Schiltach is a small town situated in the Black Forest. It is a quiet and charming place. Its half-timbered houses look like something out of a fairy tale. Schiltach is famous for its leather tanners (you can see some shops where they sell leather jackets etc.) There is also a museum about tanners and wood. It's worth having a little walk along the river and visiting its wonderful market square and town hall.
An interesting museum that invites us to understand traditional local activities: the wood and sawmills. In an area like the Black Forest it's not surprising that logging is an economic pillar. The Kinzing river valley, that runs right by the beautiful Schiltach, serves as the engine of the wood industry. The museum shows the experiences of the professionals, sawmills and the old "boat people" who took advantage of the river's power to carry trees. It's in 2 buildings between the river and Kinzing canal, which was old sawmill, we can still see machinery as well as delicious models. The annex building is the Gerberei museum showing another activity in the valley that used the river's force: tanners factories. A friendly guide accompanied me to explain the meaning of this museum as the information is in German. An interesting stop was to see one of the most beautiful churches in the city (right next door) as well as beautiful views of the channel of Kinzing river. If there's one thing that fascinates me about the museums I saw during my trip through the Black Forest, it's that most are either free or have prices that allow you to enjoy them all.