Home of the cuckoo clock, the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) gets it’s name from it’s dark, slightly sinister canopy of evergreens: this is where Hansel and Gretel encountered the wicked witch.
The vast expanse of hills, valleys, rivers and forests stretch from the swish spa town of Baden-Baden to the Swiss border, and from the Rhine almost to Lake Constance.
Image credit: Andreas Wonisch
Twenty minutes walk – or a five-minute bike ride the populated spots will almost always put you out in nature – in the middle of quiet countryside dotted with traditional farmhouses and amiable dairy cows, perhaps, or in a thick forest where Little Red Riding Hood’s wolf may lurk.
The northern section, with its hilly but relatively gentle terrain is home to several charming towns. Freudenstadt makes a good base for exploring the Northern area. Many of the Schwarzwald’s most impressive sights are in the triangle delimited by the lively university city of Freiburg, 15km east of the Rhine in the southwest; Triberg, cuckoo clock capital of Creation, in the north; and the charming river-valley city of St Blasien in the southeast.
See also: The Blautopf - Southern Germany