A very nice place in Germany to go on holiday is the Black Forest. The Black Forest is super large with more than 200 kilometers long and 60 kilometers wide. I think it is a very varied and beautiful region. The Black Forest is what you imagine with Germany in a travel guide: dense green forests, cool peaks with vast views and romantic valleys, small farms and beautiful lakes. I have been a midweek in the Black Forest and I want to recommend this region! It is beautiful, green and there is plenty of fun to do! What are the things you have to do in the Black Forest?
10 fun things to do in the Black Forest!
The Black Forest
The Black Forest, also known as Schwarzwald, is a densely forested area in the southwest of Germany and consists mainly of pine and fir trees. It is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg on the French border and on the Swiss border. The highest summit of the Black Forest is the Feldberg with a height of 1493 meters.
It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany.
The Black Forest has many things to do like hiking and cycling trails and is therefore a cool area for someone who likes to be active on holiday. For the Dutch it is attractive, because it is reasonably close to the Netherlands.
1. The Triberg waterfall
The largest waterfall in Germany is located in the Black Forest and this is one of the best things to do at the Black Forest! This waterfall is beautifully hidden in the woods. During the short walk from the entrance to the waterfall you see cute squirrels in the trees. The waterfall is certainly beautiful, but do not expect a huge waterfall, like for example in Bali. There are several hiking trails around the waterfall and you can walk there wonderfully.
● Admission: €5,-
● Location: Schönwälder Straße, Triberg
2. The largest cuckoo clock in the world
Cuckoo clocks are the pride of the Black Forest. A bit drowsy, but it is a pretty tourist attraction in the region: the largest cuckoo clock in the world. This is a cuckoo clock in the size of a house. There is also a shop where hundreds of cuckoo clocks are sold for the real fans.
● Admission: free
● Location: on the B33, near the Triberg waterfall
A bit further (from the waterfall and the cuckoo clock) on the B33 is the beautiful village of Wolfach. There is a tunnel, which leads the traffic around Wolfach and therefore the center is cozy! There is a nice mix of restaurants, cafes and shops. Authentic, charming, colorful and I think it is an ideal village to make a stop.
4. The bear forest
In this park brown bears are collected that have been rescued from the circus or bears that previously had to dance for tourists. These bears are enjoying their second better life in this park! The forest consists of a two-hectare forest plot with, among other things, a waterfall, rocks and a pond. The foundation is doing a good job and it is a unique project! In the park, the habitat of the brown bear in the wild is imitated as much as possible to stimulate the natural behavior of the bear. In total there are 7 bears and a number of sphinxes and wolves. This is one of the best things to do in the Black Forest if you love animals!
● Admission: € 7, –
● Location: Rippoldsauer Straße, Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
● Opening times: High season from 10 am to 6 pm and in low season to 4 pm.
Tobogganing is something I always associate with Germany and that’s why I enjoy tobogganing in Germany! There are a number of toboggan runs in the Black Forest. The toboggan run where I have been, is close to the earlier mentioned 4 points. The track is fun and in total 1150 meters long! Frankly, this toboggan run is not mega spectacular, but that is why it is also very nice for children.
● €3 per ride
● Location: Singerbach 1a, Gutenbach
6. Mountain Karting
This is a unique experience! Via the cable car you go up the hill in a relaxed way and in a kind of go-kart with thick tires you go down the hill super hard. You do not have to do anything yourself, except on time and in the right way to brake. In other words, press all two brakes exactly as hard, otherwise you slip! This is getting used to in the beginning and I even found it a bit scary, because you’re pretty hard. Once you have mastered the kart, it is super cool. I guarantee you immediately want to cross off the hill again!
● Costs: for €25,- you can go up 3x with the cable car and back downhill with the mountaincart
● Location: Sankenbachstraße 142, Baiersbronn, Germany
7. The Ellbachsee viewpoint
In a great location a cool viewpoint has been built. You can park your car for free and via the Heimatpfad you walk to this viewpoint. But you can also drive a little further and park the car at a 5-minute walk. There is a kind of plateau on one of the highest spots in the Black Forest and from here you have a wide view over the entire green area. That the Black Forest is breathtakingly beautiful, you fully realize when you are standing here.
● Admission: free
● Location: Strassburger Str. 349, Kniebis
8. Wellness treatment Mönchstube
At the Wellness Hotel Tanne Tonbach you can get a special wellness treatment. Here you can follow the cool monks program. The inspiration for the treatment comes from Asia and is based on the life of the monks there. You take place in the open air in a hollowed-out tree trunk (of the Black Forest) that is completely filled with warm water full of special herbs. You rub your skin, lubricate your skin with special clay and in this way you detoxify your body. All this while you drink a glass of wine and eat fresh fruit and enjoy a beautiful view of a beautiful valley.
Location: Wellness Hotel Tanne, Tonbachstrasse 243, Baiersbronn
9. Wine tasting
I always like to taste wine from the region where you are and that is why I went to the vineyard “Brennerei Wild” in Gengenbach. You can go in here without an appointment and participate in a wine tasting. Besides wine, they also have gin, whiskey and other liqueurs.
● Location: Streuobstgarten 1, Gengenbach
● Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday from 11:00 to 15:00.
10. Drive the Badische weinstrasse
A very nice route to drive is the Badische weinstrasse. Straight through the many vineyards you drive through a very cool environment. You pass small villages, winding country roads and everywhere you look you see vineyards. The Badische Weinstrasse stretches for about 160 kilometers along the western edge of the Black Forest, from Baden-Baden in the north to Weil am Rhein in the south, and also in the areas of the Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg. This is also one of the best things to do at the Black Forest!
These are my favorite things to do at the Black Forest! What things do you like to do at the Black Forest?
It is a very suitable environment to discover with a camper. I myself rented a motorhome from Paul Camper and discovered the black forest. Curious? Read everything about renting a camper!
Places to stay in the Black Forest
I have camped on two campsites that I can definitely recommend:
● Camping Langenwald: This is a nice and quiet campsite in the middle of nature, with only green around you! The campsite is located just outside the town of Baiersbronn and scores a 9.1 on Zoover.
● Camping Schwarzwälder Hof: This is a fantastic 5 * campsite in Seebach with a large sauna complex on the campsite, which you can use as a guest free of charge. The pitches on the campsite are large and there is a cozy restaurant on the campsite.
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