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The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald) is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). The region is almost rectangular with a length of 200 km (120 mi) and breadth of 60 km (37 mi). Hence it has an area of approximately 12,000 km2 (4,600 sq mi).

The cities of Freiburg and Baden-Baden are popular tourist destinations on the western edge of the Black Forest; towns in the forest include Bad Herrenalb, Baiersbronn, Calw (the birth town of Hermann Hesse) Freudenstadt, Furtwangen, Gengenbach, Gütenbach, Sasbachwalden, Schramberg, Staufen, Titisee-Neustadt, Hausach, and Wolfach. Other popular destinations include such mountains as the Feldberg, the Belchen, the Kandel, and the Schauinsland; the Titisee and Schluchsee lakes; the All Saints Waterfalls; the Triberg Waterfalls, not the highest, but the most famous waterfalls in Germany; and the gorge of the River Wutach.

The Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof is an open-air museum that shows the life of sixteenth or seventeenth century farmers in the region, featuring a number of reconstructed Black Forest farms. The German Clock Museum in Furtwangen shows the history of the clock industry and of watchmakers.

For drivers, the main route through the region is the rapid A5 (E35) motorway, but a variety of sign-posted scenic routes such as the Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse (60 km (37 mi), Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt), Schwarzwald Tälerstrasse (100 km (62 mi), the Murg and Kinzig valleys) or Badische Weinstrasse (Baden Wine Street, 160 km (99 mi), a wine route from Baden-Baden to Weil am Rhein) offers calmer driving along high roads. The last is a picturesque trip starting in the south of the Black Forest going north and includes numerous old wineries and tiny villages. Another, more specialized route is the 'Deutsche Uhrenstraße' (German Clock Road), a circular route which traces the horological history of the region.

Due to the rich mining history dating from medieval times (the Black Forest was one of the most important mining regions of Europe around 1100) there are many mines re-opened for the public. Such mines may be visited in the Kinzig valley, the Suggental, the Muenster valley, and around Todtmoos.

The Black Forest also was visited on several occasions by Count Otto von Bismarck during his rule 1873-1890. Allegedly, he especially was interested in the Triberg Waterfalls. There is now a monument in Triberg dedicated to Bismarck, who apparently enjoyed the tranquility of the region, which was something that could not be found in his residence in Berlin.

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"What cities can be visited by train or bus in the Black Forest?" (posted 04/26/2014)

Stuttgart, Freiburg, Tuevingen Freudenstadt Baiersbronn, Horb, ...
Answer provided by Hannelore Hantsch on 04/27/2014
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The following cities can be reached easily from our house, by bus or train: Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Offenburg, Baden-Baden, Pforzheim, Rastatt. Gutach Tittisee are accessible by the Black Forest from Hausach. Freudenstadt, Baiersbronn, Schiltach, Wolfach, Alpirsbach, and other cities in the Kinzig valley. Calw, Nagold, Altensteig. So, there are many ways to reach the Black Forest by bus or train. Also, with the guest card, our guests travel for free. Greetings from the Black Forest Ferienhof Ziegler
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Starting from Bad Herrenalb, one can, for example, take the bus to glorious Baden-Baden. By train, Karlsruhe with its large pedestrian zone and rich cultural life is not far, either. Ettingen is smaller than Karlsruhe and also easily reached by train. There, one finds a historic old town and a beautiful castle, where the Ettingen summer festival is held. All in all, Germany is well connected through public transport, including in the Black Forest. The tourist tax which is collected per nights stayed is, among other things, used for local public transport. It gives the guest a tourist card with which trains and buses around their vacation home can be used for free. Come to the Black Forest and experience the great infrastructure yourself.
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"Hello, My husband and i are planning a trip to Black Forest - we have 2 days to explore; which cities/towns would you suggest? We are students from Berlin and on a budget so I'm not sure if we could enjoy Baden-Baden since i have heard it is best to visit for thermal baths only which im assuming are pricey/expensive. Also, are there any affordable b&bs or hostels in Gengenbach or any other nearby town/city with a Konus Card? Are Konus Cards given to us free or do we pay a small price to the hotel/B&B for it? Thank you :)" (posted 07/20/2014)

1) there is a youth hostel in Ortenberg (near Gengenbach), but a car is required 2) the Konus cards are included in the tax (in Steinach EUR 1.50 per person and night) 3) The Julia Vacation House is about 500 meters from the train station, and is located directly on the famous Black Forest Railway. We are happy pick up our guests at the station, no car required. 4) With the Konus card, free trips can be taken by bus and train, eg to Titisee, Freiburg, Baden-Baden, Freudenstadt, etc. Also the neighboring Alsace region of France and Basel in Switzerland are easily reachable.
Answer provided by Maria Julia Stöhr on 07/21/2014
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Baden-Baden is very schön. The spa costs 15 euros for 2 hours. Gengenbach is too far from Baden-Baden, about 1 hour by auto. Freiburg would also be good, 1 hour by car.
Answer provided by Conny Herold on 07/22/2014
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"Hello, I have a friend who would like to spend the day working with a beekeeper. Is there anyone out there that can help me find a beekeeper?" (posted 04/13/2015)

I know a passionate beekeeper: Otto Oberfell, Lower Grub 9, 77793 Gutach e-mail: getrud.oberfell@t-online.de. The upper Fell's have no knowledge of English. I hope I could help you anyway. Friendly greetings from the already summery Black Forest (26Grad Celsius) sends Hans Paffendorf
Answer provided by Hans Paffendorf on 04/15/2015
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We do not know personally beekeepers
Answer provided by Christa Kistenfeger on 04/13/2015
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I know, for example, in our neighborhood Reinhard Walter, Gärtnerstr. 3, 76473 Iffezheim Tel. 07229/308761 or the master beekeeper, Christoph Koch, Karl-Friedrichstrasse. 15, 77728 Oppenau Tel. 078042192 latter even came up tonight on TV. Hope to have you hereby gedienst and remain mfg sonja bauer www.bauer-fewo.de
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