Town of Singen – volcanic landscape at Hegau
Near the industrial town of Singen is an area known as the Hegau, an extinct volcanic landscape with strange craggy peaks. The most famous volcanic peak is Hohentwiel. On top of this hill lies the ruins of Hohentwiel fortress, built in 914 with rock taken from the hill itself. Sadly after a long history Hohentwiel was destroyed by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars and only the ruins remain. It is about 30 min. drive from Singen, a visit costs 8 euros, and is so interesting with great views over the town of Singen and surrounds.
Leaving Singen, heading into the black forest, pretty views down the valley. Areas of heavy fog between the hills, power towers loomed out of the fog like so many monsters. Back into the sun, more pretty villages with the forest of dark green pines as a background.
Titisee on Lake Titisee
After an hours drive we arrive at Lake Titisee, such a pretty place, a very popular recreational spot in Germany. A chilly morning, enjoyed a walk around in the sunshine, then coffee and cake. A pretty amazing delicatessen shop, gift shops and clock factories (cuckoo clocks of course). Lake Titisee is 2 km long, about 1 km wide, 40 m deep and so so blue, an amazing color. The lake is perfect for swimming, sailing, windsurfing; a stroll along the water front especially on a day like to-day, so enjoyable. Boat rides are available on Lake Titisee, staff in traditional dress to welcome you aboard. Our stay here too short, a picturesque spot.
Triberg – Pine Forest and walking tracks
Back on the bus to visit the town of Triberg in the middle of the black forest. Triberg renowned for its Cuckoo Clocks, also a popular area for hiking through the black forest. We passed a walking track leading into the forest with route maps, display boards on flora and fauna, a silvery stream; and a grassy green patch with wood carvings of the local fauna – very cute.
Glockenspiel and Cuckoo clocks
A large resort stands on the edge of the forest (Great Western), opposite a huge showroom full of Cuckoo clocks of all sizes, plus a large range of souvenirs of the Black Forest. The making and carving of clocks is demonstrated. At one end of the building is a large Glockenspiel that gives a balcony display of traditional German folk dancing and music on the hour. At the back of the building an old water-mill turns endlessly on its never-ending journey. A restaurant, part of the complex serves delicious light meals at reasonable prices.
Town of Triberg
The town of Triberg is also well-known for its stunning waterfalls. The falls are a series of waterfalls on the Gutach river. The Triberg waterfalls have a total vertical drop of 151 m. There is easy access to the waterfalls from the town. Triberg is a pretty town with some 5,000 inhabitants and a number of tourist attractions apart from the waterfalls, including the world’s biggest Cuckoo clock, and the Baden black forest railway, built between 1863 and 1873. The railway passes directly through the black forest, and provides wonderful views of the region.
Leaving the dark green forest and grassy green meadows now heading for medieval Freiburg……
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- Extravaganza – Schloss Linderhof | King Ludwig
- Hohenschwangau Neuschwanstein Schwangau
- Beautiful Schloss Neuschwanstein
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