germany for several years.
“What a wonderful day in the Black Forest, cuckoo” is what you will be singing as you ride through Triberg and surrounding villages with Christina. The moment you catch glimpse of her grinning in her traditional hat, the bollenhut, you know that you are in for a fun day. She will have you singing and cuckooing your way through the day, and that is BEFORE you get any Black Forest cake or Schnapps!
First stop of the day is at a woodcarver to learn how the beautiful items you see in the “holzschnitzerei” are created. Samuel Kammerer is a master woodcarver, and is delighted to share his trade with us. You might even catch a glimpse of “Elvis” or “Michael Jackson” while in his workshop.
Next stop, the beekeeper where you learn why “Busy as a bee” is an appropriate phrase. It takes a lot of work from the bees to get a single teaspoon of honey. Here we are able to sample honey candies, honey beer, honey schnapps, and even buy propolis to cure any ailments we might have.
After our walk back to the bus, we’ve worked up an appetite, so we head to the Reinertonishof, a traditional farm in the Black Forest. Marianne makes us feel right at home, and tells us about her family business. Meanwhile, we are able to enjoy scrumptious Black Forest ham, cured there on the farm, with cheese, bread and pickles. Delicious! However, we know we have to save room for Black Forest cake later, so after a Schnapps tasting with Marianne, we must continue on.
What is a trip to the Black Forest without seeing how the cuckoo clocks themselves are made? Christina introduces us to Christoph Herr, and he explains the process of making a cuckoo clock from start to finish. Now that we see how they are made, we all want to buy clocks, so time to go shopping in Triberg! Christina helps us in the stores, making sure we ask the right questions so that we get the clock of our dreams. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can hike up the Triberg waterfall, or look at traditional costumes and clocks in the Black Forest Museum.
Finally, no trip to the Black Forest is complete without a piece of Schwarzwälderkirschtorte! Come visit the Black Forest today, and have cake with Christina. You would be cuckoo not to try it!
To learn more about Christina's tours and offerings check out her web site www.blackforest-tours.de or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/BlackForestFun
About this Article
This travel guide has been written by Christina Schultzke.
Christina is 42 years old, grew up in Frankfurt, single mother of a 5 year old daughter monster, 11 year old son and a 42 year old husband, studied Hotel Management in Switzerland and the USA, worked for Marriott Hotels and Resorts in Stamford, Palm Beach and Frankfurt (Guest Relations Manager) Moved to the Black Forest in 1999 and opened her tour agency. Now focusing mainly on vacation tours for the US military and private tours through the forest.
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