The Black Forest is a mountainous region in southwest Germany, bordering France. Known for its dense, evergreen forests and picturesque villages, it is often associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. It's renowned for its spas and the cuckoo clocks produced in the region since the 1700s. The region’s largest town, Freiburg, is filled with Gothic buildings and surrounded by vineyards.
BEST TIME TO VISIT If you’re interested in visiting Black Forest Germany during the summer, make reservations well in advance for spas and hotels. The area is particularly crowded from June to August. Early spring and late autumn, when the Black Forest is less crowded and the temperature is more moderate, is another great time to visit. But no matter when you plan your trip, there is always something interesting to do or see, from skiing in down Feldberg in January to windsurfing on Lake Titisee in July.
5 THINGS TO KNOW 1. The world’s largest cuckoo clock — the size of a house—is in Eble Uhren-Park in Triberg. (See photo below)
2. The springs in Baden-Baden are up to 17,000 years old and discharge around 800,000 liters of thermal water a day.
3. Freiburg’s most famous landmark, the Münster Unserer Lieben Frau, took three centuries to build, from around 1200 to 1515.
4. Freudenstadt's Protestant Stadtkirche , a Gothic-influenced Renaissance church built in 1608, features an L-shaped nave so male and female worshippers would be separated during services.
5. Black Forest cake is not named after Germany’s Black Forest but rather a specialty liquor from the Black Forest region. Distilled from tart cherries, Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser is what gives Black Forest cake its flavor.