Soon after Christmas in 2022, we spent 3 days in a delightful wood cabin in the Black Forest
We left Kleinbottwar after breakfast and drove 118 km along the A81 towards Loßburg on the high plateau of the Northern Black Forest at an altitude of 600-800 metres. The source of the Kinzig, which crosses the Black Forest from east to west and flows into the Rhine at Kehl, is in Loßburg.
We had a reservation for lunch at Hotel Bareiss in Baiersbronn – a charming little village on the Murg river. Bareiss is a five-star hotel with several restaurants, one of them with three Michelin Stars. We opted for Master Chef Nicolai Biedermann’s five-course menu in the elegant, wood-panelled Kaminstube restaurant.
Chef Nicolai Biedermann’s favourite menu
Marinated goose foie gras
with roasted brioche, whiskey and cola
Essence of calf’s tail with truffle and celeriac
Fried Faroe salmon
with savoy cabbage and salted lemon
Beef fillet medallion in parsley sauce with egg yolk, anchovies
and lyonnaise potatoes
Saddle fried rare to medium and braised belly of milk-fed lamb with mint, goat cheese and potato mousseline
Lemon grass minestrone
with green shiso cress and marinated gherkin
The sommelier suggested a Nahe Riesling and a Spätburgunder to accompany the meal. Both were excellent.
It was only a short drive from Baiersbronn to our rented four-bedroom log cabin in Loßburg. It stood on a small hillock at the edge of the forest. Stone steps led up to the front door. The cabin was specious, well equipped and very comfortable with underfloor heating and a sauna. After a quick shop the Edeka supermarket in town for fresh produce, wine and beer, we sipped champagne and Austrian Zweigelt before a light supper.
Everybody was exited about the three-day break in the Black Forest.