(Recommended by Ben)
This is without a doubt one of my all time
favorite farms. What a wonderful hidden gem just north of the rail line and the heart of Gutach. I had a nice Doppelzimmer
with private toilet and shower, a nice Aufenthaltesraum (lounge with TV) with balcony one door down -
The Moser family is a traditional Black Forest farm family
with a long and rich history. Elfriede and Martin Moser stay busy during the day taking care of their guests' and
family's needs but always seem to have time for a short chat. Herr Moser (whose English is good) seems to be always
on the go working with his cows and taking care of routine farm chores. They also make and sale their own Kirschwasser,
Schnaps, Wurst and ham and I was lucky enough to be there for bread day when they make wood-oven baked Brot. So
were alot of the local townspeople who were ready to buy their share.
Herr Moser fills up a large oven with two long planks
full of dough that Frau Moser has been working all morning on - places each loaf well back in the oven with a long
pizza type shovel - lets it bake for an hour and - then hot fresh bread for all.
along with a large farm breakfast complete
with cheeses, meats, several different breads, jams, jellies, honey, egg, juices and good strong German coffee.
All for a bargain price!!!
I was also fortunate to be there for Gutach's annual thanksgiving
day proceedings (Erntedankfest). Many of the locals dress up in their traditional outfits and parade with the local
band from main street over the bridge along Kirchstrasse to St. Peter's Church. They then have services and afterwards
play music and pose for pictures.
The Bollenhut type costumes worn in these pictures are only
worn in three local areas - Gutach, Wolfach and Hornberg. Each area or township in the Black Forest has it's own
specific traditional costumes and hats. The Bollenhut has red balls for unmarried and black balls for married ladies.
The Schäppel headgear (shiny beads of glass, metal, etc woven together) are worn by certain young ladies from
the time of Communion til their wedding day - but only at special ceremonies.
Gutach is an excellent location for a homebase in the Schwarzwald
from which you can daytrip to basically anywhere in the Black Forest, Triberg, Gengenbach, Baden-Baden, Europa
Park, the Vogtsbauernhof and parts of France. Another bonus that comes with accommodations in the Black Forest
is a Guestcard that enables you to use public transportation FREE (KONUS) within the Schwarzwald. Just get on a
bus or train and show your Guestcard when asked to produce a ticket by the conductor or driver.
While in Gutach - don't miss the local Vogtsbauernhof
(open air museum) - where you can see how folks lived and worked on the farms over the past four centuries. Wonderful
This is the view from the balcony of the