Things to do in Black Forest

Our most recommended things to do in Black Forest

From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip

1. From Strasbourg: Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip

Head south departing from Strasbourg where the first stop will be in Bergheim, a superb village on the wine route that contains many hidden wonders within its medieval walls. You will then have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Ribeauvillé, the ancient fief of the Lords of Ribeaupierre. History will call out to you on every one of its pedestrian streets.  After a visit to Hunawihr and a photo stop in front of its famous fountain, enjoy lunch in the village of Riquewihr, one of the best known in the region —  particularly renowned because of its idyllic location in the heart of the vineyard. The tour will continue to two villages that are equally famous for their historical character: Kaysersberg and Eguisheim. These two villages have been elected “Favorite Villages of the French", a famous French program celebrating the year of the French’s favorite villages. Kaysersberg won the edition in 2017 and Eguisheim in 2013. Head back to Strasbourg at the end of the afternoon, after a day filled with great memories and beautiful images.

Alsace Medieval History Day Trip from Strasbourg

2. Alsace Medieval History Day Trip from Strasbourg

The tour begins with departure from Strasbourg bus station and heads to the first stop of the day, historical Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle. Upon arrival, admire the building’s architecture, learn about the people who once lived here, and marvel at the castle's stunning views across the Black Forest. After the castle, the open-top bus follows the famous Alsace Wine Route, making a stop at one of the region's most well-preserved medieval villages along the way, Riquewihr. Spend some free time wandering through the village’s pictures streets, shop at a local store for a souvenir, or find a cozy restaurant for lunch. The tour continues to Kaysersberg next, to marvel at its beautiful fortified bridge nestled amongst the quaint village surroundings. Your day trip finishes with a visit to Colmar, a unique and endearing country town, for a ride on the tourist train. Please note that the tourist train doesn't run in November. Instead, there will be free time in the city.

Strasbourg: Black Forest and Baden Baden Day Trip

3. Strasbourg: Black Forest and Baden Baden Day Trip

Departing from the city of Strasbourg, take part in a shared small-group day trip that will take you to one of the most emblematic regions of Germany. After meeting with your English-speaking guide in a centrally located meeting point in Strasbourg, depart for the town of Baden-Baden. Cross the nearby border of France into Germany, leaving the Grand Est region and entering the state of Baden Württemberg. The Black Forest is a forested mountain range bordered by the Rhine Valley to both the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 meters. The name Black Forest comes from the general dark color of the numerous pine trees that grow in this region, and both the Black Forest gateau and cuckoo clock originate from this region. You soon arrive to the town of Baden Baden, a city which has attracted royalty, the rich, and celebrities throughout centuries. Follow your guide and discover the numerous architectural splendors and magnificent villas that are lined along the Lichtentaler Allee. After this short walking tour, admire the landscape as your tour follows the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse. There, the numerous viewpoints and belvedere will allow you to take in the stunning scenes of the Upper Rhine Valley of the Vosges Mountain Range of France in the distance. You later arrive to the pretty Mummelsee Lake, where you have some free time for personal discovery and lunch. With a circumference of 800 meters, a depth of 17 meters, and an elevation of 1,036 meters, Mummelsee is the largest, deepest, and highest of the Seven Cirque Lakes. Whilst there you might want to try local food such as cured meats, or the world-famous Black Forest cake. Following your tour, begin your return journey to Strasbourg. After a break for lunch your tour continues along the wine route of the Badischerweinstrasse. This wine route is the longest in Germany, spanning more than 500 kilometers. The route is lined with charming small towns, picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes, and mighty castles. Among a few stops made on your return journey is the village of Sasbachwalden. Set in the vineyards, this well-tended village is famous for having won the prestigious national "flowering of the villages" exam. This can be seen as you stroll through the streets and admire the gorgeous flower-decked half-timber houses. Following this final stop, your tour returns to Strasbourg.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

4. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

The romantic old city of Heidelberg and the famed spa town of Baden-Baden form the setting for this day trip across southeastern Germany. See the remains of a famous Renaissance castle, explore the enchanting woodland of the Black Forest, and get a firsthand look at the region's iconic sights. Your day starts with a ride south to Heidelberg, a picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Then, take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Baden-Baden, one of Europe's most beautiful health resorts and best-preserved spas. When you arrive, pay a visit to the elegant Kurhaus, where you can check out the immaculate gardens and parks around the stylish casino. Next, take a tour through the enchanting coniferous woods of the Black Forest and visit the Mummelsee, a glacial lake among the mountains that was left behind by the last Ice Age. Take some free time to relax amid this beautiful scenery and check out the locally crafted cuckoo clocks, which carry on a tradition that began here in the woods, before you set out for the return trip north to Frankfurt.

Frankfurt: Full-Day Baden-Baden and Strasbourg Trip

5. Frankfurt: Full-Day Baden-Baden and Strasbourg Trip

A longtime favorite with discerning travelers, Baden-Baden is an elegant spa town nestled among verdant hills. You can discover attractions such as its opulent casino before crossing the border to France to visit Strasbourg’s charming Old Town district, topped by its majestic cathedral. Grand palaces and luxurious villas stand proudly in the beautifully landscaped parks of Baden-Baden, as you stroll down noble avenues and learn why a sophisticated clientele has been coming here for centuries. See the famous Kurhaus spa resort and have a look at the city’s famous casino. Continue onward for a scenic photo stop at Mummelsee Lake, before progressing on to Strasbourg in France through the mysterious Black Forest. Admire the sky-high Strasbourg Cathedral, with impressive Gothic interiors that are sure to take your breath away. Enjoy your leisure time exploring the streets of this UNESCO-protected burg. Peruse its delightful boutiques and cafés or take a ride on the little train through the historical city center before returning to Frankfurt.

Feldberg: Guided Snowshoeing Tour in the Black Forest

6. Feldberg: Guided Snowshoeing Tour in the Black Forest

Enjoy the unique experience of snowshoeing across the Black Forest with a guide specialized in the surroundings, as well as instructing you and your group on how to make the most of the snowshoeing experience. Meet up with your instructor at the ski school in Köpfleweg, and after a brief introduction to your equipment and how to use it, set out on your wander through the woods of the Black Forest around Feldberg. Embrace the peace, calm and freedom you'll feel throughout the hike on the paths your instructor has previously scouted for you. This 3 to 4-hour-long walk is a great way for you to do some exercise without losing the sensation of being on holiday.

Private Tour from Zurich to Titisee-Neustadt and Rhine Falls

7. Private Tour from Zurich to Titisee-Neustadt and Rhine Falls

Experience the magical atmosphere of the Black Forest on a private day trip from Zurich. Enjoy panoramic views of the emerald-green forests and the shimmering blue of Lake Schluchsee. Upon arrival in the heart of the Black Forest at Titisee-Neustadt, avail of some free time to explore the area independently. Go for an optional boat ride across the water, or indulge your sweet tooth with some of the region's famous Black Forest Gateaux. Continue into the woodlands of Lenzkirch and the Upper Rhine and discover one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Europe. Feel the force of the water crashing down 23 meters at the Rhine Falls and take some dramatic souvenir photos before your return trip to Zurich.

Titisee-Neustadt: Schwärzenbach Guided Segway Tour

8. Titisee-Neustadt: Schwärzenbach Guided Segway Tour

See the countryside of Baden-Würtemberg from a Segway on a guided tour. Practice your Segway skills on a practice track, ride down winding farm roads next to rolling pastures, and marvel at beautiful views. Begin your tour with a Segway safety briefing at the Erlebnishof Haberjockelshof. Learn the Segway basics before trying your hand on the practice course inside. Once you've got the hang of it, head out into the stunning scenery. Head down a small farm road in the direction of Eisenbach and do a few Segway practice descents on the sports field. Continue on the path to the Russenkreuz, or high plateau. Along the way, stop for a panoramic viewpoint. On a clear day, enjoy a fantastic view of the Swiss Alps. Get back on your Segway and continue into the valley, riding past the Black Forest, greens farms, and grazing cattle. After reaching the bottom of the valley, head back uphill past a stunning panorama and return to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Black Forest

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Loved this! Exceeded my expectations of the historical Alsace villages. It felt like we went back in time and walked down the cobblestone streets. I can see why Beauty and the Beast was inspired by these villages! I wish the audio tour talked more about the culture and how people lived and their day to day lives rather than so much on how different wars impacted the villages. Our guide was a wonderful driver! LOVED the convertible van, it had charging stations and WiFi! The windows were plenty big so we could take lots of pictures.

Great tour. Recommend reservations when stopping for lunch. There was NO ROOM when we stopped and after and hour of wondering from place to place we ate at an outdoor food stand on the ground. Great tour overall, but highly recommend that guides either plan lunch or that guests are informed to plan ahead.

We had a wonderful day exploring Baden Baden, the Black Forest and a number of beautiful neighbouring towns. Our guide Robyn was delightful. He was knowledgeable about the area and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend this trip.

An amazing trip, with an amazing guide! We had a lot of fun on the small group trip and the personal explanations. Thank you to our guide Paulina for a great tour!

The castle and villages were fun to explore. Our driver was very friendly and helpful