Although the Black Forest is located in the sunniest area of Germany, its name dates from a time when thick tree cover shielded the forest floor from light. There are more clearings now but the country’s largest and most renowned forest remains a 3D Grimm fairy tale dotted with gingerbread villages and serene wood-fringed lakes.

The landscape rises from the Rhine Valley through gently undulating ground perfect for hiking, to the slopes of the Feldberg, a winter sports center. Firs and other evergreens predominate but the hills and valleys are garnished with enough deciduous trees to ensure spectacular fall displays.

If you’re driving, the 60 kilometer-long “Schwarzwaldhochstrasse” starts at the elegant spa town of Baden-Baden in the north and takes in some of the region’s most scenic villages and breathtaking vistas. Otherwise, take advantage of the numerous scenic railway routes through the Black Forest. Try the romantic steam train journey Sauschwänzlebahn, or “pig tail railway”, so named for its frequent curves.

Practical Info

The Black Forest is tucked into Germany’s south-west corner, in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The beautiful city of Freiburg is an ideal starting point for your exploration as well as a must-see attraction in its own right.

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Private Tour: Freiburg and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg

Visit the medieval town of Freiburg and Germany’s Black Forest on this full-day tour from Strasbourg. Cross into southern Germany with your guide and admire ...  Read more

Location: Strasbourg, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.47

Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

See two countries in one day on your Black Forest and Strasbourg day trip from Frankfurt! Traveling by luxury coach, you'll visit the spa town of Baden-Baden ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $221.37

Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

4 star rating: Recommended 39 Reviews

Visit the breathtaking Black Forest region and the Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall – in one day on a tour from Zurich! The full-day trip starts with a ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $83.17

Private Tour: Baden-Baden and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg

Discover Germany’s spa town of Baden-Baden and the delights of rural Germany on this full-day tour from Strasbourg. A private guide points out the highlights ...  Read more

Location: Strasbourg, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.47

Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Visit the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and explore the scenic woods of Germany's Black Forest on a day trip from Frankfurt. Head to Baden-Baden where you ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.01

Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

Visit Heidelberg and the Black Forest town of Baden-Baden on a day trip from Frankfurt, led by an expert local guide! After walking around the ruins of ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $260.90

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