Village in Schwarzwaldhochstrasse

As storybook Black Forest villages go, Ottenhöfen fits the bill nicely with its plethora of lovingly restored watermills (best explored on the 12km Mühlenweg), slender-spired church and farmhouses snuggled among low-rise wooded hills. Climbers and hikers can head up to the knobbly peak of Karlsruher Grat. The surrounding area is criss-crossed with family-friendly walking trails and mountain-bike routes.