Through snowy woods and over broad plateaus, cross-country skiers glide over excellently prepared trails. The Black Forest, in southwestern Germany, with its gentle hills is ideal for cross-country tours.
The highlands of the Black Forest offer Europe's largest contiguous cross-country ski network: 1200 kilometers of interconnected trails. Beginners can take courses in which they can learn the technique in a matter of hours, for instance on the panorama trail near Todtnau. Experienced skiers can choose one or several stages on the 100-kilometer long-distance trail from Schonach to Mount Belchen. In both winter and summer, holidaymakers enjoy the Black Forest as a region rich in tradition, with its combination of beautiful countryside, rustic villages and cozy guest houses.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva estimates that 230,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, with a small majority of them fleeing into Russia, rather than relocating within the country.
A unique music collection has existed since 1914 in Freiburg. What was once called the German Folk Song Archive has a new name but still serves as a library offering wide-ranging possibilities for popular music research.