Bad Herrenalb – Be surrounded by nature
Location: A beautiful setting in the Black Forest
Just 30 kilometres from Karlsruhe and 55 kilometres from Stuttgart with its international airport. Almost hidden away in the northern reaches of the Black Forest lies this beautiful little spa town. It is served by a delightful, electric tram that uses the old railway connection to Karlsruhe. Taking only around 30 minutes, this journey through the lush, tree-lined hills to reach the city is popular with visitors and locals alike. The town is also easy to reach by car, and if you are travelling from the nearest airport at Stuttgart, it will take you just over one hour in normal traffic to reach.
Culture: Take a trip to the religious buildings and ruins
The old convent ruins are just outside the town, but are well worth the walk on an easy trail through the hills. The convent was founded in the 12th Century and completely rebuilt in 1696 with a Baroque church attached. The monastery, also founded in the same era, is in a further state of ruin, but the renovated Abbey church, built in the 18th Century, is a fine building with Romanesque elements to be found within.
Activities: Climb, hike, cycle, and relax
The Black Forest is a region of wonderful trails and hikes that are well signposted and offer challenges to all levels of ability. There are easy circular routes that take just a few hours to multi-day trips that require overnight stops and careful planning. Rock climbers will head for the Falkenfelsen, which overlooks the town and offers some interesting routes to the top of the 61-metre high, granite cliff face. When you have had a hard day out amongst the hills, head back to a spa, and massage and soak the aches and pains away, before experiencing some of the best local food the region has to offer.