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Layered with mountains and rippled with mysterious woods, the Black Forest High Road is a drive with altitude, serious curves and scenery straight from a Grimm’s fairy tale.

It’s like a Christmas card come to life: overnight a fresh layer of snow has blanketed the highest peaks of the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), some topping out at around the

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I 1400m mark. Frosted fir trees glitter in the morning sun, some bent under the weight of ice-laden branches. Down in the valleys, toy-town villages huddle below slender-spired churches and smoke curls from the chimneys of farmhouses, their steep-pitched roofs shingled with wooden tiles. The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (Black Forest High Road) is quiet at this early hour but, this being Germany, still drivable, natürlich – it has been groomed by a snowplough while the world was still fast asleep.

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