My weekend usually goes a little something like this. Learn about something interesting to see within a 1-2 hour drive. Do a little research, get that familiar travel itch. Pack a lunch the night before, and rush out the door Saturday morning. If I can ignore the whining from the back seat (which thankfully has nothing to do with the adventure at hand), I start to get excited. This is going to be… fun! great! amazing!
But every once in a while, I arrive at a place and think, eh… it’s.. okay. I felt that way about our recent excursion to Hornberg in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald). We love ruins, even small ones like we found in Staufen. But the draw, the whole point is to be able to explore them, right? Unfortunately, the hands-on factor at Hornberg is rather low. So, why am I writing about it? Because – impenetrable ruins aside – it’s an amazing picnic spot. If you find yourself in the Schwarzwald with a sandwich in hand, this is where you should eat it. Also, for little legs, injured legs, or lazy legs, Hornberg is ideal. A hotel with a restaurant and a biergarten sits atop the hill adjacent to the ruins. This means you can conveniently drive up the mountain, bypassing the crazy steep trail that would otherwise be your only option. Inside the building you’ll find restrooms, and kids will quickly discover the playground outside.
We didn’t see any signs stating that the parking was solely for hotel or restaurant guests. But, with less than 10 spaces, you might need a bit of luck to nab one. For those willing to make the trek up the road on foot, another parking lot is located at the base of the hill.
Here’s a look at our time at Hornberg in pictures.
As you can see, visiting Hornberg isn’t completely a waste of time. But, I would definitely recommend this being a stop along your Black Forest journey, rather than the final destination. Combine it with a visit to the Triberg Waterfalls for an easy Saturday excursion.