On our second day in Schwarzwald we slept in and decided to have breakfast in Freiburg old town and to do some sightseeing while we’re at it. We left our car in the same parking garage as the day before and headed into town, which was more lively on Friday morning than it was the night before.
I’ve never seen these kind of water ditches. It’s a wonder that I didn’t drive into one of these the night before because they were all around town and I sure as hell didn’t spot them the day before.
We quickly visited the Freiburg Minster cathedral.
And then walked around town trying to find a cafe. What we found is plenty of shops and especially shoe shops in one of which my friend bought new pair of sneakers because her old ones started to leak.
After a while we still haven’t found any cafes. I don’t know if we were just very unlucky or all the cafes are located further away. It was getting closer to noon and I was getting cranky because I haven’t had anything to eat, so we decided to go back closer to the parking garage where we left our car and we stumbled upon Restaurant Wolfshöhle and decided to go for their amazing-sounding lunch menu. It was more expensive than what we had in mind, but the food was really good, so it was worth it.
After lunch we headed off and decided to drive to see the world’s biggest toilet. Yeah, I know… Turned out that this was located quite close to the world’s largest cuckoo clock, so this was less than optimal planning. So it was Duravit’s office with an actual toilet incorporated in its facade. This is like 1-minute sight. 😀
We continued our drive towards the Schwarzwald where we wanted to do a short hike. On the way we spotted a sign to Hornberger Schlossberg and decided to check it out. It turned out to be a very pretty restored castle with a view of the town lying below, so sometimes it is worth taking a detour and sometimes not. 😉
After some driving we finally found an information point about Schwarzwald’s hiking paths. There is serious room for improvement in this area as we were basically guessing where to go. We asked to guide us to short one-hour hike, but it turned out to be impossible. Most of the trails are way longer than that but we got instructions how to get to a 30-min path, so we chose that and it was really pretty and quite easy to walk, but it did include some climbing, so it is not accessible with strollers and the like.
After this walk, we spotted a sign for monastery ruins (Klosterruine) and a waterfall (Allerheiligen Wasserfälle), so we followed the road. The monastery ruins were a really peaceful spot next to a small village.
You could access the waterfalls by walking through the village or by driving around and walking from another side. It is forbidden to drive through the village, so for us lazy people, it was easier to drive around, park at a parking lot and see the waterfalls from the other side. There is still some climbing to do when you’re seeing the waterfalls, but there is less walking.
After this we started driving towards Karlsruhe, where we headed directly to a Portuguese restaurant called Casa do José. We parked nearby and got the last table at the restaurant. The food and the ambiance were very good. The food was more of a home cooked style than the fine dining, but warmth and comfort food was exactly what we needed right now.
After the restaurant we headed to our hotel – Ibis Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof, which was one of the weirdest hotels I’ve stayed at. I mean in terms of rooms and interior, it was as average as any Ibis hotel, but from our room we could see directly to the train platform. I’m not sure if people could see inside our room, but we kept the drapes closed just in case. In addition to this, the roads in Karlsruhe were also under construction, so we had to take a bit of a detour to arrive to our hotel and the detour was through a street where prostitutes were trying to flag down customers. So the area around the Karlsruhe Railway Station did seem seedy, but the street in front of the hotel was just fine and we could park for free in front of the hotel. Luckily there was still one spot available.