Elzach — Black Forest Is The Magic Word

Following the Elz River in the Southern Black Forest, you’ll find the town of Elzach. Yup, I said the magic words Black Forest. But, this isn’t Elzach’s only quality, ya know.

There’s gotta be something special about it. Otherwise why would writer Ernest Hemingway have come to fish here?

Casting your line isn’t the only “sport” that you’re able to do around the place. Anyone looking for a quiet activity will certainly appreciate the Waldlehrpfad (Forest Trail) or the Nordic Walking trails that can be done with a comfortable pair of shoes and your own thoughts.

Who’s not to say that you won’t come up with a novel like Hemingway? Not all of you are allowed to be writers though — you’ll put me out of work. ;-)

So, let’s move on before I’m out of a job. Try paragliding and mountain biking. This way you’ll be too busy peddling and looking at the Black Forest scenery instead.

Too much activity? Less “adventurous” pursuits can be either a game of miniature golf, or a dip in the town’s heated outdoor swimming pool.

It’s all good… the pool is heated. The Black Forest isn’t exactly known for being a tropical destination.

What is known for is lots (and lots) of winter sports. If you’ve never tried snow shoeing, go on give it a shot. Careering down the mountainside while downhill skiing is a real rush; while cross-country skiing is a true test of endurance.

You’re on your own. I’m heading to the Weekly Market (Tuesdays & Saturdays) where I can buy freshly baked bread and other goodies.

Sounds like a plan. ;-)

When I’m done eating my way through the market, I’m going to see the castles. Well, not exactly, because nothing really remains of either Burg Hünersedel and Burg Katenmoos. They were here once, I swear.

If you don’t believe me, the Heimatmuseum (Local History Museum) at the Alte Sparkasse can explain it all.

The museum will also explain all about the Carnival Elzach, a winter event that’s so big it goes on for 3 days. It’s been this way since 1530, believe it or not.

Oh, I guess the magic word should’ve been “3-day Party” — but the Black Forest is just as good.

 

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