The Schwarzwald, the Black Forest, is one of the most picturesque regions of Germany. Here you are immersed in a book of fairy tales, in the romantic atmosphere of the past. Despite the name it bears it is very green rather than black, although the dense variety of firs that surround it makes it dark but delicious like the famous local cake known throughout the world. If you are looking for a relaxing, yet active and rich in culture and inspiration in nature, then Schwarzwald is for you. The gateway to this region, as I always suggest, is certainly Freiburg (Freiburg), a small but elegant town where the Münster, the Gothic cathedral, and the historic center catapult you into a medieval atmosphere.
From here you can start exploring small but precious gems like Lake Titisee, to walk along on foot or by bike, admiring picture-postcard scenery and Villingen with its walls; then there is Triberg, known for its cuckoo clocks: the nearby village of Schonach among other things boasts of having the largest in the world, a real wooden clock house. But Triberg is also famous for the natural spectacle offered by the falls; don't forget to climb aboard one of the most beautiful mountain railways in Europe that starts right here for a short but exciting journey, the Schwarzwaldbahn Erlebnispfad.
Push yourself further and discover Gutach with the outdoor museum to admire the Vogtsbauernhof, the particular typical farm of the area, icon of the region. Head north and treat yourself to a healthy break in Baden Baden, a famous German seaside resort. The therapeutic qualities of its spring waters regenerate you in a flash. Never forget to enjoy walking or cycling in the woods in silence or along the narrow streets of these timeless villages.
The Black Forest offers many opportunities and famous itineraries to choose from, but those worthy of mention are the Badische Weinstrasse, a road that runs through the Baden wine regions between round plateaus, the high-altitude scenic route for those who love the mountains or the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse and finally the Deutsche Uhrenstrasse, the German street of clocks, a recurring theme that combines craftsmanship, art and nature.
If you can leave the car and take advantage of the numerous offers of the highly efficient and frequent public transport means of the Baden-Württenberg: many facilities provide the Konus Card, a card that allows free use of buses and trains throughout the region for the duration of your stay; alternatively, buy the convenient Baden- Württenberg Ticket: one ticket to travel the Schwarzwald far and wide over the course of a day with the trains of Deutsche Bahn and its partners. There are numerous internal connections and also bicycle rental points.
Accompany this mosaic of wonders with plentiful portions of Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, the spectacular and delicious dessert with a chocolate and cream base embellished with cherries and Kirsch; pamper yourself with the culinary delicacies of the region, as genuine as its inhabitants and ... you will discover that the dream is reality and is called the Black Forest!
For any information the official tourism website is: forestanera.info; each town has its own tourist office, but the main one can be found at Heinrich von Stephan Strasse 8 in Freiburg