Viking Cruise Bergen to Basel - 2022

When we reached 3000 ft. in altitude, we had reached a touristy area on a plateau named Hofgut Sternen. It reminded us of Helen, Georgia, a town which had transformed itself into a “black forest” hamlet to attract tourists. Its do-over really did bring the town back to prosperity. There were several buildings housing Cuckoo clocks and other trinkets made from wood expertly carved. We were supposed to get a demonstration on the making of these clocks, but that had been cancelled earlier in the year. There was also a glassblowing products shop and a demonstration had been promised there as well. But it had been cancelled earlier as well. There was a little café/eatery too, but it was not open either. We had signed on to do a guided hike, but the rains came down more steadily, so we opted out. When the rain turned to a sprinkle, we headed out for some walking on our own. It was an attractive pathway with a small, picturesque waterfall as a focal point. The Ravenna Bridge that carries trains was impressive. We are happy we saw the famed Black Forest, but rain and the touristy appearance of the little hamlet put a real damper on our visit.

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