Highland Moor of Kaltenbronn
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The highland moor of Kaltenbronn is about 960m above sea level and is located south east of Gernsbach im Murgtal in the northern part of the Blackforest, in the midst of a huge forested area and natural landscape with high, wooded moors and glacial lakes with special rock formations.
The development of the highland moors near Kaltenbronn can be traced back to about 10,000 years at the end of the Ice Age. Due to the high precipitation, the water-impermeable sandstone layers led to the marshiness of the high plateau and the growth of the peat layers to about 8 meters. A large portion of the Kaltenbronn area was declared the Nature and Forest Sanctuary Kaltenbronn to protect this unique moor and forest landscape with its native plants and animals.
The pathways through the highland moor are planked and hikers are warned not to wander off due to the marshiness of the ground. Along the pathways are plenty of different floras, including raspberries and blueberries plants. Although the harvest was not great due to the restriction of not being able to get off the pathways, it was still fun spotting and picking the berries.
Outside of the moor, this area offers extensive unique and beautiful marked routes for biking and hiking. One of the nice long hikes is in the direction towards Bad Wildbad and the reward of the hike is the delicious local fare offered by one of the favourite open air restaurants, the GrÃ¼nhÃ¼tte (http://www.gruenhuette.de/). Their homemade cakes are simply delicious and the blueberry pancake is something not to be missed!
The hikes in the summers are rewarding with great weather and harvests of fruits and nuts. Another area with beautiful hiking trails are from the town Bad Herrenalb up the forest trails to Oberes Gaistal. Not that I have not seen apple trees with apples, but up in Oberes Gaistal, I found a lone standing apple tree that was absolutely full of apples! And the apples tasted wonderful too!