No matter which time of the year you visit the Black Forest Highlands in SouthWest Germany you will find a unique and beautiful landscape. There is no doubt in the mind, that the Black Forest Highlands turns into a surreal and magical dreamworld during wintertime. Snow covered trees and forests, sparkling white hills and plains as well as frozen lakes and waterfalls wait to be discovered. Situated at an altitude of approximately 850 to 1,439 meters, the holiday region of the Black Forest Highlands offers visitors a great variety of attractions during the winter months. Enjoy unique views over the Black Forest and as far as the Rhine valley, Swiss Alps and French Vosges from the region´s cloudless peaks and relax in some first-class wellness and spa areas. It is the time of the year when days are short and you enjoy the evening cuddled up in a firelit warm living room. But what would be a nice and chilled evening without some exercise in the morning? It is also the time of the year where people head out early, put on skis and try to be the first person on the run, carving out the first tracks onto the freshly covered ski slopes. With more than 38 lifts and 63 kilometres, Feldberg is the largest ski area, north of the alps. Whether you are an expert in the search for challenging FIS-World Cup-slopes or a beginner who is trying your first turn, Feldberg is the perfect ski area for everyone.
Why not use the chance to combine a trip to the Black Forest Highlands with a ski course? At Feldberg you even get the chance to learn how to “Ski-in-a-day” in a four hours ski course. You don´t have to carry your ski jacket, pants and equipment, as you can rent everything at the ski school. With our Red Inclusive Card, which you receive when staying two or more nights at one of more than 450 accommodations, you get the ski pass for free, covering every full day of your stay. For those who aren´t excited about skiing there are countless other opportunities for a fresh winter day. Why not go on a toboggan run on soft snowy hills? With our Rodel-to-go and the Red Inclusive Card you can even rent a sledge at various renting stations in the area. Fun for the whole family is guaranteed. A special way to experience the winter landscape is on a snowshoe hike. The crackling snow beneath your shoes, the snow-covered trees above your head and the fresh and cool air surrounding your body, is an experience you will never forget. You can go on a guided torch snowshoe hike under the starry sky. One of these tours brings you to a magical place where a luminous sea of lights illuminates the entrance to the Ravenna Gorge. Here, a unique Christmas market takes places on the four Advent Weekends in November & December. Beneath an ancient train viaduct, local craftsmen and producers offer their products in little wooden cabins, scattered over the area. You see radiant faces bustle around fireplaces while enjoying mulled wine and regional culinary delights.
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Nestled right before the entry of the Christmas market in a pristine romantic countryside lies the majestic Hofgut Sternen Hotel. It is here that Black Forest tradition and modernity meet. On wandering through the area, you notice the deep hip rooves of the buildings straight away, inspired by traditional Black Forest architecture. With its 360 glass panes, the roof of the Steigen Haus is an impressive modern twist on the typical wood shingle constructions of the region. As well as a four-star hotel with 107 rooms and refined Black Forest cuisine, Hofgut Sternen’s guests can enjoy a variety of cultural and traditionally rich offers. Here, they can discover the world-famous handicrafts of the Black Forest, such as hand-carved cuckoo clocks and an exclusive selection of branded goods that are “Made in Germany”. The GlasManufaktur Hofgut Sternen is a rare treat to experience. In the studio, which is open to the public, two glass artists create unique designer objects as well as jewellery made of glass (Sternen Glas). Get involved in an active Black Forest experience and take part in one of Hofgut Sternen’s cooking and baking workshops or go on a guided tour on the theme of history or sustainable energy. Sustainability is of utmost importance to the region. Since 2016, Hofgut Sternen has been generating its own heat and energy using renewable energy sources. Hofgut Sternen is now designated as a sustainable destination. Bringing together the experience of nature with refined cuisine, craftsmanship, sustainability and the hospitality that is typical of the Black Forest makes Hofgut Sternen – The Black Forest Village a unique place to visit for both individuals as well as groups.
After an action-packed day in the snow recover and stock up on energy at one of the spas and indoor swimming pools like the `Badeparadies Schwarzwald.’ Here you can relax under hundreds of palm trees. Or enjoy your evening in one of the several hotels with day spa and relax facilities. Seven hotels in the holiday region have the Wellness Stars, Germany seal of approval, which guarantees the independently verified quality in the area of wellness. Wrap yourself in warm and swaddling clothes and enjoy the rest of the evening in befitting environs that can only be found in the Black Forest Highlands located in SouthWest Germany.
For more information visit www.tourism-bw.com and www.visitblackforest.info.
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