The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Bad Wildbad, Black Forest

Bad Wildbad
Bad Wildbad | © Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Photochrom Prints Collection / WikiCommons
Anwesha Ray

A gorgeous spa resort set in the midst of beautiful nature that offers medicinal thermal baths, rural peace, the chance to walk the treetops, adrenaline-pumping sports, and generous doses of culture: it sounds like a dream holiday destination that is too good to be true. Fortunately, Bad Wildbad, an idyllic town in Germany’s Black Forest, offers all this and more. Let’s take a look at the most awesome things Bad Wildbad has in store for you.

1. Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald


Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald gives the entire family the chance to bond closely with nature and enjoy a perspective of the gorgeous expanse of the Black Forest that is impossible to imagine from the ground. The wood and steel trophy-like structure tilts and twists upwards, inviting travelers to walk along its boardwalk to reach the 130-foot (40-meter) viewing tower. Once at the top, travelers are rewarded with spectacular views over the impenetrably dark forest and rolling hills.

Peter-Liebig-Weg 16 – Sommerberg, 75323 Bad Wildbad, +49 9250940

Baumwipfelpfad | © qwesy qwesy / WikiCommons

Sommerberg Funicular Railway

The Sommerbergbahn (Sommerberg Funicular Railway) has been whisking travelers to the Sommerberg Plateau from Bad Wildbad for over 100 years. The Sommerbergbahn journeys through the lush vegetation of the Black Forest for a few minutes to reach the 1,063-foot (324-meter) plateau. From there, visitors can feast their eyes on sweeping views of the Black Forest as far as the eye can see.

Sommerberg Funicular

2. Vital Therme

Forest, Spa


You can’t go to Bad Wildbad and not pamper yourself at a luxurious spa. Vital Therme offers health and wellness options galore to melt away all your stress, rejuvenate your senses, and leave you feeling as good as new. Take a refreshing, healing dip in the warm thermal waters or treat yourself to an underwater massage or luxurious mineral mud pack. If you suffer from any kind of ailment or injury, experts at Vital Therme will be happy to recommend the right water therapy for you.

Bätznerstraße 85, 75323 Bad Wildbad, +49 07081303253

Vital Therme | © Stefan Karl / WikiCommons

3. Palais Thermal



Palais Thermal is one of the most popular wellness centers in Germany and a magnet for tourists, thanks to its gorgeous sauna landscape, relaxing baths, and medicinal therapies. This historic wellness center was favored by royalty in bygone days, and today, Palais Thermal still provides its guests with a royal experience. Take your pick from an indoor and outdoor sauna and a wide range of relaxing massages, body treatments, and scrubs.

Kernerstraße 5, 75323 Bad Wildbad, +49 070813030

Palais Thermal | © Staatsbad Wildbad Bäder- und Kurbetriebs GmbH / WikiCommons

4. The Fautsburg

Forest, Ruins

Ruins of the 11th-century Fautsburg Castle perch on an elevated ridge between the two rivers Kleine Enz and Enz, hidden away in the dense vegetation of the Black Forest. While the original residential quarters, walls, moats, gates, and courtyard have succumbed to time, the tower still stands proudly. This small castle was used as a secret abode and later as a quarry, and still has a mysterious charm. Travelers can hike to the Fautsburg from Rehmühle, Hünerberg, and Meistern, along well-marked pathways.

Fautsburg, 75323 Bad Wildbad, Germany

Fautsburg sign | © Frank Vincentz / WikiCommons

Hohloh Tower

The Black Forest is all about breathtaking views, and the Hohloh Tower offers a generous dose of them. The Hohloh Mountain is located just outside Bad Wildbad, near the mountain hamlet of Kaltenbronn, and boasts an observation tower at a height of 3,320 feet (1,012 meters). From here, visitors enjoy an uninterrupted panorama of the Murg Valley, Palatine Forest, Odenwald, and Swabian Jura. On clear days, it is possible to see the Swiss Alps and the Vosges Mountains in France. The tower can be reached by mountain bikes or by trekking along broad, safe paths.

View from Hohloh Tower

5. Bike Park

Forest, Park


Sporty travelers in Bad Wildbad love the Bike Park, and with good reason. This mountain biking haven set in the rolling green hills of the Black Forest offers several exciting trails of varying difficulty where you can put your biking skills to the test. If you are a mountain biking beginner and enthusiastic about learning the sport, this is a great place to sharpen your skills under the watchful eyes of experts. You can bring your own biking gear or rent it.

Peter-Liebig-Weg 10, 75323 Bad Wildbad, +49 07081380120

Bikepark | © qwesy qwesy / WikiCommons

6. Kurtheater

Forest, Theater


Between 1864 and 1967, the Kurtheater presented legendary opera singers, actors, and musicians to packed, enthralled audiences. After being left in disrepair for over 20 years, the historic theater got a new lease of life in 1987. Today, it hosts concerts and the the world-famous Rossini Opera every year, drawing classy crowds to its splendid interiors. Catching a performance at the Kurtheater is often the highlight of a Bad Wildbad holiday.

Kernerstraße 44, 75323 Bad Wildbad, +49 0708117010

Kurtheater balcony | © Andreas Praefcke / WikiCommons

Winter Sports

Come winter, Bad Wildbad wraps itself in its snowy blanket, inviting athletes to indulge in thrilling winter sport activities. The most popular winter sports resorts here are Sommerberg, Kaltenbronn, and Aichelberg. Aichelberg and the adjacent Meistern boast 20 signposted snowshoe trails, while Sommerberg and Kaltenbronn offer some excellent skiing opportunities.

Summer Sports

On glorious summer days, active travelers have a wide range of sports options to choose from. Get on your mountain bike or electric bike and hit the thrilling trails of Nagoldtal Valley or Enztal Valley, or explore the picturesque town on a segway. The unique moor in the upland plateau between the Sommerberg and Kaltenbronn mountains is an excellent spot for rambling, while the Enztal valley is great for Nordic walking. The sky is the limit when you are in Bad Wildbad, as you will also have the chance to treat yourself to the exhilarating experience of paragliding over the clouds.


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