If nothing else, the food alone is worthy of a trip to the Black Forest region of Germany. As the country’s most popular gourmet destination, no other region has been awarded so many Michelin stars and other gourmet awards, which include 37 Michelin stars across 29 restaurants. Hotel Traube Tonbach and Hotel Bareiss in Baiersbronn in the north of the region both boast three Michelin Stars, and Hotel Sackmann also shines with two Stars. More than 300 chefs in the region have been heralded with accolades from gourmet and gastronomical guides. Menus at local inns here will reveal a love of the countryside and a passion to use regional ingredients, taking Baden-Swabian, Swiss and Alsatian cuisines to new heights.
Dishes such as venison Baden-Baden and bibiliskäs with brägele — a fine curd cheese with herbs and roast potatoes, along with the world-famous Black Forest gateau and Black Forest ham turn a normal holiday into an epicurean delight.
Outstanding Baden wines, savoury beers, mineral waters and schnapps complement the dishes on offer. Winemakers also host a variety of sociable wine festivals, tastings and stays in surrounding wine villages.
Top 5 culinary experiences
1 Enjoy regional wine and local food in one of the numerous Straußenwirtschaften — a traditional German wine tavern.
2 Taste regional Baden wine when visiting one of more than 200 wineries.
3 Stop in the cosy Vesperhütten (rustic eateries) during a tour on the gourmet trails.
4 Learn how to make your own Black Forest gateau.
5 Visit one of the distilleries, and don’t forget to buy Kirschwasser.