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The Kurhaus is a venue located at the western end of the park, at the foot of the castle ruins in Badenweiler, a small town nestled in the western edge of the Black Forest in south west Germany. The foundation stone of the original Kurhaus was laid in 1851, and by 1853 the building was in use as a pump room and gathering place. That same year the building began to be used as a venue for concerts.       With increasing visitor numbers the demand for the thermal waters grew, and in 1863/4 the source was reviewed and the...
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Alamanicus is having a short break from history this week with a trip to the Hochblauen ("High Blue"), a peak in the southern Black Forest. The Hochblauen is a short drive south east from Müllheim/Badenweiler, and accessible entirely by road (including by bus from Kandern). It rises nearly 700m (c.2300ft) above the Rhine plain, and 1165m (3822ft) above sea level, and is popular with hikers, mountain-bikers, and parascenders. The peak offers fantastic views of the Black Forest, the Rhine plain with glimpses of the Rhine winding through like a si...
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Sausenberg Castle today is a modest ruin, barely sign-posted, gradually being reclaimed by the trees at the western edge of the Black Forest, near the modern day town of Kandern. In its day, however, Sausenberg was the seat of the Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg, a near 200 year dynasty out of the House of Baden that accumulated most of the land of the south western corner of Germany, that today is called Markgräflerland (Margrave's Land). The Castle of Sausenberg The first record of Sausenberg is dated to 1120, when the 668m (c. 2200ft) peak...
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The Schluchsee is Germany's highest reservoir (930 metres above sea level), formed from a natural glacial lake by the construction of a dam in 1932. It is the largest lake in the Black Forest; 7.3km long, 1.4 km wide, and some 18  foot-blistering km of shoreline. Alamanicus knows that it's foot-blistering because he walked it one weekend in May. He wasn't intending to, but Mrs Alamanicus lulled him into thinking he was just going on a short walk to take a peek at the dam, and before he knew it they were already half way round. He did get tre...
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