At the heart of Freudenstadt, the sprawling, arcaded Marktplatz and the streets fanning out from it harbour rows of shops, restaurants, pizzerias and cafes with al fresco seating.

Reach for the Stars

Swinging along country lanes 11km north of Freudenstadt brings you to Tonbach and Baiersbronn-Mitteltal, snuggled among meadows and wooded hills. These neighbouring villages are home to two of Germany’s finest restaurants, both holders of the coveted three Michelin stars.

Schwarzwaldstube has phenomenal forest views from its dining room, which does country sophistication to perfection. Here head chef Torsten Michel walks the culinary high-wire, priding himself on carefully sourcing ingredients while staying true to French cooking traditions.

Claus-Peter Lumpp has received the highest of accolades for his exquisitely assembled, French-inspired menus at Restaurant Bareiss. The ingredient-driven, punctilious dishes are presented with a great deal of flair, precision and creativity.