Gasthaus zur Blume - Haslach im Kinzigtal

(Recommended by Tennessee Bill - wah524@comcast.net and Erskine - HHav)

Gasthaus zur Blume
Owner: Andreas Moser
Schnellinger Straße 56
77716
Haslach im Kinzigtal
Tel - 7832/91250 ~ Fax - 7832/912599
Email -
info@zur-blume.de
20 Rooms - 2 Suites - Non-smoker rooms available
Bath or shower, WC, Phone, Internet connection, TV

(Comments from Bill's trip report) ...As the sun began to retreat behind the mountains, we rejoined the main-road traffic and headed into Haslach, a small town northeast of Freiburg. Our hotel is the Zur Blume, a large, mustard colored hotel that Erskine has visited many times. He knows the proprietor and the ladies who manage the place. The chief hostess speaks good English, so one of our difficulties is relieved.

Supper tonight was in the Zur Blume. It is a beautiful, typically German dining room decorated in rich, golden wood from this area. It was well lit, and felt very comfortable, with linen tablecloths, wine glasses, and heavy beer mugs. We met Frau Moser, the owner, whom Erskine knows from many trips here. She knows no English, but communicates with a warm smile and ‘Ja, ja, ja…’ and her hands to fill the gaps between attempts for each of us to be understood or to understand. It is remarkable how much can be exchanged even though the language is missing. Sign language helps. I had a chance to help with limited German when Erskine and Frau Moser couldn’t get their messages across. We learned that Frau Moser is now a grandmother of four, three girls and one boy. She was pleased as punch.

We ate Jägerschnitzel and champignons (mushrooms), in a sauce of Rahmschnitzel, and noodles, and served by a professional, elegant waiter. The meal was outstanding and cost E 10.50 plus a half liter of beer.

Next day ...we awoke with a shower in progress, but by completion of breakfast it stopped, and was only very cloudy. We decided to visit the Black Forest Museum as planned, hoping rain wouldn’t ruin the outdoor event. The Vogtsbauernhof museum is a collection of many farm houses and out-buildings from the Black Forest from about 1600 to the mid-1950s. They were moved to this museum and rebuilt just as they were in the period represented. Nothing was changed. They all show the wear and tear of many generations of farm people who lived in them.

Interesting observations are that the ceilings were all very low, probably no more than six feet, which matched the average height of people of the period. All the buildings, tools, furniture, farm implement --everything-- was hand made with hand tools. Pegs were used to hold the components together. The early houses combined the family living quarters, the barn, pig pens, horse and cattle stalls, and goose pens. The oldest buildings had thatched roofs. Cooking facilities were arranged to allow the smoke to come out into the room and up into the attic to ward off vermin and flying insects. All the rooms except the eating room were very dark with few windows. Of course, candles were to only source of light, so it must have been a very dreary existence. Of course, the plowing, forestry, and other farm work was supplemented with oxen or horses, but all construction was done manually including all spinning, weaving, and making of their clothing. There was no Walmart or Kroger down the road upon which they could depend. The farms were totally self-supporting. They had to store up much grain, fruits, and other food supplies in the good years to avoid starving in the bad years when crops could fail.

Also represented was a completely hand constructed water wheel powered saw mill for cutting 12 inch by 20 foot logs to make timbers for the houses and barns. A water wheel was also used to power the mill for grinding grain, but these conveniences were only available in the early 1900s, not before. It was a very interesting morning.

In the afternoon the sky cleared, and white fluffy clouds appeared. The temperature remained in the high sixties. We decided to examine several other old picturesque towns in the Black Forest area, including Gengenbach, an old walled and gated city. The cobble-stoned village square was wonderful, surrounded by buildings of the old style, beamed houses. We took many pictures here. This was All-Saints holiday, when the people go to church and then visit the graveyards to honor the dead. Many people were in the square of Gengenbach enjoying the beautiful weather, drinking beer, eating ice cream with their children, and simply enjoying their holiday.

We still had some time so we began a loop up into back roads in the forests, passing through Zell, Bad Peterstal, Schapbach, and Wolfach, and back to our hotel Zur Blume in Haslach. Most of these little villages you must look carefully to find on a map, but, even though consisting of only a few buildings in some cases, they all have an individual name and their own, mostly catholic, church, sometimes two or three.

Zur Blume means “To the Flower” in English. This is a relatively large, family owned hotel, rebuilt in 1999 after being burned to the ground. It has been owned by the same family since the early 1800s, and we were given a tour of framed photographs and paintings taken over the years as displayed in a long hall in the basement. Thomas Singler, the son-in-law of Frau Moser, the early owner, is married to Beata the daughter of Frau Moser, took us on the tour. Frau Moser’s son and another daughter now own and run the hotel. Thomas Singler lived in Hendersonville for six months ten years ago, working for Bosch at the plant there and became friends of Erskine and Peggy. He speaks excellent English. They are wonderful people, and I highly recommend the hotel and the excellent food served in the restaurant. The total bill for two nights here was E 129 which Erskine and I split at E 63 each. That calculates at E 31.50 per night per person including an excellent breakfast buffet.


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