Visit the Germany's famous Black Forest (Schwarzwald)
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The Black Forest
It is said that the name of the Black Forest or Schwarzwald comes from the forest being to densely covered with conifers that most of the light is blacked out. There is a network interconnecting trails that wind through the land that lead you from town to town. A couple of the trails through the forest are actually connected to a wider network called the European long-distance path. The Schwarzwald is known for exceptional dining (there are three Michelin ranked restaurants here) and the beloved kirsch brandy.
The highest peak in the forest is called Feldberg (Feldberg vacation rentals | Feldberg travel guide), topping at 4,898 feet (1,493m). In the winter it is home to a ski resort and in the summer offers mountain biking. The top of the peak is bald but on clear days there is a beautiful and unique view of the Alps. Much (Much vacation rentals | Much travel guide) of Feldberg is a nature preserve and thus may offer a look at some rare species native to the area such as mountain hens and chamois, a goat-like antelope.
About an hour north of Feldberg lies the town of Triberg. While Triberg may be small, it is home to the largest cuckoo clock in the world as well as the Triberg waterfalls. This set of waterfalls is the tallest in Germany and definitely worth the hike in. This town is also where the two largest nature parks, the Naturpark Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord (central/northern Black Forest nature park, and Naturpark Südschwarzwald (southern Black Forest nature park).
Be sure to inquire with your concierge or host about what is known as the SchwarzwaldCard. This is a visitor's pass one can obtain that allows free entry into almost 150 attractions including museums, ski lifts, spas and boat trips among many others. There is another version of the card called the Konus-Gastekarte which entitles visitors to free use of bus, trains and trams in the forest (not for use on mountain cable cars).
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This travel guide has been written by Cynthia Kozak.
Cynthia Kozak is a freelance writer, editor and transcriptionist currently living abroad in her Vario truck. Boundlessly curious, she is an avid traveler always looking forward to the next destination.
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Schwarzwald Card Fee
- € 37,50 (adults)
- € 33,00 (kids 4-11 years)
- Summer: 31/03/12-04/11/12
- Winter: 24/11/12-08/01/13
- 1 person for € 21 and € 4 for each other passenger.
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