Our ultimate destination for this trip was Titisee, a serene lake in the heart of the Black Forest. My friend found a package deal that included our train tickets and two nights in a lakeside hotel (that fed us a breakfast buffet each morning and three course dinner each evening). It was pretty nice.
We walked around town a little, enjoyed the heated indoor swimming pool, and spent a brief minute in the crazy hot sauna. Two activities stood out the most, though: cruising the lake on a boat tour and hiking the circumference of the lake.
Here are some shots from the boat. (click on pictures to enlarge)
The cruise was only half an hour, but it was enough to see the lake. I took a nap after the cruise while my friend went for a hike along a nearby lake, but when I woke up I went for a hike around the lake we were visiting.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve always seen Germany has a dreary place with lots of clouds and misty rain, but this hike made me reconsider my perspective. As soon as I walked off the beach and into the surrounding woods, I felt like I was in a fairy tale. Take a look for yourself:
The hike was decent (two to three miles, I believe), but totally worth it. It didn’t matter that it was misting the entire time or that I was a little cold or that the sun was starting to go down… being completely surrounded by (and alone with) nature was pretty amazing. I definitely see the appeal of doing “nature” vacations and I think I’ll plan more in my future.
For now, one last look of the lake (from the shore):