20 Must-Visit Attractions in the Black Forest

Photo of Anwesha Ray
15 July 2019

The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) is an impenetrably dense forested mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The Black Forest is the setting for Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales and also known for its thermal hot springs, spa towns, and crystal-clear lakes. It is the home of cuckoo clocks and the delectable Black Forest cake. Here is our list of the best and most enjoyable things that travelers shouldn’t miss while holidaying in Black Forest.


Any holiday that starts with a thick slice of Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) is bound to be awesome. To tick off the most attractive thing in Black Forest off the list, travelers can head to any bakery of their choice in any Black Forest town. This happiness on a plate is made of layers of chocolate cake and whipped cream, with a generous dose of Morello cherries and a shot of Kirsch (cherry alcohol).

Black Forest cake | © Couleur / Pixabay

Triberg Waterfalls

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Triberg Waterfalls
Triberg Waterfalls | © Marvball / Pixabay
Triberg Falls is Germany’s highest waterfall, located in the charming town of Triberg. For a small fee, visitors can enjoy gorgeous views of the gushing waterfall from several angles and at several levels by climbing a marked pathway up a forested hill.

Baden-Baden thermal baths

The picture-perfect spa town of Baden-Baden is fed by 12 hot springs that boast of curative powers, apart from being wonderfully rejuvenating. Two thermal bathhouses in Baden Baden, Friedrichsbad and Caracalla Spa, offer visitors refreshing thermal baths, massages, saunas, and a whole lot of luxury wellness options.

Schwarzwald Hochstrasse

Schwarzwald Hochstrasse is a 60-km-long panorama road that stretches form Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt. This is one of the most popular driving, biking and hiking trails in Black Forest. It offers uninterrupted views of majestic mountain ranges, valleys, meadows and endless fun, gastronomy and recreation options.

Freiburger Münster

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Freiburger Münster
Freiburger Münster | © Couleur / Pixabay
The history of Freiburger Münster can be traced back to year 1200. This historic work of Gothic architecture has an intricate design and sculptures, and an equally stunning interior. In the words of the Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, the church spire “will forever remain the most beautiful spire on earth.”

Dorotheenhutte Glassworks

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Glass blowing
Glass blowing | © jwskks5786 / Pixabay
At Dorotheenhutte Glassworks, visitors can experience hands-on the exciting process of mouth-blowing and hand-cutting lead crystal. The museum showcases 2,000 years of history of glass and intricacies of glass artistry. Visitors can also buy beautiful glass souvenirs in the in-house shop.

Upper Danube Valley Nature Reserve

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The Upper Danube Nature Park is a unique landscape that is home to a vast number of rare flora and fauna. Alongside, a walk through this protected land is a journey down the pages of history. Travelers can easily spend several busy days exploring all the castles, ruins, abbeys, palaces, and hiking trails.

Hell’s Valley

Hell’s Valley is a 9-km-long stretch of deep gorge-like valley between Freiburg and Hinterzarten. It got its name because of its dangerous terrain back in the old days. Today, a train ride through Hell’s valley is one of the most loved attractions in Black Forest.

Schlossberg, Freiburg

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Schlossberg is a hill on the edge of the old town of Freiburg, and stands as a proud witness of centuries of Roman history and wars. Today, the Schlossberg invites visitors to explore its bomb shelter, water tower, and cannon point, and offers gorgeous views of the mountains and valleys of the Black Forest.

Rosengarten auf dem Beutig

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Rosengarten, Baden-Baden
Rosengarten, Baden-Baden | © Armin S Kowalski/Flickr
Rosengarten auf dem Beutig is a fairy-land filled with roses across an astounding range of variety and color. Visitors to the Rosengarten are enthralled by the rose bushes, rose-lined avenues, rose arches overhead, and the stunning rose beds.
These recommendations were updated on July 15, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.