About the Black Forest Region
Learn more about Germany’s largest holiday region
About & facts
With a surface area of 6000 km², two thirds of which are wooded, the Black Forest is Germany’s largest woodland area and at the same time, its highest low-mountain range. No wonder that the Black Forest has developed more and more into one of the most liked and largest holiday destinations in its own country. More and more guests from abroad are also discovering the Black Forest as an attractive and recreative holiday region.
Therefore, it is not astonishing, that large parts of the Black Forest nowadays rely heavily on tourism. There is very little industrialization in the area and is therefore ideal for all sorts of outdoor-activities (e.g. hiking, climbing, swimming, sailing&surfing, tennis & golf, mountain biking, cycling, horseback riding, nordic walking and during the winter months, of course alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, sledding or even hiking with snow shoes). Also very well worth seeing are the many historic towns with beautiful German half-timbered housing or old churches, dating back to the Middle Ages such as e.g. Freiburg with its gothic cathedral and its tiny brooks or canals, as historic-cultural landmarks.
Often visited wellness destinations which we owe to the Romans, are the beautiful thermal bath towns such as Badenweiler, Bad Herrenalb, Bad Wildbad, Bad Krozingen, and Bad Bellingen with its most famous spa named after a Roman emperor the Caracalla thermae in Baden-Baden. Baden-Baden is also seat of the oldest gambling house of Germany and the city with Germany’s largest opera and concert hourse with a 2,500 seat capacity.
Beautiful historical monuments also attract numerous visitors to the Black Forest. Luxuriously furnished former religious buildings and its churches such as St. Blasien, St. Peter, St. Trudpert are beautiful places for excursions, imbedded in the natural landscape of the Black Forest. A couple of castle ruins are very well liked as destinations for picturesque hikes and walks in the woods.
Walterlovers also don’t miss out in the Black Forest. Summer swimming activities are offered in the various natural fresh water lakes in and around the Black Forest such as the famous lake “Titisee“ or the quarry pond of Burkheim. There is also a gorgeous primal forest landscape, Taubergießen, with thus far, 23 verified types of orchids, many types of fish, different types of frogs, salamanders or toads, night butterflies, types of birds as well as martens, wild boars and roe deer which are all endemic here. These species can often be ovserved int their natural habitat druing a 2 hour wild romantic punting boat ride. Or for more adventurous water athletes, the nearby situated border river Rhine offers a rich choice of possible activities such as water skiing or rowing.
A likewise versatile landscape of museums gives distinction to the picture of the region. The most well-known museum among them is the famous open-air museum “Vogtsbauernhöfe“ in the valley of Gutach, delivering insight into the farmer’s life in the 16th and 17th century with its original rebuilt Black Forest farm houses.
For museums’ lovers, there is a so called museum pass of the Upper Rhine Area with which one has free entry to 180 museums in the complete Upper Rhine Area of the three country corner (Switzerland, Germany & France) for one year.
Family & Kids
Naturally also families with children can find family friendly places and hosts boasting with multifarious activities. Holidays on a Black Forest farm is probably one of the most favored family destinations. Pony riding, sleeping in tents, playing mini-golf, outdoor climbing, park for all senses, summer sled-ding, sleeping in tree-houses and much more is offered for the big and small children’s delight. Great well-known places of excursions for families are the Europe Park (Europapark) or the event park Steinwasen.
And last but not least the Black Forest is also a paradise for gourmets. In no other German region stir so many decorated chefs in their pots, in only very little German regions, pocket so many wine farmers wine rewards. The diversity of the local kitchen is coined through the influences of the Alsatian, Swiss and Swabian neighbouring kitchens and their specialties. Whether in legendary gourmet temples or simple inns, one eats well everywhere one.
The most famous of specialties of the Black Forest region is the Black Forest gateau, the Black Forest ham next to the Black Forest cherry schnaps. It goes without saying that also wine connaisseurs find good drops of Baden wines which is nutured to deliciousness by the many hours of sunshine. Did you know that the capital city of the Black Forest is the hottest and sunniest city of Germany with the most hours of sunshine a year? Less known is the old brewing tradition of the Black Forest, developed in monasteries that produced such well-known beer brands as the “Tannenzäpfle“ of Rothaus brewery.
Traditions & Festivities
As a holiday region rich in traditions with buoyant people, the Black Forest inhabitants don’t miss out any opportunities to celebrate feasts and cultivate ancient customs. There are numerous festivals and events spread all over the year such as the race of the sledge dogs, the Swabain-Alemanic Carneval, Jazz Festivals, German Mill Day, Wine festivals, Arts and Craft and flea markets, music days, horse festival in St. Märgen and many more.