Hotel Bareiss, Perfection In The Black Forest

Germany’s Black Forest, located at the border of Germany, France and Switzerland, makes an ideal holiday destination and can easily be explored in a few days. From its vast forests with hundred of miles of hiking trails to its river valleys planted with vineyards, from the sophisticated spa town of Baden-Baden to the picturesque rural villages located on its winding back roads, there are plenty of cultural sites for everyone’s travel tastes.

While you may be familiar with some of the region’s specialties like Black Forest cake, cherry brandy and the legendary smoked hams, you may not know that the region has become a foodie destination with its updated traditional German food. The small community of Baiersbronn is now considered by some to be its “culinary capital”. It has three holiday resorts that have become famous because of  their well known restaurants and have the distinction of being awarded a total of eight Michelin stars between them.

Hotel Bareiss

Hotel Bareiss, Baiersbronn-Mitteltal, Germany

One of those resorts is Hotel Bareiss, considered one of Europe’s finest luxury wellness hotels. Situated in the village of Baiersbronn-Mitteltal, the hotel and its beautifully landscaped gardens seem to fit in perfectly in its northern Black Forest surroundings and has the charm of a small elegant and sophisticated country inn.

The Bareiss sets the standard by which all other hotels must be judged. The unparalleled hospitality of the staff is what makes the hotel special. From the moment my husband and I walked through the front door and were warmly greeted by the staff, dressed in traditional clothing, until the morning we were wished a safe journey on the rest of our holiday, we were made to feel welcome in a warm and heartfelt way…each member of the staff greeted us by name throughout the hotel and spoke to us in perfect English.

We were shown to our comfortable large double room, the Weißenbachtal, with a living and bedroom area, a walk-in closet and balcony with a lovely view of the pools and church in the background. Just as we were settled in, there was a ring from the doorbell and we were greeted with glasses of champagne.

For total relaxation, it was now time to explore the resort’s Sauna World. The hotel’s wonderful wellness spa includes indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, hammans, massage rooms, and solariums for quiet relaxation. The pampering environment was perfect for unwinding as we did after our overseas flight and drive from the Frankfurt airport into the heart of the Black Forest.

Bareiss is perhaps most known for its food, from the wonderful breakfast buffet in the morning to the fine regional cuisine served in the evening in one of their several restaurants. I made a reservation for lunch months in advance for one of the eight tables in the luxurious small dining room of Restaurant Bareiss. We wanted to experience one of the multi course tasting menus of Chef Claus-Peter Lumpp who has earned three Michelin stars for the gourmet restaurant. The lunch was outstanding and a review of the meal will be made in a later post.

Lunch At Three Star Michelin Restaurant Bareiss

Lunch At Three Star Michelin Restaurant Bareiss

In the evening before or after dinner, it is nice to head to the hotel bar where there is an excellent selection of whiskeys, rum, gin, liquors and regional fruit based spirits with which the friendly staff creates an impressive list of cocktails. There is usually a man at the piano playing and singing and around midnight the bar serves up a little something to tide you over until breakfast. Next to the bar, there is a glass enclosed smokers’ lounge that will remind you of an English study.


When traveling in Europe, I tend to look for two things when deciding on hotels…good food and good facilities. The Bareiss, certainly did fit what my husband and I were both looking for as a start to our holiday. The majority of guests seem to be regulars that have been coming for years for an extended holiday of hiking in the fresh air, relaxing and enjoying good food and I can understand why. While we were there for just three days, we felt the hotel is a destination that is definitely worth flying across the ocean for and was a memorable experience that will spoil us for all future hotels.

Bareiss prides itself on having the highest level of service and that is taught at their own training academy on premise. Friendly attention and perfect service was shown by everyone who crossed our paths and we lacked for nothing. We learned that this doesn’t happen by accident, hospitality comes from their heart and Bareiss has lots of heart. It is absolute perfection in the Black Forest and I can’t wait to return.



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46 Responses to Hotel Bareiss, Perfection In The Black Forest

  1. Sounds wonderful, Karen. Enjoy your trip!

  2. Darlene says:

    Looks like a fabulous place! You look like you are having a great time. Can´t wait to read more.

  3. Spa hotel, three Michelin star restaurant…wow….life is good, isn’t it, Karen?

  4. I’m familiar with that area of the Black Forest–stunning scenery at every turn.
    Hope you are having a great time ( Ha-I KNOW you are!!!) Enjoy, dear Karen. You guys sure look happy in that pic.

  5. Gallivanta says:

    It looks too good to leave!

  6. How absolutely perfect! I love living vicariously thru you my friend! ♥

  7. Gorgeous Karen! What a life!

  8. Mad Dog says:

    That looks amazing – I’m looking forward to your restaurant review 🙂

  9. Lea Ann says:

    What a wonderful write up about a fabulous destination. I’ve been to that area and had no idea this hotel existed. Next time! Thanks for the information and the photos.

  10. Your life is filled with dreams fulfilled. Thanks for sharing…

  11. What a fabulous hotel in what looks like an exceptionally beautiful area. Hope you enjoyed every moment…and from the look of that fantastic photo of you and your husband, you did!

  12. Gerlinde says:

    Karen, I love the Schwarzwald and you found a beautiful spot. Enjoy it and have fun. If you have time and you want another fabulous three star Michelin experience in Illhausen, which is in Alsace Loraine, try the Auberge I’ll. It is great. You will need a car .

  13. Monique says:

    Looks so posh Karen..Have a ball!Lovely pic of the 2 of you..

  14. Jennifer says:

    Sounds like a wonderful experience looks like an extraordinary place, especially like the pic of you two enjoying that beautiful Resturaunt.

  15. This looks so beautiful (and delicious!). I wish I was close enough to zip down and try it out.

  16. Karen Harris says:

    What a beautiful place.

  17. lifeincharente says:

    Love that area and this looks like a fabulous place to stay. Have a good day Dane

  18. kitchenriffs says:

    Always enjoy your travel posts. You’ve been to the Black Forest before, I know, and it really does sound like a magical place. I’ve never been — would love to make a trip there. And I’ve heard that food in Germany is SO worth having — they’re doing good stuff. Fun read, great pictures — thanks.

  19. Mark says:

    The double portrait is as sweet as the whole trip must have been!

  20. Very interesting article.

  21. Wow that place looks incredible! I’m really looking forward to the tasting menu post. Happy Travels!

  22. The Black Forest is another truly stunning area of Germany and we will definitely return sometime in the near future. I am glad you had such a wonderful experience at Hotel Bareiss and I look forward to reading your review on your excellent meal.

  23. A_Boleyn says:

    Gorgeous place. I thought the children’s breakfast plate setting was adorable.

  24. Cathy says:

    It looks and sounds like a wonderful place to relax Karen. Enjoy the rest of your trip! 🙂

  25. Eha says:

    First: a big ‘thank you’ for that lovely photo of you and your husband – Secondly, a very, very selfish ‘thank you’ for this coming from Baiersbronn. Part of my very early childhood story in Freudenstadt, just 7 kms away, where I spent a year + in much, much more adverse circumstances at the end of WWII . . . . a most beautiful part of the world to which I was able in years later to introduce my husband. Enjoy . . . as if it was possible not to do so . . . Glad you seemingly missed ‘Matthew’!!!

  26. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Glad to know that there is more food than BF ham and cake. (smile)

  27. You look like you are having a beautiful time! And I love Black Forest cake 🙂

  28. chef mimi says:

    What a beautiful hotel! I’ve been to that part of Germany and it’s gorgeous, the hotel would make the BF quite a lovely destination, if not just for the dining alone! Love those ceiling beams.

  29. Penny says:

    Loved your writeup on this interesting destination. I feel like I have been transported to this part of Germany. Beautiful picture of the two of you.

  30. It’s all so beautiful! My favorite photo is of the child’s place setting. Must be a smart kid to know what all those things are for! 🙂

  31. Fabulous pictures and it looks like you had a great time too!

  32. Liz says:

    Oh, this looks heavenly. I’ll be back to this post when we plan our Germany trip (maybe in 4 years?). Switzerland is next 🙂

  33. Sissi says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us once again your adventures in Germany. You both look wonderful and so happy! I often go wine shopping (well it takes several hours to go there from our Swiss city, but we have never stayed overnight) to Freiburg, so not that far from your location, but the calm paradise-like setting feels like a different world to me. I’m sure you have lots of fantastic German wine too!

  34. What a lovely looking place!

  35. Gretchen says:

    What a fantastic looking hotel. I love a good German breakfast spread and that one looks incredible!

  36. Eva Taylor says:

    What a cute picture of the two of you. Your holiday sounds wonderful and that hotel sounds exceptional. I’ll definitely bookmark it for the future.

  37. Juliana says:

    Wow Karen…nice pictures and I am so glad that you are having a great time…thanks for sharing…and I look forward to more posts.
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  38. Norma Chang says:

    What a wonderful way to start a vacation, thanks for taking us along. Looking forward to future posts.

  39. Hi Karen, How wonderful for you and your husband to be able to enjoy such perfect hospitality in such a beautiful setting! I love reading about your adventures (and I am storing away that information for ((hopefully)) future use!)!

  40. Cecile says:

    Yes… I AM jealous !! ; o )

  41. dishdessert says:

    Nice pictures, Thanks Karen for sharing!

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  43. Lovely travel post..thanks

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    From Back Road Journal…enjoyed learning of this charming resort Hotel Braises in The Black Forest….

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