Exploring Germany: The Black Forest

Exploring Germany: The Black Forest

The stunning Black Forest, with its dark, densely forested hills, is one of Europe's most famous upland regions. It's a hiker's paradise, stretching 160 kilometers from Pforzheim in the north to Waldshut on the High Rhine in the south in Germany's southwestern corner.

It descends steeply to the Rhine, passing through lush valleys on the west, and more gently to the upper Neckar and Danube valleys on the east. Todtnau, Germany's oldest ski resort, the splendid spa facilities of Baden-Baden, and the attractive resort of Bad Liebenzell are all popular destinations.

The magnificent Black Forest Railway, based on Triberg with its iconic falls, and Triberg itself, home to the Black Forest Open Air Museum, are two other highlights. What's the most efficient way to capture them all? Obtain a map of the Black Forest Panoramic Path, a 70-kilometer driving tour that encompasses the region's best views as well as its top historic attractions, such as breathtaking castles and numerous medieval towns and villages.

The oppressive canopy of evergreens towering over the forest floor gives the Black Forest its name. The Black Forest is a mystical land full of cultural rituals, home to intricate cuckoo clocks, striking half-timbered homes, ruined castles, and quaint cities. Here's a list of some of the area's most beautiful places.


Bad Wildbad

Bad Wildbad is a popular spa town and a less expensive choice for a home base in the forest's north. A tunnel cleverly diverts through traffic, giving the place the feeling of being completely cut off from the rest of the world. The views from Bad Wildbad are breathtaking, with endless pine trees and the Enz river gorge. Thermal baths abound in this area, with temperatures naturally hovering around 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). Enjoy the picturesque village and make a point of stopping by the idyllic Wildsee, a small lake just outside of town.


Titisee Lake

One of the most famous resorts in the Black Forest is this glacially carved lake in the southern zone. The lake is the largest natural lake in the Black Forest, measuring about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) long and 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) deep. In good weather, visitors flock to Titisee to swim, windsurf, and sail. In the winter, the lake can sometimes freeze over enough to allow ice skating. Throughout the year, there are lovely spots for lakeside strolls, including a 5-mile (8-kilometer) path that circles the lake and leads to Hochfirst Mountain. Titisee Lake is a spot of otherworldly natural beauty, surrounded by tall pine forests on the low, rolling mountains.



Baden-Baden, one of Europe's most trendy spa cities, is a great place to visit if you want to explore the Black Forest and stay for full pampering. The 19th–century place, nestled in the rolling hills of the forest's northern reaches, is brimming with stunning Belle Époque architecture and old-world luxury. Baden-Baden has a thriving cultural culture with year-round festivals and art exhibitions. Take a guided walk or adventure tour through the densely forested Black Forest National Park, or stay in town and soak in the healing waters of the thermal baths, which were built about 1810.



Exploring Germany: The Black Forest