Since the weather forecast for Saturday was good, I suggested to Jan that we should go somewhere. After all, this could be the last sunny weekend we experience this year. Cold days are coming! We decided on Triberg in the Black Forest.
Triberg features the highest accessible waterfalls in Germany – do not be fooled by all the advertising that labels them the highest! It’s a lie… the actual highest is the Röthbach Waterfall in Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, but getting to that one requires a boat ride then a hike! Triberg is slightly more accessible…
We took the Schwarzwaldbahn (Blackforest Train) to Triberg, arriving at 11:45 a.m., so after going on a hunt for a bank, our first stop was lunch! We chose to go to the Marktplatzstube, because it looked at least slightly less touristy than most of the other restaurants. It’s basically an Italian restaurant and the menu is fairly standard, but I thought the food was good. Jan had canneloni with lots of meat and cheese while I chose the salmon ravioli.
It was a gorgeous sunny day and autumn was in full swing… so many beautiful colours! Walking through town, I was so warm I actually took my coat off – although I put it back on again once we got to the waterfall! It’s much chillier there, what with the shade from the trees and the water acting like natural air conditioning. Here are a few photos of the town and our walk to the waterfall.
It costs €3.50 to visit the waterfalls, but I think that’s okay considering how well maintained the trail was. Where you pay the entrance fee, you can also buy small bags of peanuts to feed the squirrels – apparantly they like to hang around near the top of the waterfall and are fairly tame. We didn’t actually see any squirrels though, so we started feeding the many birds hovering around instead. We would place a peanut on the fence, step back and wait for a bird to notice. One of the many information boards informed us that these birds are called Nutcrackers, or Spotted Nutcrackers.
It took a lot of peanuts to get that second shot!
Once we’d finished looking at the waterfall and having fun with birds, we decided to take one of the other trails through the woods – the Kulturpfad (Culture Trail). Once we got away from the waterfall, there were a lot fewer people around. And we were soon rewarded with a sighting of a black squirrel to share some of our remaining nuts with!
Where the trail left the woods, we discovered a small lake with ducks and a church, the Wallfahrtskirche. There was also a children’s playground beside the lake. From there, we took the road back into town and stopped from some Neuer Wein (Young Wine – it’s wine that’s just starting to ferment) before heading back to the train station.
Triberg is quite a nice little town, but it is incredibly touristy (as you can tell by the entire street ouf souvenir/Black Forest cuckoo clock shops near the entrance to the waterfall!). Personally, I think we picked the right time of year to go, when it was still warm but not too crowded… it was actually possible to have my photo taken in front of the waterfall without a dozen other people being in the picture! And of course there’s the added bonus of all the autumn colours, which you wouldn’t have in July or August. I wouldn’t recommend going if the weather is bad, but on a sunny day the waterfall and culture trail make for a nice walk. There’s also a Black Forest Museum if you find yourself with a few extra hours to kill once you’ve had enough nature.