Schwarzwaldstube…The Culinary Highlight Of Our Trip

After traveling for three weeks in Germany and Austria, I’m pleased to be able to say that my husband and I didn’t have a bad meal on the entire trip. Whether having soups, salads, or sausages for lunch with a glass of beer in one of the small village stubes that we visited or having a many course dinner with wine pairings in the hotel dining rooms where we stayed, they were all delicious…each in their own way. But the culinary highlight of our trip was the three star Michelin restaurant Schwarzwaldstube, at the hotel Traube Tonbach in the Black Forest town of Baiersbronn-Tonbach, Germany.

Schwarzwaldstube Restaurant At Traube Tonbach

This is as it should be because the Schwarzwaldstube has received a top rating from every restaurant guide since 1993 when Chef Harald Wohlfahrt first earned his three star rating and has kept it ever since. Mention eating German food and most people think of a heavy meal of pork, sauerkraut and potatoes. The fact is that Germany is second only to France in having the largest number of Michelin restaurants with 10 three star, 35 two star, and 209 one star rated restaurants. The Schwarzwaldstube is considered one of Germany’s finest restaurants and I wholeheartedly agree.

The Schwarzwaldstube Is One Of Three Restaurants In The Original Building Of The Traube Tonbach

I wrote about our three night stay at the Traube Tonbach in A Gem In The Black Forest and the delicious food that we had each morning and evening in the lovely Silberberg restaurant. We have eaten in all of Traube’s wonderful restaurants on previous visits and knew we had to have another meal in the Schwarzwaldstube. The restaurant is one of the top restaurants in Europe and is a destination of people from all over the world. Since it is a small and intimate restaurant with seating for only 35 guests, I made a reservation for lunch months before when I made our hotel reservation.

Have An Aperitif At The Beautiful Bar Before Dining In The Schwarzwaldstube

We were greeted by Ansgar Fischer, the restaurant manager and seated at a small sofa in the lounge area of the bar for an apéritif and an amuse bouche, a gift from the kitchen.

An Individual Amuse Bouche For Each Of Us While Enjoying An Aperitif

We were given a choice of seasonal menus  that were available that day, one of which was “The Great Tasting Menu”. Herr Fischer explained each menu in detail but suggested that if we wanted the tasting menu that we should let it be a surprise. We liked the idea of being surprised and decided that we would leave all the decisions in Chef Wohlfahrt’s creative hands.

The small restaurant has panoramic windows that look out at the valley and hills of the Black Forest. With the sun shining brightly, the room was just beautiful. Each table had a sculpture made of used silverware that added a whimsical element to the elegant restaurant.

Whimsical Sculpture Made From Used Silverware

Everything about dining in the restaurant is aimed at pleasing the guests, as evidenced by the presentation of the bread. Not only did we have a lovely choice of freshly baked breads but after making our choices, we were asked if we wanted butter or olive oil to go along with the bread. Upon choosing butter, we were offered either salted or unsalted butter that is special ordered from a small island off the coast of France…which the restaurant considers is the best available.

We knew that the wine cellar is considered one of the best in the country and decided to do a wine pairing with each course. Once our first wine was explained and poured, the courses began with another amuse bouche from the kitchen which was a variation on tuna, served cold four ways.

A Variation On Tuna Served Cold Four Ways

The first course was a mild smoked white king salmon on an oyster jelly with beetroot, red wine vinaigrette and Imperial caviar.

Mild Smoked White King Salmon On Oyster Jelly, With Beetroot, Red Wine Vinaigrette And Imperial Caviar

This was followed by a fried goose liver slice with macadamia nuts, pepperoni and rice purée in a light coconut nage.

Fried Goose Liver Slice With Macadamia Nuts, Pepperoni And Rice Puree In A Light Coconut Nage

The next course was a tranche of sea bass with garlic chips, small squids and Bouillabaisse in a basil sauce.

Sea Bass With Garlic Chips, Small Squids And Bouillabaisse In Basil Sauce

We were then served a filet of St. Peters fish fried in a thin coat of leek with beetroot, horseradish and chives.

Filet Of St. Peters Fish Fried In A Thin Coat Of Leek With Beetroot, Horseradish And Chives

The next course was medallions of venison fillet with a crust of wild mushrooms, pumpkin gratin, cepes and jus of cranberry.

Medallions Of Venison Fillet With A Crust Of Wild Mushrooms, Pumpkin Gratin, Cepes And Jus Of Cranberry

The cheese trolley was then wheeled over, the selection throughly explained and served.

Cheese From The Trolley

Dessert was a plum tart on a parfait of walnuts with black nut and spiced sauce.

Plum Tart On A Parfait Of Walnuts With Black Nut And Spiced Sauce

After dinner. pastries were then offered but we declined because by the end of this meal we were full. The pastries as well as chocolates were boxed and delivered to our room later to be enjoyed at our leisure. Now that was total thoughtfulness on their part.

Throughout our meal, Herr Fischer and his team’s service was impeccable. He explained each course in detail but with such charm and wit that we felt like we were regular customers.  After our lunch Chef Wohlfahrt, with his broad smile and down to earth nature, stopped by each table to speak to the guests in the restaurant.  We let the chef know that our wonderful lunch was perfect in every way. His blending of traditional German and French classic ingredients and techniques worked perfectly with new and creative ideas. His use of the very best products from the region and nearby countries blended well with herbs and seasonings from Asia and the  Mediterranean.

Colorful Fresh Flowers Added Warmth To Each Table

Our lunch was not only memorable but was a lovely source happiness throughout the dining experience. The atmosphere, the wonderful service and the delicious food is what every restaurant should strive for but few achieve. The Schwarzwaldstube is a restaurant that should be on the list of any foodie that will be traveling in the Black Forest. Choose it for that special occasion or for a once in a lifetime experience and you will agree with me, that it was the culinary highlight of your trip.

You might be interesting in reading A Gem In The Black Forest about our enjoyable stay at Traube Tonbach.

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206 Responses to Schwarzwaldstube…The Culinary Highlight Of Our Trip

  1. What a wonderful meal – and setting.

  2. bulldogsturf says:

    Now that was some meal… I thought it would never end… wonderful experience I’m sure…

  3. Karen, what a phenomenal taste explosion luncheon! Heavenly.
    🙂 Mandy

  4. Larry says:

    WOW, what a meal – no wonder you were full. The presentations are all delicious looking and I can imagine they were as good or better than they looked.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Larry, It was a lot of courses…but each one was properly sized, light and delicious. Since I was full, I thought it was very nice that the small pastries and chocolates were boxed and sent to our room…very considerate.

  5. Karen Harris says:

    Oh my, this post had my mouth watering. What beautiufl food in such a beautiful part of the world.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. The food was as good as it looks. The Black Forest is a lovely part of Germany that we do enjoy visiting.

  6. I hope to enjoy a meal like that at some point in my life. I better start saving now.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ronelle, I’m sure that you will get a chance to enjoy a meal like this one day. It is worth saving for to be able to experience food so lovingly prepared.

  7. Amy says:

    Wow, that meal sounds amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Michelin rated restaurant. Sounds like you had SUCH a good trip!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, We really did have a great trip and this meal was the highlight from all the restaurants that we visited. There are Michelin restaurants in New York City. Maybe you will have a chance to experience one of them for a special occasion…I hope so.

  8. Karen Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. The pictures and descriptions of your visit were wonderful and made me think was walking beside you!

  9. What incredible and inspired food! Great photos as well. Once again, Karen, you dazzle your readers.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Victoria, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos. The meal was incredible and so creative in both taste and presentation.

  10. Mouthwatering foods! I love that silverware sculpture.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Angie, Our meal was wonderful from beginning to end. I love the inventive use of silverware in the sculptures that we on each table…all different by the way.

  11. lulu says:

    This sounds even better than lunch in Stonington! What an absolutely fabulous trip you had with a potpourri of culinary experience.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulu, We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed delicious food at each restaurant we visited. From pumpkin soup served inside a pumpkin while looking out at Lake Constance to this multi course exquisite lunch while enjoying the beautiful fall colors of the Black Forest…it was all memorable in different ways.

  12. Sue says:

    Karen, are you ready to trade lives yet?
    I won’t even ATTEMPT to tell you what a heavy, greasy diner breakfast I had this morning.

  13. What a beautiful Culinary Paradise you have shared with us. The Black Forest, alone, is so very magical; you visit to Schwarzwaldstube must have put your visit over the top. The Tin Man has turned dark green with envy! How very, very wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing what must have been pure magic.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emil, We had such wonderful dining experiences on our entire trip. From the simple lunches in little villages to the incredible meal at the Schwarzwaldstube, it has all been terrific. That doesn’t always happen when traveling but it did this year. Seeing a silver Tin Man turn dark green would be interesting but I know that you have dined very well in your travels as well.

  14. We had an experience similar to what you describe here while in Italy — we felt like the entire staff was there just for us and the food beyond compare. What a memorable time for you to share and savor!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, Isn’t it wonderful when you get to enjoy a wonderful meal where the entire staff take such pride in their work. When you can walk away from a meal thinking it was the best you have ever experienced, you know it is an exceptional restaurant.

  15. spree says:

    True artistry on the plate…that alone so impressive.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Spree, I have to agree with you, the presentation of each dish was beautiful. The work that went into the tuna four ways as “a small gift for the kitchen” was an indication of the effort that goes into making every dish a feast for the eyes.

  16. nutsfortreasure says:

    Missed you and your POSTS but boy this trip seemed to be AWESOME! Glad I found you 🙂 Love knowing how to use RSS feed lol

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eunice, Thank you for your nice comment. It is nice to know that you took the time to find my blog again. Our trip was perfect…lots of beautiful places to visit, wonderful hotels and great food.

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        I know I saw that! My family tree starts over there 🙂

        Nice to see you again


      • Karen says:

        Maybe you will have the opportunity to visit where your family roots started someday in the future.

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        If I ever leave the US I am sure to head that way and stop in every city I ever wanted to see but until I win that damn lottery(I usually never play) my butt will be here in NH looking at others photos from all the places I would like to see. BLOGGING IS GOOD

      • Karen says:

        I have to agree with you Eunice. I love reading blogs about things I know I will never get a chance to see or do as well.

      • nutsfortreasure says:


  17. I also found that every meal was delicious when I traveled to Germany, and I wasn’t expecting that. This restaurant looks like an experience that is absolutely worth the price, thank you for sharing. Also: “fish fried in a thin coat of leek” sounds so tasty – wonder if I could pull off something similar at home? I might have to try 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Pumpkin, You are right about this meal being an experience that was worth the price…it was fantastic. I think a lot of people don’t think of traveling to Germany because they think they won’t like the food. From all my travels, I have found the food to be excellent. I’m glad that you have had the same experience with the food.

  18. Katerina says:

    From the decoration and pairing of flavors I can see why it is so famous and awarded! I am sure you’ve enjoyed it very much and sending the sweets to your room well, that makes the difference I think!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katerina, The food was so beautifully prepared and presented…the flavors inventive and yet went so well together. As you say, you can see why it has earned so many awards. Sending the sweets to our room just shows the extra caring attitude they extend to their dinner guests.

  19. A_Boleyn says:

    I don’t know where to look first, the architecture or the food. The tasting menu definitely looks like a wise decision though I might have to stagger away from the table with the wines served unless I took no more than a sip of each offering. The flowers at the table were an elegant addition to an already elegant meal.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boyleyn, I love the beautiful carved wooden beams and other architectural features that is typical of the Black Forest region. The tasting menu was fantastic. It is nice to do a wine pairing with a meal when you don’t have to drive home…instead just walking back to your room. I’m glad you enjoyed the post…thank you.

  20. From your photos I doubt you could have had a bad meal 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Uru, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you have enjoyed the photos of all the food that we have enjoyed on our trip. Can you believe, not one bad meal.

  21. vintagefrenchchic says:

    What an amazing culinary experience. Everything looks just beautiful….from the food presentation to the little flatware sculpture (great idea!) to those gorgeous flowers. Great photos too!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Heather, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos of this delicious meal. The whole experience was delightful from beginning to end. It just couldn’t have been any better from…the warm welcome to sending the pastries and chocolate back to our room when we passed because we were full.

  22. What a Beautiful Place and the Food looks oh so delicious – thanks for sharing! Happy Tuesday:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Adventurer, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post and photos. My husband and I really enjoyed our dining experience at the Schwarzwaldstube. Just as you said, the restaurant is beautiful and the food was outstanding. I hope you have a lovely day as well.

  23. Eva Taylor says:

    Nothing less than Spectacular, Karen. That is a meal to remember that’s for sure. JTs dream is to dine at a Michelin Star restaurant…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I totally agree with your statement…it truly was a spectacular meal. I know that you and JT will get a chance to dine at a Michelin star restaurant in the future. Many of them are outstanding and live up to or exceed your expectations. I have eaten at a few where I think they are living on their past reputations. I can see why the Schwarzwaldstube is considered one of the top restaurants in Europe.

  24. Thanks so much for sharing these photos. I have spent ages drooling over every course.

  25. Susan says:

    Now that is an impressive meal! I highly doubt I’d be able to get through more than three courses but I’d sure love to try 🙂 The silverware sculpture is charming and the restaurant is beautiful. What a wonderful experience to remember.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, Lunch at the Schwarzwaldstube was a wonderful experience that will be remembered as the best meal of our trip. I do think that you would be able to have eaten all the courses…each course was portioned in just the right size as well as being light and flavorful. Isn’t the silverware sculpture charming.

  26. And that was lunch?!!? How did you ever work your way through all of those beautiful dishes? The view from in the dining room looks beautiful which must have just added to the entire experience. I truly love that sculpture though & probably would have tried to buy it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, The dining room and view were lovely. We have chosen to have lunch both times that we have eaten at the Schwarzwaldstube because we like to enjoy the meal in the nice pace in which it is served. With proper pacing and small portion size, you can enjoy the multiple courses. I love the delightful sculptures of the birds that are made from the silverware.

  27. ChgoJohn says:

    When I saw this post’s title, I thought that this was going to be something quite special — and you didn’t disappoint, Karen. The meal, the service, the setting were are all just about perfect. These dining experiences are rare and it’s great that you were able to take advantage. Thank you for taking the trouble to bring us along.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, for your very nice compliment. I’m glad that you have enjoyed our trip…I have appreciated your comments. I’m lucky that we were able to enjoy such a wonderful meal. Although I have many memorable meals…this meal was special in so many ways.

  28. viveka says:

    Do I dare to ask what the damage came to ???? *laughing – just joking.
    Love that tuna starter and salmon with Imperial Caviar, food for a King – but the goose liver has my vote. Just love foie gras. Wonderful photos again, the only thing I don’t like is the interior design- so pompous and just what to expect in Bavaria. You had a fantastic holiday and seen some stunning places, eating great food and stayed at special hotels – memories that never will fade.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Viveka, I have to agree with you…our trip was just wonderful. From the hotels that were in lovely locations to the food, it was all perfect. As for the interior design, I personally love all the beautiful carved wood that you see in Bavaria, the Black Forest and throughout the Tirol region but I know that many others love contemporary design. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, thank you!

  29. Norma Chang says:

    What a memorable meal, or should I say feast? If you had a different wine with each course, that means you had the opportunity to sample 8 different wines, amazing. Were they all German wines?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, Our meal at Schwarzwaldstube is one that will not be forgotten…it was like a feast. The sommelier selected the wines from different regions (not all from Germany, by the way), explained their qualities and why they would go well with each course.

  30. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon – Lingering over a meal is a luxury that Americans seldom make an effort to enjoy. The meal looks incredibly pretty as well as delicious. It actually made me more relaxed just reading about it! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kelli, I have to agree with you, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. There is one seating at lunch and one at dinner, so that you take your time to enjoy each course. It makes for a wonderful dining experience.

  31. Dear Karen, this is a meal fit for a Queen. I’m sure you enjoyed every single moment. 35 seats? It is a very little precious, place…perfect for a few good dishes.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rita, I think a Queen would have been as impressed and happy with this meal as I was. It is a truly special little restaurant that tries to please their guests.

  32. hotlyspiced says:

    The food and the setting are amazing but I love the bird sculpture and the pretty flowers on the tables. I’ve never eaten goose. It’s not something that’s all that common here in Australia xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, The Schwarzwaldstube is lovely and the views out the windows are beautiful. The lovely flowers, the bird sculpture, the place settings…it was picture perfect. It is always interesting to learn that certain foods aren’t often found in other countries. We can usually find frozen goose along with turkeys in the markets during our Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

  33. What an incredible dining experience! The dishes are all presented so beautifully!

  34. Eha says:

    Thank you for the smile on my face:) ! The wonderful feeling of being alive, wherever, in this world !! The knowing we are alike even if we are apart! You were offered and enjoyed the world on a platter and we were not far behind! Danke vielmals 😀 !

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Eha, for your kind words…I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. I always appreciate your comments. The meal was truly wonderful and one that I won’t forget.

  35. Kristy says:

    This looks like a true gift for each of the senses. Wow! I love the food styling too. So impressive. I can just imagine how fabulous this meal tasted. It’s officially on my list. I’m sure this meal will be talked about and remembered for a long time. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristy, Thank you for your comment. You are correct in that this meal was a pleasure to all the senses. It will be remembered for a very long time as it was so special. I hope that you have the opportunity to experience dining at the Schwarzwaldstube someday…you will be delighted.

  36. I would think that a person would plan a trip around the Schwarzwaldstube just to enjoy the experience of dining here.. The plates were just absolutely perfect works of art.. my favorite being the Sea Bass.. the small squids made it look like it was the ocean itself. xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, People do plan a trip around dining at the Schwarzwaldstube, sometimes as far as a year in advance. I have to agree with you about the plating of the food looking like works of art…each one just beautiful.

  37. ladyfi says:

    What a pretty setting for such a fabulous meal!

  38. Tandy says:

    I love the spoon on the amuse plate. I think it is fantastic that your pastries were sent up to your room – it is the little things and touches that count 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tandy, I have to agree with you about the little things being so important. Not many restaurants are as caring about all the little details that will make a meal so enjoyable for the guests. I love the spoons that were used as part of the amuse. We saw them being used at several of the hotels we stayed at on our trip.

  39. You did a great job with the food pictures in the restaurant – not easy. Lovely post.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Roger, for your nice comment…I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. I appreciate your compliment on the photos since you are a professional. It was a challenge…when we first went into the restaurant it was grey and drizzly, then the sun came out and finally the awnings were opened over the windows.

  40. What a meal! I’m speechless AND jealous. Maybe someday I will finally go across the pond.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Richard, It was a terrific meal but instead of being speechless, I just raved and raved. I hope that you get the chance to cross the pond someday in the future. There is so much wonderful food just waiting to be discovered from the tiny cafes to memorable food like that served at the Schwarzwaldstube.

  41. I can’t stop looking at your pictures. What camera do you use? Honestly I never thought a restaurant in Germany would serve up food like that!!!! Now I’m wondering why I didn’t look this place up when I was in Germany. The white king salmon picture makes me HUNGRY!!! Love your blog and love reading your posts!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amanda,Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your very lovely compliment. I’m glad that you have enjoyed my posts and photos. When I travel, I only take a point and shot camera. I try to be as inconspicuous as possible when dining among other guests in restaurants and I am happy with my Canon S100. Germany has outstanding restaurants so I do hope you have the opportunity to make a return trip. Any foodie that travels to the Black Forest would thoroughly enjoy dining at the Schwarzwaldstube.

  42. Cathy says:

    What an amazing meal! Maybe not for a vegetarian like me, but such beautiful presentation (nice photos!) and the imagination these chefs must have is just inspiring! I was reading about this and other top restaurants just a couple of days ago – 3 Michelin stars have just been awarded to another one in the north of Germany, and we are second only to France in Europe. Thanks for sharing! 😀

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, It truly was an amazing meal. I’m sure if the restaurant knew ahead of time, a lovely vegetarian meal could be put together in just as beautiful a presentation. It is a shame that more people aren’t aware that Germany has such wonderful food and is second only to France with Michelin starred restaurants. I did two posts last year about the wonderful food available in Munich that surprised people. Thank you for your comment.

  43. Food looks amazing and delicious, and I adore the duck sculpture! What an adventure you’ve had, Karen! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, We had a wonderful trip to Austria and Germany…we were returning to some of our favorite places. Don’t you love the duck sculpture. The food was beautiful and as delicious as it looked. Thank you for your comment.

  44. Mad Dog says:

    The food looks stunning – I wish i could have been there to taste it 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mad Dog, for your comment. I wish you could have been at the table with us. Not only would you have enjoyed a stunning meal but you certainly would have enjoyed the wit and warmth of the restaurant manager who made the dining experience special.

  45. Juliana says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Karen! Would love to try one day 🙂
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Juliana, for your nice comment. I do hope that you get the opportunity to have a wonderful meal like this…it was delicious. Have a lovely week as well.

  46. catherinefarley says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful lunch with us, Karen. It truly was a meal to remember. I think I would be ready for a little nap after such a feast.

  47. mjskit says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t have a bad meal the whole trip! You definitely did your homework and find some great places to eat. The food in these pictures look delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi MJ, It isn’t often that you can travel for several weeks and not have a bad meal but that is what happened on this trip. As food is a large part of any travel experience, I do research an area for nice restaurants. An indication of whether a restaurant has good food is by the amount of locals dining there as well. The food served at the Schwarzwaldstube was wonderful. I can see why it has earned so much acclaim.

  48. I feel like I need to go on a diet just reading about your culinary adventure. What a stunning meal.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bam, Our dining experience was truly wonderful. Actually the meal had dishes that were so lightly prepared and sauced, many of which were seafood that it wasn’t calorie laden…just delicious.

  49. viveka says:

    Because you are a true star … have I nominated you to “ ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ –

  50. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    These are excellent photos – and what a good write-up – just fantastic! The foods, stunning. I loved the duck from silverware, really liked that.

    The ‘about’ of you is interesting too. You’re living wonderfully I dare say 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Noeleen, for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the post and photos. Don’t you just love the duck sculptured for silverware…it makes you smile. I’m glad that you stopped by my about page to learn a little more about me. Yes, I do think I have a wonderful life and like to share what I enjoy with others.

  51. the photographs of these exceptional dishes do them justice. exquisite work.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Nancy, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. The meal really was exceptional…I just hope my photos do it justice.

  52. Sissi says:

    Karen I do remember this hotel and restaurant from your trip post. Now with this detailed review I feel that it was an unforgettable experience (it would be for me). I don’t see above a single dish I would refuse… Everything looks perfect. If one day I want to have an excellent elegant meal in Germany, I know where to go! Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, Yes, the Traube Tonbach hotel in the Black Forest was our first stop after leaving Munich. The hotel was wonderful and all four restaurants have delicious food…the Schwarzwaldstube being the highlight. If you ever get the chance to visit, do try the restaurant…it is wonderful.

  53. What an amazing dinner experience. And that littl’ duck sculpture is just divine. I’m hoping you were as impressed by food in Austria as I was four years ago. Even their coffee is incredible!
    Thanks for popping by my blog, and apologies for not responding sooner to your comment.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Piglet, Dining at the Schwarzwaldstube was truly a wonderful food experience. I love the bit of whimsy that the duck sculptures add to the beautifully set tables. Yes, we have enjoyed all our travels to Austria and think the food is wonderful. I think that too many people think that Austrian and German food is going to be heavy and rich…I find it to be beautifully prepared and delicious. No apologies necessary…and thank you for your nice comment.

  54. Julie says:

    HI! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! Beautiful photographs and the food looks amazing. Sounds like wonderful travels.

  55. I’m ready to pack my bags! it all looks so amazing and beautiful and delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris, Your three words…amazing, beautiful and delicious describe Traube Tonbach and their restaurant Schwarzwaldstube perfectly. Thank for your your comment.

  56. restlessjo says:

    Fantastic finale, Karen! I’m a cheese and crackers sort of girl. Don’t think I could eat that quantity of food, so I’ll settle for the snack. The surroundings look sumptuous. (I’m here courtesy of Meg Travels, by the way)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Johanna, Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m glad you enjoyed the post. You couldn’t go wrong with anything you ate at any of the four restaurants at Traube. I have eaten at them all and the food is delicious. Nice to know that you found me through Meg Travels…I enjoy her blog as well.

  57. Sophie33 says:

    What lovely pics of your amazing food dishes & of your culinary high light of your trip!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sophie, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. The food at the Schwarzwaldstube was truly amazing…each and every course.

  58. Charles says:

    That was lunch? Whoa, I think I’d have rolled out of there after all that and not eaten again for a couple of days – it looks like a lot of food… did you find it a lot? It looks wonderful though – the bouillabaisse dish and the four tuna dish look particularly wonderful. Oh heck, who am I kidding – it all looks great! Lovely place too – that cutlery ornament is so cute 😀

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charles, Yes, that was “the great tasting menu” which we had for lunch. As you can guess, we didn’t have dinner that evening. Although it was a lot of courses, we didn’t leave the restaurant stuffed just pleasantly full. Each and every dish was wonderful, it would be hard to pick a favorite. I loved the cutlery sculpture as well…it really was cute.

  59. Hope I get fed like this the next time I’m in Frankfurt. Probably just get the infamous sausage though!

    • Karen says:

      Hi David, I hope you can enjoy a meal as outstanding as the one we enjoyed at the Schwarzwaldstube. I do know that you can eat very well when visiting Frankfurt. There are seven one star Michelin restaurants in the city of Frankfurt itself and others not that far away. Of course, I do enjoy some of the delicious sausages that are available when I travel in Germany. Thank you for your comment.

  60. What an amazing meal! Just outstanding!!! What a memorable experience~

  61. What a gorgeous post, Karen! I’m seriously drooling over here!

  62. I think I would be completely satisfied sitting the bar area and enjoying the wine and morsels provided. It sounds like a meal you will remember.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, Doesn’t the bar have a cozy and warm feeling with all the beautiful wood details. The Traube Tonbach’s wine cellar is considered one of the best in Germany so you could definitely find a wine you would enjoy.

  63. Joanne says:

    This meal sounds fabulous! Definitely worthy of being named the highlight of your trip. 🙂

  64. Sounds like a wonderful trip from start to finish and this food looks sensational (also love the cute silverware duck!)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hester, We had a wonderful trip through Austria and Germany. Our lunch at the Schwarzwaldstube was memorable. I loved the duck sculpture…a bit of artistic whimsy on the beautifully set table.

  65. Ohmygod.. I just checked out your blog. What an amazing post!! It looks so yummy and decadent.
    Nice blog 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sabrina, for stopping by for a visit and your very nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos. The meal was outstanding from beginning to end.

  66. It’s taking me a while to catch up, but I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed sitting here with my coffee this morning, reading about such a wonderful culinary and sensory experience, Karen! It’s certainly no wonder that this restaurant garnered 3 stars because you can see the level of care, commitment and quality given to every detail. The dining room and view are just magnificent and I love the little sculpture made from silverware. And the food, of course, is truly stunning. This was definitely a meal that was an event, wasn’t it? Thanks for sharing and perhaps someday I will get there myself… 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Betsy, for your lovely comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed this post. The tasting menu at the Schwarzwaldstube was outstanding. It will be very hard to find a restaurant that could top this meal. What made the experience so memorable was the attention to detail…from the lovely room, the excellent food to the wonderful and warm service.

  67. ulala’ Karen! This is unfair!!! those pictures of the food are so mouth-watering I am seriously drooling over the keyboard. curious that their specialty seems to be seafood…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, I know what you mean…the photos make me mouth water every time I look at the photos. My husband and I have noticed that the nice restaurants are serving more seafood courses. It may be guests think of seafood as being more special. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  68. Wow, delicious!!!! An amazing trip but this really takes the cake!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Summer, Our trip was perfect from beginning to end…we really enjoyed it. Our meal at the Schwarzwaldstube was outstanding. Thank you for your comment.

  69. What a beautiful dining room and view! And, what an incredible meal. The salmon course looks stunning. It’s wonderful thing when a meal leaves you so happy!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lisa, The Schwarzwaldstube really is a beautiful dining room…the view of the Black Forest was lovely with so many leaves changing color. The meal truly was memorable.

  70. petit4chocolatier says:

    Absolutely exquisite; stunning pictures captured! I cannot choose a favorite dish. They all look divine : )

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Judy, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I agree with you…each course was wonderful. It truly would have been hard to pick a favorite.

  71. The sea bass looks incredible. How lucky you are to enjoy all that incredible food!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kristi, The sea bass was excellent and beautifully presented. Each component of the dish was delicious and light. We were indeed lucky to be able to experience such a wonderful meal.

  72. danyandy says:

    wow! I’m jealous! ;). What an amazing vacation and amazing culinary experience! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Daniela, for your nice compliment…it’s nice to know that you liked the photos. We did have an amazing vacation and I’m glad that you enjoyed following along on our journey.

  73. Magnificent looking meals. and that bar looks really interesting.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Three-Cookies, Thank you for stopping by to visit and your nice compliment. Don’t you just love the beautifully carved wood that makes the bar have such a warm and welcoming feeling. Each course was as good as it looks in the photos.

  74. Justina says:

    Omgosh Karen, I’m so jealous! The architecture is beautiful. I wish I could travel as much as you do 😦

    • Karen says:

      Hi Justina, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your comment. I hope that your future leads you to travel possibilities. When we have a love of history, food and culture, we all seem to make traveling a priority in our lives. It doesn’t have to be far away to give you wonderful memories…they are just around the corner.

  75. Olaf Haase says:

    Hi Karen,
    thanks for visiting my blog. Looks like you really enjoyed your trip and that you were able to indulge yourself with a fine selection of German Restaurants (Schwarzwaldstuben, etc.)
    Glad to see you enjoyed it. Perhaps I can imspire you to try some German cooking yourself.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Olaf, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your comment. We had a wonderful trip visiting Austria and Germany and enjoyed all the meals we had while traveling. I cook a variety of ethnic foods, including German. That is one of the things that is wonderful about traveling…it inspires you to recreate foods you have enjoyed along the way.

  76. Misky says:

    Wonderful post, and I so enjoyed comparing your memories with my own. Thanks, Karen!

  77. Wow! The food at the Schwarzwaldstube looks and sounds amazing. Lucky you and what a nice touch that the restaurant sent the patisseries and chocolates to your room. I love the bird made from old silverware – he’s cute.

    • Karen says:

      Hi B, Thank you for your nice comment. The food really was wonderful and we were lucky to be able to enjoy such a lovely meal. The service was terrific right down to sending the pastries and chocolates to our room…very thoughtful. The bird was a delightful sculpture.

  78. What a treat! Great way to finish your trip….

  79. kitchenriffs says:

    Wow. This looks fantastic. What a great meal! And that duck made from used silverware is so much fun! Really fun post – thanks so much.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. The meal really was outstanding. I love how the duck added a bit of fun to the beautifully set table.

  80. lvaletutto says:

    What a unique and exquisite dining experience you had… and I can’t believe they delivered the pastries to you later! How wonderful!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lauran, The meal was truly memorable in every way. When pastries are delivered to your room because you are too full for them at the moment, that is incredibly thoughtful service which I really appreciated.

  81. Kathy says:

    I am so happy you were able to go on this trip~~and share it with so many! The food looks exquisite. I do love that little sculpture made of silverware. Very cool. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, Karen. Feeling grateful to know that you exist.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kathy, for your kind words…they are very appreciated. We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed delicious food. Dining at the Schwarzwaldstube was like icing on the cake.

  82. Lilly Sue says:

    WOW this looks like a lovely time! All the food and pictures look great 😀

  83. Wow what an amazing experience – the food looks out of this world delicious!!

  84. I would most certainly agree with the not a bad meal statement by the looks of your photos and the descriptions you’ve given over the weeks. Must be something to look back on all of it. Wow!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Wendy, This trip really was amazing. When you can travel for three weeks and not a have a bad meal…that is saying something. The funny thing is that I think a lot of people don’t travel to Austria and Germany because they think they won’t like the food. Hopefully my posts have let people see that they should expand their travels to include these two wonderful countries. Thank you for your nice comment.

  85. Not having one bad meal the whole trip is a true culinary feat! Wonderful photos; thank you for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Daisy, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos…thank you for your compliment. We are still talking about the fact that we didn’t have one bad meal on this year’s trip. Every meal, whether a simple lunch to a gourmet multi-course meal was delicious.

  86. Wow, the dining room looked absolutely spectacularly stunning! And that sea bass looked so good! Love all the photos!

  87. soffiagudrun says:

    welcom back home and i am happy to see what an awesome trip you had. the photos look amazing.
    when will you do a culinary trip to Iceland? 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Soffia! We had a wonderful trip this year. I have read about all the great restaurants in Iceland. I remember that Departures magazine did an article last year.

  88. Didi says:

    Karen the food looks amazing!! I know you have been inspired for sure!!
    Welcome home!!

  89. afracooking says:

    I was (once again) browsing through your blog and this entry caught my eye. Oh, you are so lucky to have experienced this amazing restaurant! Having just goolged it, I discovered it is not far from family that I have living in the area. So maybe, I can come up with a good occasion to celebrate with a splurge. For now: thank you so much for letting me live vicariously through you!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Afra, Having a meal in the Schwarzwaldstube was a wonderful splurge for us and totally memorable. I have to say that the meal certainly lived up to the restaurant’s reputation. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post…thank you for your lovely compliment.

  90. cabinet stew says:

    So glad we are revisiting some the highlights from your trip as I wasn’t quite ready to return home. What a FANTASTIC meal and a way to spend the afternoon! I love taking dessert home or back tot he room – I think it is enjoyed more when you have time to digest!! Oh and can’t deicide if I love the sculpture or the “cheese trolley” best!! LOL

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, I’m glad that you enjoyed the highlights from our trip this year. We had a wonderful time and terrific food but our meal at the Schwarzwaldstube was truly outstanding. Thank you for your nice comment.

  91. A great post about German food not just being what people think! Lucky you for getting to try all these wonderful looking things – very jealous!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Girls, We felt we were very lucky to enjoy the wonderful food in the Schwarzwaldsturbe. The food in Germany is wonderful…certainly not what most people in the rest of the world envision when they plan a visit. Thank you for your nice compliment…I’m happy you enjoyed the post.

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