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Black Forest Landscape
Take a Tour Through the Black Forest
Rolling hills dotted with old farm houses and traditional wineries; valleys with lakes, rivers, and waterfalls - the Black Forest in the Southwest of Germany has it all.
Take a tour through our Black Forest Photo Gallery and enjoy the Black Forest in all four seasons.
The Schwarzwald (Black Forest) is on of the oldest and most popular holiday regions in Germany. The vast expanse of wooded mountains and green valleys stretches from the Spa-town of Baden Baden to Switzerland in the South and France in the West, covering an area of 4,600 square miles.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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The Mummelsee is a crystal clear, almost perfectly round shaped mountain lake from the Ice Age. It is located in the northern Black Forest. According to a legend, the 55 feet deep lake is inhabited by a Nixe, a mermaid.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Castle Staufen in Spring
The Staufen Castle, sitting on top of a mountain and surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees, was built in the 12th century. It was burned down 500 years later by Swedish troops, but the ruins still give you a good idea of what this grand castle looked like in the past.
Make sure to pay a visit to the medieval town of Staufen, where the legendary Dr. Faustus made his pact with the devil.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Traditional Farm House
You will see many traditional farm houses in the Black Forest; this one is located in the village of Gengenbach. From the foundational beams to the shingled roof, floors and walls, everything is made from Black Forest timbers.
Many farms offer bed and breakfast, and you shouldn't miss the opportunity to stay in a traditional Black Forest home.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Vineyards in the Western Black Forest
A former volcanic mountain in the western Black Forest has been turned into a giant vineyard. This region called Kaiserstuhl enjoys the warmest climate in Germany, and it is the third biggest wine growing area in the country.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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The Wine Village Oberrottweill
The wine village of Oberrottweil is nestled in the hills and vineyards of the Kaiserstuhl. It is a great destination for hikers and wine afficionados.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Black Forest Architecture
The little town of Zell am Hammersbach in the central Black Forest has lots of traditional half timbered houses and colorful shingles and tiles that are typical for the region. For a bigger city version, Freiburg offers all the charm of the Black Forest and the convince of a city.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Traditional Black Forest Costumes
The trademark of the traditional Black Forest costume is the so-called "Bollenhut", a hat which is only worn for special occasions and celebrations. The hat's typical pompons can be red or black - red is for single, black for married ladies.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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The Traditional Bollenhut Hat
In the museum "Vogtsbauernhof", you can watch how skilled seamstresses create the traditional Bollenhut hat. The museum, which is located in the town of Gutach, offers a fascinating introduction to the culture, history, and traditions of the Black Forest.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Lake Schluchsee is the biggest lake in the Black Forest. In summer, it is a great spot for bathing and sailing. In winter, the area around the Schluchsee is well-known for cross country skiing and ice skating.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Fairy Tale Freiburg in the Black Forest
Read our guide to the nine best sites in Freiburg that showcase the best of this fairy tale land. Freiburg im Breisgau is the ideal hub to explore southwest Germany and the setting for stories like that of the Brothers Grimm.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Traditional Wellness in the Black Forest
The Black Forest is famous for its many Spas and Wellness facilities. The wellness park "Rheinhard Bosch" in the town of Freudenstadt offers a special treat in summer: Take a bath in a traditional wooden tub on a lush lawn.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Culinary Black Forest
A typical Black Forest meal, called "Vesper": Black Forest Ham, dried and smoked over Black Forest timbers, cheese, dark bread and white wine from local wineries. And don't forget to try the Lange Rote.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
The first cuckoo clocks were made in the 18th century in the region of Triberg. The scenic route "The German Clock Road" traces back the history of the Black Forest cuckoo clock, leading you to traditional clock manufacturers and the historical clock museum in Furtwangen.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Guide to Europapark Theme Park