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Whether active vacationers or connoisseurs, the Black Forest offers just the right thing for every type of vacation. Even people who focus on sustainability and like to travel without a car will get their money's worth here.

With the Schwarzwaldbahn or the Hochschwarzwaldticket you can get comfortably and environmentally friendly from your own Apartment in the Black Forest to the most beautiful sights. The numerous Naturparkwirt restaurants also treat holidaymakers to regional and sustainably produced delicacies.

Arrival in the Black Forest

The Black Forest holiday region covers approx. 11.100 square meters and is well served by public transport. The offers of Deutsche Bahn make them Getting there particularly attractive by train. A total of 16 Long-distance cycle paths to the Black Forest. Travelers have a multitude of options for reaching their holiday destination without having to own a car:

  • Black Forest Railway

The journey with the Black Forest Railway is already an experience in and of itself. Built between 1863 and 1873, it is not only the only double-track mountain railway in Germany, but also the most important rail link in the region. The electrified Black Forest Railway runs over a distance of 250 km at an altitude of up to 650 m between Karlsruhe and constancy.

  • Arriving by train

In addition to the Black Forest Railway, which is also part of the Deutsche Bahn AG transport network, EC, IC and ICE trains also run on the main routes. This includes the important north-south connection (Rhine Valley route) from Hamburg to Milan and the west-east route from Paris via Baden Baden and Karlsruhe to Budapest.

  • Mobile on site by bus

Thanks to the regional transport association Schwarzwald-Baar, tourists can reach all destinations by local transport. This is particularly advantageous in the high season, when numerous people are out and about with their cars and the search for a parking space can quickly become stressful. For only 13,50 euros, families can flexibly explore the entire Black Forest with the day ticket.

Activities in the Black Forest

The Black Forest holiday region has long been convincing holidaymakers from all over the world with its numerous excursion options, whether by bike or on foot, comfortably or actively, in a group or alone.

Schluchseer Jägersteig

The entrance to the “Schluchseer Jägersteig” hiking trail is marked with a small gate made of wooden beams and is easy to see. Through the forest it goes 236 meters uphill and the clearings on the way give an idea of ​​the imposing panorama waiting on the summit. The route is almost 11 km long, at the starting point Aha and at Schluchsee stops the regional train. Those who opt for the Hochschwarzwaldcard can combine this hike with a free Schluchsee tour.

Todtnauer Wasserfallsteig

Numerous small ones Waterfalls line the path to the great Todtnau waterfall. For example, you can take the bus from Feldberg leads over Todtnau to the Todtnauberg Hangloch stop. From here there is a wonderful path along the Stübenbächle to the roaring Todtnau waterfall. This falls over five steps a total of 97 meters and is one of the highest waterfalls in Germany. The highest level is the penultimate one with a height of 60 meters.

Bike tour Hochschwarzwald Feldberg

Bike tours are also a great way to explore the diverse nature of the Black Forest and be active in sports. On the tourism pages of the Black Forest there are many suggestions for a wide variety of tours. For example the bike tour from Titisee over the Windgfallweiher to the Schluchsee.

A trip to the Black Forest is not only relaxing, but also sustainable. Even if you don't have your own vehicle, you can easily reach all destinations from the holiday apartment in the Black Forest.

Images courtesy of Stefan Asal - Datacreate Asal, Sandra Ahn Mode on Unsplash, and Rach Sam on Unsplash
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The Black Forest is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful holiday areas in Europe. The region in the south of the Federal Republic of Germany attracts with multifaceted landscapes, unique lakes and a wide range of leisure activities