Where is the black forest in Germany?
Located in the sunny southwest, the black forest mountain range is one of the best places to visit in my home country.
The Schwarzwald stretches about 160km from Pforzheim in the north to Lörrach and Waldshut-Tiengen in the south. Dimensions from east to west are 60km in the south and about 25km in the north.
In my black forest tourist guide you will find all information to plan your holidays.
Come visit the region where I spent many holidays with me, I know you will love it. Use the quick links below to jump to a section on this page.
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Locals in the Schwarzwald are proud of their heritage, the breathtaking landscapes and the traditions of their homeland. To protect all these, the entire area has been established as a nature park. Actually, there are two of them, Naturpark Schwarzwald Nord/Mitte (the northern and central regions) and Naturpark Schwarzwald Süd (the southern region).
Museums, old mines, long forgotten craftmanship can be explored everwhere throughout the Schwarzwald. Watch a glassblower doing his work, and buy a fancy piece of glass as a special souvenir.
Although the cuckoo clock is older than the clock making traditions in the black forest, cuckoo clocks have been hand-made in the region for centuries and are a symbol for the Schwarzwald around the world. A black forest cuckoo clock is definitely an authentic gift to take home. Even if you don't have the chance to visit the black forest, you can check out cuckoo clocks at Amazon.com.
Vesper - vespern means having a snack between the main meals. However, dishes on the Vesper menu can be quite filling.
Typical Vesper dishes are:
The Schwarzwald region is a culinary oasis, and it is not only the famous black forest cake, bacon and ham (Schwarzwälder Speck / Schinken).
Bacon and ham come with the typically smoked flavour, and are locally produced. You can really smell the flavour when you pass through a town with a smokehouse.
Black forest cuisine is influenced by Swabian, Alsatian and Swiss dishes and always made from fresh, local products.
You don't need to eat in a top restaurant, there are many down-to-earth Gasthäuser which offer tasty, seasonal dishes, typical for the region. These are the places where the locals go dining, they wouldn't return if the food was bad.
Hunting is a common tradition, so you find delicious deer dishes on the menu in season.
Maultaschen, one of my favourite treats, are pasta squares filled with meat and spinache, served in a soup, or with fried onions.
The black forest can be easily reached by train. ICE trains usually stop in Baden-Baden, Offenburg and Freiburg, depending from where in Germany you start.
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Secondary rail lines cross the black forest from west to east. The Murgtalbahn connects Rastatt with Freudenstadt.
The badische Schwarzwaldbahn runs from Karlsruhe to Konstanz on Lake Constance, via Offenburg, Haslach, Triberg and Donaueschingen.
Finally, the Höllentalbahn crosses the southern black forest, from Freiburg to Hinterzarten, Titisee and Donaueschingen.
I know the weather is an important factor for holidays, especially when you plan outdoor activities. We all don't want rain during our holidays! The bad thing is, the weather in Germany is hard to predict.
As a general rule, the north of the black forest receives more rain, about 2,200mm/qm around the Hornisgrinde. The eastern regions and the lowlands on the western edge of the mountain range get only around 1000mm/qm per year.
The western slopes and the adjacent rhine-valley have the mildest climate with the most sunshine in Germany.
Summers are mild to warm in the mountains, with clear fresh air. During winter the higher regions have moderate frost, 100 days with snow are common. High pressure systems in winter often cause "inversion weather", with sunshine on top of the mountains and mild temperatures, whereas the valleys have fog and cooler temperatures.
When you visit in winter, be prepared for cold weather. Even in summer it is a good idea to bring a warmer jacket and a jumper.
From five-star luxury hotels to a simple bed & breakfast room you will find a wide range of accommodation in the black forest. Holiday flats are availabe as well and are a good option if you plan to stay a few days, and for families.
If you don't want to waste time searching for a bed once you arrive, it is a good idea to book in advance. You can use the search box below to search for hotels in various cities and towns.
You can also check Tripadvisor for hotel reviews in the black forest.
Otherwise, you can check with the tourist information at your destination, or just watch out for the sign "Zimmer / Ferienwohnung Frei" (room / holiday flat available).