Schwarzwaldhochstraße : Michelin's recommendations
Baden-Baden is the starting point of the Schwarzwald-Hochstraße. The road gradually climbs, winding past quiet mountain resorts such as Bühlerhöhe (750m). A few kilometres further on nestles Mummelsee, a tiny glacial lake whose deep waters lie at the foot of the Hornisgrinde (1 164m), the highest peak in the northern Black Forest. After Ruhestein, the mountain road descends down towards the dell of Allerheiligen where you can visit the ruins of a church built in the second half of the 13C as part of a convent. A path leads past a fast-flowing river to the falls of Allerheiligen (45min there and back from the car park at the foot of the falls, 2km from the abbey). The road then takes you back towards Zuflucht, up extremely steep slopes to a plateau of marshy moorland typical of the Grinde, which extends as far as Kniebis, before you finally reach Freudenstadt. Built in 1599 by order of the Duke of Würrtemberg and burnt to the ground in 1945, it was rebuilt according to a grid plan centred on the Marktplatz, a lively market square surrounded by arcades on a corner of which stands a 17C church.