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titi4After Frankfurt, the road trip continued to the southwestern of Germany, where Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is located. Why is it called Black Forest? It gets its name from the scenic dark canopy of evergreens, mostly consists of pines and firs.

Is this Black Forest related to black forest cake? Indeed. The world-known cake is originated from the region. The authenticity comes from the chocolate sponge layer, cream, local cherries and Kirschwasser with a noticeable cherry spirit flavour. Covered with cream and decorated with cherries and grated chocolate, it tastes even more extraordinary.

The regional speciality is not limited to Black Forest cake, but also its cuckoo clocks. The pendulum-regulated clock is manufactured in the Black Forest. 

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Variety of Cuckoo Clocks

The most popular spot to visit is the Lake Titisee. Located in the southern part of Black Forest, Lake Titisee is a beautiful, picturesque lake with its crystal-clear water. Although it is a tourist village, don’t expect those hustle-bustle tourist activities. Generally, visitors come to do relax and healthy activities such as water sports, rent boats and sail the lake on your own or take a tour on a large boat.

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The area surrounded was revamped as a waterfront promenade with shops and restaurants along the street. You can take a seat at one of the cafe for hours, thinking nothing but enjoy the marvellous setting of the lake. Forget about the negativity, breathe in the positivity of the surroundings. Kids chattering, people strolling with their dogs by the lake… If you are like me, enjoy watching these different emotions, you will love visiting Lake Titisee.

 

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Frankfurt airport is among the busiest in Europe. That explains why I visited Frankfurt 3 times during this year EU trip. Twice for transits and change flights, and once for a city tour before moving on to my next destination to Swiss.

Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Modern Frankfurt displays most avant-garde skyscrapers, some are the highest in Europe. On the other hand, some neighbourhood still maintained the old buildings from 19th century. Forget about seeing the modern side of the city, the old city offers more things. One of the city’s important landmark is the City Hall or The Römer, a medieval building in the old city (called the Altstadt).frank

Opposite The Römer, is the Old St. Nicholas Church. The area is very touristy but there are a lot to see and do. You can walk around admiring the beautiful buildings or shop for souvenirs. But what I will recommend is to try the local food or beer at the cafes, bars or restaurants around.

Beer has played a major part of German culture. I am not a beer-person, but it would be a great experience to try the local beer. I had a glass of Shöfferhofer Hefeweizein, on the nose was creamy banana with gentle clove hints and in the mouth was smooth, soft, drinkable and easy for a non-beer person. 

Done with the local drink, moving on to the local food. Germany are famous for their meat and sausage. Pork knuckles and Bratwurst (sausage)most popular and most common local food that worth for trying. Usually the portion comes with side dishes such as boiled potato and sour cabbage (called Sauerkraut).

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Shöfferhofer

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The square is only 2 minutes walk from the beautiful Main River. It’s the longest river flowing all in Germany. Over the river, the Iron Bridge (Eiserner Steg) serves as a pedestrian walkway connects the city centre with the Sachsenhausen. The Iron Bridge has been standing for more than one hundred years. It offers great views of the Frankfurt skyline.

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On the opposite side of the Main River bank, another important landmark around is the St. Paul´s Church (Paulskirche). Made from red sandstone, the building was Frankfurt’s largest and most modern hall. It was used as the meeting place for the first German national assembly. Up until now, it stands as the symbol of German democracy.

Part View of St. Paul Church

Part View of St. Paul Church

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The hall in front of St. Paul’s Church

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