Publié le 20/07/2020

In Search of Bliss in the Black Forest

Winding roads leading through dense forests, world-class restaurants serving traditional cuisine with a modern take, and renowned hotels offering a sense of place – this is what makes up a trip to the Black Forest along the “Route du Bonheur.”

In Search of Bliss in the Black Forest

Panorama of the Black Forest

Winding roads leading through dense forests, world-class restaurants serving traditional cuisine with a modern take, and renowned hotels offering a sense of place – this is what makes up a trip to the Black Forest along the “Route du Bonheur.”

Known worldwide for its classic luscious cake and cult cuckoo clocks, southern Germany’s Black Forest attracts visitors with its mountainous landscape and relaxing energy. On the “Route du Bonheur,” you’ll pass the Hotel Dollenberg and the Hotel Bareiss, two longstanding luxury establishments to delight nature lovers and gourmets alike.
 

Time to relax in one of the many suites at Hotel Dollenberg. The mountain hut of Hotel Dollenberg is the ideal spot after long walks through the woods
The rustic interior of “Renchtalhütte”, the mountain hut of Hotel Dollenberg


At Hotel Dollenberg in Bad Peterstal, you’ll find yourself tucked in a small valley with stunning sunset views; the 17-acre grounds invite guests to explore the area on foot. Later, Chef Martin Herrmann of the two-star Le Pavillon restaurant nourishes body and soul after a day outdoors.
 

A must try: A slice of “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte” (Black forest cake)


Sourcing ingredients from nearby towns and rivers, his philosophy is clear: “We use many local products. Asparagus in spring, strawberries in summer, venison and chanterelles in autumn, lamb’s lettuce in winter.”

But what makes Black Forest cuisine so special? “In the past, the Alsatians, Badeners, and northern Swiss belonged to the Alemanni and they always enjoyed their food and drink. The importance given food quality is just as true today,” says Hermann. On Tuesdays, there’s a kitchen party, when guests can watch dishes being prepared and taste their way through the menu while listening to live music.
 


After a 30-minute drive through the forest from Hotel Dollenberg, you’ll arrive at Hotel Bareiss. With its own three-star restaurant, the hotel attributes Baiersbronn’s popularity to its being the village with the highest density of Michelin stars in Germany.
 

The traditional facade of Hotel Bareiss situated in the middle of Baiersbronn, home to the highest density of Michelin stars within Germany. © Hotel Bareiss
Restaurant Dorfstuben in the Hotel Bareiss offers a huge range of fine regional dishes


“Our cuisine is very traditional, but interpreted with contemporary flair. We focus on flavor, we always ensure the dishes taste good and, only then, that they look good, too,” says Chef Claus-Peter Lumpp about his unpretentious approach.
 

The delicacies on the menu by 3-star chef Claus-Peter Lumpp


The success of the Hotel Bareiss, with origins dating back to 1951, lies in the deeply rooted regionalism, from the hotel’s trout farm to the local pub where regulars and visitors mingle. And this is just what makes the Black Forest so uniquely appealing.
 

From the family inn opened in 1951 to today's gourmet restaurant, the Bareiss family has created a destination of excellence.

 

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