In the very southwest of Germany and bordering the French district of Bas-Rhin, the city of Achern is seen as a ‘green gateway’ to the vast and enchanting Black Forest. Situated just of the A5 autobahn this easily accessible destination sits at the entrance to the Acher river valley — and the amazing world within.
The fourth largest city in this district has a lot to offer and is very aimed at the traveler. Finding yourself at the bottom of the huge mountain range to the east and south, the only way is up. The highest local mountain is the Hornisgrinde at 1164m or 3820ft which would certainly make for an interesting day out.
The views from high in these mountains is definitely a sight to remember. The Upper Rhine valley spreads out below you to the north-east and the breathtaking panoramas and great expanses of woodland of the Northern Black Forest spread south.
Make sure you get your Schwarzwald-Gästekarte — your Black Forest Visitor Pass — off your hosts when you arrive in Achern, as this gives you 100’s of discounts off of museums, attractions and cultural events.
Also consider buying a cheap Konus card which gives you free local transport across the entire region. It makes exploring so much more fun — and eco-friendly!
Back in town you will find your well earned rest after trekking through the landscape. Take a short stroll along the banks of the gentle Acher river on your way to the delightful Altstadt. Here you can wend your way through the peaceful streets and admire some of the local architecture before settling down in a street-side cafe.
The symbol of the city will certainly warrant a visit and you’ll see why when you find it. The tiny St Nikolaus Chapel sits crooked in the more modern surrounding streets and has a tiny round tower on its front facade.
Once you have been round it a few times more, head to the rather interesting if not slightly unusual Sensen- und Heimatmuseum. The building used to be a sythe factory and now houses a ‘history of cutting tools’ display!