Private day trips to Germany’s famous Black Forest
With over 6,000 square kilometers of rolling hills, magnificent mountains, and pristine old forests, the Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German) is truly a national treasure. Outdoors enthusiasts traveling to Heidelberg are not to miss out on a visit to this incredible region filled with some of Europe’s best hiking and mountain views.
Germany’s most famous forest is located just 1 hr South of Heidelberg. To get into the Forest we will drive along the famous Black Forest High Road, voted one of the 10 most scenic roads in the whole of Europe.
Our first stop will be the Mummelsee, the prettiest lake in the Black Forest. Enjoy the scenery with a gentle walk around the lake. Then do a 1-2 hr hike up to the Hornisgrinde, the highest point in the Northern Black Forest. It is also a legendary viewing point offering panoramic views of the whole area. You can look down on the whole Rhine valley and see Alsace, France in the distance.
To take a break from hiking, we’ll visit a lovely restaurant at the lake’s edge to have lunch and some legendary black forest cake. There is also an excellent gift shop where you can – buy some local specialties and enjoy the impressive range of locally made cuckoo clocks.
Alternatively we can have lunch in Baiersbronn, the culinary capital of the Black Forest. Here we can eat in the quaint and cosy Bistro of a Michelin Star restaurant.
After lunch we can drive on to the town of Freudenstadt, which has the largest Market Square in the whole of Germany. Or visit some authentic & charming Black Forest villages in the midst of the famous Baden wine region. Drop in on the Hex vom Dasenstein winery and enjoy their extensive collection of wines.
Another option is to make a short tour of the famous spa town of Baden Baden.
Longer tour to Triberg – site of Germany’s biggest waterfall.
Having had a nice walk through the forest next to the waterfall, we can enjoy the biggest cuckoo clock in the world. Afterwards we can explore the bustling little village of Triberg- home of the Cuckoo clock, and take a look at the amazing range of clocks.
Then it will be time for lunch in an authentic local restaurant serving all the specialities of the area, including the excellent smoked ham.
On our way home to Heidelberg we can visit the old walled town of Gengenbach. Here we can stroll around the old town, admiring the many old buildings while enjoying the views into the forest in the distance.
Optional extensions include:
- Visit to the Black Forest Museum, showing how people have lived here for the last 400 years
- Visit to the town of Triberg, with Germany’s largest waterfall and cuckoo clock.
- Visit to Baumwipfelpfad, where you can walk on a 40M raised platform through the forest.