Known as the dark and somewhat sinister backdrop for the Brothers’ Grimm fairy tales, the Black Forest is home to one of Germany's most beautiful natural landscapes. Stretching from the spa town of Baden-Baden to the Swiss border and east from the Rhine, this characterful region of Germany is just waiting to be explored.
Famous for its Spas, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest gateau) and the cuckoo clock, there's plenty to see and do for families of all ages.
Belchen Considered to be one of the most beautiful of all the Black Forest mountains, it is worth a trip to the summit for the spectacular views of the Vosges, the Rhône-Rhine canal and, on a clear day, the Swiss Alps. There are many well-marked paths of varying lengths leading through trees to the summit
Pforzheim On the northern edge of the Black Forest, Pforzheim was almost totally destroyed in WWII and is now one of the most attractive towns in the region. It is an important gold and jewellery centre and houses the Schmuckmuseum, an excellent jewellery museum.
Wolfach A lovely old town with picturesque painted houses. It is a traditional glass-blowing centre and the Dorotheenhütte is the only remaining Black Forest factory where glass is blown by hand.
Basel Only 45 minutes away by car, Basel is Switzerland’s second largest city. Situated on the Rhine, the south western bank of the river is the historic centre of the city with many beautiful, medieval buildings.
At the centre of the old town is the Marktplatz with fruit, flower and vegetables stalls and the Gothic Rathaus (Town Hall). The main shopping streets are the Freie Strasse and Gerbergasse, with international shops and department stores.
Rheinfall Waterfalls If you are planning on visiting Switzerland don’t miss this magnificent waterfall. The falls are 150m wide and drop 25m in a series of awe-inspiring leaps, prompting the writer Goethe to call them “the source of the ocean”. South of Schaffhausen.
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