The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald) is a wooded, mountainous area in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany, bordered by the Rhine Valley, France, and Switzerland. The highest peak is the Feldberg (1493 meters). Many famous German fairytales are set here. Dialects spoken in the area are Alemannic and Swabian.
Black Forest ham (Schwarzwaldschinken) originated here; as did the liquor used in Black Forest Cake, called Kirschwasser. Flammkuchen, a sort of pizza made with ham, cheese, and sour cream is a local specialty. Pfannkuchen, a thicker crêpe is also common and often savory instead of sweet. This region is known for its excellent food and long tradition in gourmet cuisine. 17 Michelin-starred restaurants are located here, among them 2 with 3 stars (Restaurants Bareiss & Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn), as well as the only restaurant in Germany which has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 1966 – at Hotel Adler in Häusern, 3 generations of chefs from the same family have defended the award from the first year Michelin Guide selected restaurants in Germany until today.