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Top Choice Christmas in Gengenbach

Gengenbach Advent Calendar

Every December, Gengenbach rekindles childhood memories of opening tiny windows when the Rathaus morphs into the world’s biggest Advent calendar. At 6pm daily, one of 24 windows is opened to reveal a festive scene. …
Top Choice Museum in Gutach

Vogtsbauernhof

The Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum spirals around the Vogtsbauernhof, a self-contained early-17th-century farmstead. Farmhouses shifted from their original locations have been painstakingly reconstructed here, using …
Top Choice Distillery in Alpirsbach

Monkey 47

Embracing the global craft gin craze, Monkey 47 has scooped awards for its batch-distilled, handcrafted dry gin, with piney, peppery notes. Distillery tours are free, but the early monkey gets the banana – it's by a…
Carnival in Haslach

Elzach Fasnacht

Trallaho! Wearing hand-carved masks and tricorn hats adorned with snail shells, Schuttige (ghoulish masked characters) dash through Elzach’s streets cracking Saublodere (pig bladders) – dodge them unless you wish fo…
Monastery in Alpirsbach

Kloster Alpirsbach

All the more evocative for its lack of adornment, this 11th-century former Benedictine monastery effectively conveys the simple, spiritual life in its Romanesque three-nave church, spartan cells and Gothic cloister,…
Carnival in Schiltach

Schramberg Fasnacht

Parade protagonists include the hoorige Katz (hairy cat) and the hopping Hans. Even more spectacular, however, is Da-Bach-Na-Fahrt, where characters hurtle down the river in wooden bathtubs. Schramberg is 10km south…
Square in Gengenbach

Marktplatz

Between the town’s two tower-topped gates sits the triangular Marktplatz, dominated by the Rathaus, an 18th-century pink-and-cream confection. The fountain bears a statue of a knight, a symbol of Gengenbach’s mediev…
Square in Schiltach

Marktplatz

Centred on a trickling fountain, the sloping, triangular Marktplatz is Schiltach at its picture-book best. The frescoes of its step-gabled 16th-century Rathaus depict scenes from local history.
Museum in Gutach

Duravit Design Centre

If giant cuckoo clocks and Black Forest gateau no longer thrill, how about a trip to the world’s largest loo? Drive on the B33 to Hornberg and there, in all its lavatorial glory, stands the titanic toilet dreamed up…
Museum in Haslach

Schwarzwälder Trachtenmuseum

Haslach’s 17th-century former Capuchin monastery houses this museum, showcasing flamboyant costumes and outrageous hats, the must-have accessories for the well-dressed Fräulein of the 1850s. Look out for the Black F…