|We followed white trail signs|
We entered the Schwarzwald just north of Herrenwies and worked our way up to the highest point of the district where the Friedrich Tower stands. We climbed 168 steps up the spiral staircase of the tower and through the iron dome at the top. The views from the top were beautiful - forest stretching in every direction. We then worked our way back down through the forest to the picturesque Herrenwies Lake.
|Leaving the campsite|
|Entering the Black Forest|
|360° views over the forest from the top of the tower|
|A forest trail on the way down|
After a very peaceful's night's sleep at the edge of the forest, we headed off to see the Gertelbach Falls. These are a continuous stretch of cascades and pools running down the western side of the Black Forest. We then drove round to the town of Forbach to walk another section along the Westweg, this time to Schwarzbach, a large hydroelectric dam.
|The trail to the falls|
|Beautiful bridges and moss-covered rocks|
|Part of the Gertelbach Falls|
|A squirrel in the forest|
|Lots of forest|
The Black Forest is a beautiful part of the world, full of interesting trails, lakes and waterfalls. Next time we might explore one of the Wine Routes which runs through the forest!