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Although the Black Forest is located in one of the sunniest areas of Germany, its name dates back to a time when thick trees shielded the forest floor from light. While there are more clearings now, the country's largest and most renowned forest remains a real-life Grimm fairy tale dotted with gingerbread villages and serene wood-fringed lakes.

The Basics
With its stunning scenery, clean air, dozens of mineral spas, plentiful wineries, and numerous small towns, travelers can easily spend a day, a week, or a month exploring this region between the Rhine River and the Alpine foothills of Switzerland. The Black Forest Railway is a popular activity within the forest, stretching for 93 miles (150 km) through the region and passing several magnificent waterfalls along the way.

Day trips are available from Frankfurt, Zurich, and Strasbourg, each typically including a stop at the spa town of Baden-Baden, home of the famous Kurhaus Casino. If you have more time, embark on a multi-day tour for the chance to experience a wider swath of the Black Forest's small towns.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A visit to the Black Forest is perfect for spontaneous travelers and outdoor adventurers; you'll find ample hiking and biking in the area.
  • Keep in mind that Black Forest area highways are often steep and winding; give yourself plenty of time to get from place to place.
  • To avoid having to drive yourself, book a Black Forest bus tour.
  • Don't forget to pick up a tourist map of the area with attractions, cycle routes, and hiking trails marked.

How to Get to the Black Forest
The Black Forest region is tucked into Germany's southwest corner, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The beautiful university city of Freiburg im Breisgau is an ideal starting point for your exploration, as well as a must-see attraction in its own right. The Frankfurt Airport is the closest international airport, while the Strasbourg Airport in France is also conveniently close. Between local and regional lines, it's easy to reach just about any corner of the Black Forest by bus or train, but some visitors opt to rent a car for self-guided tours.

When to Get There
Many travelers consider early fall and late spring the ideal time to visit the Black Forest, when the weather is temperate and the region—one of the most-visited mountain areas in Europe—is less crowded. If visiting between June and August, be sure to book your hotels and spas well ahead of time. Also keep in mind that some hotels and restaurants in the area close for about a month during winter.

Highlights of the Black Forest
Besides Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Black Forest is dotted with plenty of other beautiful areas and must-sees, depending on your interests. The northern portion of the forest is home to the rolling vineyards of the Badische Wine Route, while in the central area, travelers will find excellent beer in Alpirsbach, plus cuckoo clocks and one of Germany's largest waterfalls in Triberg. In the south sits the wine region of Kaiserstuhl, as well as Lake Titisee, one of Germany's most scenic lakes.
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7-Day European Highlights Tour From Frankfurt: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria And Switzerland

Take in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland on this 7-day European highlights tour from Frankfurt. Travel through Europe with a guide and explore top attractions such as Bratislava Castle and St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava. Delve into Budapest’s ancient history in Buda and Pest, enjoy sightseeing tours in pretty Salzburg and Vienna, and delve deep into Germany’s beautiful Black Forest region. Explore Alpine regions including Lucerne, Mt Titlis and Zurich, marvel at the mighty Rhine Falls and gaze over serene Lake Titisee.
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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt

Explore beautiful Strasbourg and the majestic Black Forest on this 10-hour tour from Frankfurt. You’ll first stop in the spa town of Baden-Baden deep in the Schwartzwald, where you’ll take a guided tour, learn about the famous thermal baths and see landmarks like Kurhaus Casino. Then traverse the German-French border to visit the Alsatian City of Strasbourg. Take some free time take explore key sites like 'La Petite France,' Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed old town center.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit the sophisticated spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest on this guided, full-day sightseeing adventure from Frankfurt. Explore the town’s elegant tree-lined avenues, see the grand buildings and visit the chic boutiques alongside the legendary thermal bath houses. See some of the popular local attractions, like Kurhaus of Baden-Baden. Take a tour of this spa resort, casino and conference complex, then enjoy a relaxing drive to the Mummelsee, a popular lake in the Black Forest near Seebach. Round-trip luxury coach transportation from Frankfurt included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Heidelberg and Baden-Baden Tour from Frankfurt

Visit the cities of Heidelberg and Baden-Baden on this guided, full-day sightseeing adventure from Frankfurt. First, explore Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest and most famous university town. See the Gothic landmark Heidelberg Castle and the bustling Old Town district that runs for one mile along the Neckar River. Then visit the spa town of Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest. Travel through the region, famous for its production of traditional German cuckoo clocks, and see some of its popular attractions. Round-trip coach transportation from Frankfurt included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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