The most picturesque places to visit in Black Forest are perfect for a day trip or short vacation. Idyllic landscapes, mystical mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls, authentic old towns and lots of Black Forest culture are waiting to be discovered.
Black Forest ham, cuckoo clock and Bollenhut, these are the first things that most people think of the Black Forest. I come from the “Ländle”, from a small village at the foot of the northern Black Forest and the Black Forest is for me local recreation area, escape from everyday life, epicurean and longing place – and not least home. With an area of around 6000 square kilometers, the Black Forest is Germany’s largest and highest low mountain range and quite rightly one of Germany’s most popular vacation destinations! From north to south it stretches over 150 km, so all places to visit in Black Forest are within reach for a day trip!
Some of the most beautiful places to visit in Black Forest are legendary and offer the perfect scenery for fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. For example, even my home village has a small dilapidated castle that was split by lightning and from whose tower you have a magnificent view over the northern Black Forest and the Rhine plain all the way to Strasbourg Cathedral on nice days. Beware! Not far from the castle, it is said that a headless horseman challenges unsuspecting hikers to a game of skittles. And if you’re lucky, you might find the fabled blue flower on the shores of Lake Mummel that can make you invisible. So it’s no wonder that famous romantics such as Eichendorff and Robert Schumann lost their hearts to the mystical Black Forest.And it wasn’t just the famous Russian author Dostoevsky who played his heart out in the Baden-Baden casino, once making the rich spa town one of the top addresses for the nobility and the rich.
My absolute highlights are a colorful mix of very different excursion destinations in the Black Forest and ideal for romantic weekends, an exciting family trip or weekend getaway to relax and enjoy. Excursion tips for Black Forest connoisseurs and insiders I have firmly plan to put together in further articles. By the way, on Abenteuer Freundschaft you can find even more tips for magical excursions in Baden Württemberg!
One thing in advance: The journey by bus and train is well possible for all excursion destinations. However, the journey by car via the Black Forest High Road is very worthwhile, because it offers breathtaking panoramas and some attractions such as the world’s largest cuckoo clock are located directly on the road.
For all nature lovers, the Black Forest National Park, located between the Black Forest High Road and the Murg Valley, is a hot tip for hiking and discovery tours.There you can once again discover free-roaming lynxes on the lynx trail, and the Lothar Trail leads through the Black Forest, which has been untouched by humans since the storm, via footbridges, stairs, ladders and a viewing platform.
Grand gorge hike meets cultural monuments in the Upper Black Forest! In a side valley of the Höllental lies the Ravennaschlucht. The Ravenna torrent meanders through the gorge with several small waterfalls and cascades.
One of the most beautiful circular hiking trails is the Heimatpfad Hochschwarzwald, which leads through the Ravennaschlucht past old mills, saws and a rope factory. The gorge is crossed by the 37 m high Ravenna bridge, the viaduct of the Höllentalbahn, which is worth seeing, in the back part of the gorge.
There you pass the small St. Oswald Chapel (built in 1148) and the famous Hofgut Sternen, where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Marie Antoinette stayed in the 18th century. There is also a glassblowing workshop to visit here and you can enjoy local dishes on the sun terrace or in a Black Forest style room.
Travel: By car, you take the B31 towards Freiburg at the Triberg / Furtwangen / Hinterzarten exit and drive to Hinterzarten. There you can park at the Kurhaus Hinterzarten. By public transport, you travel by bus 7257 Neustadt Titisee Freiburg and get off at the bus stop Hinterzarten.
Most of the Feldberg is a nature reserve and offers hiking trails of various degrees of difficulty. The Feldbergsteig is a beautiful, highly recommended hiking trail on narrow paths that leads from the village of Feldberg to the summit and offers breathtaking views over the Black Forest. The hike is challenging and you should plan at least 5 hours for the 12.47 km. On the hike, you pass several huts with places to stop for refreshments (including the 300-year-old Raimartihof with delicious regional dishes) and pass the idyllically located Feldsee lake. The walk around the picturesque Feldsee, which is surrounded on three sides by mighty 300m high steep walls, is also worthwhile!
If you don’t want to hike, you can also take the Feldbergbahn and ride it to the mountain station. From there you can walk past the Feldberg tower to the summit at 1493m or in about 30 minutes to the Feldsee. In the Feldberg tower, curiously enough, there is a Black Forest ham museum.
From the summit, with good visibility, you have a wonderful view as far as the Vosges and the Swiss Alps.
Journey: From Freiburg and Donaueschigen B31 direction Hinterzarten / Titisee-Neustadt and take the B500 direction Basel/Feldberg and drive to the House of Nature. From Lörrach take the B 317 direction Feldberg and exit at Haus der Natur. By public transport, take the bus to the Feldberger Hof stop.
The Triberg Waterfalls are one of the most impressive places to visit in Black Forest. Over 7 cascades, the water plunges 163 m into the depths, making them one of the highest waterfalls in Germany. In total, you can explore the area on three easily accessible, natural trails: the Nature Trail, the Culture Trail and the Cascade Trail. From the main entrance you should plan about 3.5 hours for the 9.8 km. From a wooden footbridge, you have a perfect view of the water cascading down into the basin, and at the same time you get to see fine drops of water. The paths are equipped with information boards about fauna, flora and history of the waterfalls and if you are lucky, you will meet one of the trusting squirrels, which do not feel shy of the visitors.
The most impressive visit is during the melting season or after heavy rain or in the late evening hours: until 10 p.m. the waterfalls are illuminated and there is a special atmosphere. A special highlight is a visit in the icy winter, when the icicles and solidified masses of water in the snow offer a fairy-tale experience.
Getting there: Parking is available in Triberg and then walk towards the waterfalls. The main entrance can be reached from Triberg, you can also enter the area through four other entrances.
Admission: Adults 8 euros, youth and students (6-17 years) 7.50 euros, family ticket 20 euros.
You pass 9 historic, mostly restored mills on the varied Mühlenweg near Ottenhöfen in the northern Black Forest. It goes through beautiful side valleys and again and again you have a wonderful view of Ottenhöfen. For me, this about 12 km long hike is one of the most varied in the northern Black Forest. You should plan about 3.5 hours pure running time for it. Apart from the picturesque mills, which are great photo motifs and can also be partially visited inside by arrangement, the Ortenau is very scenic and one of the most beautiful unknown places to visit in Black Forest.
During the hike on the beautiful circular trail, the thirsty hiker is always awaited by schnapps fountains (also with non-alcoholic beverages) and there are several places to stop for a snack.
The circular trail starts at the spa gardens right next to the Ottenhöfen train station – it is best to start the circular trail in the direction of Hammerschmiede at around 10 am. So you can stop at about 12 o’clock in the Benz mill.
Arrival: Free parking is available at the Ottenhöfen train station and at the Protestant and Catholic churches. By car, take the L87 to the center of Ottenhöfen and there to the train station. By public transport, get off at Achern station and take the S-Bahn from there to Ottenhöfen station.
The wildly romantic All Saints Monastery Ruins (founded in the 12th century) are located in the Lierbach Valley, above the thundering All Saints Waterfalls. Since the monastery was struck by lightning and destroyed in 1804, it now enchants visitors with its Gothic arches amidst the picturesque landscape. From the monastery ruins via the Angel’s Pulpit to the waterfall and back, a beautiful circular hiking trail with panels with legends about Allerheiligen Monastery and the waterfalls cascading 83 meters over 7 cascades leads. The easy hike leads along the waterfalls over wooden bridges and is about 3.6 km long and you should plan 1.5 hours. It is suitable for families with children!
Many romantics visited the monastery ruins in the 18th century and even Mark Twain was here and commented on this lovely spot.
Both at the monastery ruins and at the All Saints Waterfalls there is a large free parking lot and the excursion destination is well visited. In vacation periods, it is therefore worth to be early!
Travel: Coming from the A5 freeway, take the Appenweier exit (B 28) and drive to Oppenau to the district of Lierbach. Alternatively, from the exit Achern (L87) direction Ottenhöfen on the Schwarzwaldhochstraße to Ottenhöfen and there turn to Allerheiligen. From Baden-Baden, take the Schwarzwaldhochstraße to Ruhestein and turn off here to Allerheiligen. By public transport, it is best to travel from Oppenau train station (bus line 7125).
Charming alleys, historic old town, lively university city, Freiburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. No city in Germany has more hours of sunshine a year and the pearl in Breisgau is perfect for a culinary or cultural discovery trip or simply for strolling.
The beautiful Minster Market in front of the famous Cathedral of Freiburg and many imposing buildings from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times merge into a charming city that is really worth exploring for a longer day trip or short trip.
Locals appreciate it more than almost any other Baden wine: the Pinot Noir of the Alde Gott Black Forest vintners. This wine grows in the foothill area near Sasbachwalden, and there is a varied, highly recommended connoisseur’s Panormamaweg trail there, which offers not only the great view over the vineyards to the Rhine plain but much more. In the village you can feast wonderfully: besides the Alde Gott wine there are many local specialties like good Black Forest ham and delicious products from vineyard peaches grown here!
The Alde Gott Panorama Trail begins in the flower and wine village of Sasbachwalden with its many half-timbered houses and typical Black Forest village flair. There are several places to stop and schnapps fountains along the way. It leads over 13 bridges through the idyllic Gaishöll waterfalls, past llamas and the historic Straubenhöfmühle mill along scattered fruit meadows, chestnut forests and vineyards. Here is also a Bildstöckle of the Alde Gott, which tells the legend of the Alde Gott. Again and again there is a wonderful panoramic view of the Rhine plain, the Black Forest and the Hornisgrinde, and on a clear day you can see the Vosges Mountains.
The Alde Gott Panoramaweg starts at the Gaishöll waterfalls, the access path starts at the Kurhaus. You should plan 3.5 hours for the trail, which is about 10 km long.
Getting there: By public transport, take bus 7123 from Achern to Sasbachwalden and get off at the Gaishölle, Hörchenberg or Bischernberg stop.
Spectacle, adrenaline and more than 100 attractions and shows are now offered by the Europa Park Rust. For families with children, this amusement park is one of the places to visit in Black Forest, where no way should pass Germany’s largest theme park. 🙂
The name says it all here and you can experience and experience all of Europe in one day, because the park comes up with 15 European themed areas, which are designed by replicas and scenery of typical national architecture and vegetation.
The highlights of Europapark are the 13 roller coasters – also with VR (virtual reality) and the 23 hours of show program that the park offers.
Getting there: Parking in the visitor parking lot costs 7 euros. Coming from the A5, take exit 57b to Rust and follow the signs. The Eurocity Express Frankfurt-Milan stops recently twice a day at the stop Ringsheim and from there with the Europa Park bus directly to the main entrance.
Admission: Adults from 12 years: from 55 euros, children (4-11): 47 euros, seniors (from 60): 47 euros.
World-renowned spa town, famous casino, grand festival house, international gallop races: Baden-Baden is a town that has an incredible amount to offer. The small town has a beautiful pedestrian zone with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries when the town was popular and famous among the rich and noble. They came to Baden-Baden to gamble in the sumptuously appointed casino, to drink the healing waters in the drinking hall (and to be seen), and to convalesce in one of the spas.
Today, Baden-Baden still exudes the flair of the rich and you can spot a celebrity or two during a carriage ride in the (blooming) Lichtentaler Allee under redwood trees or during the Great Week at the racecourse.
Even in rainy weather, Baden-Baden is one of the best places to visit in Black Forest: healing thermal water bubbles up here from 12 springs and even the Romans built a spa here. A visit to the traditional beautiful Friedrichsbad with soap brush massage, which already inspired Mark Twain, or in the sauna area of the Caracalla Therme in the middle of the city are a relaxing, special experience.
In the morning, the fog hangs mystically over the legendary Mummelsee. The small cirque lake is fantastically situated directly at the foot of the 1164m high Hornisgrinde with its original high moor landscape.
There is a lot of Black Forest idyll at the Mummelsee: myths and legends that provide entertainment on a hiking trail around the lake, cuckoo clocks and really recommendable wood oven bread with Black Forest sausages and a view of the fir trees. On weekends, all hell breaks loose here – it’s worth setting out early in the morning and preferably on weekdays!
Besides the short hike around the lake, I can recommend the Mummelsee-Hornisgrinde trail. This circular trail, about 6.7 km long, leads to the Hornisgrinde plateau with its high moorland landscape and exciting geological information boards and the Hornisgrinde and Bismarck towers on the summit of the Hornisgrinde. In 2.5 hours you can walk it relaxed.
Arrival: Parking is free at the Seibelseckle. The Mummelsee is located directly on the Black Forest high road B500 between Freudenstadt and Baden-Baden. By public transport, you can travel by bus 7123 from Achern to the stop Mummelsee.
Beautiful places to visit in Black Forest there are many more – here I have limited myself to my absolute best of and put together the destinations as different as possible. But there is much more to discover, not only in the mystical, legendary Black Forest. We are always discovering new things – everywhere in Germany. On Abenteuer Freundschaft you will find many leisure activities and and excursion tips and all kinds of activities with friends, activities for two or with the family.
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