Travelled : 98 kilometres from Tuttlingen to Gutenbach in the Black Forest.
Visited : Gutenbach, Balzer Herrgott,
Stayed : A small but dedicated motorhome parking platz in Gutenbach, free, but no services. N48.04801 E8.14181 (2 nights)
The drive west from Tuttlingen is a very pleasant mixture of green pasture and forest. The road just winds it’s way through the valleys and hills, but we are slowly climbing. The farms become a little more isolated, the forest extends further up the hills and beyond. Turning north at Neustadt, the GPS diverts us off the E500 through Langenordnach.
Realising the GPS had come up with a secret short-cut we stop and check the map. Whilst where stopped 3-4 car pass, so we summise the road cannot be too bad. It proved to be a very scenic drive and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Back on the E500 again we stop for lunch by the road side and take in the Black Forest views.
Soon enough we are back on the road north, then turn down to Gutenbach. Our Lonely Planet describes the Gutenbach-Simonswaldertal track as the best half day walk in Germany, so here we are. The GPS co-ordinates we have prove to be 100 metres from an isolated cow shed on the steepest hill you could imagine. But driving back through the village we see the familiar camper-car parking sign. Within a few minutes we have settled in to our new home.
Its 8km on the Gutenbach through the gorge if we continue along the track, or 6km to walk back the way we came.
Its an easy walk back as its virtually all downhill. The Hymer’s heater has us toasty soon enough and after catching up with the Australian news and some grandchildren our thoughts turn to Black Forest Gataux and we head back to the cafe. Amazingly it nearly full but we find a table and the afternoon just drifts away…