Black Forest Attractions Schwarzwald
Situation and characteristicsThe Black Forest, with its dark forest-covered hills, is one of the most visited upland regions in Europe.
It lies in the southwestern corner of Germany, extending for 160km/100mi from Pforzheim in the north to Waldshut, on the High Rhine, in the south. At the northern end it is some 20km/12.5mi wide, at the southern end 60km/40mi. On the west side it descends to the Rhine valley in a steep scarp which is slashed by well watered valleys; on the east it slopes more gently down to the upper Neckar and Danube valleys. The main ridge is broken up by numerous valleys, with flat-topped summits rising to only a moderate height above it.Popular winter sports centers in the Black Forest, Germany's oldest skiing area (the first "snowshoe club" having been founded at Todtnau in 1891), are Freudenstadt, the Kniebis plateau, Dobel, Baiersbronn, Triberg and surrounding area, Furtwangen, Neustadt-Titisee, Lenzkirch and the Feldberg and surrounding area. The northern Black Forest is more suited for langlauf skiing, while the best areas for Alpine skiing are around the Feldberg, Belchen and Herzogenhorn.
Black Forest - Northern
The northern Black Forest - the part lying north of the Kinzig valley, which cuts through the whole range from Freudenstadt to Offenburg - is made up of broad ridges of Bunter sandstone and reaches its highest point in the Hornisgrinde (1,166m/3,826ft, on whose slopes romantic little lakes such as the Mummelsee and Wildsee nestle in corries. The main tourist attractions of this region are the magnificent spa facilities of Baden-Baden, the valleys of the Murg with the interesting Murg hydroelectric installations, the Alb with the spa of Bad Herrenalb, the Enz with Wildbad, the Nagold with the attractive resort of Bad Liebenzell, picturesque Hirsau with its ruined abbey and the forests around Freudenstadt.
Black Forest - Central
The central Black Forest, between the Kinzig valley and the Höllental, consists mainly of granite and gneiss, and reaches its highest point in the Kandel (1,241m/4,072ft), between the beautiful Simonswald, Elz and Glotter valleys. The area most popular with tourists is the stretch along the Schwarzwaldbahn (Black Forest Railway), centered on Triberg with its famous falls. To the east the central Black Forest merges into the Baar plateau, which in turn leads into the Swabian Alb. In the central Black Forest there are Triberg spas with the neighboring resorts of Schonach and Schönwald, Konigsfeld, St Märgen, the Glotter valley and Europe's highest brine spa, Bad Dürrheim (700-850m/2,300-2,800ft).
Triberg - Black Forest Museum
The Black Forest Museum has 18 exhibition rooms that reveal the unique lifestyles and traditions of the Black Forest region. It contains collections of art and craft pieces as well as furniture pieces and personal artifacts.
Black Forest Ridgeway
The famous and very popular Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse follows the crest of the hills through magnificent fir forests, with extensive views, from Baden-Baden along the Hornisgrinde to the Kniebis plateau at Freudenstadt. The southward continuation of the road runs from Triberg to Waldshut.
Black Forest Valley Road
The Schwarzwald-Tälerstrasse begins at Rastatt and ascends the Murg valley, passing the imposing Schwarzenbach Dam, and then continues by way of Freudenstadt, where it meets the Black Forest Ridgeway, to Alpirsbach.
Black Forest Spa Route
The Schwarzwald-Bäderstrasse is a 270km/170mi long circuit which takes in a series of spas between Pforzheim and Freudenstadt (Bad Liebenzell, Bad Teinach, Freudenstadt, Bad Rippoldsau, Wildbad, Bad Herrenalb, Baden-Baden, Waldbronn).
Schonach is located in the Black Forest and is a good base for exploring the area. It is also noted for it's cuckoo clock.
A notable tourist attraction in the town of Schonach is the Clock, which dominates the town center. It is the world's biggest cuckoo clock.