Lenzkirch — Invigorating Between Two Lakes

A wise woman once said, “travel is a feeling,” or something similar to that effect.

While I might have the exact quote a bit askew, it doesn’t change the fact she’s correct. And nowhere other than in Lenzkirch in the Black Forest region is that more evident.

The feelings you’ll get while exploring around town can run the gamut — everything from delight to excitement, invigorated to even relaxed. How’s this possible?

The relaxed part is easy to explain, since Lenzkirch is a health resort town, neatly located between the Titisee and the Schluchsee. The cooler air up here in the mountainous region can do amazing things for a flustered mind.

OK, there’s that, and not to mention Lenzkirch has some wonderful hiking trails like the Schwarzwald-Querweg. Plus, in the winter (thanks to that high elevation again) there are some 30km of cross-country skiing trails, and a toboggan run.

Not everyone gets excited about winter, so for you summer loving folks out there Lenzkirch thinks of you, too. The town is host to something known as the Lenzkircher Wanderwochen (Hiking Weeks). What that means for you are daily guided tours in Spring and Fall.

Hey, if you’re lucky on a clear day you can see all the way to nearby Switzerland and France from atop its observation tower. Pretty gosh-darn cool, I must say.

Try to come around the end of June, this way you’ll be here for the Eulogiusritt. Not easy to say, but it’s easy to have a good time at an event dedicated to the Patron Saint of Horses and Crafts. The whole thing kicks off over by the picturesque Rathaus (Town Hall) at the Church of St. Nicholas.

C’mon, you didn’t think you’d find some old architecture around here? Please, the 18th century Church of St. Nicholas isn’t even that old compared to some of Lenzkirch’s other churches found throughout its five districts. One of its chapels has been here since 1275, although with its more modern onion dome it doesn’t appear that way.

And over in the village of Gr├╝nwald there was a monastery that dates all the way back to the year 1350. Which, coincidentally, is more than a hundred years younger than Burg Alt-Urach. That’s right, Lenzkirch even has its own castle — or perhaps I should say it did have one, since this one’s been a ruin for hundreds of years.

I told you Lenzkirch had everything to make you feel invigorated, relaxed, and excited. What’s not to love about the Hochschwarzwald?

 

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