A Black Forest Escape in Bareiss, a charming and luxurious hotel

The kilometres are ticking away. The sun is revealing itself through the fresh green leaves of the rustling trees, joining in a slow and silent waltz. An hour from Strasbourg, in the Black Forest, in Baden-Württenberg, the Bareiss Hotel (Relais & Châteaux), nestled in the shadow of the small village Baiersbronn in Mitteltal, has managed to preserve its unique soul, distilling a luxurious but simple charm, without ostentation.

Discovery with Katya Pellegrino

An authentic world

In Summer with pond and beach - © Bareiss

An authentic world, far from all the stereotypes, here the service and welcome have kept their freshness and spontaneity. The motto of the owner, Hermann Bareiss: "never say no to a customer", is omnipresent and is perpetuated by the 2nd and 3rd generations. Always on the premises, he keeps an eye on every detail and maintains the tradition of greeting his customers in person every weekend. A true paradise for young and old, to be discovered with the family or as a couple, and tested by Luxe-Magazine.

The Begining

Forellen Bubach - © Bareiss

The story of Bareiss begins with Hermine, the mother, who was married in the 1930s to a forest ranger, Jacob Bareiss, from Mitteltal. When her husband died during the war, Hermine Bareiss decided to start baking cakes to earn a living - her speciality! In 1947, she set up a small bistro, the "Gasthaus Kranz", and in 1951, she founded the Kurhotel Mitteltal, with 25 beds and a restaurant that became famous throughout Baden Württenberg, thanks to her excellent cooking and hospitality. In 1966, her son Hermann joined her and in 1973 he took over the entire hotel, which today, is the award-winning Relais & Châteaux Hotel Bareiss with 124 rooms.

Space and country spirit

Suite - © Bareiss

The Hotel Bareiss is set on a hectare of land at the foot of the forest, a great place for relaxation right in the heart of a beautiful natural environment. Imagine the Black Forest as far as the eye can see, spreading out over valleys with small, clean and cheerful villages, and in the midst of this rich nature, the Hotel Bareiss, watching over the smiling valley like a benevolent sentinel. The rooms, apartments and suites offer a lot of space and comfort for families (36 m² to 120 m²). All of them have a different and warm character and are decorated in a typical Black Forest style. Ruching, heavy drapes and floral prints, checked cushions, tiled stoves, weathered doors and ceilings adorn the rooms, instilling a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere. The rooms are surrounded by terraces or balconies with flowers and all have a panoramic view of the forests, the Ruhe Stein or Hornis Grinde.

Cake, what else? - © Bareiss

After a nice walk or cross-country skiing in winter, you can curl up by the fireplace, or go down to one of the 5 nicely arranged rooms to taste one of the delicious cakes of the house, accompanied, of course, by the Geman unsweetened and ultra-light whipped cream "Sahne". A real treat! Apfel strudel (apple cake), Mohn kuchen (with poppies), Black Forest cake, lemon cake, ... A traditional cake festival not to be missed for gourmet taste buds like mine!

Special mention for the pantagruelian breakfast

The sumptuous Breakfast Buffet - © Bareiss

Waking up in the morning and sitting at the breakfast table is a great moment. Not to be missed, especially since it is offered until 11:30 am! A special mention for this sumptuous buffet which brilliantly tackles the theme of natural and local products (cereals of all kinds, homemade breads, cheeses, cold meats, vegetables, fruits...). No wonder it has received several prizes, there is so much variety and the products are so fresh.

Inventive gastronomy

3-star dining - © Bareiss

The best is yet to come with no less than 3 restaurants (the 3-star Bareiss restaurant, the Dorfstube and Kaminstube) and its 5 "house" rooms with different atmospheres. Hubertusstube, Schwarzwaldstube, Hermine-Bareiss-Stube, the Biedermeierzimmer and the Wintergarten.

Forster Jacob Stube - © Bareiss

Whether in one or the other, guests can enjoy the many different dining experiences. In addition to the main restaurant, there are two "Dorfstuben", the "Förster-Jakob-Stube", named after Hermann Bareiss' father, and the "Uhrenstube", named after the many cuckoo clocks on the walls. Decorated with authentic 19th century Black Forest wood pieces, and you get a true Heidi feeling! On the menu game dishes, freshly smoked Buhlbach trout, Black Forest ham, pan-fried beef steak with onions "Swabian style" and hand-scraped spätzle, a typical local pasta, or duck from the oven. All ingredients are there for a gourmet experience.

Top Gastronomy - © Bareiss

At the Kamin Stube, another atmosphere, another universe. A Mediterranean spirit blows over this small room with saffron walls hosting about fifteen tables, with a fireplace for cozy colder evenings. In the summer, you can enjoy the small terrace with a breathtaking view over the Ellbach valley. The refined and tasty à la carte cuisine has a southern flavour. Milk-fed veal cheeks with truffle juice, chateaubriand-sauce béarnaise, fillet of river pikeperch or roasted king prawns - the Kaminstube's menu combines traditional classics with a variety of current international trends, interpreted in a modern way and orchestrated brilliantly by chef Nicolai BIederman.

Gastronomy at its best!

Gastronomic Restaurant - © Bareiss

The highlight of course is the 3-star restaurant at the Bareiss, awarded by the Michelin guide and orchestrated by its chef Claus-Peter Lumpp, revealing a cuisine of the highest quality, accompanied by great wines in a room of only eight tables! The team of pastry chef Stefan Leitner, maître d'hôtel Thomas Brandt and sommelier Teoman Mezda complete this timeless moment.

And more...

Blue Trout - © Bareiss

The Sattelei refuge: a small wooden chalet which welcomes hikers at an altitude of 700 metres for a warm and gourmet stopover, offering specialities. Finally, the Morlok farm, a family of healers, bought in 2003 by Hermann Bareiss to perpetuate and preserve the cultural and traditional values of the region. And since 2017, in the Buhbach reserve, about 7 km away in the middle of nature, you can enjoy trout and char (rainbow trout, salmon trout, char, brook trout and golden trout) in all their forms in this magnificent fish farm (the Fischerstühle) with its typical centuries-old inn atmosphere. The 17 ponds around this house are maintained by an experienced fish farmer

Bareiss Beauty

Resting Area - © Bareiss

In the evening, time for a relaxing break. Dive into one of the 5 pools (fresh and salt water), indoor or outdoor, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor jacuzzis, a natural pond with a small beach, gentle gymnastics classes, Finnish sauna, a whole panoply to choose from. They also offer Guerlain treatments for the Thalgo addicts (energy from the sea), Pino (high quality natural cosmetics "made in Germany") and Skin Vital Concept (regeneration, stimulation, and cell renewal). The choice of treatments at Bareiss Beauty is vast, but always geared towards well-being rather than sophistication.

Indoor Pool - © Bareiss

A much-appreciated break before the evening party and for a last nightcap in the bar with pianist's music!

Nightcap at the Bar - © Bareiss

Marjo Loves
Mai 2022
My opinion
A must try hotel, and a paradise for children. However, it is not for lovers of design hotels. There are many activities for children and teenagers. The half-board here is called “gastronomic day” and includes, in addition to the pantagruelian breakfast and dinner, the afternoon cake extravaganza!

Many hotels could follow the example of the welcome, the kindness and the thoughtfulness of the staff. A perfect place to relax, with no restrictions and plenty of possibilities: Nordic walking, tennis, swimming, theme weeks on cooking, music, dancing and golf for the amateurs.

There are 13 golf courses within a 50 km radius.


- Special mention for the truly exceptional breakfast

- 3-star gourmet restaurant

- Reception truly focused on customer satisfaction. Everything is put in place to please you

- Wide range of options in the 3 restaurants and 5 dining rooms plus the Sattelei refuge, the Morlochhof and the Forellen Buhlbach

- 5 freshwater and saltwater swimming pools with whirlpools and 5 saunas

- The Hotel is located on the edge of the forest

- Excellent range of wellness treatments

- Very spacious rooms designed as appartments

- Different activities in two houses are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. depending on the age of the children (mini, maxi, teenagers).

- The house is designed for three generations, so there is something for everyone.

- Wifi is available free of charge throughout the hotel.

- Smiling, pleasant service, great spontaneity, without being stuffy.

- Tea time with its farandole of cakes, including the Black Forest cake, is a great moment


- You'd have to look very hard to find any!

How to get there:

From Paris by TGV in 2h30 to Strasbourg. Then a comfortable car with driver will pick you up free of charge.

Rates 2022 (per night and per person) as part of the "gastronomic day”

First breakfast in the "Oasis" bistro by the pool (7 a.m.) - Breakfast buffet (7.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.) - Afternoon snack - Dinner in the restaurants from 7 p.m. and, for night owls, a midnight snack is available from 11.45 p.m. every day.

Hotel Bareiss in the Black Forest
72270 Baiersbronn -Mitteltal
T: + 49 (0) 7442 47 0