My dear travel friends, in this blog article I have compiled my personal 10 favorite places which I would love to share with you on a tour. Feel free to check them out and let me know if you are interested in visiting and exploring them on YOUR individually designed tour.
- Black Forest open-air museum “Vogtsbauernhöfe” in the Gutach valley.
Are you up for a time travel? This fantastic open-air museum has brought together every typical farm houses from all over the Black Forest – some more than 500 years old – and set them up in one place. It is as if you have stepped 200 years back in time: you’re in a quaint little Black Forest village in which you can experience the day-to-day lives of the farmers and villagers.
You will learn about weaving and shingle making, how people lived without electricity and running water in the house, without a flushing toilet or a working fridge. Essentially, you learn how our ancestors managed to live without our modern technology and amenities.
- Peter and its bright and beautiful Baroque church
St. Peter in the Black Forest just boasts one of the most beautiful Baroque churches in our region, full of golden angels and stuccowork. It is a beautiful contrast to our medieval dark gothic cathedral in Freiburg city.
This church is located in a beautiful village in the southern part of the Black Forest. St. Peter is a fantastic destination or starting point for walks or hikes with splendid panoramic views, including the peak of the Black Forest.
- Baden-Baden – the international spa town
Do you love spas? The Friedrichsbad in Baden-Baden (capital city of the northern part of the Black Forest region) is home to a beautiful romantic bathing temple dating back to 19th century. Modelled after an Italian dome with marble and stuccowork inside, the Friedrichsbad offers an Irish-Roman bathing tradition with a balanced combination of hot steam and warm thermal waters. Let‘s relax together like the Romans did: in one of the most beautiful bathing temples in Europe.
- World largest cuckoo clock in Schonach
Wanna experience the world‘s largest cuckoo clock? Want to walk into said clock and learn from inside, how it was built? Let‘s go there. The family Eble (father and son) built this clock in the eighties and beat a world record with their creation, 6 times larger than a normal cuckoo clock, it became world-famous. You will learn about clock making in the Black Forest and round off the event with a visit to a great souvenir store, where you will be able to shop for your very own cuckoo clock. These are available in a large range of size and price.
- Geroldseck Castle Ruin
Do you love medieval castles? Let‘s check out the castle ruin of Geroldseck in the Ortenau region (middle part of the Black Forest). Many short walks or hikes are possible in this region.
- Black Forest Gateau and Lake “Titisee“
You are a foody travel type who loves to try the local specialties? My best recommendation for one of our most well-known specialties, the Black Forest cake, is Café Becker at lake “Titisee“, the most famous lake in the southern part of the Black Forest. Not only is a small quantity of our famous cherry “Schnaps“ in the dough (without which, it just isn’t a real Black Forest cake), the cake is sprayed with a few more fiery drops right before it is placed in front of you. Visiting Titisee offers a good combination of outdoor activities and food relishing.
- Panoramic train ride to the highest situated train station in Germany and hike
Let‘s have a most scenic and panoramic railway drive to “Bärental“ (bears‘ valley) to the highest train station in Germany. From there let‘s hike down to one of the first holiday resorts in the southern part of the Black Forest: Hinterzarten.
- Visit a very special “Strausewirtschaft“
Let me show you one of the most liked “Strausewirtschaft“ in the region, the famous Griestal-Strause in Opfingen. There you can enjoy local food specialties like fried potato chips or asparagus, while sitting comfortable outside on a blanket as if you were having an outdoor picnic. You must be wondering what a “Strause“ is. Instead of long explanation, come along instead and see for yourself what this unique destination entails. This offer is only open till Ocober 21st of each year.
- Let’s go for a great swim
I am a water person and love to go swimming in one of the fresh water lakes in the Rhine Rift Valley in the summer. My favorite swimming destination is the Niederrimsinger Lake: turquoise colored fresh water, offering plenty of fun water activities for all. Let‘s dip in.
- A visit to the famous Kaiserstuhl region
A beautiful outdoor experience for both the spring and fall season is the famous Kaiserstuhl region in the Rhine Rift Valley. Open meadows, litte stretches of forests, orchards and vineyards located on a volcanic island create a very special landscape and outdoor experience in our region. Great for walks, hikes and bicycle tours, it also hosts many options for tasting the famous Baden wines which have been ripened by our resplendent sun. The Kaiserstuhl boasts a Mediterranean microclimate and is home to the hottest town in Germany: Ihringen. Freiburg City is statistically the warmest city in Germany. It is, as I have personally nicknamed it, the „California“ of Germany.