We arrived at our hotel (Sommerau) in the region of the Black Forest that is called Hochschwarzwald (High Black Forest) after a drive of under 2 hours, at about 3:30 in the afternoon - perfect timing to have coffee and a slice of their freshly baked rhubarb cake (still warm!) before unpacking.
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, we'd been here before, in September 2017. The different season made for a very different experience this time around; unlike back then, now everything was of that very fresh spring green, there were still blossoms on the trees and spring flowers on the meadows and in the gardens. Also, daylight lasted much longer than in September, and started earlier.
If you like, compare the pictures of the hotel and the room we had in 2017 here with the new ones:
After unpacking, we went for a quick stretch of legs before sitting down to dinner, which was delicious. I had the local specialty, grilled trout (trouts are native to the Black Forest and may be found on the menue of nearly every restaurant here) in almond butter with parsley spuds.
There was still more than an hour until sunset after dinner, so we went up the hill on the other side of the hotel to check out the nearest settlement (Glashütte) which advertised a restaurant - only to find out that it had long stopped to operate. Why were we looking for a restaurant when our hotel had one, you may ask. Well, they take a rest on Mondays and Tuesdays, meaning hotel guests have to take care of their evening meal on their own on those days, and we thought we could go to Glashütte. Good to have found out that this wasn't possible before arriving there, all hungry and thirsty, on the Monday or Tuesday evening!
|Entrance and front patio of the hotel|
|View from the patio across the sauna house and pool|
|The little chapel at the centre of the three or four houses making up Sommerau|
|Crosses like that along the way are typical here. This one is not very old.|
|View of the valley. It stretches a good 4.5 km to the nearest two-lane road.|
|View of the hotel area; our room was behind the glass bit of the roof.|
|Being much higher up than where we live, spring was about 2-3 weeks behind here, giving us the chance to experience spring flowers and blossoms on the trees a second time.|
It was time to retreat to our room then, and think about where to walk on our first full day tomorrow.