|10 MAY 2020
|Distance 275 km
|Driving time 5:40 h
|Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden
|Hotel Freihof, Oberhammersbach
|Hotel Schöne Aussicht, Hornberg
|Hotel Mulhouse Centre (parking)
|GPX – route
|GPX – track
We’ll spent the greater part of day 3 of the Spring Tour in the Black Forest. At the end of the day we’ll say ‘auf wiedersehen’ to Germany and ‘bonjour’ to France as we switch borders to finish the day in Mulhouse. But before we’ll arrive there, we’ve seen some of the best driving roads in Germany.
After leaving Baden-Baden we immediately commence with driving the B500. This is a code word for 50 km of race track like bends and curves. In other words, we’ll drive almost all of the Schwarzwald Hochstraße (Black Forest High Road). It’s not as narrow as some of the other roads we’ll drive in Germany, but it’s famous for the mighty curves that flow like a race track.
After a coffee stop at Hotel Freihof in Oberhammersbach we’ll head south where a lunch-with-a-view is waiting for us. Hotel Schöne Aussicht in Hornberg has it all: it offers the most beautiful views on the Black Forest hills and mountains while enjoying a nice lunch.
The second part of Day 3 will be as great as the first part, if not greater. Because we’ll drive towards the longest and most winding mountain racecourse in Germany: the Schauinsland hillclimb. The Schauinsland hill climb took place between 1925 and 1984 and started in the old days on an old logging track. Nowadays this track is the L124 (Schauinslandstraße). The start of the race was at Horben and after 127 corners the finish was at the Schauinsland Pass (1.284 m). The route climbed 780 metres over a course of twelve km’s.
To avoid the Freiburg environmental zone and to ‘practice’ the curves we’ll first descent the hillclimb; after a U-turn at the start we’ll have a go up the hill! At the finish we’ll enjoy a cup of tea and a nice view at the Vosges in France in The Bergstation in Oberried.
After all these epic driving roads our next stop is Mulhouse in France. Hotel Mulhouse Centre in downtown Mulhouse will welcome us for the night.