This was always a favorite with us when we stayed in Germany, we've visited 9 times, and have seen it grow and grow. Our last visit was in 2008Europa park, is an amazing theme park and you will need a full day, if not 2 days at least to get all the way round . It is well laid out, so take your time to just wonder through..You will find,Switzerland,...more
St Trudpert Monastery has a small ,Baroque church open daily to the public. It's a grand building and worthy of a visit. The ground's are well kept, and there is a small well tended grave yard. At the entrance you will find a small begging fountain, if you wish to toss a couple of euros in to it he may smile!.It was built on the the place the St...more
This museum is part of the Badische Landesmuseum and you will find it on the ring road that runs round Staufen.It has original pottery with a Clay Pitt and potters wheel, a glass mill and a wood fire oven.Josef Maier and the Bauhaus educated ceramics specialist once worked here.If Ceramics is your thing, then this is not to be be missed.Park across...more
the Ecomusee, nr Mulhouse is a very unique place, with it's half timbered well preserved houses from all round the region, some dating back to the 12th century. They have demonstrations showing you how farming methods worked in the time's gone bye. There are craft demonstrations and historical performances , which bring the whole museum to life....more
Kaysersberg is in the Alsace region of France, was the birth place of Albert Schweitzer, this small beautiful village was handed back to the French after the 2nd world war. The half timber houses are well preserved, and a stroll down the side streets to find hidden gem's is a must. There are plenty of craft ,art and wine shop's .The village is...more
Staufen is overlooked by it's castle ruin, which stands on a hill full of vineyards. The castle, once property of the Lords of Staufen, was burned by the Swedish in the 17th century. When we leaned out of our hotel room window, we had a view on the ruin. It is illuminated at night. Spooky! Especially while we got imbued by all those Fausts stories...more
The Cafe Decker is by far my coffee house, they make all their own cake's, pastries and chocolate's. You can either sit outside and people watch, or inside at the one of the nicely presented tables. The service is very good and friendly. The decor is relaxed and comfortable.In September / October, their speciality is Schwiebel Kuchen a sort of...more
We had dinner in the restaurant of the hotel where we overnighted.I felt not at ease to take a photo of this beautiful restaurant room. It was as if I would disturb the cosy atmosphere. But there is a very good picture on the website of the hotel.For a dinner without Medieval feeling, one can also eat outside on the terrace. What could we choose...more
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This is such a quiet laid back little place, the nightlife mainly revolves around food and drink. Eating at one of the many good restaurants in town, then maybe a walk down the main street, thats as good as it gets. When there is a festival on, you will find local band's playing traditional music and the nights are full of fun and festivity.
Dress Code: In the evening's "tidy " dress is all you need.
Ticket's for this region can be bought from machine's at the railway station, multi tickets are a good buy, and can be used all around the area,even as far as Freiburg, and on the tram's, also on the park "n" ride in Freiburg.
The local Staufen train goes from Bad Krozingen to Munstertal calling on all the small places in between.
There are lot's of lovely shop's selling hand made chocolates, local wine and produce .The shopkeeper's will wrap them up with ribbon if it's a gift for someone.
Do not miss buying the locally made Schnapps.
They have a shop selling souvenirs and craft's.
There are supermarkets in the area.
It is worth knowing that the shop's close on a Saturday afternoon and remain closed until Monday.
Bank Holiday's you will find little open.
What to buy: Schnapps.
Hand Made Chocolates.
Every year at the end of September, Staufen holds a couple of big festivals, this year (05)Stages was all about the storming of Staufen, and a reenactment was performed at the gates to the town. People were in costume and the atmosphere is always good.They had stalls selling, crafts, food and wine, and there are many kinds of street entertainment...more
This being a large wine producing area, why not sit with the locals, around a wine bar in the open air, tasting the wine's of the region right outside the main wine producer. Schlossberger wine bar is open every afternoon, people seem to gather and sit and sip this lovely wine. The week-ends are always busy and there is a nice buzz about the place....more
Luggage and bags:
If you are camping don't forget your mosquito repellent and water purifying Tablets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking shoes
Wet Weather gear
Swimming trunks bath robe and towels if you are visiting the Spa's.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Include insect bite cream and suntan lotion.
This is a walker's paradise, you can buy walking guides from new agent's or the tourist office and most shop's, there are guided walks arranged through out the region, taking you up into the forest.
Try walking along the wine trail up to the Castle in Staufen, or along the railway track from the centre of Staufen that Winds down through the countryside and head's out towards Dietzelbach, This takes you into the forest and then follow the marked paths to Munstertal, stop off on the way. You will find many path's and picnic area's. Don't forget your camera and bottle of water. Bird lover's will not be disappointed either. In Mustertal there are plenty of cafes a local museum telling you all about the charcoal and mining that once went on in the area, or carry on through the village into the beautiful forest.
Ask at your Hotel or Campsite for a Gaste Karte, they are free and they entitle you to a percentage off entrances to the museums and other attraction's in the area including the Spa bath's.
There is a new type of card out now, called the Konus card, it gives you free transport on buses, trams and trains, in most parts of the Black Forest. Read about it here.
Fondest memory: We traveled to Freiburg and used the trams for free.
We used the trains into Bad Krozingen, Staufen and Munstertal,with no problems.