So you came for the cake, right? Well, you might just be surprised to learn that the Black Forest has far more to offer when it comes to its food scene. This southwestern chunk of Germany is home to some of the country's hottest gourmet restaurants – some shining with three Michelin stars.

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Even the most simple of restaurants prides itself on season- and region-driven cuisine, from forest-foraged mushrooms to wild game and freshly fished trout. Schwarzwälder Schinken (dry-smoked ham seasoned with pepper) is perfect for picnics – serve with a crusty baker's loaf. Most meals end with a stiff shot of fruit brandy or eau de vie, made at one of the region's 28,000 family-run microdistilleries.