The Black Forest is the largest and highest low mountain range in Germany – that is still school knowledge, also that the Feldberg is 1493 meters high. That the Black Forest vacation region is probably the most diverse in the whole of Germany is more experiential knowledge. The fact that the vacation region is four times the size of Saarland and that each of the two Black Forest nature parks is larger than the vacation island of Majorca is already expert knowledge. But even couch potatoes know from the evening TV weather that the temperatures in the border triangle with Switzerland and France are higher almost every day than elsewhere, that the sun shines around Freiburg when clouds are gathering elsewhere. But what really makes the Black Forest so unique?
The Black Forest covers about two-thirds of the more than 11,100-square-kilometer vacation region to which it gives its name. Its western edge is home to vines whose wines are featured in the wine guides and wine cellars of connoisseurs around the world. The Upper Rhine Valley is a fertile fruit and vegetable, asparagus and potato region without equal. On the eastern side of the Black Forest, wide grain fields, meadows and fields undulate down to the valleys of the Neckar and Nagold rivers.
In between, more than 100 peaks top the 1,000 mark, and there are more than 300 villages, small towns and popular cities such as Freiburg and Karlsruhe. The home of the world-famous cuckoo clocks, the Bollenhut, the legendary Black Forest houses and the Kirsch cake is today a modern cultural landscape. It is a mecca for mountain bikers and, with 24,000 kilometers of hiking trails, probably the largest hiking area in Germany.
Fun, adventure and thrills are to be found everywhere for the adventurous. But also pure relaxation: The Black Forest scores not only with its healing nature but also with the highest density of spas, health resorts and thermal baths in the whole country.
The mixture of modern cultural land, living and leisure space for millions of people in combination with natural landscapes that have remained wild makes the low mountain range an exciting place to experience. Once you have really immersed yourself in it, you will never let go of the Black Forest. Elongated forest mountains, sunny mountain pastures, green peaks, panoramic views of the French Vosges in the west, the Swiss Alps in the south and the Swabian Alb in the east alternate here with deeply cut river valleys, with small half-timbered towns and homely villages.