How a holiday in the Black Forest begins as soon as you arrive


Holidays in Germany are becoming more and more popular: National parks with extensive forests and the coasts of two seas spoil holidaymakers with scenic attractions. The Black Forest is undisputedly one of Germany's most beautiful corners. Its mountainous landscape is criss-crossed by picturesque hiking trails, and there is no shortage of wellness in the region's thermal baths. The best thing about it: You don't have to board a plane to get here and you can even leave your car at home. Here are the best tips for a successful Black Forest holiday with a relaxing journey.

Enjoy pure nature - when is it most beautiful in the Black Forest?

In the Black Forest, every season spreads its own magic. Its dense forests, mostly made up of evergreen conifers, transform into a true wonderland in winter. When glittering snow covers the landscape, the ski areas and cross-country trails invite you to winter sports. In spring, nature awakens to colorful new life; everywhere colorful flowers stretch out of the ground. The mild climate is ideal for long hikes. Diverse outdoor activities make the region attractive in summer. The bathing season does not only start at the Schluchsee. Golden light and morning mist give autumnal alpine meadows and forests a fairytale flair.

Which highlights in the Black Forest should not be missed

  • Freiburg im Breisgau: Picturesque alleys characterize the historic old town of Germany's southernmost city. They run through watercourses called Bächle, which ripple along with the stroll. The Freiburg Minster is the landmark of the university town.
  • Baden-Baden: In the spa town with its hot thermal springs, people have been living with wellness traditions for thousands of years. Numerous buildings from the 19th century contribute to the sophisticated flair.
  • Nature parks in the Black Forest: Germany's most extensive low mountain range landscape protects several areas designated as nature parks. The Southern Black Forest, Black Forest Central/North Nature Parks and the Black Forest National Park, like the Black Forest Biosphere Reserve, are home to varied natural areas that invite you to take relaxing hikes.
  • Triberg Waterfalls: The waterfalls offer a spectacular natural spectacle with a drop of 163 meters and seven levels of drop at any time of the year. Boards provide information about the interesting nature around the water body. Tip: In the evening, lights on the falling masses of water create an enchanting atmosphere.
  • Ravenna Gorge: This side valley is on the way for hikes through the Höllental with its rock walls towering up to 600 meters. It has numerous waterfalls that are worth the detour. A number of old mills also line the course of the Ravenna stream. An imposing railway bridge leads across the gorge.
  • Feldberg: Actually, the highest mountain of all German low mountain ranges is a massif consisting of several elevations. Either way, it rewards climbers with fascinating views. In winter, ski lifts bring winter sports enthusiasts to rapid descents.
  • Titisee: Excursion steamers run across the glacial lake, and in summer it offers water sports fans everything their hearts desire, not only in the Black Forest bathing paradise.
  • Baumkronenweg Waldkirch: Here, visitors experience a change of perspective above the treetops of the Black Forest. Families will remember the hike along the sensory path for a long time.
  • Open-air museum Vogtsbauernhof: The history and culture of the region can be vividly experienced in the area consisting of several farms.
  • German clock route: Black Forest clocks are world famous. The street is dedicated to this interesting handicraft tradition in various stations.

Once in the Black Forest and back: the best travel options for a relaxed holiday

Whether north, east, west or south: the Black Forest can be easily reached from all over Germany as well as from neighboring countries. You are flexible with your own car, but traffic jams can make getting there a game of patience, especially during holiday periods. For the driver, this means maximum concentration while the children are whining in the back.

The arrival is particularly comfortable, stress-free and also environmentally friendly if you use public transport. Thanks to well-developed ICE routes (soon to Lake Constance), Deutsche Bahn also scores with speed.

Travelers can also lean back comfortably with the Arriving by bus. Various long-distance bus providers head for destinations in the Black Forest. The resort can then be reached from the bus station by taxi or public transport. A well-developed local public transport network around the Black Forest National Park region takes holidaymakers comfortably from A to B during their stay. The national park regional bus lines serve longer distances. Extra tip: With the KONUS guest card, local transport is even free of charge during your stay.

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