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Instagramming The Black Forest in Southern Germany.

March 23, 2013

During my 18 months of living in Berlin, I travelled good and hard. My adventures usually took me away to other countries like Poland, Hungary and Italy but almost never anywhere else in Germany.

And one area of my homeland that I really wanted to experience was the Black Forest (Schwarzwald auf Deutsch), a wooded mountain region in Southern Germany famous for ham, cake and cuckoo clocks.

Finally, last June I got my chance to go when I spent the better part of a week volunteering as an “anglo” with Englischhausen, an English immersion program for Germans.

Meeting up in Munich, our group of volunteers began a brief half-day road trip that would bring us to the small town of Hornberg.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.
Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Staying a resort just outside of town, the Black Forest served as the perfect backdrop for a jam packed week of intensive English language instruction.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Each day we had one-on-one meetings with the German participants in the program. When it wasn’t raining (as it did a lot that week), we’d often escape the resort for a walk through the forest to make the most of our beautiful and peaceful surroundings.

Our group even went on a hike into the forest together where we went on a geocaching treasure hunt. Errrrrr, nerd alert!

Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.
Black Forest in Southern Germany.

Black Forest in Southern Germany.
Black Forest in Southern Germany.

The long walks and hikes were especially needed after indulging on Black Forest ham and cake!

My only regret is that I was never able to get beyond the resort to fully explore all that the Black Forest has to offer. After all, I was there to volunteer (aka work) and was not on a leisurely vacation. Cue for a sad face and one single tear … I know you feel sorry for me, I know you do!

Jokes aside, I don’t see it as a bad thing at all. I’d love to return again someday and spend a long weekend doing a health and wellness retreat. The area is famous for their spas and since I’m completely comfortable being naked in German saunas, I’m already one step ahead of the game! 😉

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  • Reply Jeremy Branham March 24, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Great photos! I would love to explore the Black Forest. As a hiker who loves Europe, it would be fun to explore. Great photos!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 24, 2013 at 9:30 am

      @Jeremy – Thanks! It’s beautiful so hope you make it there soon. 🙂

  • Reply Matthew Hirtes March 24, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Lovely article, Cheryl. Your photos remind me that Germany is one of my favourite European countries. And that a return visit is long overdue.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

      @Matthew – It seems everyone here who’s left a comment should form a group and head to the Black Forest! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea March 24, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Looks magical – we were going to hike when we were in Freiburg but had rainy weather. Have to go back!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

      @Andrea – Oh no! You must go back then. It rained almost every day I was there but luckily there were moments of sunshine here and there.

  • Reply Ruth (Tanama Tales) March 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    This area is beautiful and then you were able to capture with all those lovely clouds. Amazing!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 24, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      @Ruth – I love cloudy days for this reason! Makes for such pretty photos. 🙂

  • Reply Cathy Sweeney March 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve been oh-so-close to the Black Forest on my trips to Germany, but haven’t actually made it there yet. Love your beautiful photos of the area. I didn’t know that the Black Forest was known for its spas. Guess I’ll have to put that on my list, too.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

      @Cathy – Well, then you must join everyone else in the party and get there soon. 🙂

  • Reply Laurel April 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful photos! They make me homesick for the Black Forest. I used to go there almost every weekend when I lived in Stuttgart, but since moving to Munich, I haven’t been back once.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard April 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      @Laurel – Thank you. And awww, hope you get there soon. 🙂

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