Black Forest, Germany
Picturesque Black Forest Delights
Photos courtesy Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH
The beautiful and rugged Black Forest is in the Baden district of Southwest Germany. It's one of Germany’s most beautiful regions, attracting visitors with vineyards, river valleys, sunny peaks, wide panoramic views, calm forests, revitalizing spas, exciting family destinations and a cuisine that is the most elaborate in Germany. The Black Forest possesses a high density of restaurants with top chefs and Gault Millau or Michelin stars. Here, even countryside restaurants have excellent chefs in their kitchens.
130 years of tourism in the Black Forest
In an area less than 124 miles long and 37 miles wide, the Black Forest is not only one of the most varied, but also one of the most popular tourist regions in Germany. The Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest gateau, Bollenhut hats, cuckoo clocks—the Black Forest embodies everything that one might expect of a German picture book on travel.
Thermal baths like Baden-Baden, Badenweiler and Bad Wildbad have a long and rich tradition. Nowhere else in Germany has as many springs in such close proximity. The location, at the border of Germany, Switzerland and France, places guests within easy reach of diverse cultures and varied landscapes.
The Black Forest was the birthplace of skiing in central Europe, with the first ski club being founded at the Feldberg Mountain, that rises to a height of 4,898 feet. It was here that the first wooden skis were produced and the first ski lift built. Today, the Feldberg region is one of the largest ski resorts outside of the Alps.
Nature walks are popular with 14,292 miles of signposted walking trails in the Black Forest. Cyclists and bike enthusiasts will also find ideal conditions in the southwestern parts of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. More than 4,971 miles of cycle trails have been signposted especially for mountain bikers.