Brimming with fragments of Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood, the Black Forest in Germany is an enchanting fairytale in itself. The abode of the cuckoo clock and the decadent chocolate cake of the same name, this mountainous region is a much loved destination. Dotted with towering pine trees and a babbling, meandering Rhine River, the Black Forest is home to several tiny, cosy hamlets and isolated resorts, a lot of which do not have an internet connection to offer. Hike along the tranquil countryside and say hello to a dairy cow or two. Life is good.
Blink. Then blink again. Because the vast open plains, giant plateaus and untouched vistas not only make this forested mountain range special, but also unreal. A heavily-frequented tourist destination, the Titisee and Schluchsee lakes are the most popular for the water sports they offer. In addition, there are many hiking trials, which make the Highlands perfect for a ‘walkable’ holiday.