Nicht nur Sport-Stars wie Sven Hannawald, Timo Boll oder Noriaki Kasai gingen bei Familie Doll ein und aus. Auch die Familie selbst blickt auf eine außergewöhnliche Sport-Karriere zurück.
Maier Sports: When is the best time for a holiday in the Black Forest?
Friederike Doll: Fall is actually the best season for us. October and November are simply fantastic for hiking. But, as mentioned before, spring is also extraordinary.
Maier Sports: For the sake of being controversial, what does the Black Forest have that the Alps don’t?
Charly Doll: Well, in the Alps you’re stuck in the valleys and mountain tours are usually very long. The Black Forest allows you to be more flexible and mobile. And along with the well-signposted routes for hiking, mountain biking, Nordic walking and cross-country skiing in winter, there’s so much you can do right on your doorstep.
Maier Sports: You both worked abroad for a long time and your children have also travelled a lot. Is there something that you think the Black Forest is best at in Germany?
Charly Doll: I think that the Black Forest is the best place to tank up on pure air, pleasure, culture and culinary delights.
Friederike Doll: But we have to acknowledge that we are in the Southern Black Forest. The Northern Black Forest is much darker.
Charly Doll: True, it has fewer plateaus. The Southern Black Forest offers more views. In the north you have to climb onto deforested mountain tops to see anything at all. But you don’t walk through the woods so much here.
Maier Sports: So there must be a lot of events in a region as sporty as this one.
Charly Doll: Yes, mine, for instance: Germany’s toughest half marathon! I always hold the X-Trail Run at the beginning of June. 21.1 km with around 900 metres of altitude difference have to be overcome, including very steep climbs and some scrambling. There is also a 10 km fun route and a route for school children.
Friederike Doll: ...not forgetting our top events of the year – the Ultra Bike Marathon at the end of June and the Ski Jumping World Cup in Titisee-Neustadt in mid-December.