You have never seen the Black Forest like this before
Everyone knows the cherry cake and Jogi Löw. But what else the Black Forest has to offer is shown in a collection of amusing graphics. It surprises even connoisseurs of the southern German low mountain range with curious details.
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EEveryone knows a few Black Forest creations: Bollenhut, cuckoo clock, cherry cake and Jogi Löw. One can expect that a book with the tongue-in-cheek cocky title “Totally everything about the Black Forest” will honor these successful hits in detail.
A real achievement, however, is that even those who know the region will find something worth knowing in this colorful atlas of peculiarities. Author Jens Schäfer, who honorable lists his sources in the appendix, may have looked up a bit much on Wikipedia. But he really succeeded in combining basic knowledge for beginners in the Black Forest with curious details for advanced learners.
So you learn about the unique existence of the Baden giant rainworm, you learn that fir wood, which was once used for the production of butter barrels, is now used to make heating pellets and Japanese fish cake boards, and you are doubly amazed at a Freiburg Douglas fir. At over 67 meters, it is not only the largest tree in Germany. She also has a first name: Waldtraut.
The cutest thing about this collection of fun facts & figures Their presentation is from the Black Forest: No dry statistic texts, but nothing but colorful graphics. Regional studies as a picture book.
The 160 kilometer long and 60 kilometer wide low mountain range in the southwest of the republic has plenty of peculiarities. About a pronounced tendency towards weird names. There are mountains called Dead Man or Pig’s Head, the village of Himmelreich lies on the edge of the Hell Valley.
The northern Black Forest amazes with communities such as Palmspring and Kleinkanada, Busenweiler is in the immediate vicinity of Bettenhausen, and not far from there threatens Siehdichfür. And in summer it is better to avoid Muggensturm (mosquito storm). Postmen in the Black Forest often don’t have to remember street names, the farm name is enough, everyone has their own name.
The fact that it is so gloomy in the classic Black Forest parlor is due to the low, weatherproof hipped roof. That arched over people and animals in the past: The stable was right next to the living room, cows and pigs served as heating.
The classic Black Forest cow is light brown and white piebald and thanks to its short legs it is particularly mountainous. The name of this breed of cattle makes tourists laugh, but the meat of the Hinterwälder cattle is first class – and such a Hinterwälder beauty contest, as it is a tradition in some communities in summer, is a real experience.
The region is said to have got its name from the Romans, black silva they called the dark forest, which almost disappeared in the 18th century due to incessant logging. It has been afforested since 1833, today 75 percent of the area is forested again, 460,000 hectares, that is 660,000 soccer fields.
And they are there for hiking, you don’t want to eat as much cherry cake as you can run off calories here: 24,000 kilometers of marked trails. The Black Forest Association is the oldest hiking association in Germany.
Many of the nearly nine million tourists who visit the Black Forest each year also come because of the good cuisine: 31 Michelin stars were cooked together in 26 restaurants last year. If you like it easier, you can go to an ostrich, the taverns on the wineries, which are only open temporarily, there are Bibbeleskäs with Brägele, quark with fried potatoes. And the wine mostly as a real quarter. 0.2 liter glasses are considered a heartless bad habit in southern Baden.
All of the illustrations in this article are taken from the book „Total everything about the Black Forest ”by Jens Schäfer, Folio Verlag, 112 pages, infographics by no.parking, 20 euros
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