Alchemists and apparitions, ghosts and goblins, nefarious kings and needy water nymphs – these are just some of the characters that have tramped through the Black Forest over the centuries. Not your usual tourist demographic, granted, but then Germany’s source of myths and legends is not the kind of forest you’d bring home to meet your mother. Or at least it wasn’t a couple of hundred years ago.
These days, the most dangerous thing about the forest is the amount of famous gateau it serves up. And the only thing dark or mysterious about award-winning campsite Müllerwiese is the brooding bulk of its 1970s shower block at night; though the automatic lighting sort of ruins the dark part...and kills the mysteriousness a bit, too.
No, Müllerwiese is a family-run (and family- friendly) oasis; a small-but-perfectly-formed operation that’s been running since 1972, headed up by the laid-back but efficient team of Friedrich Erhard, his wife Susanne and his father, Hans. In the last 30-odd years they’ve perfected the art of running a campsite with the vital two Ps: professionalism and passion.
The site can be found at the edge of a picturesque German village called Enzklösterle. Most of the 75 pitches are past the house and beyond the main gate, along the border of a burbling mountain brook (actually the River Enz). This section of Müllerwiese is devoted to caravans and large tents, but campers needn’t go that far. You can just turn left and pitch in a grassy, car-free area that’s purely for tenters. Two small holiday apartments as well as two log cabins are also available nearby.
The area resembles nothing so much as a pretty – and pretty spacious – garden. The Enz gurgles its way past here too, and fir trees provide shelter and scenery. Though the site isn’t huge, it’s large enough to accommodate around 30 tents (pitches range from 60 to 80 sq. metres) without it feeling like Glastonbury or The Big Chill on a Sunday morning.
The facilities are modest but adequate. A playground is built into the garden and includes table tennis, a swing and one of those small springy-bouncy thingies that young children adore springing and bouncing on. The brook makes for a nice, clean, natural distraction, and you get your own bathroom and shower (and washing-up sink), located in a brand-new block. You can also use the main shower block – it looks a lot less menacing in the daytime – which is less modern, but better equipped, with everything you could possibly need for personal and clothing ablutions.
Enzklösterle, situated between 600 and 900 metres above sea level, contains just 1,200 souls – the diametrical opposite of a sprawling metropolis. But like all small German towns it illustrates startling efficiency when it comes to services. There are local butchers selling tasty Schwarzwälder Schinken, cafés hawking eponymous gateaux, food shops, restaurants, a chemist and an extravagant two hairdressers – and a tourist office over the road from the campsite.
Beyond the town lies the Black Forest ‘proper’: a shimmering universe of shade and light defined by proud firs, rustling woodlands, crystal-clear water, tinkling brooks, expansive lakes, flowery meadows and untouched moors. Within this wooded wonderland are over 1,800 miles (3,000 km) of hiking trails and 500 miles (800 km) of cycling tracks, all very well signposted. Black Forest towns such as Bad Wildbad (63⁄4 miles/11 km), Freudenstadt (17 miles/ 27 km) and others offer spas, sightseeing and relaxation opportunities, and are accessible for free by bus for those staying on the site. The brand new free-to-enter Black Forest National Park is also reachable within 30-45 minutes by car (1.5 hours by bus).
Be careful, though. You might not see any ghouls or goblins en route, but there’s a slice of cake around almost every corner just waiting to get you.
The Owner Says
If you want to camp in The Black Forest this is the place to be! Our lovely little campsite is located in the middle of a breathtaking scenery, quiet and peaceful, infact most mornings the only sound are the neighbouring mountain brooks “Enz” and “Hirschbach” and a local church bells. In our both sanitary houses we like to offer clean showers and washing facilities.
For families but also for all others the car-free tent field is perfect. It is accessed over a little wooden bridge that crosses a crystal stream. Being completely free of cars it is an excellent place for small children to run around without worrying about them. There is also a small play area at the bottom of the tent field where children can play safely. The little brook and its nice spot to play is no more than a few inches deep. If you don't want water slides etc. but prefer nature, this is the one for you! Otherwise the area with caravans, campers and few tents is well laid out and spots defined by small hedges and shrubs. Furthermore there are 2 apartments at the campsite and three wooden cabins if you should have lost your tent or caravan.
As for the village and surrounding area it's wonderful, excellent bakery, beer shop with a large selection of beers and wine, a butchers, a well equipped mini market and plenty of other shops and good restaurants within walking distance (100 – 300 m). Make sure you visit the nice cafés in Enzklösterle for some Black Forest Gateau, best cakes you will EVER have!
The hiking and biking trails start from our campsite and extend for hundreds of miles (literally!). Our area is beautiful, there are so many things to see and do, especially when you love nature. We would like to give you a whole heap of leaflets for things to do in the northern Black Forest, at no time you should not think what to do next. There are numerous possibilities of leisure-time activities nearby e.g. the spa gardens with adventure mini golfpark (400m), forest climbing garden (600m), red deer park (800m), primeval forest (2 km), giant toboggan run (5 km), nature park information center and high altitude moors (8 km). With your free obligatory travel pass (the Black Forest guest card) you can easily reach Bad Wildbad (12 km, with thermal spa, funicular, tree top path), as well as Freudenstadt, Karlsruhe and even the new Black Forest National Park along the Black Forest Panoramic Mountain-Road nearby Baden-Baden.
Great value for money at our campsite, you will get one night free as you stay for 6 nights in low season.
Don't think twice – the Müllerwiese is worth a visit.
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Peaceful, clean and friendly.
Great for tents
Great family campsite
We stayed for a week at the campsite with our children and two dogs. Such a lovely site. Everyone was really friendly and there is so much to do both locally around Enzklosterle and further afield. You get a free travel pass on the buses with your campsite plus discounts on museums and the site is great value for a large family travelling to Europe.
The site itself was pretty busy but then it's August and unlikely to be quiet then. Despite this though we were not at all disturbed in the evening and the place was incredibly peaceful. We chose to have a riverside pitch thinking that the children would be able to play in the river. This isn't the case. The river itself is roped off and a nature reserve so you cannot access it there. There is a small tributary running through the campsite that the children can safely play in though. Of course the river doesn't stop flowing so be aware that at night you will hear it from your tent if you camp next to it. I rather liked being able to hear it but others might be disturbed by the constant sound of running water.
The showers and amenities are well worth the 50 cents for the hot water. They are very clean and the shower is well powered... no dancing under a dribble of water to shower here. There is a washing machine and dryer for a charge which we made the most of... certainly saved me vast amounts of washing when we got home and meant that packing lighter is possible.
The dogs were made very welcome both at the campsite and at local restaurants which meant that we could relax and have a great time. Don't miss the trout farm, the gardens, golf, bakery (aka cakes), the forest walks. We'll definately be back to
Visit to Müllerwiese, August 2014
There had been a lot of rain in the days leading up to our arrival, which meant that the field was very wet. However, it was drying out all the time we were there, and it was a really sandy soil for getting the tent pegs into. Only downside for us was having to ferry everything onto the field by trolley - but that's our fault for not travelling light. As birdwatchers, we loved seeing black redstarts around the site. A very small, cosy site, quite crowded, but that wasn't a problem for us, and it's a great place for kids, with a stream to play in. Very friendly, and in a lovely village, with an excellent bakery. Sadly, we arrived a couple of hours after the wine festival finished! Would certainly use the site again.
What a lovely place, in an amazing setting, clean, tidy and very friendly
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