My parents are visiting this week (yay!) and we are being ultra touristy. I love any excuse to play tourist! We decided to show them around Germany by spending one afternoon in the Black Forest. Lake Mummelsee is the perfect destination for an afternoon stroll and some sightseeing.
After about a 45 min drive from Strasbourg, we finally arrived. And MAN it was cold! The temperature was 26F but felt like 14F with the windchill (-3C but felt like -10C.) Good thing we were all wearing our Columbia jackets! Those were life savers! But seriously, if you’re going anywhere cold this winter, you need to check them out here on their website. Their other warm weather gear makes great gifts too. (Thanks for the early Christmas presents, Mom!)
After layering up, we braved the wind and cold. And it was all worth it! The lake is stunning, surrounded by forest. From a distance, the trees make the mountains look black. It’s a truly impressive sight.
There’s a nice walking path all the way around the lake. Since it was so cold, we decided to do only 2 laps. It was very comfortable to walk, even while pushing a stroller. If you prefer a longer walk, there are many paths you can choose from and can easily spend hours in the forest. All along the path there are carved wooden benches and various statues and carvings pointing to the legends about water nymphs and an underground king!
After our 2 laps, it was time to warm up. Thankfully there’s a lovely hotel and restaurant just between the lake and the car park. We hustled inside to get some hot chocolate and cake. When in the Black Forest, you have to eat Black Forest Gateau!
This is a really great destination for a family outing, for any time of the year. It’s beautiful and scenic in the winter. We had the path practically all to ourselves! In the summer, there are some activities and paddle boating. There’s a little playground for the kids to play in while you enjoy a drink on the terrace. And there’s even a changing table in the bathroom of the restaurant. As we drove away we were lucky to have an incredible sunset view over the forest. Wins all around!
Have you ever been to Germany or the Black Forest? How do you stay warm for outdoor play in the winter? Let me know in the comments!