There's something about a cuckoo clock that has people envisaging Switzerland or a remote alpine hut, but they originate from the Black Forest, although the historical tales are unclear about who invented them first. Titisee has the cuckoo clock visitor's center and a fabulous array of design, all handcrafted from wood and filling the air with their distinctive chimes. They're symbolic of the region, a bizarre tradition that's just as important now as it was in the 18th century. Cheese is another authentic slice of local life, and you'll find it made on farms across the region. In Titisee, stop at a small farm to explore the flavors, the majority of them on the rich and creamy end of the scale.
Germany is all about surprise, even when it comes to the food. Forget frankfurters and bratwurst as the culinary menu is far more sophisticated, especially in the Black Forest town of Baiersbronn. Aromatic brilliance spills from the town's kitchens; surreal menus blend mosaics of fresh produce, and the pursuit of perfectionism is found in the town's restaurants. Tiny Baiersbronn, population 15,000, is home to eight Michelin stars. It's worth the overnight stop just for the food, but there are also the captivating farmhouses, luxuriant hotel spa, and rolling hiking trails. For tonight, you've got a table where the menu blends sublime innovation with a love for the aesthetics. The dining room has just eight tables, and the attention to detail is exquisite, complimented by a wonderful selection of wine.
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