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The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald) is a wooded mountain range located in the southwest corner of Germany in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg.



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Location of the Black Forest

This ancient mountain range is famous for its legends and the black fir trees that cover the landscape. While not particularly high, the mountains offer a wonderful place to go hiking or mountain biking. There are a few skiing resorts as well offering average but crowded conditions. Better to head south to the Alps if you are a serious skier or boarder. The Black Forest is a mountainous terrain at about 200 - 1,500 meters above sea level, the highest point being the Feldberg (the field mountain) at 1,493 m.

The region is famous for its cuckoo clocks, watchmaking, skiing and tourism. There is a large high-tech light engineering industry in the region stemming from the gold-mining and watchmaking days. Almost all tourists are from Germany or Switzerland; the region's tourist industry is therefore not well equipped to deal with guests who don't speak German.

The most important destination in the Schwarzwald is called Titisee, which is a medium-sized lake with associated tourist village (Titisee-Neustadt) and hotels, with very nice views and generally very relaxed and healthy activities. From here it is a short journey to Lake Constance and the eponymous city of Konstanz, or to see the Rhine Falls at Neuhausen in Switzerland.

Get in[edit]

The closest airports are: Konstanz, Karlsruhe, Strasburg (France), Basel (Switzerland), Stuttgart, Zurich (Switzerland), or Frankfurt. Then take the train (excellent) or hire a car.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • The city of Freiburg, a provincial University city, well known as the warmest, sunniest and most arid part of Germany.
  • Drive on the Schwarzwaldhochstraße, a scenic road which runs through the black forest.
  • Visit the Mummelsee, a small lake along the Hochstraße.
  • The Deutsches Uhrenmuseum at Furtwangen along the Schwarzwaldhochstraße, the biggest collection of Black Forest and Cuckoo clocks.


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hiking
  • Water sports
  • High altitude lake diving
  • Skiing & snowboarding (December and January only)
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Visit a medieval mine ("Schaubergwerk")

Eat[edit][add listing]

The food tends to be "wholesome", heavy dishes and lots of cakes, biscuits, meat and gravies. The typical drinks are excellent, with some of Germany's best beers and wines produced in the region.

The Black Forest area has a number of awarded restaurants with the small village of Baiersbronn having Germany's highest density of star rated restaurants.

  • Schwarzwaldstube [1] at Hotel Traube Tonbach, Baiersbronn
  • Hotel Sonnenhalde [2] at Hotel Sonnenhalde Tonbach, Baiersbronn
  • Bareiss [3] at Hotel Bareiss, Baiersbronn
  • Schlossberg [4] at Hotel Sackmann, Baiersbronn
  • Imperial [5] at Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe, Bühl near Baden-Baden
  • Colombi [6] at Hotel Colombi, Freiburg
  • Adler [7] at Schwarzwald Hotel Adler, Häusern

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many types of drinks associated with the black forest, but the typical kind of drink in the Black Forest is beer. Beer is one of Germany's top drinks and is spread widely in the Black Forest as well. Some of the highest renown and most common beers are from Rothaus[[8]] and Alpirsbacher.

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Accommodations in the main tourist areas may be cheaper than many of the quaint smaller towns and villages. For a nice hut at a reasonable price, look for a privately-operated Gasthaus, which can be found in villages throughout the area. There are many pleasant surprises waiting, often with excellent home-cooked food and special service, often provided by the family living there for many generations. Ask at the local tourist office for a list, often with prices. Sometimes the tourist office will even call to ask about availability. Gasthaus rooms may be found for as low as 20€ for one person, up to 70€ for a double room/two persons. Reservations may be needed during festivals or holidays near tourist locations.

Mid-price Hotels begin at 50-100€ a night per double room, with lots of availability in the mid and expensive categories. Eating out in nice restaurants can be expensive, with a meal for two ranging from 50€ to 150€ including drinks. But bargains can be found, with many Kebab and Turkish-style pizzerias offering items under 5€. You may also shop at the local grocery store for fresh baguettes, meat, and cheeses. Groceries are inexpensive, with a variety of fruit juices (under 1€/L) available at a reasonable price.

The Black Forest area has some very good hiking options, with well-marked trails, and maps available from the tourist offices. Some Germans even spend a week or two hiking with their backpack, with primitive lodging available in small cabins along the trails (must be reserved in advance through the Forstamt office).

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Bertha Benz Memorial Route - Follow the tracks of the world's first automobile journey back in 1888 (Mannheim - Pforzheim/Black Forest - Mannheim)

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