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The Black Forest (Schwarzwald), Germany, lies in the country’s southwest region as part of the state of Baden-Württemburg, separated from the Alps by the River Rhine and Lake Constance, but exact delimitation is difficult in southern Germany, where the land gently slopes up to meet the mountains (known as the “Swabian-Bavarian pre-Alps”).

As the setting of countless Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, the Black Forest happily plays up to its image as a land of many historic towns, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, museums, cuckoo clocks, Schwarzwald (cherry) cake and ham. Region is speckled with castles ranging from functioning sites open for tours to mere ruins, some of which date as far back as the 11th century, and with hefty half-timbered farmhouses…and hill upon hill of dark evergreen forest. It was shaped as much by its history as a long-disputed borderland between Germany, France and Switzerland - and where something of each is in evidence.