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The Black Forest—known as Germany’s most diverse holiday region


The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is an area in Baden-Wuerttemberg located in the southwest of Germany and bordered by the Rhine valley. The highest peak of the Black Forest is the Feldberg, with an elevation of 1,493 ft. The Black Forest has a total area of approximately 4,600 square miles. The name Black Forest comes from the Romans, who referred to the thickly forested mountains as Silva Negra.  The dense growth of trees in the forest blocked out the natural daylight.

Approximately 125 miles long and 37 miles wide, the Black Forest is one of the biggest and best-known holiday regions in Germany. The Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest gateau (cake), Bollenhut hats, cuckoo clocks - the Black Forest offers everything that one might expect of a picture book holiday in Germany.The Black Forest region has everything you can wish for: vineyards, river valleys, sunny peaks, wide panoramic views, quiet forests, revitalizing spas, exciting family destinations and a sublime and outstanding cuisine.  

The region is mostly known for its small picturesque villages and their traditions, but also for a number of bigger cities, such as Freiburg, Villingen-Schwenningen, Baden-Baden, Bad Duerrheim, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Freudenstadt, Offenburg, Donaueschingen. Every city offers different cultural highlights and traditions to explore. Choose from folk drama festivals, open air music festivals, museums, exhibitions, theatres and open-air theatres—the Black Forest offers entertainment that suits young and old.

The Black Forest is famous for its variety of sports. You’ll be amazed by the wide range: fishing, ballooning, biking, paragliding, canyoneering tours, ice climbing, golf, jogging, canoeing, climbing, marathons, Nordic sports, quad tours, cycling, horse riding, rowing, swimming, skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding, diving, dancing, hiking… you name it!

To experience the culinary excellence of the Black Forest, plan a trip to one of the renowned top restaurants of the region and enjoy some of the local culinary highlights. Traditional Baden or Swabian dishes such as goose liver, Black Forest Ham, Gugelhupf (type of cake), Venison Baden-Baden (a vanilla and poppy seed cake), or Black Forest cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte), turn a regular meal into a culinary delight.


Top your culinary experience by tasting a variety of traditional Baden wines. Connoisseurs will appreciate the full flavor of wines like Gutedel, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Silvaner, Grau- and Weißburgunder, Bacchus, Chardonnay, Nobling, Muskateller, Kerner, Traminer and Blau Spätburgunder.