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, medieval villages and lovely local handcrafts ensure that visiting the region is extremely rewarding.

The most famous attractions in the Black Forest are the picturesque villages, many of which would not seem out of place in fairy-tales. 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. 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 fairy-tale 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.


The playground of Europe's royalty and aristocracy in the early 1800s, Germany's famed holiday resort town of Baden-Baden, in the heart of the Black Forest, still draws thousands of tourists who come…

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Known for its Black Forest cake and cuckoo clocks, the beautiful city of Freiburg has plenty to offer. The recommended way to explore the town and surrounds is by bicycle (there are plenty for hire)…

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The largest city in the Black Forest region of Germany, Freudenstadt is a great place to start a holiday in the Black Forest, and a popular base from which to explore the stunning region. The town…

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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 large collection of timepieces is the most comprehensive of its kind in…

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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 was built in the 15th century, although mention of a castle on the site dates…

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Founded by the Romans as a mercantile centre on the northern edge of the Black Forest, Pforzheim, at the confluence of the Wurm, Enz and Nagold Rivers, is today the centre for traditional jewellery…

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Another charming village in the Black Forest, Triberg has a lot to offer visitors and is something of a cultural centre. The true spirit of the Black Forest is brought to life in the Schwarzwald-Museum…

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