In addition to black forest cake and ham, we also came across the bollenhut hat, another local tradition. I think it is quite fetching on L!
The region is very beautiful. Hans told us that the forest used to be oak, but that it was replanted with evergreens which grow more quickly- a shame, it would be amazing to see such a forest filled with old oaks. Even so, the hills and trees are breathtaking. I will have a panorama up after we get home.