Today was our last day in the Black Forest for this trip. We woke up to a beautiful, sunny day that was significantly cooler than the last couple of days. Again, we ate breakfast at the hotel and then went out to check out a couple shops that had been closed on Sunday. In particular, I wanted to visit a wine shop near our hotel and purchased a bottle of Riesling from a Baden-Baden winery.
Checking out of the hotel turned out to be harder than we anticipated. Actually, the check-out process wasn’t the problem, but getting our BMW out of the parking garage was more difficult. We had paid for a parking card from the hotel, but how to use it wasn’t properly communicated at check-in. Just one of the challenges of not speaking the language! We were supposed to put the card in at the entrance instead of taking a ticket. We just understood that we needed to put the card in when we left…without that first step, the card didn’t work. Eventually, Brandon just paid the parking fee at the garage and we turned in the parking card to the hotel for a refund. Sometimes things don’t go as planned when traveling, and we are still learning how to go with the flow!
The highlight of the day was a trip to Mt. Merkur, which overlooks Baden-Baden. The climb up this 2000-foot summit was easy thanks to a funicular! When we reached the top, we discovered several paragliders taking off from the summit. It was fun to watch them get all of the gear ready, run down the hill, and start flying! While we were on Mt. Merkur we also climbed to the top of the observation tower and ate some lunch at the restaurant. Then it was time to ride the funicular down the summit and drive the three hours back home.
We really enjoyed our weekend in the Black Forest, and now we have just a few days before our “big” summer trip to Norway!! I will probably need every minute between now and Thursday to get ready!
As usual, you can see all of our pictures here.