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Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

Thinking about taking a quick overnight trip in the next few weeks with our 3 young kids and 2 dogs. Interested in staying the night in a nice town/city that would be good for strolling around for 3-4 hours in the late afternoon/evening. Driven through Colmar once and it looked like a nice place to visit again that would fit the bill. Heard some good things about Freiburg as well.

The following day, we would like to do a drive through the Black Forest (or part of it) for a bit, stop in a nice village for lunch and walk around for a few hours. I've only been on a small drive from Muellheim and down to Kandern that was pretty nice but would like to venture a bit deeper into the forest this time.

Suggestions re: Colmar vs. Freiburg vs. something else would be appreciated.

Suggestions re: Black Forest village would also be appreciated.

Keep in mind, we'll be with 3 young kids (6, 3 and 18 months) and two obnoxious Australian Shepherds, so would prefer laid-back type of recs.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

Near the lovely Colmar is the very pretty and tiny Eguisheim, where babies come from (storks built a nest precariously at the top of a very high building). Eat at the Pavilion Gourmand (5-course meal for 30 euros per adult) where they love dogs.
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Re: Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

Both Colmar and Freiburg a great places to visit and each have their merits. The center of Freiburg is quite small though so I think you would be better going to Colmar as it has so many back streets that you can get lost in for hours. It's a really pretty city that has so many old buildings that you would really struggle to see anywhere else. Colmar is also the home of Alsatian wine which is some of my favorite so you would have to have a glass or two of Pinot Gris or Gerwürztraminer whilst you are there . That's not to take anything away from the German wine from the Freiburg area which can also be excellent!

Re: Black Forest trip, I'd recommend going to either Schluchsee or Titisee. Both a large lakes that are picturesque and which you are able to swim in. There are plenty of villages between there and Colmar/Freiburg that offer reasonably priced food. The Rothaus and Waldhaus breweries are situated in nice areas and offer a decent range of typical Black Forrest food. Whatever you decide to do, I think it will be impossible for you not to enjoy it as it is such a pleasant part of the world.

p.s. Todtnau in the Black Forrest has a fantastic Rödelbahn (summer bobsleigh run) that is a hell of a lot of fun!
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We stayed in the Black Forest last May during Himmelfahrt and loved it. We went with 2 kids ages:4 & 14 months and stayed in a small place called Oberried near Kirchzarten.. there's so much to do with kids around there. Check out the farm and large outdoor play park here you can stay too and the kids get to help out - feeding the animals, picking veg for dinner or helping in the bakery. Another place we loved was a smaller farm (no link will look for the address) with a very friendly dog, they too have a great a play park made out of hay. At the end of the farm lane beside the play park is a small wooden hut where you can pick up farm eggs, jam, milk, home-made ice cream, yogurt and delicious apple juice, just have to write your name in the book and money in the slot. We were there every day picking up our supplies We drove all over the southern part, Titisee is a lovely spot

We're huge fans of the Black Forest and hopefully will be going back soon
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Re: Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

Patxi, we are planning a similar trip, so please be so kind and write down some suggestions when you come back. We are interested in suggestions for accommodation (we have a dog) and for some nice walking/hiking tips. We plan to go there in the end of October.

Have a nice trip!
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Re: Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. We spent 2 nights in Colmar this week. We stayed at the Mercure Colmar Champ de Mars which was good as it enabled us to get connecting rooms. Nothing special about the hotel, typical Mercure, but it is located within easy walking distance to the old town of Colmar and is situated on a large park with playground for the kids and an old-school Carrousel. Colmar is a nice little city for walking around.

Second day we drove from Colmar to Freiburg and then up into the Black Forest. We drove by Titisee and Schluchsee and then had lunch at the Rothaus Brewery. Good food and good beer. Walking around the brewery grounds was nice. We drove back to Colmar via some winding forest roads to Mullheim and then back on the main roads. Countless hiking trails in the area: mainly just forest strolls but a nice contrast to the alps.

On the way home, we drove through some beautiful little towns in the
Colmar area: Ingersheim, Niedermorschwihr, Turckheim, Zimmerbach, Wintzenheim and Eguisheim. Walked around and had lunch in Eguisheim which was very cool.

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Colmar









Rothaus Brewery





Eguisheim






Overall, a good trip. Easy to do with 3 young kids and dogs. Could easily spend several days in the area. This time of the year was nice as there was nobody around. When the kids get older, we'll have to head back with bikes as well. Reminds me of the Napa/Sonoma region of California only with much nicer towns.
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Re: Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

If one is having an overnight stay ( or more ), don't forget to insist on your complimentary KONUS Guest card - free access to local transport.

http://www.blackforest-tourism.com/konus

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Easily accessible, ideally developed – the KONUS Guest Card is your ticket for all bus and train routes within and between participating transportation networks, with the exception of IC and ICE train connections and (mountain) cable cars. You can find current conditions and further information about the more than 100 participating villages and cities and the nine integrated transportation networks

Bus and Rail free of charge

The expression “KONUS” is reminiscent of the universal key that train conductors once used for opening buses and railway cars. In the 11,100 square kilometres holiday region in the south-west, the expression stands for the free use of public transport services for Black Forest visitors.



Good variety and affordable eats at the Markthalle, Freiburg im Breisgau.

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Re: Colmar or Freiburg/Black Forest Suggestions?

There is also a EUR5 voucher valid for the Markthalle, Freiburg.



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Program in there for this week is here.

List of stalls is here.
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