We wanted to get up real early and go for a long hike but of course that idea didn’t go down so well with people who wanted to have a ‘proper Sunday lie-in’ cause they never get to sleep in, so there we were, stuck in a traffic jam quarter to noon on the road to the HÃ¶llental valley. Oh well, it cleared up quickly, and the drive through the valley was pretty as ever.
We arrived in Saig, and despite Henry trying hard, we couldn’t find parking in the village. Eventually, we just left Claude in a little clearance by the forest behind the village, hoping noone would tow him away. But the village seemed pretty sleepy and quiet, so we didn’t really think anyone would bother. Of course, once we started walking, we found the parking place in Saig all ready.
Saig is a very small and traditional schwarzwald village, couldn’t be more stereotypical if it tried.
From Saig we took the steep hill up to Hochfirst. From there we had a beautiful view down on the Titisee area.
But that was not enough for us, we decided to go up the watchtower as well! The watchtower looked like a mobile transmitter or something like that but had a nice double winding staircase inside, and a platform up on top with legend for identifying mountains and hills around. Unfortunately, the horizon was quite hazy, so we could not see the Alps. We did have a nice chat with a German dude, who started talking about the tower falling over as soon as he heard from Iest that he does not enjoy heights.
When we had enough of disaster scenarios we decided to go on with our trail, which led us along the Beerwaldhauptweg. This was all through the forest, which Iest found nice, since they don’t have forests where he comes from, I found it a bit boring, although quite bearably. We also found one nice hut with an autumn view and forgotten digital camera on the inside (curiously, with some antipodean pictures on it), we left it there.
We were looking forward to seeing the Francosenkreutz commemorating the fallen in a battle between the French and the Austrians in the aftermath of the French Revolution in 1799, but we were kind of disappointed.
However, the village Kappel was really nice with beautiful old farmhouses and spunky cows.
We were happy to find Claude where we left him, waiting for us all good. And we headed home after a nice little walk, looking forward to our yum cake, also waiting where we left him.
Tags: Beerwaldhauptweg, Black Forest, Black Forest Walks, Francosenkreutz, French and the Austrians, French Revolution in 1799, HÃ¶llental, Hiking in the Black Forest, Hochfirst, Hochfirst tower, Kappel, Saig, South of the Black Forest, Titisee, traditional schwarzwald village