Germany Trip Plan:
The Black Forest - a finalist in the votes for the new 7 natural world wonders

Germany trip plan: The Black Forest - a finalist in the votes for the new 7 natural world wonders
Mummelsee in the Black Forest
[ source: www.blackforest-tourism.com]

The Black Forest, 200 kilometers long and 60 kilometers wide, in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is Germany's most beautiful region. It has vineyards, river valleys, sunny peaks, wide panoramic views, calm forests, revitalizing spas and exciting family destinations. Discover picturesque towns, beautiful lakes, take a gamble in Baden-Baden and enjoy the culinary delights which add the taste for a truly German picture book holiday.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 12 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

The Black Forest looks back to over 130 years of tourism and has far more to offer then the Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest Gateau, Bollenhut hats and cuckoo clocks. Thermal baths like Baden-Baden 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, which rises to a height of 1,493 meters. It was here that the first wooden skis were produced and the first ski lift built. The Black Forest possesses a high density of restaurants with top chefs and Gault Millau or Michelin stars, and even in small village restaurants delicious variations on the hearty regional cuisine can be found.

Special travel tip: In case you don't have a rental car you can purchase and use the KONUS Guest Card. It is your ticket for all bus and train routes within and between participating transportation networks in the Black Forest, with the exception of IC and ICE train connections and (mountain) cable cars.

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Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $564 for 2 persons / 12 days
Admissions: starting at $200 for 2 persons / 12 days
Car Rental: starting at $720 / 12 days
Gas: starting at $240 / 12 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1724 / 12 days
 4 persons, starting at $2126 / 12 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Oberhamersbach

Day 1: Arrival in Oberhamersbach
istorical building, Oberhamersbach
[ source: schwarzwald-tourismus.de]

Arrive in Oberhamersbach by your rental car or public transportation network. This charming village is central located in Kinzigtal, Kinzel-Valley, in the middle part of the Black Forest. Be greeted by your host and make yourself home in your holiday apartment. Get the first impressions of your beautiful surroundings and enjoy your first dinner, with the taste of local flavors and culinary delights.


Day 2: Brandenkopf mountain

Day 2: Brandenkopf mountain
Brandenkopf-Tower with restaurant
[ source: schwarzwald-tourismus.de]

After a delicious and healthy breakfast it is time to explore your surroundings and there is no better place than the Brandenkopf. The mountaintop belongs to the village of Oberheimersbach and is with 934 meters above sea level, one of the highest mountains in the Black Forest. 3 different, well marked routes lead you to the top with its 29 meters high look-out. From here you will have panoramic views of the Black Forest and on clear days you even get a glimpse of the Alps, Vogesen and the swabian Alps. Take a rest at the mountain restaurant before you walk back to the village and maybe enjoy the evening in a local restaurant.


Day 3: Gengenbach

Day 3: Gengenbach
Gengenbach
[ source: schwarzwald-tourismus.de]

Visit the town Gengenbach, in about 20 kilometers distance to your home from home. It features lovely half-timbered houses and was once called a pearl among the Black Forest towns. Travellers approaching Gengenbach are greeted from afar by the church- and watch towers that invite them into the historical town center, where narrow alleys lead them to picturesque corners. Once you arrive you will feel like in an open-air museum or a backdrop of a historical movie. Perfectly restored houses and a cosmopolitan flair in Cafes and the market square add to its charm. Follow the Victor-Kretz-Straße near the city hall to the Oberer Torturm, or upper gate tower, then turn right in the Schwedenstrasse and left in the Otto-Ernst-Sutter-Weg. It will lead you to the Jakobskapelle auf dem Bergle, a small pilgrimage chapel and the landmark of Gengenbach. From here you will enjoy a great view of the Kinzig-Valley and the lowlands of the river Rhine.


Day 4: Mummelsee

Day 4: Mummelsee
Mummelsee, CC-Agadez
[ source: Wikipedia]

Time to discover the natural beauty of the Black Forest with a visit to the legendary Mummelsee, which is a relict from the last Ice Age. It is with 800 meters amplitude the biggest, with 17 meters the deepest and with an altitude of 1,036 meters the highest of 7, still existing, cirque lakes in the Black Forest. In a distant of 35 kilometers from Oberhamersbach, it is easily accessible along the famous Black Forest elevated road. An old myth has it that mermaids, dwarfs and even a king inhabited this idyllic lake, so be on a look out. Take the easy walk around the lake and discover beside the natural and unspoiled beauty the astonishing works of several artists along the way! If the weather is fine you can rent a paddle boat and your kids find plenty of space to play and encounter the local, very friendly goats. Many shops attract their visitors with local traditional products ranging from the famous cuckoo clocks to very tasty local food products. During summer you can watch a baker baking his farmhouse bread in an original wood stove. The mountain hotel Berghotel Mummelsee knows how to treat their guests with all kind of local specialties, be it food or drinks!


Day 5: Freudenstadt

Day 5: Freudenstadt
Freudenstadt Town Square, CC-Giramondo1
[ source: Wikipedia]

A must see is the town Freudenstadt in about 39 kilometers distance from your vacation apartment in Oberhamersbach. The mid-altitude location of this health resort at 700 to 1000 m above sea level is the cause for the healthy climate which makes it an officially-recognized Kneipp/climatic therapy resort. Off course the visitor can also watch traditional Black Forest products being made. Beer-brewers, brandy distillers and a traditional smokehouse invite the guest to view, taste and buy. The city is built in form of the board game Nine Men's Morris with the largest market square in Germany. Shops, cafes and restaurants invite you for shopping, a walk or to enjoy the culinary delights. If green oases and parks with fountains and works of art tempt you to relax or rest for a while, you will find these in Freudenstadt too. For more info have a look at the Freudenstadt destination guide.


Day 6: Dorotheenhütte in Wolfach

Day 6: Dorotheenhütte in Wolfach
Wolfach
[ source: schwarzwald-tourismus.de]

In a neighboring town of Oberhamersbach, in Wolfach, you will have the chance to not only visit the Dorotheenhütte. A tour of 2,000 years glass-makers history is offered in the glass museum of the Dorotheenhütte. It is also a free-blowing workshop where you can not only watch the art in progress, but give it a try yourself under the guidance of professionals! The difference between this glass manufacturer and others is that the production is realized directly before the eyes of the visitors. You can see how out of inert, glowing silica sand, a product is formed that can be sold right away. All year round there is a special area for Christmas related products you will be proud of to take home. You can reach this destination either by the mountain road with an only 15 kilometers drive or the main road, with about 36 kilometers to drive.


Day 7: Europa-Park Rust

Day 7: Europa-Park Rust
Europa-Park Rust, GNU-Keng
[ source: Wikipedia]

A day of fun for the whole family will be the visit to the Europa-Park Rust, in about 40 kilometers distance to your holiday apartment. Europa-Park is the most popular theme park in Germany. Having over 4 million visitors in 2008, it is the most popular seasonal theme park in the world. It is open from mid-March to the end of October, summer season and from the start of December to mid-January, winter season. The park is split into fifteen different areas, mostly named after European countries or regions. The park mascot is a grey mouse named Euromaus, although there are over a dozen other characters that live at the park. Across the park, there are many shows performed on a daily basis, such as an Ice Show, a Gladiator Show, an Acrobatics Show in an Italianate Theater and a fully re-created Globe Theater where guests can see a light-hearted take on Shakespeare. The 4D Cinema also opens during the evening and shows current blockbusters.


Day 8: Neustadt-Titisee

Day 8: Neustadt-Titisee
Christ-Church Neustadt-Tiitisee, GNU-Andreas Praefcke
[ source: Wikipedia]

Today, visit Titisee, the biggest natural lake in the Black Forest. Enjoy water sports such as sailing, organized boat-tours, paddling, swimming or just take a walk along the most typical dander-mile of the Black forest. The lake is 1.8 kilometers long, 750 meters wide and up to 40 meters deep. Visit the nearby town of Neustadt and the Neustädter Heimatstuben, which hosts a unique collection of art historical treasures from the town and surroundings. Paintings, pictures, documents and tools make the historical background come to live once again. A complete watch maker workshop will lead you to the beginnings of the Black Forest cuckoo clocks and witness the inventive talent and resourcefulness of generations gone by. The Black Forest Kitchen displays the live and works of a typical Black Forest countrywoman and traditional costumes are also found in this unique exhibition.


Day 9: Freiburg im Breisgau

Day 9: Freiburg im Breisgau
Schwaben-Gate, GNU-Luidger
[ source: Wikipedia]

Don't miss Freiburg im Breisgau, in the Breisgau region, on the western edge of the Black Forest, approximately 68 kilometers away from Oberhamersbach. Because of its scenic beauty, relatively warm and sunny climate, Freiburg is a hub for regional tourism. The Augustinerplatz is one of the central squares in the old city. Formerly the location of an Augustine monastery which became the Augustinermuseum in 1921, it is now a popular social space for Freiburg's younger residents. It has a number of restaurants and bars, including the local brewery Feierling, which also hosts a beer garden. At the center of the old city is the Münsterplatz, its largest square. Definitely visit the local farmers' market, which takes place here every day except Sundays. In the town district of St. Georgen, the most southern wine growers region of Germany starts. This is a wine grower village with an over 1,200 year's old history and you can walk the slopes of the Schönberg, where delicate and rich in content wines, for the highest demands, are harvested. Follow the about 4 kilometers, easy trail which will take about 2 to 2 and a half hours.


Day 10: Baden-Baden

Day 10: Baden-Baden
Kurhaus Baden Baden
[ source: schwarzwald-tourismus.de]

Baden-Baden It is located on the western foothills of the Black Forest, on the banks of the Oos River, in the region of Karlsruhe. Baden-Baden is the most picturesque of all the German bathing towns. The German word Baden translates as to bath/bathe. The springs of Baden-Baden were known to the Romans, and the foundation of the town is referred to the emperor Hadrian by an inscription of somewhat doubtful authenticity. The Spielbank casino is more than 200 years old and is the oldest of its type in Germany. Dostoyevsky is said to have written The Gambler, after he lost his money and even his shirt here. Make sure this doesn't happen to you! For more information about the town of Baden-Baden, check out the related destination guide.


Day 11: Open air museum Vogtsbauernhof

Day 11: Open air museum Vogtsbauernhof
Black Forest farm
[ source: schwarzwald-tourismus.de]

In about 30 kilometers distance to your holiday apartment you get the unique chance to visit the open air museum of the Vogtsbauernhof. On a wide area you can discover the special culture and history of the Black Forest and you can still smell the cold smoke of the last fires. Explore farmyards, mills, saws; parlors and barns; meet old races of domestic animals and learn of the hard days to make a living in the past 400 years. You will learn about architecture, traditions, customs, workmanship and lifestyle.


Day 12: Culinary delights combined with Black Forest traditions

Day 12: Culinary delights combined with Black Forest traditions
Black Forest Gateau
[ source: Wikipedia]

Last chance for culinary delights combined with Black Forest traditions. Whether you are looking for regional delicacies including the real Black Forest Gateau, other traditional dishes or a hearty Vesper, a cold meal with local specialties such as farmer's bread, Black Forest Ham and home-made cheeses, Baden's cuisine leaves nothing to be desired. One of its biggest assets is the closeness to the producers. Shop for goods directly from the farms and shops, including Black Forest Ham, cheeses, game from the forests and trouts from crystal-clear mountain streams and get your delicacies ready packed to take home safely.


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Baden Baden

Baden Baden
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Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau
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Freudenstadt

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Gengenbach

Gengenbach
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Titisee-Neustadt

Titisee-Neustadt
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Wolfach

Wolfach
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