Apartment in Menzenschwand, Nr. St Blasien, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany - Ideal Year-Round Chill-Out Destination
The property is situated on the edge of the attractive Black Forest village of Menzenschwand which, with its traditional wooden farmhouses, welcoming restaurants and inns and surrounding natural beauty, offers the essence of Black Forest charm. The whole area is a designated nature reserve and is perfect for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. The village itself is in a long valley with a waterfall at the far end and a mountain path leading up to Feldberg, the highest ski resort in the Black Forest. There is also a spa where you can swim indoors and out, summer or winter, with saunas, massages and radon therapy available. The apartment is on the top floor of a 3 storey house and commands views of the village, the valley and the mountains beyond. It is crisp and modern with plenty of wood features throughout. There is a garden and it has its own off-road parking.
Top Traveller Review
Cosy and comfortable
About the Owner
John and I are 52 and 47 respectively, but still have an adventurous spirit. We like nothing better than travelling and exploring new places. I first visited the Black Forest with my German pen pal when I was 15. It was so memorable that when my husband and I were looking for a holiday home, I was immediately drawn there, almost 30 years later. We tend not to go for package holidays and avoid typical sun sea and sand deals, so this area is perfect for us. We can be as active or as lazy as we want to be, and range of activities and the changing seasons mean we never get bored. We have brought both my parents and friends out to visit, and everyone, young or old, has loved the apartment and the surrounding area.
Guestbook comments from the owner
McManus Family: This was our first time in that part of Germany and we were completely captured by the breathtaking scenery. We had a magnificent view from the balcony and the apartment was very comfortable, well equipped and spotlessly clean. It was very relaxing to sit on the balcony and just listen to the contented sounds of the cows and goats next door, take in the pure clean air and look at the breathtaking scenery. We will definitely be booking again in the future."
Wall Family: 'The accommodation is delightful, balancing the modern and the traditional. It is a well equipped and comfortable apartment with fairytale views of a snow covered landscape. With roads snow ploughed and always open, skiing at Feldberg, reasonable prices and a warm welcome from everyone, we had a brilliant winter holiday. Highly recommended
Lindsey Davies:The apartment was very well presented, well stocked and very tidy. We had a very relaxing holiday and are already talking about a return visit
4.8 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Cosy and comfortable
We enjoyed walking in the local area, taking the ski lift at Todtnau and then hurtling down the mountain coaster/Hasenhorn Rodelbahn, having an excellent day at Germany's largest theme park Europa Park, visiting the superb indoor water park Badeparadies at Titisee Neustadt, taking the train to Freiburg using the free Black Forest Card supplied by the owners and venturing over the Swiss border to Zurich.
In the village itself there are three restaurants within 10-15 minutes walk of the apartment which serve good local food and drink, perfect after a busy day. There is also a local baker and 10 minutes drive away by car in St.Blasien is an Edeka supermarket (like a German Waitrose).
Within a couple minutes walk of the property we also saw the ski lifts for the local ski school which must be fantastic in winter when there is snow on the ground.
We found the owners a real pleasure to deal with and they provided us with lots of hints and information which helped ensure that we had a wonderful time. We would love to return to this property and enjoy more of what this beautiful part of the world has to offer.
Comfort in beautiful surroundings
From the Owner
“We purchased the property in 2006 at the time that Germany so successfully hosted the World Cup. As soon as we went through the front door, we felt at home. It was fresh and clean and had everything we needed for a great holiday, but it was the view from the large balcony that sealed the deal. We've spent many happy times outside eating, drinking or just looking at the view. The area changes dramatically with the seasons, hot in summer, deep snow in winter and red and gold foliage in the autumn. Despite being situated in a rural idyll, it's also ideally placed for exploring the corner of Europe where Germany, Switzerland and France meet. Freiburg, Strasbourg, Stuttgart and beautiful Lake Constance are all in easy access.”
Activity and Interests
Believe it or not, there are beach options available, even though the sea is hundreds of miles away. The nearby lakes of Schluchsee and Titisee both have small beaches along their shores, ideal for summer sunbathing and swimming.
There are a number of airports within 1.5 hours drive of Menzenschwand: Zuerich Airport 47 miles. Basel Airport 45 miles. Karlsruhe-Baden Airport 102 miles. Stuttgart 109 miles. Car hire is recommended, though there is a local bus service, linking to the German rail system. Nearest train station is Schluchsee, 5 miles away. Included in the rental price is a Schwarzwaldkarte, offering free public transport in the Black Forest area.
St Blasien 5 miles. Schluchsee 5 miles. Titisee 13 miles. Freiburg 33 miles. Rheinfall, Zurich and Basel 45 miles. Colmar (France) 65 miles. Konstanz 73 miles. Baden Baden 102 miles. Stuttgart 109 miles.
Menzenschwand has a bakery, a small grocery shop, a drinks shop, a ski shop, a post office, tourist information office and a bank. The Radon Revitalbad in the village is a spa with indoor and outdoor heated pools, saunas, massages and radon treatment available. The waterfall at the end of the valley is beautiful and is floodlit at night in the summer. There are more extensive shopping opportunities in St Blasien which has several large supermarkets, butchers, bakers, greengrocers, clothing and gift shops. The large cathedral dominates the skyline and is well worth a visit. Regular concerts are held inside as the acoustics are magnificent.
The surrounding countryside consists of mountains and valleys, each valley having its own town or village, and all of them picture perfect. These include Todtmoos, Todtnau, Bernau and Lenzkirch. The valleys and villages are linked by miles of hiking trails, and Nordic walking is very popular. There are 2 lakes nearby - Schluchsee, ideal for sailing and Titisee which offers lake cruises, pedalos etc. At 2km in length, the Rodelbahn in Todtnau is Germany's longest mountain coaster, so if you fancy hurtling down a mountainside at speed in a small chair, this is the place for you! The Steinwasen Park near Kirchzarten is a mix of rides, roller coasters and wildlife. Further afield, the city of Freiburg has stunning architecture, extensive shops and restaurants and a great market which is permanently found around the cathedral square. Hofsgrund is one of the highest points in the Black Forest and commands panoramic views of the Alps to the South and the Vosges to the East. Lake Constance is also well worth a visit, with the towns of Konstanz and Meersburg offering medieval architecture and beautiful lake views. Further along the lake is Friedrichshafen, home of the Zeppelin. You can book Zeppelin rides over the lake and surrounding area.
Basel, Strasbourg, Colmar, Baden Baden and Stuttgart all offer interesting day-trip options.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
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Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee €0.00
Bookings can be made by telephone or email. No deposit is required.
Notes on prices:
€55 per night from 01.01.2015 for up to 2 guests.. A supplement of €10 per person per night applies for 3rd and 4th guests aged 14 or over. For children aged 13 or under, the supplement is €5. Young children under 3 are free. For guests staying less than 4 nights, there is a cleaning supplement of €50. These prices include the local tourist tax which we pay on your behalf.
From the Owner
“Menzenschwand is a rural village that caters well for tourists. There is a good range of restaurants, inns and hotels for eating out, a bakery, post office, ski shop, drink shop and bank. The nearest town, St Blasien, is dominated by a magnificent cathedral and has several large supermarkets. There are many seasonal events in the area including wonderful Christmas markets in Freiburg, Stuttgart and Strasbourg and the wood carving festival and classical concerts in St Blasien. Anyone who doesn't believe Germans can enjoy themselves needs to experience Fasching in the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday when each village goes mad dressing up and playing music. The area is a nature reserve, renowned for its clean air and unspoilt landscapes. Menzenschwand's Radon spa is also a major attraction.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
- pets considered
- 1 Bathroom
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- The bathroom is fully tiled in white and has a large shower, WC and wash basin. A hair dryer is provided.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom has a large double bed with ample wardrobe and storage space and direct access onto the balcony. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds and a wardrobe.
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Notes on accommodation: The apartment is light and bright - a bolthole where you can get away from it all and explore nature, yet within easy reach of major European cities such as Zürich, Basel, Strasbourg and Stuttgart. You can easily cover 3 countries in one day trip. Previous guests comments: Shida Wahl: It was exactly what we were after - a lovely, clean apartment in a peaceful setting, with all the necessities provided. Steve Hulm: The apartment was lovely, particularly the view from the terrace, and so was the village. The price includes a Schwarzwaldcard, a tourist card which gives discounted admission to numerous tourist attractions and free public transport throughout the black forest. For further information on the area, please enquire. This is an ideal location for nature lovers and the village and surrounding valleys have miles of hiking/cross-country skiing trails offering short walks or major hikes. Outside: The house is set in its own garden with lawns and trees, perfect for sunbathing or snowman production, whichever the season. There is also off-road parking available. The garden backs onto fields, open space and the start of the many trails through the mountains. Utility Room: There is a storage area beyond the kitchen where the ironing board and cleaning materials are kept, including a vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, tea towels and bedlinen are provided. 2 sets of towels are provided for a week long stay. Bedlinen is changed every week for guests staying longer than a week. Other: The wooden balcony runs the length of the apartment and provides additional living space. There is a large table and 4 chairs, ideal for outdoor eating or just sitting enjoying the views that stretch the length of the valley as far as Feldberg.