German bees and honey

On holiday in the Allgäu alps I came across these hives at an altitude of 1150 metres! They’re protected from the cows by the fences. There were lots of wild flowers higher up the hill above the tree line.

Hives at 1150m in the Allgäu alps
Hives at 1150m in the Allgäu alps.

The local speciality honey was Alpenrose (Rhododendron ferrugineum) which grew in profusion above the tree line.

Alpenrose honey for Oberstdorf
Alpenrose honey from Oberstdorf

On the way home we stopped in the Black Forest, and found a honey shop

Schwarzwald Honey Shop
Schwarzwald Honey Shop

with a fantastic top bar observation hive.

Top bar observation hive

and picked up some wild cherry honey,

Wild cherry honey
Wild cherry honey

with a very cheery lid.