Using Freiburg as our base, we explored Germany’s Black Forest region by train. We sped by beautiful forests and gingerbread houses too fast for me to capture with my camera – after a few attempts I gave up and just enjoyed the view. If the weather was better and we were more experienced I would have liked to do some hikes, but that will have to be something for next time.
We stopped in Gengenbach, a small town whose claim to fame is the world’s largest advent calendar, created on the town hall and with a different theme or artist each year (this time was a ‘best of’). I wish we could have stayed for the evening celebrations! We also had my favourite variation of glühwein – the regular mulled wine with a dash of cherry liqueur and some sour cherries.
On another day we visited the spa town Baden-baden (which translates literally to Bathing-bathing) and spent a few hours in the spas and saunas. It reminded me a bit of Japan’s hotsprings, except that the sauna area is co-ed and strictly no clothing – definitely not for the shy!