CURVES magazine creator Stefan Bogner travelled halfway around the world before the time was right to document his front door
“Perhaps we should have brought our readers on this trip much earlier – it’s beautiful here, says CURVES maestro Stefan Bogner, describing his immediate geographical driving tundra, that of the Black Forest in Southern Germany.
However, despite it providing such engaging terrain, his initial reticence to document his home turf was understandable, what with the rest of the world also available to explore.
“It’s just not done! It would have been impolite, pushy and, we as a team had to get to know each other first anyway.”
Yes folks, it’s yet another magical chapter in CURVES’ continuing global automotive orienteering adventure, and once again Style for Miles is able to give you the inside line on Stefan’s adventures.
SFM: What inspired you to cover Southern Germany?
SB: Living in Munich, it’s my playground - so I don’t have to travel far to drive nice roads. Plus the CURVES crew comes from here, growing up with the tang of the forests and meadows, with the feeling of sweet lake water in their hair, with slightly uneven legs due to the undulating mountain-scape – it's our way of thinking, which has its roots in the many generations before us.
We are Bavarians, we are Swabians, we are people of the Black Forest. And we have been looking forward to this CURVES edition for a very long time. There was just no way around it in the end!
SFM: How much did you know about the roads before you worked on the book?
SB: As you would expect, I know these roads like the back of my hand and am privileged to have such amazing topography in my back yard! Hence, it took long detours around half the world until we finally arrived in the Black Forest, in Swabia and Bavaria.
Of course, that’s only half the story. For a while, we may have doubted that anyone would be interested in this part of Germany; an area that is so familiar and often-seen for us.
Why would anyone get excited about the Black Forest when they can have the Rocky Mountains or the Pyrenees? Who would want to visit Lake Constance when there is the Mediterranean or even beaches in Thailand?
Why Bavaria when there is Switzerland, South Tyrol or Scotland? But then that quiet voice whispers, “Hey, everyone thinks like this about their own country. You’re so used to it that it seems ordinary and insignificant. In reality it’s incredibly beautiful and enthralling.”
SFM: What was the biggest challenge/issue when researching/compiling the book?
SB: While shooting all the previous Curves chapters brought their own individual challenges, with some providing more than others, for once this was especially smooth, except for one obvious reason – the Corona virus.
However, being a journalist, I was fortunately able to travel during this tumultuous time. But that aside, we could hardly wait to finally start our trip. One yearns to show guests around one’s home, to inspire, thrill and give them a local’s perspective – because you’re proud of your home. So, if this CURVES issue is overflowing with deep insights, we ask for your understanding.
It’s fair to say we’re not impartial when it comes to this corner of the world, in fact we’re deeply biased. And perhaps we manage to tell even the readers from Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria the story of their home in a different way.
SFM: What was your favourite stretch of road?
Surprisingly, some of the routes were totally foreign to us, it is thanks to the determined focus of Porsche’s chief designer Michael Mauer that we now have a couple of new tips. You’re never too old to learn!
We also saw just how deep and magical and wonderfully weighty the Black Forest can be. How rich and charming, how lively and diverse the Allgäu and Swabia are, and how majestic and wild, authentic, earthy and exciting Bavaria as a whole is.
However, if I had to pick one stretch it would be the Rossfeldstrasse. A beautifully scenic mountain pass that delivers stunning vistas with smoothly curvaceous corners.
SFM: What was your favourite stopping point (view/hotel/restaurant)?
To be honest, given the subject matter, the early mornings everywhere provided daily inspiration. That said, we particularly enjoyed our visit to Dornier in Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance, which revived our passion for aviation.
SFM: Sum up the roads of Southern Germany in a sentence
SB: Scenic windy roads with culture.
SFM: What bit of advice would you give readers tackling the Southern Germany roads?
SB: Drive in May/June or September/ October.
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