On the internet Elias found a travel plan on how to get to Waldkirch where Jochen and I would stay overnight and get picked up in the morning. The trip took three hours and included two trains and two buses. Jochen is now so used to public transport that every time we walk past a bus, he makes moves to get on it!
Elias had been able to find the one hotel close to where we were actually going to train, which is in Bernhardzell, the next village. It is Gasthof Kreuz, was built in 1688 and is one of the very few preserved old buildings in Waldkirch. It is of course heritage listed.
Our room was on the floor that is just below the roof line. The restaurant was closed and the owners are awaiting approval to have a manger/cook so that they can reopen again.
The interior is very simple as these old places tend to be, but very clean and serviceable. The manager, a Mrs Scheiwiller, was wonderful. She had seen some REDOG people give a demonstration some time ago and as a result is so supportive of SAR dogs. As a consequence, Jochen was allowed to stay in the hotel in my room for free.
She also allowed me to use the private bathroom as the guest bathroom is a shared one. I could not have been happier with the service, support and friendliness Mrs Scheiwiller showed us. If there would have been any difficulty in Jochen and me getting the training ground the next day she would even have taken us.