This morning we felt normal again after the long drive and some rough nights. We got ready and headed over to the nearby patisserie for breakfast. We picked up brioche, pain au chocolate, danishes, and croissants and ate them in the car.
As is our normal travel plan, we establish a general area to explore and something to do and see where it takes us. Today we decided to explore the famous Black Forest region of Germany and buy a cuckoo clock – something we’ve wanted since we visited Germany the first time.
Some internet searching led us to Triberg as the best place and the name of a couple of stores with a good reputation and prices. We wanted to buy something that we liked and would last, not just a souvenir.
Alsace and Colmar are right on the border with the Black Forest and took 90 minute drive to Triberg. We drove through some amazing scenery: distinctive houses, small towns, rivers, lush pastures, and of course, thick and dark forest.
As the home of the Brothers Grimm, Gummi Bears, and almost all modern folklore, it didn’t disappoint. It was easy to picture Heidi, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and other stories in this quiet place.
We stopped at the recommended “House of 1000 Clocks.” They really did have a lot. The kids behaved very well as we choose a wood cutting scene with a house. http://hausder1000uhren.de/about.php?lang=en
Rebecca, from Kansas, helped us and recommended a great restaurant in nearby Nubach.
We had a traditional German lunch with weiss beir, jeger schnitzel, spatzel, potato pancakes with applesauce, currywurst, and chocolate cake.
Afterwards we went into Triberg to see Germany’s highest waterfall and hike in the Black Forest. The waterfall and nature hike were wonderful. The red squirrels are famous, and you bring peanuts to feed them, but we only saw two squirrels running quickly up the hills.
We then walked through the town to window shop but there was nothing of interest. However, we did visit a wood carver’s shop, Oli’s Schnitztube, where a carver was building a clock and they had amazing and unique clocks. If we hadn’t had already purchased earlier, this would have been the place. If you’re interested in a cuckoo clock, our woodwork in the black forest, go here. http://www.olisschnitzstube.de
We then headed back to Colmar and picked up some good pizza at the Italian restaurant next door.