Titisee-Neustadt is a small place, so it won’t take long to get a good idea of what’s fun to do and where you can do it. Still, it’s sometimes nice to have a rough plan when heading somewhere new on holiday. Here are our 10 best ideas for what to do when you visit the Titisee.
Hike around the lake
The highest lake in the Black Forest is a little bit magical in and of itself, but when you hike around it, you’ll discover the most spectacular views of the area around. The most popular trail around the lake takes about 90 minutes, perhaps longer with smaller children. The trail is clearly marked, and any café or hotel near the lake can tell you where the nearest access point is.
Take a stroll on the Seestraße
For walks of a more leisurely nature, try the Seestraße Promenade. This pedestrianised area begins just a few metres from the train station and follows the north shore of the lake until you reach the forest. Cafés, bars, and small souvenir shops line the street and, of course, places to buy cuckoo clocks.
Rent a boat
You are welcome to sail your own boat on the Titisee, but seeing as they are usually a little heavier than international baggage allowance allows, it makes more sense to rent one. Children will love the paddles that look like real motor boats. For adults, opportunities to rent rowboats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and motorboats abound.
Rent a bike
There are 8,000 kilometres of mountain bike paths in the Black Forest, so exploring the forest around the Titisee on two wheels is certainly possible. Those who prefer slightly less adrenaline can rent a normal bike, follow the Bähnle-Radweg path and take in breweries, waterfalls, farmyards, and a huge viaduct.
Go wild swimming
The obvious thing to do in a lake. Since it was formed by a glacier, the Titisee has unusually pure and clear water. It’s not the warmest fresh water around, given the altitude, but since the lake is situated in one of the sunniest parts of Germany, it gets warm enough in the summer months to indulge all your wild swimming fantasies.
You can’t ski on the lake itself, but in the neighbouring area you will find plenty of places to ski cross-country or downhill, or even try a traditional German toboggan. Steering and braking only with your feet is fun! All ski resorts in the area will have special programs for children, many of which are supervised ski schools so the adults can enjoy the slopes at their own pace.
Climb the Hochfirst mountain
At 1,190 metres above sea level, there is little else in the Black Forest that is higher. On a clear day, the Swiss and Austrian Alps can be spotted in the distance, and on an exceptional day even Mont Blanc. The mountain top can be accessed from the Titisee via the Freiburg-Lake Constance-Black Forest Trail, or from Neustadt via the Central Way. There’s a restaurant at the top, so plan on a restorative lunch.
Watch others jump off the side of a mountain
If you’re at the Titisee in winter, you’ll be able to watch ski jumpers hurl themselves off a mountain face for their own enjoyment. The Hochfirstschanze in Titisee-Neustadt is Germany’s largest natural ski-jump and regularly hosts top-level ski jumping championships
Do nothing at all
You’re on holiday. Most people who come to the Black Forest come to do some sort of physical activity, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Ski resorts usually have some sort of wellness program, or you could spend the day in the baths at Badeparadies Schwarzwald. There are even waterslides.
Badeparadies Schwarzwald, Am Badeparadies 1, 79822 Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, +49 800 0444 4333
Shop for souvenirs at Brunner’s World of 1,000 Clocks
This shop on the Seestraße Promenade is full of cuckoo clocks of all sorts, nearly all of which are hand-carved and hand assembled in the local area. If a clock is too big, or too expensive or too kitsch, the shop also has a whole floor filled with Christmas decorations all year round and a wide range of other Black Forest products.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.