Back to Nature in the Black Forest
Our family (2 adults with 15 and 11 year-old children) arrived at the property after an ardous 12 hour drive from southern England through the worst rain I've driven in. We were delighted, therefore, when Roland showed us around the Sattellei apartment. The living area was very spacious, light and airy, and the whole apartment was spotlessly clean. Cleanliness is a very high priority to the owners and it showed.
Our front balcony gave a lovely view over farmland to the forest (with just a very few houses in view), whilst the view from the bedroom balcony was over the valley itself. Although the opposite side of the valley is more built-up it was only by Black Forest standards and still gave a lovely view.
The kitchen was small but very well equipped and there was a comfortable sofabed in the lounge, which our 15 year old used after night one when her brother's snoring from the bottom bunk bed kept her awake all night!
The location is very quiet, punctuated only by the sound of a very occasional passing car, the moo of a cow, or a friendly 'hallo' from a passing hiker.
The area is ideal for hikers and cyclists with miles of peaceful trails through the forest, many leading to or passing by hikers' huts such as Sattelei and Pudelstein, that serve great food and drinks.
Tonbach and Baiersbronn are home to 3 Michelin starred restaurants (2 with 3 stars!) but these were unfortunately out of our modest price range. When eating in Baiersbronn I could recommend the Italian-Turkish place in the square behind the Tourist Info office. Nice people and good food.
A larger selection of restauarants, bars and upmarket shops can be found in Freudenstadt, which is only a 10 km drive away.
We visited Baden-Baden on a rainy day, but it's a very nice town with good shops. I would recommend a trip to the waterfall in Triberg. A really lovely place.
It's worth noting that not only does the Schwarzwald Guest Card get you discounts in certain places (e.g. Triberg) but it also entitles you to FREE travel on the local public transport (buses and trains). So you can give the car a holiday, too!
In summing up, our apartment was a credit to our hosts, Roland and Birgit, and is a perfect base for those wanting to put the rat-race on hold and get back into nature, whether on foot or on 2 wheels.
Tourists without a Car,
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