After a delicious buffet breakfast on Thursday 3 October we hit the road once more and wound our way through the deep, dark Black Forest to Trieberg.
Framed by three mountains (hence the name), Triberg is a clockwork shrine to German punctuality with two duelling cuckoo clocks that claim to be the world’s largest. It is also famous for THE original Black Forest Cake at Café Schäfer. Not wanting to go without, we thought it best to burn our breakfast calories before morning tea and spent a couple of hours walking alongside Germany’s highest waterfalls before entering the small town.
After exploring the cuckoo town, admiring the local wood carvings, and indulging in the heavily liquored Black Forest cake, we jumped back in the car and continued on our way to Freudenstadt.
We checked into our boutique accommodation at Hotel Warteck and pottered about town for the afternoon. A highlight was the ‘rough around the edges’ mini golf course on the outskirts of town where I lost my cool on an impossible hole but managed to scrape a two shot win!
On Friday we walked up to the Kienberg (Freudenstadt’s mountain) and took in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from Herzog-Friedrich-Turm.
Our next destination was swish and sexy Baden-Baden. We drove up tiny roads and narrow alleys to reach our accommodation and were blown away by the picturesque Hotel Rebenhof, situated on rolling hills in the greenest of vineyards.
After a quick lunch we jumped back in the car to get our Roman on in the thermal waters of Caracalla Spa. Boasting an indoor pool with massage jets, neck shower jets, bubble seats and beds, two outdoor pools with a water current channel and whirlpools, hot and cold water grottos, aroma steam baths, brine inhalation rooms, solariums and relaxation lounges, the spa was a wonderfully relaxing treat.
Oh, and did I mention the adults only (aka ‘in your birthday suit’) area with steam baths and saunas ranging from 47°C to the fire sauna at 95°C? It was hot! And just to be clear, I’m talking about the temperature!