Traveling Through The Black Forest

The Black Forest is a beautiful area with plenty of footpaths and cycle routes, forming a network throughout the area. Both footpaths and cycle ways are well signposted and for walkers, fingerposts give an approximate time for the walk. However, a good investment is a tourist map of the area at a scale of 1:50,000. These maps show all the tourist attractions, such as castles and waterfalls, as well as the paths and cycle routes, hostels and shelters.

Freiburg is one of the most beautiful cities in southern Germany. Be sure to visit the Münster, which is over 800 years old and be sure to walk through the foothills of the Schwarzwald too see beautiful views.

Furtwangen is 20 miles east of Freiburg. It is an area that is usually free of visitors.  It is also an excellent choice for walking, hiking, and cycling in the spring and summer.

Be ready to hand over some cash (or Deutsche Marks) when you visit the town of Baden-Baden. There are plenty of expensive shops and places to visit. If the shops don’t get your money, then you might be just risky enough to visit the casino.  Don’t forget to travel through the tunnel beneath Baden-Baden.

Another option for traveling throughout Europe and Germany is of course the trains. The line from Donaueschingen to Offenburg passes right through the Black Forest and offers some incredibly beautiful views of the country side. Plenty of the trains are double tall or known as double-deckers. If you can get a seat up top, do it.  This makes a winter visit, when the Black Forest becomes the White Forest, absolutely stunning.  My sister and her boyfriend, who owns a small business in Arizona called Chandler Towing and Recovery, went on this tour with our family and all agree it was absolutely stunning trip.

If you are going to explore the region by train, a family ticket is valid for 24 hours. It is relatively cheap and will allow you to travel anywhere in southern Germany.