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The Black Forest Region is a blanket
of beautiful, rolling dark pine forest and small lakes. Dubbed the
Home of the German Soul, its landscape rises to about 4,000 ft/1,200
m and drops off steeply into valleys. This is the area where cuckoo
clocks are made and wood is carved the Old World
way. Older homes in this area are very picturesque. The Black Forest
is also very popular with hikers, cross-country skiers and ski jumpers.
Areas of interest include Titisee, Triberg (with a museum displaying local costumes), Gutach (visit the Vogtsbauernhof, an open-air museum) and Furtwangen (clock museum). Bad
Herrenalb, Baiersbronn, Hinterzarten, Freiburg. The region starts 80 mi/130 km south of Frankfurt and runs to the
The German holiday of Fastnacht, or Fartnet, as it is known in the Black Forest region, occurs in the time leading up to Lent. On Rosenmontag, or the Monday before Ash Wednesday, crowds of people line the streets, wearing masks. One prominent style of mask is the Black Forest Style, originating from the Black Forest Region.
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