The central black forest covers the region from Offenburg and Freudenstadt in the north to Waldkirch and Furtwangen in the south.
Discover local customs and craftmanship, lovely towns with half-timbered houses, and visit the German clock museum in Furtwangen.
The open-air museum Vogtsbauernhof, the Triberg waterfalls, valleys like the Glottertal, Kinzigtal and Simonswäldertal are favourite tourist destinations.
The highest mountain, Kandel (1,241m / 4,072ft), along with a few other peaks higher than 1000m, are close to the southern black forest, flanking the Simonswaldtal.
Like the other regions of the black forest, the central black forest offers so many activities to keep everyone happy.
Access to the central black forest by car is easy. The Autobahn A5 (Frankfurt to Basel) runs parallel to the mountain range along the Rhine valley. Depending on your final destination, take one of the exits Offenburg, Lahr, Ettenheim or Riegel.
These towns, and others, also have train stations if you want to visit the black forest by train.
Let me show you my favourite spots im mittleren Schwarzwald. Follow the 3 drives I describe on this page to picuresque valleys, lakes and mountains.
On this journey you are going to see the most beautiful towns with Fachwerkhäusern (half-timbered houses), following the Kinzigtal (valley of the Kinzig) downstream from Freudenstadt, using the Bundesstrassen B 294 / B 33.
Good news is that you can take this tour with the railway as well.
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From Hausach take the B 500 for a wonderful drive south along the valley of the Gutach.
You are now in "cuckoo clocks country". The region from Triberg to Furtwangen has been the heart of the black forest watchmaking industry for centuries.
The main road to the northwest form Furtwangen follows the valley of the Wildgutach downstream, and it is also known as Simonswäldertal. I can never decide which one is the better way to enjoy the stunning drive, uphill or downhill. The scenery is just breathtaking.
You'll see impressive farm houses on the slopes of the steep mountains, and wonder how people ever get to their house, especially in winter.
Narrow, winding roads along romantic valleys lead to hidden places named Wolfloch (wolf hole) and Hexenloch (witches hole).
This is the country for hiking, motorcycling and self-driving. Nature and the fantastic scenery is the main attraction, not only here but everywhere in the black forest.
Now are you convinced that the central black forest is the ideal holiday destination?
Use this map to plan your trip to the central black forest or another beautiful part of the Schwarzwald. The Michelin Southwest Map 545 covers Baden-Württemberg and the black forest.