The country of Germany has a varied and breathtaking geography, ranging from grand mountain ranges to dense forests to vast plains. One of the areas that encompasses this natural biodiversity is the Black Forest, also known as Schwarzwald in German. Located in the mountainous southwestern region of the country, within the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Black Forest is known for its history of mining. However, it has now become a site of booming tourism, with visitors from all over the world.
Famous for its cuckoo clocks, black forest gateau, and picturesque villages, the Black Forest has a lot to offer! Part of Germany’s popularity is that it is home to the Brothers Grimm, with many spots (including the Black Forest) associated with the famous Grimm fairytales. With the rural setting, traditional German culture, and plenty of evergreen forests, the enchanting Black Forest is a perfect destination for your next trip to Europe!
Baden-Baden This travel guide circles around Schwarzwald, starting and ending in the Northern Black Forest. Our first stop is the town of Baden-Baden, famous for its history of spas since the time of the Romans. Sitting at the edge of the Rhine Valley, Baden-Baden boasts a luxurious experience for its visitors. It has mineral and thermal baths that were built in the early 19th century, and tourists can relax in the many pools, gardens, and baths. You also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful flora of Lichtentaler Allee, an arboretum located along the banks of the river Oos.
Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse. What better way to continue your trip than a mini-road trip on the Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse, or “Black Forest Ridgeway”? This highway takes you from the town of Baden-Baden down south to Freudstadt. Winding through forests, mountains, and woodlands, the Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse gives travelers a stunning look into the scenery of the region. Also known as the B500, this highway is a very accessible route by car, with many hotels, nature parks, and ski slopes along the way.
Baiersbronn. A trip to Europe cannot go without a taste of the local cuisine! The best opportunity for an authentic flavor of the Black Forest is to dine in style at Baiersbronn. Containing multiple Michelin-starred restaurants, this town composed of nine different hamlets allows for a modern dining experience amongst the rustic backdrop of the Black Forest. A visit to Schwarzwaldstube or the Restaurant Bareiss will provide you with a range of cuisines, from local German to French and Central European foods. Baiersbronn, despite being a small town, has definitely lived up to its famous reputation in the food community. Other sights to see in and around this town are the historic monastery of Kloster Allerheiligen, or “Monastery of All Saints”, and the Rinkenwall rampart fortification, which sits at the top of the Rinkenkopf mountain overlooking the Murg valley.