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Bird of Prey Demonstration in Feldberg in the Black Forest

Two Black Kites (Milvus migrans), Source: Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY 3.0 Lizenz, by 4028mdk09.

Birds of prey have been used for hunting smaller birds and animals since the Middle Ages. This kind of hunting has always been referred to as “Falconry”. In Germany they call it “Beizjagd”.

This term derives from the word “beißen”, which means,  “to bite”, and which describes the hunting method of the bird of prey. In the past, falconry was done by Aristocrats,  and even the gentlewomen joined the hunting with the beautiful and elegant birds of prey.

Even today one can marvel at these gorgeous birds flying and hunting. The bird of prey demonstration has become popular again, especially since the 1990′s. Above all, the little ones are fascinated by the beauty of these birds and the harmonic collaboration between falconer and his feathered friend. It is not difficult to join such a bird of prey show. There are numerous opportunities for one to participate,  but, it requires a lot of effort to become an educated falconer.

A falconer must learn how to treat a bird of prey correctly. He also has to dedicate himself to learning  with all his heart and soul. He has to feel called to do this job.

It will be possible to visit such a bird of prey show on 19 th November 2013 at 3 p.m. . On the Feldberg in the Black Forest . upside of the “Feldberger Hof” and near the Wichelpfad the falconer Franz Ruchlak will show what his gyrfalcons, buzzards and eagles can do. In addition, visitors will learn interesting information about the birds of prey and will even be able to carry a bird on their gloved hand.

The entrance fee is 5€ for adults and 3€ for children from the age of 6 . If interested you need to go to this address:

Feldberger Hof

79868 Feldberg

It promises to be an interesting event which will bring visitors back into the past times of emperors and kings; and which will bring visitors closer to the Black Forest nature.

Don’t forget, it is only a stone’s throw from Feldberg to the wonderful Black Forest city Bonndorf . It is only a 20 minute car drive.  You should really not miss the chance to visit this beautiful Black Forest city and to taste some of the delicacies of the Black Forest sausage and ham specialties of Adler .

Whatever your plans for this day are, we wish you all a great time and a lot of pleasant memories!

Events in the Black Forest in the End of May 2013

Although this month is coming to its end there are many possibilities to experience something new and interesting in May. Here you can get some information about the most important and interesting events in the Black Forest in May 2013.

22.05. – 26.05.2013. Whitsun Festival Games in the Festival Hall of Baden-Baden.  Visitors can look forward to a wide range of classical music in its various forms.

 No matter whether one is a fan of opera or of string music, one will have the possibility to listen to almost all classical forms of music.

22.05. – 27.10.2013. Big Country Exhibition 2013: bodenlos – durch die luft und unter wasser (= bottomless – in the air and under water ) . The topic of this exhibition is flying and floating in the air as well as under water. It will be presented in the State Museum of Natural History of Karlsruhe until 27th October 2013.

Visitors can either just enjoy the art of the exhibition or even take actively part in the happenings of the event in the museum.

22.05. – 02.06.2013. HinterzARTen. This is the 3rd time that Hinterzarten is presented to the world in its artistic manner.

The aim of the exhibition is to show that Hinterzarten also has an artistic disposition.

22.05. – 07.07.2013. Exposition in the Bonndorf Castle. It is a super event that can be visited even in bad weather. Bonndorf Castle invites everyone to visit its gorgeous artworks.

22.05. – 02.06.2013. MATTA. Fictions in the Frieder Burda Museum. The Frieder Burda Museum of Baden-Baden presents the expressionistic artist Matta and his works.

22.05. – 02.08.2013. Wipfelstürmer! (Tree Tops Stormer!) In Gernsbach – Kaltenbronn parents of adventurous and curious kids can enroll their children for a tree climbing class. The event can be attended by children who are between 8 and 12 years old. The cost is 4€ per head.  The tour will be led by the employees of the Infozentrum Kaltenbronn.

The duration of the event is expected to be 3 hours.

22.05. – 16.06.2013. Special Tour in a Monastery: Bookbinding in the Children’s Workshop – for Children aged 10 and above. This event, which will take place in Alpirsbach, is a very interesting tour for both young and old.

 Here you will get to know all about life in a monastery, about monks and kidmonks. The highlight of the tour will be a bookbinding.

22.05. – 30.06.2013. Art in the GDR. There will be a political and critical exhibition of works of artists from the GDR in the Museum Villa Haiss (Zell am Harmersbach).

22.05. – 27.10.2013. Nightwatchman’s Tour in Burkheim. One has the possibility to join in to the traditional and historical Tour of the nightwatchman of Burkheim every Wednesday and Sunday.

 Participation is free and begins at 10 p.m. at the city gate.

24.05. – 27.05.2013. Kaiserstühler Kirschenfest.  Endingen city is celebrating its annual Cherry Festival with festive ceremonies, a parade, a cherry queen and cherry princesses.

The festival begins at 10 a.m.

Current Entertainments Guide Online

The autumn is a rough season in the Black Forest but has promise to offer some golden days.  You do not have to mourn the summer days since the autumn time in the Black Forest can offer you a lot of great events. They celebrate traditionally countless festivals in the autumn and winter months:  cattle festivals, wine and harvest festivals, saint’s days of St. Hubertus and St.

Martin, not forgetting the beginning of the 5 th season of year and of course all the great Advent celebrations.

The Black Forest region will offer as well cultural and sports highlights. This all and even more we have tried to bring together in our current entertainments guide. This covers the period until the end of the year and is to be found at the usual address .

At year’s end, Christmas fairs become tradition for the people in the Black Forest. That is the time when gingerbread and spiced cookies are found on supermarket shelves. So, we have compiled an overview of the most beautiful and remarkable Christmas fairs which you will find here .

So, have fun by planning your holiday because the Black Forest offers many different events and festivals that can be enjoyed by all who visit.

Closure in Höllental

The Höllental Rail Road celebrated its 125 th anniversary this summer. A special highlight of this occasion took place on the evening of the 12 th of August: They organized the first ride of the original Höllental Carriage together with the engine after 50 years of rest. The ride went from Sebrugg to Freiburg and was made possible thanks to the involved work of the IG Höllental Rail Road .

As for the rail traffic, it will be quieter on the Höllental Rail Line the next period of time. Altogether the Deutsche Bahn (= German Rail Road Company) will reconstruct the tracks in a three – stage approach. The first section which runs from Titisee to Donaueschingen will be completely closed from 25 th August to 11 th September.

All trains will be cancelled and the passengers will be asked to use buses which go every 30 minutes.

According to plans the restoration work between Freiburg and Titisee is supposed to continue from 15 th of September to 5 th of October. Here as well will be deployed replacement buses which will go, however, without intermediate stops. Next it is the 3-Seen-Bahn’s (= 3 Sees Rail Road) turn: From the 8 th to the 17 th  of October the line between Titisee and Sebrugg will be closed and will be served with buses.

Altogether there will be approx. 2.800 train trips canceled with nearly 340.000 passengers. So, as you can see it is a mammoth project.

The German Rail Road Company is going to replace 14 km tracks, 20.000 ties and 8 switches. The total costs will arise to 10 Million Euros.

This is aggravated by the fact that the freeway road B31 between Kirchzarten and Hinterzarten at Hirschsprungfelsen will be partly closed in the period between 3 rd and 14 th of September and 6 th and 22 nd of October. The closure is a protective measure against stone damage  which has been observed  since  in 2010. This will be supported with an installation of a mesh.

 In addition, single rock sections are to be saved with gunned concrete and nailing ups.

So, anyone who wants to spend their holiday in this region in this period should travel on foot or by bike.

Furthermore, during this time you can make an excursion to Adler in Bonndorf. In any case it is worth it!

Bonndorf at a look

In the last few days the weather was really warm. Fortunately here in Baden-Wuerttemberg and in Bavaria as well it is still the summer holidays.  Some guests from the northern regions of Germany did not have as much luck as we do and already went home.

A great way to remember your vacation or just to check out the current weather in Bonndorf to know whether it is worth going is to check out the webcam!

There is an online webcam that is pointed at Bonndorf Castle. That way, not only have an overview of the Bonndorf’s current weather but also a look at the centerpiece of our Lion City Bonndorf.

Thumbnail of the webcam Bonndorf Castle – Bonndorf in the Black Forest, with the friendly permission of

With the friendly consent of the webcam owner we have linked to the transfer of Bonndorf city in our Adler Black Forest Blog. The webcam is also accessible on the page Careful, watching can lead to a severe longing for the Black Forest! If you give in to this longing do not forget to make a trip to Adler in Bonndorf.

Here you can taste the delicious Black Forest Sausage and Ham Specialties and bring a piece of the Black Forest to your home.

Lastly we have in addition a technical notation for you:  Bad weather or technical difficulties could cause the webcam to malfunction.

There is something happening around Hüsli

It is not only because of the summer high temperatures that it is getting hot in the region around Hüsli. The celebration of the 100year anniversary of the Local Museum is just around the corner. However, anyone who wants to is able to put him- or herself into the right mood for the celebration already this weekend.

The anniversary celebration will take place on the 15 th of July in Grafenhausen – Rothaus. There will be  proper music played by the traditional band Rothaus. In addition, the actress Christiane Albiez from Freiburg will perform the part of the Hüsli Constructor Helene Siegfried.

Furthermore, the program also has planned carriage rides, free entry into the Hüsli and an entertaining performance of the traditional family home music band from Lauchringen.

As early as Saturday, which will be the 14 th of July, the traditional band of Rothaus invites you all for the Forest Celebration into the party tent in front of the Hüsli. Thanks to its mobile four walls the visitors do not need to worry that the anniversary celebration will be ruined by  bad weather.

As early as this Friday (06 th of July) they will award a prize to the winner of the school painting competition on the subject of “100 years of Hüsli” in the house of the guest in Grafenhausen. The handed in works will be presented until the 15 th of July in an exhibition. In September of last year the pupils of the elementary and the lower secondary schools of the region were called on to deal with the history and culture of the Black Forest by use of the artwork of the Hüsli.

Beyond that the concert series “So klingt’s bei uns – Chöre und Musikkapellen aus dem hochschwarzwald singen und musizieren beim Hüsli (= That is what it is sound at our place – Choirs and Bands from the High Black Forest sing and make music at the Hüsli) will start this weekend. The event will  start Saturday (7 th July) at 3 p.m. by the Harmonica Orchestra Häusern. Finally on Sunday (8 th of July) 32 men and women of the liederkranz Grafenhausen will present a potpourri at their best.

Käthe Kollwitz and Wilhelm Loth in the Bonndorf Castle

We have already hinted at this event in our entertainment guide but this enjoyment of art deserves an extensive valuation: as from today the Bonndorf Castle will present the exhibition “Ich glaube an Sie: Wilhelm Loth und Käthe Kollwitz” (= I believe in you: Wilhelm Loth and Käthe Kollwitz).

Until the 11 th of November the culture office of the administrative district of Waldshut will present in association with the Käthe Kollowitz Museum Köln, the Gallery Schlichtenmaier (Dätzingen Caslte), the Urban Arts Museum Spendhaus Reutlingen, Gottfried Pütz Art Trade (Müllheim) and Walz Art Trade (Überlingen) approx. 35 graphics of the great and famous German artist as well as sculptures of her admirer Wilhelm Loth.

Today we can see how much he had adored her,  he dedicated  some of his works to her. Besides it can be also seen in the exchange of letters between them: it is the correspondence of the young artist, who is just on the searching of his own way, and of the sixty- year- old woman and artist.

All this took place in the period of the Nazi regime which ostracized Kollowitz. And it was during the bombings of World War 2 that the artist repeatedly moved. Nevertheless, she always found warm, almost grandmotherly encouraging words for the doubting Wilhelm Loth. This fact is illustrated by the passage of Kollowitz’s letter from July 1942 which gave the exhibition its name: “I could just say the same I have already said so many times: I believe in you.

You have to hold on; your time will come as surely as this war will have an end. That can happen after many years; that can happen as well within a night.”

This imposing and not yet published exchange of letters will be presented to the public for the first time in the prolifically illustrated catalog to the exhibition. Some of the original letters can be also seen in Bonndorf Castle.

“Ich glaube an Sie: Wilhelm Loth und Käthe Kollowitz” exhibition in the Cultural Center Bonndorf Castle, 1 st July to 11 th November 2012. Opening hours are from Wednesday to Sunday 10 to 12 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. You will find more information on the page of the Cultural Office of the Administrative District Waldshut .

Event highlights in the Black Forest in June, July and August

Here the most interesting events for you of the Black Forest region in June, July and August:


7 th June: Traditional Corpus Christi procession in Mühlenbach .  Every year during the night before the procession a huge crowd of volunteers spread a carpet of flowers of approx. 1km length with gorgeous patterns. On the day of celebration the procession will move together with the saint of saints over this carpet.

People dressed in traditional dresses and delegations of clubs with their flags will ramble about the city followed by the sounds of the choir, traditional band and gun salutes.

9 th /10 th June: International Chain Saw Feast Days Oberes Kinzigtal in Wolfach. 40 wood artists will compete against each other in carving of imaginative, head-high sculptures.

15 th – 17 th June: Maximilian Knights Festival in Horb on the Neckar River. The city Horb is the location of one of the biggest medieval spectacles of Europe. Here you will get to see landsknechts in their camps who will show you the impressing history of Wuerttemberg; you will see as well noble knights who will contest for the favors of the fair maidens.

Furthermore, the activities of the merchants and craftsmen, medieval music, fire-breather, artists and magicians will enchant you with their performances in front of the historical backdrop of the Old City.

17 th June: Black Forest ULTRA Bike Marathon  in  Titisee-Neustadt . That will be the mountain bike highlight in Dreisamtal! There will be five routes with unforgettable views. Annually thousands of people flock up to here from far and wide for being part of the biggest Mountainbike Marathon of the Middle Europe. The number of participants will amount to 4.500 people.

It will be a rich and a full-day program of the event (in Hinterzarten, Kirchzarten and Todtnau it will even start on Friday).

17 th June: “Fantastic Portals”. Castle Adventure Day all over Baden-Wuerttemberg. Mansions, castles and gardens of Baden-Wuerttemberg, and of course of the Black Forest, invite to a special adventure day.

This year’s name of the feast day of the mansions and monasteries, castles and historical gardens will be “Fantastic Portals”.

23 rd June: International Summer Ski Jumping in Bad Griesbach. It says “Ready, Steady, Jump” on the Crosshead Ski-Jump. Here will take place the first international Summer Ski Jumping in a Three-Party Competition for the Georg-Thoma-Cup.

On Saturday will be the Follower Jumping on the lower ski-jump; on Sunday will be the Jumping on the big ski-jump.

24 th June: Eulogi Ride in Lenzkirch. The Eulogi Ride is celebrated in compliment to the patron saint of the goldsmiths, the blacksmiths and the horses every year on 25 th June or on the Friday before in Lenzkirch. The Eulogi Ride is a regular meeting place especially for those who love horses and who live in the Southern Black Forest.

The whole area boasts decorations when the impressive cavalcade is marching towards the pilgrimage chapel accompanied by the ringing of the bells. It is a frequent beautiful, genuine peasant’s feast day which you would find in this form nowhere else than in the Southern Black Forest. That is why thousands of pilgrims and other guests are attracted to this place annually.


30 th June – 8 th July: High Black Forest’s Jazz Summer: It will be an event with traditional and international artists and which will leave nothing to be desired. The jazz concerts will take place in the cities Hinterzarten, Feldberg, Sankt Märgen, Schluchsee and Titisee-Neustadt .

14 th /15 th July: Forest Festival “100 years of Hüsli” in Grafenhausen-Rothaus . The “Hüsli” is getting 100. That is reasons enough for the musical society Rothaus to celebrate this anniversary properly. Visitors can expect a musical and culinary celebration in the celebration tent in front of the local museum “Hüsli”.

14 th July: Night in white at the Titisee. There will be fireworks in the white decorated lake road. Visitors are asked to dress in white.

15 th July: Old Handwork in the High Black Forest in Feldberg. Traditional handicrafts of the Black Forest will be performed and presented in the hall of Feldberg. The craftsmen will show techniques, handworks and arts which almost got lost in the course of times.

21st of July: “Music and Water“ Festival at the Hochfirst Ski-Jump in Titisee – Neustadt. It will be a spectacle of fire, water and music. There will be a rock symphony at its best, which will last 3 hours. The music will be accompanied by a beautiful water laser pyro show.

Let your mind be taken by the impressive ambience of the Hochfirst Ski – Jump into colorful dream worlds of the symphonic sounds of Wolfgang Roese’s adaptions merging with shimmering fountains and laser figures.

28 th /29 th of July: Castle Festival in Bonndorf. This weekend near the Bonndorf Castle there will be many attractions for young and old, a musical entertainment program, and treats by the associations.

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4 th /5 th of August: See the Night Festival at the Schluchsee with a Dragon Boat Cup . The motto of this event is “pure adrenalin”. Next to the breathtaking view of the sea there will be a wide range of events, music performances, gastronomic delicacies and sporty activities. The highlights of the festival will be the illuminated Sail Parade at Saturday and the Dragon Boat Race at Sunday.

10 th of August: Traditional Lawrence Festival in Feldberg . In honor of the Saint Lawrence, who was the Patron Saint of the shepherds and herds, the day will begin with a church service at 9:30 a.m. in the Lawrence Chapel near the Todtnaut Cottage. Afterwards, a Shepherd’s Parish Fair  take place which will include a cattle market, dance events and entertainment programs in the rustic cabins lying around the Feldberg.

12 th of August: Mill Festival in Seebach . The festival will start at 11 a.m. with a morning pint concert. The music will play all day long. In addition, there will be rites and performances of peasant handicrafts.

There will be also an all-day event for the kids as well as a wide range of food and drinks.

12 th of August: 125 th years Anniversary Festival of the Höllentahlbahn in Schluchsee. Visitors can expect a weekend with a wide variety of historical and entertaining events around the Dreiseenbahn (Three Seas Railroad). Your day will begin very musically with a morning pint concert of the traditional band of Gündelwangen.

10 th – 13 th of August: Hans-Thoma-Day in Bernau . The Hans-Thoma-Day is a hometown festival which will involve 150 Bernau citizens dressed in traditional clothes, performing traditional arts and rites. Also there will be traditional music and visitors will have the chance to see various art expositions. The festival will take place in honor of the artist Hans Thoma who was born in Bernau in the Black Forest.

17 th – 19 th of August: FIS Summer Ski Jumping in Hinterzarten . The program of the FIS Grand Prix offers next to the international youth’s ski jumping also women’s individual competitions. On Saturday, the 18 th of August 2012 the visitors will witness a world premiere in the team’s competitions. It will be the first time that the teams will jump in mixed teams. The teams will be composed of two men and two women.

The highlight of the whole event will be as each year the individual jumping of the men at Sunday.

17 th – 19 th of August: Wine Festival in Enzklösterle. Visitors can expect to enjoy music, excellent fireworks, wine and great entertainment.

26 th – 31 st August: “Zuerst war die Güte” (= At first there was the goodness) – 17 th Sculptor Symposium in St. Blasien. This week 15 artists from all over the world will have the chance to show what they can.

The sculptors will make proper works to the topic “At first there was the goodness”. At the end of the week these works will be sold at auction. Do witness the artist’s workings and their interpretations of the issue.

The event will be accompanied by all-day music and a Sunday shopping.

Events in the Cultural Center “Bonndorf Castle” in 2012

Here you can read more about the history of the Cultural Center “Bonndorf Castle”.


Until 15 th of June:

Pavel Feinstein – Der Biss der Muse (The Bite of the Muse) . The works of the artist, who is originally from Moscow but who has lived in Berlin since 1980, will provide unusual insights into seemingly familiar topics.

1 st of July to 11 th of November:

Wilhelm Loth and Käthe Kollwitz. Bonndorf Castle presents an exposition of the sculptor Wilhelm Loth (1920 – 1993) in association with the Käthe Kollwitz Museum from Cologne and the Gallery Schlichtenmaier (Dätzingen Castle). Loth lived and worked for many years in Karlsruhe.

In the center of the exposition is the connection between Loth and Käthe Kollwitz, who in turn bore a closely relation to the administrative district of Waldshut.


7 th of July:

The Klenke Quartet will present compositions of Joseph Haydn, Benjamin Britten and Franz Schubert.

After its debut, the Klenke Quartet gives concerts at the most prestigious festivals. The four female musicians travel for concerts through all the European countries as well as through Northern and Southern America. In 2003, they accompanied the former Federal President Johannes Rau with concerts on his official visits in Mexico, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil.

22 nd of September:

The soprano singer Stefanie True and the piano player Amy Blyth present works of Johann Ladislaus Dussek, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Robert Schumann.

6 th of October:

Trio Wanderer will present compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Peter Tschaikowski.

The trio has already won such awards as the “Victoires de la Musique” as the best chamber music formation of the year in France, the Gramophone Critic’s Choice Award, the Choq du Monde de la Musique and the Midem Classical Award.

10 th of November:

Singer Pur – A Thousand Years. It will be a presentation of secular music which has been played through the centuries, on the occasion of the 20 year anniversary of Singer Pur.

The soprano singer, the three tenor singers, the baritone singer and the bass singer have won prizes and awards several times. By now, they have been won the Classic ECHO prize three times. The singers, some of whom are former Domspatzen of Regensburg, can be named with good reason as the best known German vocal ensemble.


8 th of July:

Readings of the Literature Scholarship Holders of Baden-Wuertttemberg: Bernadette Conrad, Manuela Fuelle and Lena Gorelik.

21 st of October:

Iso Camartin – Über Grenzen (Over the Borders). Lecture and Discussion.

Iso Camartin was born in Chur in 1944. He was a literary scholar and a cultural scientist, philosopher, writer and literary critic. Also, from 1985 to 1997 he was a professor of Rhaeto-Romanic literature and culture in the ETH and in the University of Zurich.  From 2000 to 2003, Iso Camartin headed the Cultural Directorate Swiss television.

Since then he has been a liberal publicist and writer.

This event serves as an opening for a series of events with the topic “Borders” of the Randen Commission, which is an informal incorporation of Canton Schaffhausen, the administrative district of Konstanz, the Black Forest – Baar region and the administrative district Waldshut.

The Black Forest’s Christmas Fairs

This year the Christmas spirit does not want to arise in everyone’s heart.  While the last year brought us plenty of snow this year December seems to be like a usual autumn month. Nevertheless, it should not be a reason for spoiling us the most beautiful tradition of Christmas time, which is the Christmas fair. All those with unfinished Christmas shopping should really visit a Black Forest Christmas fair and get a great present like of the Black Forest delicacies .

The list of the Christmas fairs is long but here we name 3 of the most popular Christmas fairs in the Black Forest:

The Freiburger Christmas fair will be open until the 23 rd of December. With its 111 stalls and 2 children’s carousels it is the jewel among the Christmas fairs. Here you can get more details.

In Pforzheim the 40 th Golden Pforzheim’s Christmas fair will be open until the 22 nd of December. Here 70 traders will present everything the heart desires. This Christmas fair will be in the inner-city, so you should not miss the chance to visit it.

The Baden-Baden Christmas fair, which is the so called “Christkindlmarkt”, will be open until the 26 th of December and will contain around 100 stalls. The “Christkindlmarkt” is nestled in the hills of the Black Forest and is one of the most beautiful places of the region. The daily changing programs will delight even the sharpest grinch. Get more information here.

For those who are still hesitating we have a video of What are you still waiting for?

Handicrafts, delicacies, punch and glühwein are waiting for you!

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