Der Schwarzwald (Tag 1): Gengenbach, Germany

Since moving to Europe, I have not travelled during our Fall Break, which is always at the end of October or beginning of November. There are multiple reasons I haven’t travelled, and I wasn’t going to this year either, but I decided to tag along with a friend to the Black Forest, which is in the western part of Germany.

I do not regret my decision.

The Black Forest is beautiful at any time of year, but during autumn it is so rich with color that I was taken aback many times. I did not go on tours, visit museums, or even try out different food. What I did was walk around different cities, go on hikes, and simply enjoy nature. So these posts will primarily include pictures, with little to no detail about the cities themselves.

First, let’s start with where I stayed: a nice little guesthouse run by an older Italian gentleman who was happy to feed us and give us suggestions on what to do in the area.

Our residence for the night

Our residence for the night

 

We dropped our bags off and quickly went off to explore the city. This is what we found:

Same gate, but from inside the old city

Same gate, but from inside the old city

 

The buildings have a stereotypical “German” style, as you can see:

 

Of course there were religious buildings…

The entrance to the cloisters

The entrance to the cloisters

 

And a few more images of city life in Gengenbach:

 

Now for nature! This wasn’t the most beautiful area we visited, but the river is nice and relaxing and I can see why people enjoy it. (click on the pictures to enlarge them)

 

And the flora was pretty nice as well:

 

Lastly, there were some pretty awesome paintings lining the bridge over the river. I took a few pictures (and of course I have a favorite! Can you guess which?).

 

Did anyone guess it? Can anyone tell which painting is my favorite??

Cyprus!

Cyprus!

 

After a freshly prepared breakfast, we hopped on a train to Triberg, a town known for its world-famous cuckoo clocks. But Triberg had more to offer than hand-crafted clocks…


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