#Blogmas - A White Black Forest

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2 years ago when I was living in Germany, my friends and I booked an AirBnB in the heart of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) for a weekend away. We rented a car and drove down the Autobahn right into the hills late November. The AirBnB was like a ski lodge, super cosy and perfect for a winter escape.

Our first day was spent in the pouring rain in Freiburg, which is an absolutely gorgeous town, though admittedly much prettier in the sunshine. We admired colourful, fancy buildings and took a break from the unrelenting rain to try out Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Gataeu)  and warm up with coffee. When we got back, dried off and settled in for the night with some wine, the rain turned to snow. It was the first snow of the year, so we all got very excited (being British and all) at it coming down thick and fast and prayed it would lay.

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In the morning I woke up at 6am to thick fog clinging to the hills and a completely white landscape. At that time in the morning, as the soft light is appearing from the horizon and there’s not a single noise from anywhere, it’s so magical. I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but I sat there alone on the balcony, snapping away on my DSLR, mesmerised by the beauty of the scene in front of me, and a little bit freezing too.

Once everyone else had woke up, we had some breakfast, wrapped up warm in as many layers as possible, kitted out with wellies, gloves and wooly hats and drove further into the forest for a snowy walk.

Black Forest, Germany | www.hannahemilylane.com
Black Forest, Germany | www.hannahemilylane.com

Oh it was cold, but I cannot even put into words how beautiful and magical the snow blanketing the hills and trees was. Everywhere I looked, I wanted to take a picture and capture that moment forever. But you can’t truly ‘capture a moment’. These photos will show you some of the beauty of it, but it will never compare to seeing it in person.

Because it was the first snow of the season, the ski resorts hadn’t opened yet, and it was so peaceful and quiet, and it really added to the magic of it all. We barely saw anyone else on our walk, and luckily we found a little cafe halfway round that was actually open so we could warm up with a hot chocolate before heading back to the car.

Black Forest, Germany | www.hannahemilylane.com
Black Forest, Germany | www.hannahemilylane.com
Black Forest, Germany | www.hannahemilylane.com
Black Forest, Germany | www.hannahemilylane.com

Once we’d all officially lost feeling in our fingers and toes, we headed home to watch TV and films and warm up. We cooked a roast to really top off the wintery day we’d had.

On our way back to Frankfurt the next day, we stopped at Triberg. This place was impossibly more magical than the day before. We stopped at the top of the hill, and headed down, past the sign that said no entry, woops.

But that meant we were alone and it was so bloody peaceful. The snow started falling again as we walked down alongside the streams and waterfalls among the trees. Again, this moment cannot be encapsulated in a photo.

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These waterfalls are the tallest in Germany and absolutely stunning in the snow. The white of the snow, the clear water, the dark rocks and trees. The colours, the whole view was just beautiful.

I love travelling in Germany, and though Germany is great in the summer with the chilled vibes and BBQs in parks and beers by the rivers, there’s something about winter in Germany you just can’t beat. The Black Forest is beyond beautiful in winter with the snowy landscapes, and the Christmas markets in the towns. If you ever want a festive break, I cannot recommend this place enough. It’s just perfect.

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