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Black Forest Tours by Locals

A Treatise on Tourism

An experience is a private thing. (we don’t do mass-tourism and this is why)… Are you looking forward to seeing another cathedral? Are you going to wait in line to visit another museum? Will you really pause to read the inscription on another monument to some dead person? It sounds like you are a mass-tourist. Why are you doing this? Who convinced you that this is what you should be doing with your spare time? Your children hate it too. Mass-tourism is boring. That kind of tourism kills what it loves as someone has eloquently put it. A bit of tourism is healthy and beneficial to all. But the balance between just right and too much is precarious, and in the recent years the scale is tipping over to the decidedly negative. Didn’t you come to this place to experience something of a place far from home? That is very different from walking through a museum so you can tell the folks back home “you did it”. Stop being a mass-tourist. Think about how you …

Is the Neuschwanstein castle in the Black Forest?

Answer is No. Neuschwanstein castle is not in The Black Forest. Neuschwanstein castle is located 5 hours to the east of The Black Forest. I get a lot of inquiries about tours for The Black Forest from people who are located in Munich and planning to tour nearby Neuschwanstein castle. They wonder if they can just do a quick tour of The Black Forest. Unfortunately not same-day! Certainly we can arrange a tour for you. Just be aware that its not something you can do in 1 day round-trip. If you plan to drive to The Black Forest area and not return to Munich the same day, I can suggest some very nice hotels that would locate you in the more scenic or interesting parts of The Black Forest – depending on your preferences – what you would like to do or see. Let me know how I can help arrange a tour of The Black Forest for you.  Book your tour. To be clear, Neuschwanstein castle is located in Bavaria. Bavaria is a state …

Is Bavaria in the Black Forest?

Answer is No. Bavaria (and Munich) are not in The Black Forest. How far is it from Munich to The Black Forest? Answer: about 5 hours drive by car or 6+ hours by train. I get a lot of inquiries about tours from Munich to The Black Forest, (Munich is located in Bavaria). Mostly people who don’t realize how far away Munich is, sometimes think they can just do a quick tour of The Black Forest. Unfortunately its about a 5 hour drive or a 6+ hour train ride to the Black Forest area from Munich one-way. Certainly we can arrange a tour for you. Just be aware that its not something you can do in 1 day round-trip. If you plan to drive to The Black Forest area and not return to Munich the same day, I can suggest some very nice hotels that would locate you in the more scenic or interesting parts of The Black Forest – depending on your preferences – what you would like to do or see. To be …

Tour Schauinsland

A lot of people ask me about Schauinsland because they saw it online on other tour websites. Schauinsland is one of several mountains surrounding Freiburg, which has a gondola to a sight-seeing tower, 2 wind turbines, and a road that was the birthplace of hill-climb racing. The races are ancient history now. Schauinsland has the nearest ski slopes to Freiburg in the winter. But with bigger skiing only a short drive away in Switzerland, Schauinsland becomes the weekend playground for the locals in winter. We drive up the Schauinsland road to get to other places, but otherwise there is nothing really special that would lead one to go there when visiting the area. The views area OK, but not “soul-stirring” as Lonely Planet says. There are much better views in The Black Forest. Schauinsland is not really a destination for your visit unless you have nothing else to do for the next 5 hours but take cable car ride (weather permitting).

Tour Gegenbach

We offer tours to Gegenbach. Gegenbach is located in southwestern part of The Black Forest. There are several ways to experience this beautiful town like a local. We offer many hikes and walking routes around Gegenbach and the surrounding area. Let us know if you would like to visit. We will customize a tour just for you. Tip: Since Gegenbach is a small town, hotels are very expensive and there is not much in the way of modern amenities. However nearby at the entrance to The Black Forest is the town of Kehl. Kehl (Germany) has cheaper hotels and is ideally located so you can also visit Strasbourg just across the border in France. Offenburg is also nearby and has most modern amenities (such a McDonald, shops, etc.) In fact Kehl is ideally located for your base-camp from which you can explore most of The Black Forest and beyond.

FAQ – Black Forest Trail

If you are interested in hiking the Black Forest Trail please have a look at the most commonly asked questions below. For further questions or to submit a booking, please contact us. Season The Black Forest Trail Package is available from mid-April to mid-October. Included accommodation Breakfast buffet Free public transportation pass while staying in the Black Forest detailed route descriptions & maps luggage transfer between hotels. Your luggage transfer is organized by us, Black Forest Tours. We ask you to use the luggage tags you receive at the beginning of your tour to identify your luggage. When checking out of each hotel please drop off your luggage at the front desk. The hotel owner will know that your bag has to be transferred to the next hotel. We can lend you walking poles & a backpack for a small fee. Please book either one when booking your hike. Excluded Travel to and from start/end of the Black Forest Trail hike Lunches and dinners Travel insurance. Make sure you have travel insurance covering you against …

FAQ – Red Deer Trail

If you are interested in hiking the Red Deer Trail please have a look at the most commonly asked questions below. For further questions or to submit a booking, please contact us. Season The Red Deer Trail Package is available from mid-May to mid-October. Included 4 star hotel accommodation Breakfast buffet Free public transportation pass while staying in the Black Forest detailed route descriptions & maps luggage transfer between hotels. Your luggage will be transferred by the hotel and moved to the next hotel on your route. The transfer of one bag per person (up to 20 kilos) is included with your tour package. Excluded Travel to and from start/end of the Red Deer Trail hike Lunches and dinners Travel insurance. Make sure you have travel insurance covering you against illness, injury, loss or damage to property and cancellations. Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, extra transfers (such as by taxi or when not included in public transport pass). Lunch & Dinner Breakfast. Breakfasts are included with your booking. Lunch. Add-on a Lunch …

Guided Tours of The Black Forest guy with beer in river

Guided Tours

Here at Black Forest Tours, we offer high-quality experiences that are custom-tailored, worry-free, hassle-free and (if desired) non-touristy. The focus of a Guided Tour is not the lowest cost. Instead, we try to create an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience for you.