Black Forest - Photo Gallery

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    Black Forest Landscape

    Black Forest Landscape
    ••• Martial Colomb/Getty Images

    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.

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    Lake Mummelsee

    Lake in Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© Erich Spiegelhalter/STG

    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.

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    Castle Staufen in Spring

    Caste Staufen in Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© Erich Spiegelhalter-ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2005

    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.

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    Traditional Farm House

    Black Forest Farm House
    ••• Traditional Black Forest House in Gengenbach. Copyright:© TI Gengenbach

    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.

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    Vineyards in the Western Black Forest

    Vineyards in Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© Erich Spiegelhalter/STG

    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.

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    The Wine Village Oberrottweill

    Village in the Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© TI Kasiserstuhl

    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.

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    Black Forest Architecture

    Church Towers Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© TI Gutach

    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.

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    Traditional Black Forest Costumes

    Traditional Costume Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© TI Gutach

    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.

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    The Traditional Bollenhut Hat

    Black Forest Bollenhut
    ••• Copyright© Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof

    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.

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    Lake Schluchsee

    Lake Schluchsee Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© TI Schluchsee

    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.

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    Fairy Tale Freiburg in the Black Forest

    Freiburg, Germany
    ••• Freiburg Minster. GNTB/Joachim Messerschmidt

    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.

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    Traditional Wellness in the Black Forest

    Black Forest Wellness
    ••• ©KTK Freudenstadt

    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.

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    Culinary Black Forest

    Culinary Black Forest
    ••• Copyright © Heinz Erhard/TI Gengenbach

    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.

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    Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

    Cuckoo Clock from the Black Forest
    ••• Copyright:© Uhrenmuseum Furtwangen

    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.

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    Guide to Europapark Theme Park

    Germany’s largest theme park (and Europe’s second most visited after Euro Disney) is located in the southwest corner of the country in the Black Forest. Brimming with mini-foreign lands, food and drink and about a dozen hair-raising roller coasters, this park has entertainment for the whole family.