Monday, the 18th of September was our first full day in the Black Forest. We decided to explore the neighbourhood and not take the car. So after breakfast, off we went on the narrow road up the hill behind our hotel.
A tiny chapel along the way:
The yellow hut with the smoking chimney is not someone's home, but belongs to an association for the protection of nature, wildlife and the environment.
Schlüchtsee ("lake Schlücht", not to be mistaken for nearby Schluchsee, which is much larger):
This is a typical Black Forest house. It is a museum and was closed when we walked by, as it was a Monday:
We then walked briefly back by the lake, but at its other side.
Along a nature reserve and fields...
...to Grafenhausen, the nearest village/small town, where we stopped for food and drink at a café.
School and church:
A few miles up the road is Rothaus ("Red House"), part of Grafenhausen. Rothaus is the seat of a popular German brewery. Rothaus beer has been around for 225 years or so, and the brewery offers group tours (which we did not book) or allow you to explore the grounds and a museum on your own (which is what we did).
There is a large shop where you can find anything imaginable sporting the Rothaus label, from bed sheets to sports clothes to ash trays and even - surprise, surprise - beer glasses. Oh, and cuckoo clocks!
At one end of the shop is a beer bar where you have a choice of all the various types of beers the brewery produces. I am not really a beer drinker, but even I found one that I liked, and we had a small bottle each.
Before going back to the hotel, we met this friendly ginger cat:
As you can see from the last pictures, daylight was beginning to fade, and we really were not keen on having to find our way back to the hotel in the dark (there are of course no streetlights in the woods).
It had been a good first day, with still almost the entire week ahead.