Hotel Traube Tonbach – Baiersbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

R&R Deep in the Heart of the Black Forest

The Traube Tonbach is one of the Black Forest’s great resorts: big, well equipped, excellently situated in a lush green valley in this fabled south­west corner of Germany. There are spa and beauty treatments and sporting facilities galore, all of which pale next to the large hotel’s famous restaurant Die Schwarzwaldstube (Black Forest Room).

France and its gastronomic capital of Strasbourg are just over the border, and the French influence is reflected in the refined style of head chef Harald Wohlfahrt: witness his signature grilled pigeon with chanterelle mushrooms. In the fif­teen years he has held court here, Wohlfahrt has brought the kitchen from strength to strength.

A few days of meandering through this ancient forest with such sublime food awaiting your return is the perfect scenario. Despite the density of its lofty fir trees, this southwestern corner of Germany is filled with sunny charm at every turn. The hotel, owned and run by the Finkbeiner family for more than 200 years, is within striking distance of dozens of different hiking, bike-riding, and motoring trails and a memorable historic railroad journey.

Hitch up with the classic Schwartzwald Hochstrasse (the Black Forest Crest Road), from Baden-Baden in the northwest to Freudenstadt in the southeast for 41 miles of natural beauty.

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