THE STORY SO FAR
In 1887, the opening of the hotel by Friedrich Jäger coincided with the inauguration of the Höllentalbahn railroad. In the following years, Titisee enjoyed ever increasing popularity as an excursion destination. The number of visitors soared, and so it was in 1911 that new partner Eberhard Trescher arrived on the scene at exactly the right time with his fresh entrepreneurial courage. Influenced by his years of travel in the USA, he thought in American dimensions and oversaw the creation between 1912 and 1914 of a stylish masterpiece: the “South Wing”, as it is still called today, in which every room boasted a bathroom! Over the next few years, the Jäger family withdrew from the hotel management, leaving the Trescher family to run the hotel on their own from then on. The Black Forest hotel was restyled “Treschers Schwarzwaldhotel am See”.
In 1927, Trescher Senior fell ill, and his son E. Joe Trescher took over the reins of management after many years of successful travel through France, England, and the US. In 1935, he brought home his wife-to-be from the Rhineland: Edda, who held the large hotel family together with a lot of Rhenish humor and heart until her death in 2010. The construction of two tennis courts was followed by a new dining room and a bar! Completed in 1938, this marked the beginning of what was still a very understated nightlife experience with a stand-up violinist, pianist, and bartender. Family and business flourished until Hitler’s megalomania put an end to everything and the hotel was declared a military hospital for the people and the fatherland.
In 1945, after the end of the war, the hotel was taken over a French general and his entourage and only reopened to the public in 1948 as a so-called “Bierstube” or tavern. Sleeves were rolled up, and the reconstruction work began, albeit initially on a modest scale. A new terrace was built, and the first external improvements were made as early as 1949 with extensions to the offices and the hall.
The years 1961/62 marked the start of the Black Forest sensation: the building of the first hotel-owned indoor swimming pool in the region. What made it so enticing was the fact that you could watch the frozen lake through the large panoramic windows while enjoying the cozy warmth of the pool.
In 1962, Trescher Junior became Trescher Senior when he brought his son Hansjörg, or Jocki, on board. The latter further strengthened the team only a year later by marrying: Ulrike Trescher, née Moninger, from Karlsruhe, still has a defining influence on the ambience of the hotel with her unmistakable handwriting. Over the next few years, a great deal of hard work went into extending and adapting the building.
In 1968, after careful consideration, the large conference hall was built – the ideal setting for big parties and conferences.
In 1970, the hotel opened its own, fully soundproof nightclub in the cellar vaults under the garden terrace: the “Tic-Tac-Bar”, whose fame quickly spread far and wide among those in the know.
In 1974, despite the most adverse weather conditions, the lakeside wing was built at lightning speed -ready for occupancy in only 7 months!
In 1979, the family council decided to extend and rebuild the entire parterre. A cosy fireplace bar was created – the popular “Fläschlehimmel”.
In 1985, the almost hundred-year-old main house underwent a complete rejuvenation, and, for now, the “hardware” was all in place. Regular building measures followed to lovingly enlarge, modernize, and refurnish the rooms, which now numbered 80, under the stylish direction of Ulli Trescher. Over the years, the indoor pool was transformed into the “Titinova” wellness world with whirlpool, various saunas, a relaxation zone, a gym, a vitality snack and juice bar, private lake access, and a sunbathing lawn.
In 2002, these tireless investments were rewarded: the Black Forest hotel became a member of the renowned Romantik Hotel Group, shortly afterwards being awarded an S for Superior in addition to its four stars!
In 2003, the “La Bellezza” beauty farm was added, with its nine cabins for massages, baths and therapies. What arose was a feel-good oasis for all the senses over almost 1000 square meters.
In 2004,the hotel underwent another facelift and was given a new entrance with a glass dome. The fireplace bar was completely rebuilt and extended by the addition of a piano lounge with some 70 seats. The roof was lined with solar cells, showing that even the Black Forest moves with the times. Since 2005, Trescher senior’s foster son Michael Moninger has been managing the Black Forest Hotel as director and limited partner. Ulrike Trescher’s nephew first completed his apprenticeship as a chef in the Black Forest hotel from 1980-1983 before setting off to broaden his horizons on travels both at home and abroad. After further successful training in first-class hotels (including the Savoy in London / Arlberg Hospiz Hotel St. Christoph, Arlberg / Le Méridien Beach Plaza, Monte Carlo / Hilton Park Hotel, Munich / Colombi Hotel, Freiburg) he finally returned to the bosom of the family in 1992. The question of succession in the house of Trescher has thus now been settled to everyone’s satisfaction. Michael Moninger’s wife Marion has also come on board in the best family tradition, having been responsible for marketing and PR.
In 2006, the large lake terrace was completely redesigned to ensure that many generations to come will be able to enjoy the sensational views over the Titisee.
In November and December 2007, the lakeside wing was renovated in a classically elegant style, giving rise to a total of 29 rooms and 1 apartment – all with lake views and WiFi.
The year 2009 saw a complete redesign of the outdoor bathing area. The 2000m² complex now offers a year-round heated outdoor pool, a spacious wooden deck with exclusive seating areas, beach loungers and umbrellas, and a private bathing beach with sunbathing lawn and floating dock.
In 2010, the indoor swimming pool was extended and completely renovated. The new bathing paradise on two levels with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Titisee offers a heated swimming pool (17 x 6m) and a wellness grotto with numerous attractions such as a waterfall, whirlpool niche, massage jets and floor jets. Unparalleled individuality and comfort are provided by the newly created lounger gallery. Since 2011, guests of the Black Forest hotel have benefited from their second overnight stay from the offers provided by the Hochschwarzwald Card. This unique guest card is their ticket to the free enjoyment of over 50 great leisure activities in the region.
2012: Extension and reconstruction of the sauna area
2013: Construction of the “Hirschstube” restaurant with 50 additional seats
2015: 10 rooms on the 2nd floor of the lakeside wing furnished with balconies and high-quality real wood floors
2017 : Redesign of the hotel lobby with front and back office, plus installation of a new kitchen
2018: Renovation and refurbishment of 24 rooms in the main building
2019: Bar redesigned
2020: Complete renovation and refurbishment of ten rooms and four bathrooms in the south wing and renovation and refurbishment of the Restaurant Bellevue
Outlook for 2021: Complete renovation of all bathrooms in the lakeside wing (30 rooms)