Food, Travel

A Visit to the Black Forest

What comes to mind when someone mentions Black Forest? Is it the cake? Is it the clocks? Is it the ham?

Is it the bobble hats worn as a traditional costume in the area?

Is it the bobble hats worn as a traditional costume in the area?

GodzillaPin and the Ninja Turtle found themselves in the Black Forest this weekend, while popping across the border for a visit to a friend from their Australia days, Batman.

In they hopped into the Batmobile and off they went into the Black Forest.

In they hopped into the Batmobile and off they went into the Black Forest.

Once upon a time, the Black Forest was such a forbidding place that even the Romans were scared of it. Fortunately, centuries have passed, much have developed, and today, it’s a family-friendly, tourist destination with 0% chances of being eaten by a wolf.

First stop: the Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof (Black Forest Open Air Museum)

First stop: the Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof (Black Forest Open Air Museum)

This open air museum is quite unlike anything they’ve ever seen on their travels. It’s a collection of houses or farm house buildings typical to the Black Forest area, built from various points in history. The buildings in the Black Forest, as evident in the photo, are 80% roof. They are built of wood and straw, and in many of them, the ceilings are very low and they lacked a chimney. This was mostly for heat conservation, as it gets very cold, and there weren’t gas heaters back then.

GodzillaPin having fun in the children's room.

GodzillaPin having fun in the children’s room.

The open air museum also had a collection of animals, herb and vegetable gardens and watermills to show how people lived in the past.

The open air museum also had a collection of animals, herb and vegetable gardens and watermills to show how people lived in the past.

After a quick lunch, it was off to the next stop: Sommerrodelbahn Gutach!

Batman and GodzillaPin gearing up

Batman and GodzillaPin gearing up

It costs 2,50 euros a ride, and the queues weren't too long, but they skipped the multiple ride pass, since they didn't want to throw up their recent lunch.

It costs 2,50 euros a ride, and the queues weren’t too long, but they skipped the multiple ride pass, since they didn’t want to throw up their recent lunch.

This is the world's biggest cuckoo clock. The whole darn building is a clock.

This is the world’s biggest cuckoo clock. The whole darn building is a clock.

And finally, the highlight of the day: Triberger Waterfall.

And finally, the highlight of the day: Triberger Waterfall.

With three different walking trails (varying lengths and level of difficulty), this attraction became popular in the latish 1800s when the rich and famous (Ernest Hemingway being one of them) came flocking here for some R&R. Doctors, take note, there is no better cure than fresh air and exercise.

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Finally, a Black Forest dinner before they headed back into the city for some Saturday night clubbing (but that’s another story, and one that the Ninja Turtle doesn’t particularly want to relate, considering the size of her headache this morning).

Meat, meat, meat, onion, meat, gherkin, meat. And cider.

Meat, meat, meat, onion, meat, gherkin, meat. And cider.

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