One of the things I enjoy most about traveling is how often I am exposed to traditions that are different from my own. So often I find that there is more to a culture than what we see on the surface or read in books. This helps me walk away with a better understanding of and deeper appreciation for other places and people.
Take Germany, for example. While I love visiting the country’s larger cities for their cosmopolitan flair and energy, I adored a recent excursion into the Black Forest for the way it immersed me in the traditions and culture that make this country so beautiful. The Black Forest is about a three-hour drive from Frankfurt. There are trains to get there, but driving provides a more convenient and direct route. It also allows for stops along the way; a good strategy as there are plenty of scenic views.
Here are some of the cultural highlights exclusive to the area.
The origin of the cuckoo clock
Meat and more meat
A walk through time
Meet a glassblower
The little farm that could