Pristine, diverse, relaxing, challenging… A uniquely diverse locale. In the tri-border area of Germany, Switzerland and France, the Black Forest holiday region is a land of adventure like no other: Sunny vineyards and dense forests are cut through by rivers and gorges, valleys, and sun-drenched peaks. Situated amongst them are 321 towns, cities and villages.
Challenges, fun, nature, and culture are all packed into the 11,100km² holiday region. More than 23,000km of trails cross Germany’s largest low mountain range. Hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails, narrow paths and panoramic routes thrill even the most ambitious cyclists, whilst the barrier-free cycle paths allow for tours with the whole family.
And, thanks to its outstanding cuisine, the region is considered by many to be “Germany’s finest spot for connoisseurs”. Food lovers flock to the regional delicacies to be had in the guest houses, with more than 300 different locations recommended year after year by gourmet guides. In addition to these sumptuous delights, there is “Tannenzäpfle” and other beers, superb mineral water, and the exquisite Baden wines to be found on the Baden Wine Route.
Museums, theatres and opera houses offer plenty for a cultural getaway. 17 spas, numerous wellness hotels, and swimming baths ensure relaxation.
In the Winter, the largest connected ski resort in the German mountains guarantees snow and perfect conditions for skiing, snowboarding, sledging and snowshoeing. In total, the snowy winters of the Black Forest are host to more than 140 ski-lifts, and around 250km of downhill slopes, and 2,000km of cross-country ski-tracks.
It is round, rich, powerful, layered and a little boozy, the colours are black, white and red. The Black Forest Gateau is one of the sweetest temptations.
The cuckoo clock joins the traditional “Bollenhut” hat and the Black Forest Gateau as hallmarks of the Black Forest. Next to the traditionally designed cuckoo clocks, there are also modern examples with bright colours and unusual shapes.
Pleasure at every turn! The Gourmand Trails range from 6 to 18 kilometres, and offer not only panoramic views for hikers, but something even more enticing for bonvivants.
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