Freiburg and Black Forest
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Entrance to Triberg Waterfall
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Freiburg is idyllically situated between the Kaiserstuhl region and the Rhineland Plains to the west and the valleys and the mountains of the Black Forest to the East. You can take the “double decker” train to explore the scenic region of the Black Forest along with other places like Titisee, Donaueschingen (Donaueschingen vacation rentals | Donaueschingen travel guide), Triberg (Triberg vacation rentals | Triberg travel guide) and Offenberg. Freiburg is amongst the 8 greenest cities of Europe and 4% of the city's energy consumption is derived from renewable energy sources such as wind, sun and water. The Black Forest Cake which comes from this region and like the cake which consists of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer, the Freiburg region itself is a wooded mountain range (like the chocolate cake) interspersed by the waterfalls and crystal clear lakes (like the whipped cream) and the lovely towns and attractions of the region add up to make the cherries. The region is rectangular (very much like the cake itself) and covers an area of 12000 square kilometres.
Amongst the 8 rivers of the area, it is the Danube which rises in the Black Forest and of the 8 mountain ranges, it is Feldberg (Feldberg vacation rentals | Feldberg travel guide) which is the highest of them all standing tall at 4900 feet. The entire Black Forest belongs to the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the forest comprises of pine and fir trees with scenic hills in between. For an active traveller, this is the place to be to do long distance walks or treks, mountain biking and during winter, cross-country skiing. The city of Freiburg is the best hub to explore this region although if you want to stay right in the midst of the Black Forest you have a choice of over 12 lovely towns (the cherries of the cake) where you can stay in some very romantic and countryside hotels - a delight for honeymooners and nature lovers too! One can easily spend an entire week to explore the area and still come back looking out for more. From clock museums to wine routes to cycling paths as well as specialized routes like the German Clock road, there are more ways than one to explore this wonderful region. However, we chose the train which seems to be the best way to see the countryside and it offers you the option of getting off at any of the towns on this scenic route.
As you cross the charming Dreisam River Valley, you soon approach Hoellental or Hell Valley where the walls of the rocks rise steeply up to 600 metres high which makes the Hell Valley one of most impressive valleys of the region. Up to 200 years ago there was only a mule track in the gorge about 10 kilometres long which was later expanded into a roadway and today the route through Hoellenthal is an important connecting road from the Rhine Plain into the southern Black Forest. In 1770, the old roadway was also taken by Marie Antoinette when travelling to France to join her bridegroom King Louis XIV and this further makes Hoellenthal one of the most interesting rail routes of Germany. The rail route has operated since 1887 and millions of visitors have gone through the stunning scenery that you get to see on your way - whether in spring, summer, autumn, winter or even on a rainy day.
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