A Black Forest Break
We set off early from Rottingham knowing that we would have 2-3 hours in the car and headed deep into the forest. The Black Forest in the south west of Germany, bordering France. It covers a relatively small area of 160kms north to south and 60km east to west at its widest point. The Romans gave it is name due to the thick types of trees and the darkness that they cast over the ground. The area does not hold the same density of forest now with farming and habitation taking over some of the land but nonetheless the natural scenery remains beautiful.
As we found ourselves within the area we passed through village to village seeking out a tourist information centre to give us some insight into the best areas which fit our criteria above. Unfortunately, we hadn’t realised that Wednesdays are half days in this part of Germany so we found most towns and, more importantly, the information centres to be closed. Almost by chance then we found ourselves within throwing distance of Freiburg which is one of two larger cities in the forest, known as the Jewel of the Black Forest and so decided to head there for the night. It was getting late by now so we were pleased to arrive in another stellplatz and get Knigel settled down for the night. Turns out Freiburg is quite popular and the stellplatz’s are of a slightly different calibre to places we were used to – this one was huge and practically full. It did have wifi though and was walking distance to the town, so we were happy.
The following morning, we explored Freiburg, a lovely and busy student city with canals, a beautiful cathedral and lots of historic architecture. It is also a very environmentally friendly city, having a mayor from the Green Party. We had lunch in the Cathedral square and then headed back to Knigel for our journey to Lake Titisee. Lake Titisee is a well known tourist destination, but seemed to offer what we needed – water, campsite with washing machine, walks in the forest and a decent weather forecast.
We rolled up at our discovered campsite and were lucky to find that they had space and we have been here for the last 4 nights. We’re on the move again tomorrow making our way back through France towards the south west coast but some highlights from our stay here:
– Lake Titisee is a lake developed by glacier, is quite pretty and surrounded by a few campsites as well as a small tourist trap village at one end. There is a town very close by called Titisee Neustadt which is where the non-tourist part is (and which we only skirted around). Unfortunately, Juno wasn’t allowed in the lake for a swim, so that was a disappointment for us all.
– I visited the hospital again to get an x-ray on my wrist; despite not much more pain the Doctor recommended that I keep the splint on for a further 2 weeks to let it heal. You might be able to see the crack on the attached photographs, but I couldn’t – even when the Doc was showing me. He seemed happy enough though that I hadn’t fully healed. The hospital experience was significantly better than my original visit in France – the overall feel to the place made it feel like a small private hospital and I was in and out in less than 90 minutes.
– We found an Indian restaurant whilst wandering through Titisee; of course we went and ate there – we were knocking on the door at opening time and gorged on really good food. They also had wifi there which was the fastest we have had for ages (and we have taken to carrying our laptop around now as “best practice” so downloaded several Game of Throne episodes as well as upload photos. Overall the Fullers were happy as pigs in the perverbial for a couple of hours.
– Campsite Bankenhof although large and busy (they actually put the “full” signs up the day after we arrived) has been a pleasant experience. Pitches are huge, wash facilities are great (Mich is a big fan), plenty of walks for Juno and reasonably priced at €29.50 for all of us, although we are yet to get our electricity bill which you pay for by consumption on most sites here in Germany.
– On our second night there was a party going on somewhere near us; very loud still at midnight after we’d gone to bed. In a throwback to our crazier years we both got up out of bed and went searching for the paaaarrrty! We were back in bed 15 minutes later, having realised pretty quickly that we weren’t the type to go out into the night and search for unknown party’s in unknown locations. Not quite a student gap year experience!
– There is a little stream which runs from the campsite to the main Titisee lake which offered some private grassy areas we could take Juno to, let her off the lead and have a bit of sunbathing time whilst Juno ran amok. It was fabulous actually. This morning as we headed there for a couple of hours a loud splash caused us to jump out of our skins and we were lucky enough to see a massive European Beaver swimming right passed us. We watched it swim for a few minutes, neither of us have seen one in the wild before so were quite excited. Juno was non-plussed.
So, having chilled out a bit and got our washing done we head off tomorrow saying goodbye to Germany and hello again to France. Tschuss!