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What to see in The Black Forest

The Black Forest Attractions


The Black Forest has been delighting travellers since the height of the Roman Empire, and probably long before. Impressive castles, ancient villages and lovely local handcrafts ensure that visiting the region is extremely rewarding. And that is without even taking into account the natural beauty of the area.

The most famous attractions in the Black Forest are the picturesque villages, many of which would not seem out of place in fairytales. One of the most renowned is Baden-Baden, which has attracted royalty and aristocracy for centuries with its remarkable architecture and the natural springs that have encouraged a thriving spa complex. Other lovely villages include Triberg and Pforzheim and the cities of Freiburg and Freudenstadt both have charms of their own and make good bases for exploring the region.

Of the many popular things to see and do in the Black Forest shopping often tops the list. This is because the traditional crafts of the region are of an extremely high quality, so much so that there are several wonderful museums dedicated to showcasing the woodwork, jewellery and glassware produced locally. Clocks are the most famous products and the best place to really get to grips with the clock-making tradition is the captivating German Clock Museum in Baden-Wurttemberg.

Another strong contender for the title of most popular attraction in the Black Forest is the Hohenzollern Castle, a massive 15th-century fortress with a fairytale facade, spectacularly situated overlooking the surrounding countryside. There are numerous castles and ruins in the Black Forest and others of interest include Karlsruhe Palace, Eberstein Castle and the ruins of Hohengeroldseck Castle.


Baden-Baden

The playground of Europe's royalty and aristocracy in the early 1800s, Germany's famed holiday resort town of Baden-Baden,…

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Freiburg

Black Forest cake and cuckoo clocks are what most visitors travel to Freiburg for, but the beautiful city has far more…

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Freudenstadt

The largest city in the Black Forest region of Germany, Freudenstadt is a great place to start a holiday in the Black…

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German Clock Museum

Although you may find yourself inundated by cuckoo clocks everywhere you look in the Black Forest, the German Clock Museum's…

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Hohenzollern Castle

The magnificent castle at Hohenzollern is perched on a hilltop 31 miles (50km) outside of Stuttgart. The current structure…

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Pforzheim

Founded by the Romans as a mercantile centre on the northern edge of the Black Forest, Pforzheim, at the confluence of…

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Triberg

Another charming village in the Black Forest, Triberg has a lot to offer visitors and is something of a cultural centre.…

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