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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7-Day European Highlights Tour From Frankfurt: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria ... 
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7-Day European Highlights Tour From Frankfurt: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria And Switzerland

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Join this 7-day European highlights tour starting with the best of Prague. Look out for Bratislava Castle and St. Martin’s Cathedral as you continue your ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: Flexible

From USD $576.14
Private Tour: Freiburg and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Multi-day Tours
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Private Tour: Freiburg and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg

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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.)

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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

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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.)

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Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

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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: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.02
Private Tour: Baden-Baden and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg, Strasbourg, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Baden-Baden and Black Forest Day Trip from Strasbourg

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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.)

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Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

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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 $186.03
Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Day Trips
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Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

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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 $257.07
Romantic Germany: 7-Day Tour from Frankfurt to Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg, ... 
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Romantic Germany: 7-Day Tour from Frankfurt to Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle and Heidelberg

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Explore the romantic side of Germany on this 7-day tour from Frankfurt. See some of Germany's historical and scenic treasures along the Romantic Road, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

From USD $2,298.33
Breisach upon Rhine Sightseeing and Wine Tasting Tour, Baden-Württemberg, Multi-day Tours
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Breisach upon Rhine Sightseeing and Wine Tasting Tour

Welcome to Breisach upon Rhine, a town with a long-standing history is situated halfway between Freiburg (Black Forest) and Colmar (Alsace). From both cities ...  Read more

Location: Breisach, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $11.27
4-Day Self-Drive German Beer Brewing Tradition Tour from Freiburg to Wuerzburg and Heidelberg ... 
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4-Day Self-Drive German Beer Brewing Tradition Tour from Freiburg to Wuerzburg and Heidelberg Including Freiburg City Tour

Are you interested in the art and science of beer brewing? Would you like to spend a couple of days discovering more about it? If this is right up your street, ...  Read more

Location: Freiburg, Germany
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $471.29

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