You can search the world over looking for the perfect hotel. I found a hotel that I consider a gem in the Black Forest of Germany called Traube Tonbach. The hotel is located in Tonbach, one of nine villages that collectively make up the town of Baiersbronn.
The hotel complex lies on both sides of the little main street. Pull your car up to the front of the main building and you will be warmly greeted as your luggage is quickly unloaded and your car parked for you. You are then whisked up one floor to the front desk to check in and be shown to your room.
There are four restaurants to choose from for your evening meal. My husband and I have enjoyed all four on previous visits. On this trip, we will be eating in the Silberberg Restaurant which is located in the main building. We will also enjoy one lunch in the world famous Schwarzwaldstube located in the building across the street. Chef Harald Wohlfahrt has earned three Michelin stars and is considered one of the top chefs in Europe.
The hotel is a mix of old fashioned country luxury and contemporary chic. We have a beautiful suite composed of a sitting room and a separate bedroom with a balcony that stretched across both rooms. The balcony has a wonderful view of the Black Forest as you can see from the first photo where it was taken.
Most of the guests at Traube are Germans that visit the hotel year after year. They come to get back to nature with hikes in the nearby forest, swim in one of several indoor and outdoor pools, have a treatment in the new spa or join in the many planned daily activities.
We have no problems at the hotel with not speaking German as almost all the staff speaks English. Each evening we are given an English dinner menu and as each dish is presented, it is described in English about how it was prepared. Herr Finkbeiner, the tall handsome owner of this many generational family hotel or his son stop by each table every evening. There are not many hotels today, where the owner makes a point of visiting with each of the guests to ask about their day and to make sure their wishes are being taken care of.
As far as the food in your choice of restaurants, you can’t get any better as far as I am concerned. You can have a wonderful traditional dish of sausages and local hams as well as many locals dishes that you might not have heard about that are just waiting to be discovered.
A beautifully set table awaits guests each evening. One of the highlights is the candle light dinner in the Silberberg Restaurant that consists of seven creative and delicious courses. From beginning to end, our meal could not have been better.
After a good night’s sleep, you return to the Silberberg Restaurant each morning for the breakfast buffet. I don’t think that you will find a nicer one anywhere…at least I haven’t found one in all of my travels. Just look at the beautiful way the table is set for breakfast with the fine table linens embroidered with a crowing rooster.
After a hearty German breakfast, it is nice to take a ride and explore the lovely small towns nearby. We passed beautiful farmland with green fields and planted fall crops. Triberg is known for its waterfall and cuckoo clocks but I found the town overrun with tour buses. There is a nice folk museum that you might find interesting.
Time to get back in our rented Volvo and head back to Traube Tonbach for one more meal before we have to say “good bye” to the Black Forest.
If you ever have a chance to spend time in the Black Forest of Germany, I can highly recommend staying at the Traube Tonbach hotel for a special and memorable stay. Everything about Traube Tonbach is based on gracious hospitality and the best of everything. It truly is a gem in the Black Forest.