The Black Forest, Germany's most famous forest is located in Southwest Germany and was once an area covered in an ancient forest. The area is about 1600 sq miles, covering Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Saarland, Thuringia and Bavaria states. It is believed that the Black Forest was the inspiration behind the iconic fairy tales the Grimm brothers wrote. It is among the top 10 most enchanting forests on earth – thanks to the dense, evergreen forests, half-timber houses, wrecked castles, and picturesque towns thriving here. One can explore this beautiful forest on foot, self-drive, or by bicycle. Whichever means travelers chose, the sensational views they’ll have at the Black Forest will be rewarding. Here are the most enchanting places to explore in Germany’s most famous forest.
Situated at the edge of the Rhine Valley, Baden-Baden has always been a top safari destination since Roman times. Being home to popular thermal springs, Baden-Baden is an incredible spot for exploring the Black Forest. This stunning historic town hosts some of the most beautiful hotels, spas, and businesses mostly providing health services. Visit the Brahms house – Johannes Brahms, the classical musical once stayed here.
9 Bad Wildbad
Located in the North of Black Forest is another beautiful town, offering travelers plenty of trails to hike and the most stunning views of the Black Forest. The town offers the most incredible views of the pine trees, leave alone the Enz River. Exploring the village found here is fascinating, given its picturesque nature. Visitors can wander through the trees' walkways and have a remarkable safari experience of Germany.
Situated in Baden- Württemberg on Germany's southwestern side, Baiersbronn is the sunniest region in the country. It is a region made of the wild, beautiful nature, and spa. There is a high concentration of wine-growing products in this place – no wonder the town is known to be the center of German wine and great dishes. Food is essential for the survival of residents and 8 Michelin starred eateries are based in this fine town. What could be more fun than staying in contact with nature, while exploring German food in one of the starred eateries around?
7 Badische Weinstrasse
Also known as the Badische wine road, Badische Weinstrasse is a route covering about 500 kilometers, passing through some of the most spectacular places in Germany. Ever dreamed of taking nature walks through a sea of flowers and having food and drinks at every stop? Hiking from one wine cellar to another? Exploring this route offers an unforgettable experience. Visitors touring this area pass through the best wine-growing areas in the country - Ortenau, Baden Mountain Route, Tuniberg, the 3rd largest wine-growing region in Germany, the Baden wine region. The wines on this route are varied, and they give the most remarkable travel experience of Germany.
6 Triberg Falls
Being one of Germany's highest and most accessible waterfalls, Triberg Falls should be on every traveler's bucket list when exploring the Black Forest. The Falls are created by River Gutach and are snuggled in the forest close to Triberg, a tiny town located right on the Black Forest’s railway line. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural views this waterfall creates as they explore the Black Forest.
5 Titisee Lake
Located in the southern area of the Black Forest, Titisee, the largest natural lake in the region, is a must-see destination for nature lovers. This destination has a lot of entertainment opportunities for visitors, including windsurfing, swimming, and sailing (if the weather is favorable). Travelers exploring this region in winter can do ice skating. The lake region is full of stunning landscapes for strolls all year round. Visitors can never miss out on Titisee lake, considering the natural beauty that surrounds this place.
Freiburg, the Black Forest's Capital offers a lot of tour experiences to travelers, including historical buildings, theaters, museums, and cultural festivals. The city features the most innovative design, making it a sustainable town for a living. Situated at the Black Forest foot and near the border of Germany, Switzerland, and France, Freiburg offers incredible opportunities for an amazing adventure. The city is parked with half-timbered houses, wooded slopes, and some of the most fertile vineyards.
3 Kinzig and Gutach Valleys
Kinzig and Gutach Valleys are the most perfect landscapes found in the Black Forest, having plenty of beautifully scenic spots for exploration. These regions are heavily forested and are famous for being the origin of the customs of the Black Forest, including Bollenhut, a hat topped with red pom-poms, made for females. The sleepy towns located here allow travelers to enjoy the mysterious feel of the Black Forest. Places like Schiltach provides offer incredible opportunities for photography – thanks to the many timber houses filled with beautiful colors.
Heidelberg is one of the most scenic regions in the Black Forest – thanks to the spectacular mountains, hills, and pristine forests found here. This region is a perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts, best for hiking and mountaineering. The oldest university in Germany, the University of Heidelberg, and popular castle ruins are located here. Its palpable historic atmosphere and beautiful landscapes are worth exploring.
Located in the north of the Black Forest, Calw is among the most stunning towns in the forest. There is a museum and a statue in the town dedicated to Hermann Hesse, a Novel Prize-winning novelist who was born here. The city features beautiful half-timbered houses built in the 18th century and a spectacular market square, making it the most perfect town in the Black Forest. Visitors will have the most amazing Black Forest travel experience in this town.