Germany Trip Plan:
Health and Spa in the southern Black Forest and Markgräfler-County

Germany trip plan: Health and Spa in the southern Black Forest and Markgräfler-County
A view of the Middle Black Forest, GNU, author: Arminia
[ source: Wikipedia]

Silva Nigra, the Black Forest, is nowadays adorned with health temples that the Romans never even dreamed of. Step into the world of Wellness in Freiburg, the Solemar in Bad Dürrheim, Cassiopeia Therme in Badenweiler and the Vita Classica in Bad Krozingen.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 10 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Silva Nigra, the Black Forest, is nowadays adorned with health temples that the Romans never even dreamed of. Step into the world of Wellness in Freiburg, the Solemar in Bad Dürrheim, Cassiopeia Therme in Badenweiler and the Vita Classica in Bad Krozingen

Wellness has become a fashionable word, but in the Black Forest it is more than just a passing trend, it is a whole culture. Thermal baths can strengthen the immune system, ease aches and pains and help to combat stress and nervous tension. The healing waters are used in modern thermal baths for various therapy cures, and the beauty treatments on offer are supplemented by rich in vitamins, balanced nutrition programs.

Cost Estimate:

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

Lodging: starting at $1000 for 2 persons / 10 days
Admissions: starting at $550 for 2 persons / 10 days
Car Rental: starting at $600 / 10 days
Gas: starting at $300 / 10 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2450 / 10 days
 4 persons, starting at $3000 / 10 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Schonach Waterfall near the center of Triberg, author: WWasser
[ source: Wikipedia]

In the heart of the southern Black Forest, between 500 and 1038 meters above sea level and famous for its Waterfalls, your vacation apartment is ready for you to move in. Enjoy your beautiful surroundings and taste the fantastic local cuisine.


Day 2: Bad Triberg

Day 2: Bad Triberg
The world's largest cuckoo clock located in Triberg
[ source: Wikipedia]

Explore and enjoy your day at the climatic health resort town Bad Triberg. The world's largest Cuckoo clock and the interesting Black Forest museum are definitely worth visiting. It offers with more then 1,600 square meters a unique insight in the history of the Black Forest and its people. Bad Triberg is renowned for its Waterfalls and you can choose from three different, easy trails to follow its 7-tiered course right to the point where it makes a vertical drop of 496 feet.


Day 3: Freiburg im Breisgau

Day 3: Freiburg im Breisgau
The Town Hall in Freiburg im Breisgau
[ source: Wikipedia]

Freiburg is the biggest town in the Breisgau region, located on the western edge of the Black Forest at the foot of the Schlossberg mountain. It is a gorgeous town with many well preserved historical buildings. Nestled in scenic beauty and with a relatively warm and sunny climate Freiburg attracts many visitors each year. Here you will find the longest cable car run in Germany, which is about 2.25 miles long, starting from Günterstal up to a nearby mountain called Schauinsland.

Experience a sense of well-being and relaxation at the Keidel Mineral Thermal Bath in Freiburg. Enjoy the pleasures of a bath, in soothing natural spring water in the heat of the sauna, or in the humidity and warmth of a Turkish bath. Relax with a massage, sun bathing or in the solarium. Mineral-thermal water is at the center of the therapeutic treatment options. The Kineto-therapy in water was developed in close cooperation with the Institute of Balneology of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg and is now with great success used throughout the world . A therapy after the method of James McMillan's Halliwick, is ideally suited for the conservative treatment of inter vertebral disk problems, backache and neurological disorders. Classic massages, physiotherapy, tub baths and treatment courses using the local Vulcanite fango packs complete the wide range of treatment methods, providing the best possible care in cases of rheumatic disorders, disorders of the locomotive system, sports injuries and post-operative conditions.


Day 4: Bad Dürrheim

Day 4: Bad Dürrheim
Spa Garden besides spa and health center Solemar
[ source: Wikipedia]

Bad Dürrheim is a town in the district of Schwarzwald-Baar, in Baden-Württemberg, in the southeast of the Black Forest. The healing effect of thermal water is long known here and the 12.000 square meter large spa and health center Solemar is, not only because of its impressive architecture, one of the finest spas in Germany. The domed roof, a structure made of wood and glass was designed by the same architect of the Olympic Stadium in Munich and is already worth a visit. The Bad Dürrheimer Sole primarily comes from salt mines and is pumped up to the surface from a depth of over 200 meters from underground salt sticks. At high concentrations and different temperatures the soothing salt water exerts its quadruple healing powers. It relieves muscles and joints, strengthens the cardiovascular system, clears the respiratory tract and has a positive effect on skin regeneration. The pool area offers a variety of soothing attractions such as massage jets, a waterfall, jacuzzi tubs with different temperatures, and hourly water gymnastics. Another highlight of Solemar is the rustic Black Forest Mill in the outdoor area, which was modeled from an original dating back to the year 1777. It houses two large comfortable saunas and offers a refreshing shower under the huge mill wheel after the sauna bath. A large park and a sun Solari Gallery is available, as well as a Mediterranean style area with the Kneipp garden, sandy beach, a large sun terrace and an inviting lawn.The Dead Sea salt cave is a perfect complement to the brine and has a beneficial effect through the pure, ionized air, in conjunction with sound and light effects. A restaurant named Mühlenstüble and a boutique are additional features at Solemar.


Day 5: Mountain Feldberg

Day 5: Mountain Feldberg
The Feldberg, view from Schauinsland, GNU, author: Arminia
[ source: Wikipedia]

The municipality of Feldberg is situated in the southern part of the Upper Black Forest at a height of 1,493 meters above sea level, which makes it the highest mountain in the Black Forest. It lies in an area of mountains and lakes in the biggest nature protection area of Baden-Württemberg. Switzerland and France are only an hour away by car. In summer Feldberg is the ideal place to visit for hikers, Nordic walkers, bikers, offering a wide variety of trails and tracks. In winter you can indulge in your favorite winter sport. You can choose from 28 lifts and 50 kilometers of downhill runs within the Feldberg Lift Network. If you don't ski you can choose between a network of winter trails and two well signposted snowshoe trails. Toboggan runs are also available! Guided winter walks and snowshoe tours can be arranged through the House of Nature. A special tip is the all-the-year-round exhibition - both permanent and changing - which can be visited on days when the weather is not so pleasant!

No other region of Germany has such a variety of local products on its doorstep as the Feldberg. The fertile soil of the Kaiserstuhl and Markgräferland, combined with strong farming traditions guarantee products of the highest quality. Goat and lamb from mountain pastures, fresh game from local forests and the famous Black Forest beef ham are true delicacies. Freshwater fish, fruit and vegetables from the valleys make the selection complete. Healthy, ecological and farm products make a meal in the Black Forest a real experience.


Day 6: Badenweiler

Day 6: Badenweiler
Markgrafenbad, the origin of today's Cassiopeia-Therme
[ source: Wikipedia]

Badenweiler is a health resort and spa of the Breisgau-Upper Black Forest district of Baden-Württemberg, historically in the Markgräflerland at the western edge of the Black Forest. Some come for its warm mineral springs, with temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit; others come because of its equable climate and picturesque surroundings. Visit the Kurhaus, built in 1853, and the park of 15 acres containing a historic arboretum as well as a grand-ducal castle, refitted in 1887-88. In 1784 well preserved Roman baths were discovered here which can be visited as well.

The Cassiopeia-Thermae in Badenweiler has over 1,000 square meters of water and is one of the finest spas around. In the Roman-Irish bath with a Mediterranean terrace you will find relaxation and tranquility. A well maintained large sauna area, and a pool and sun terrace which alloys nude bathing are part of the facilities. The Sauna area has 6 indoor and outdoor saunas, a stone-sauna, aroma-sauna, herbal-sauna, liquor-sauna, Finnish-sauna and a crystal-sauna. A stylish wellness area with the options of a Hamam or Rasul bath with natural mud and soap-brush massages, body wraps, scrubs and traditional massages are local features, and on top, free of charge Aqua Fitness is provided. The bistro offers a selection of light snacks, salads and other healthy dishes, fresh squeezed juices and soft drinks.


Day 7: Lake Titisee and Titisee-Neustadt

Day 7: Lake Titisee and Titisee-Neustadt
Sundown at Lake Titisee, author: Runner1928
[ source: Wikipedia]

Titisee-Neustadt is a town in the district of Breisgau-Upper Black Forest north of the Lake Titisee. The spa town is known for its Kneipp hydrotherapeutic and curative methods. Summer and winter it is a place to enjoy nature and get active with your favorite sport or learn a new one. In winter alpine skiing on easy slopes at an altitude of 1,000 meters can be reached with the Schneeberg Lift in Waldau and the Ahorn Lift in Schwärzenbach. Cross-country skiing prevails on altogether 10 runs. Titisee-Neustadt is also an eldorado for skaters. The frozen surfaces on Lake Titisee, the frozen ponds and the Hermeshof-natural ice rink invite you to go skating, take a winter walk or enjoy a game of curling. One of the longest toboggan runs in the southern Black Forest starts in Saig, at an altitude of 1,030 meters and leads down to the Titisee lake. Those who prefer a slower pace can treat themselves to a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or go for a walk, choosing from among 60 kilometers of trails.


Day 8: Bad Krozingen

Day 8: Bad Krozingen
Lammplatz in winter, Bad Krozingen
[ source: Wikipedia]

Bad Krozingen is a spa town around 10 miles southwest of Freiburg. The Vita Classica spa and sauna paradise is your destination for today. It combines modern design and antique atmosphere in spacious swimming pools and resting areas. The sauna paradise beckons with wonderful feel-good areas from the classic hot sauna and bio sauna to a night out in the blue steam temple, which may linger recreation seekers under a colorful sky. You might enjoy an exclusive spa day in the Japanese Bath with 5 applications and for the ladies there is a make-up artist and a styling workshop for colors, makeup and hair, available. The Spa facilities include 9 saunas on 3 floors, a Turkish bath and an Indian bath, the latter based on Ayurveda. Water aerobics and back exercises as well as Nordic walking in the beautiful surroundings can be arranged.


Day 9: Black Forest Railway

Day 9: Black Forest Railway
Viaduct of the Black Forest Railway in Hornberg
[ source: www.black-forest-travel.com]

Today take a ride on the unique Badische Schwarzwaldbahn, Black Forest Railway, with its breathtaking views, 39 tunnels and 2 viaducts! Passing through spectacular scenery directly across the Black Forest, the route ascends 650 meters from the lowest to the highest elevation. It is still the only true mountain railway in Germany built with two tracks, and is the most important railway line in the Black Forest. The Railway was built between 1863 and 1873, utilizing plans drawn up by Robert Gerwig. The section between Hornberg, Triberg and St. Georgen is particularly interesting and was also the most demanding part in terms of construction, so it was completed last. More than 120 years after its opening, the stretch is still regarded as a great feat of engineering. It is now used both by the Deutsche Bahn for its regular services as well as for special trips with nostalgia trains. If you are heading north you might like to stop your trip in Hornberg, located in the Gutach Valley. The district of Reichenbach is one of the 3 villages which are the home of the famous Bollenhut, a traditional ladies' hat topped with pom-poms.


Day 10: Departure

Day 10: Departure
Triberg Mountain Lake with its church Maria in der Tanne, GNU, author: Prolineserver
[ source: Wikipedia]

Exciting and hopefully relaxing 10 days in beautiful nature, towns and villages, and the culture of wellness in the Black Forest come to a close and your flight home will conclude your perfect vacation.


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Freiburg im Breisgau

Freiburg im Breisgau
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Triberg im Schwarzwald

Triberg im Schwarzwald
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