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Black Forest Tours by Locals

Why Choose Black Forest Tours

Most important: I will make sure you don’t feel like a tourist but rather like a friend who is visiting. I am fun, outdoorsy and outgoing.  And I speak English, too! I offer a wide selection of tours: guided tours, self-guided tours and build-it-yourself guidebooks. I am an official Black Forest tour guide with 300+ hours of training through the Southern Black Forest Nature Park  Association to become knowledgeable in almost any topic imaginable related to this area. I have an extensive network of people all over the Black Forest who know the ins and out of this region. If I don’t know the answer, I can find someone who does! If you don’t see yourself on a bus with 50 other people – my tours are perfect for you. I design unique tours that fits your particular travel style. Still not convinced? Contact me and I can put you in touch with many satisfied customers who have traveled with me before.

Hiking the Black Forest with a Guide

If you don’t want to worry about reading maps and hiking signs we can set you up with a private guide who takes you on a Black Forest day hike. Our hiking guides are experienced locals who know the area like noone else. Many visitors ask if there are any regular scheduled hikes you can join. The answer is no. All our Guided Day Hikes are private tours, customized to each persons needs. Since these are private tours we can adjust to your speed and fitness. If you don’t want to worry about maps and hiking signs we can set you up with a local guide who takes you on a Black Forest hike, Our Guided Black Forest Day Hikes are laid out as half-day tours starting and ending in the Lake Titisee area.  Take the train (or car) on your own from Freiburg. Our hiking guides will meet you at the train station up in the mountains. You will hike one of the prettiest areas in the Southern Black Forest. It is a very popular hike with …

Is This For Me?

A large portion of The Black Forest is inaccessible to Non-Germans. So you don’t see yourself buying a cookie-cutter vacation package. You don’t see yourself on a bus with 50 other people; hitting every tourist spot whether you like it or not, with hectic deadlines, eating when and where everybody else eats. You would rather figure out your own trip, but then you are limited to those things written about in only a few guide books. Guide books try to be comprehensive, encompassing all of Germany, and by necessity, contain only a few highlights of The Black Forest. And while The Black Forest is one of Germany’s biggest holiday region, English is not spoken in many places. For example, many tour attractions do not offer tours in english. The main target group are Germans. You have found the right partner. I listen to your wants and needs, then provide options from which you can choose what to see and at a pace appropriate for you. Flexibility – so that you can experience The Black Forest …

Touring the Black Forest with a Just-a-Driver Tour

How does it work? Just-a-Driver Tours offer the most cost-effective way to see the Black Forest and are therefore our most popular tours. Read more about our Just-a-Driver tours here. Our Just-a-Driver Tours are designed for those who prefer to explore the Black Forest with the convenience of a driver and a personalized itinerary. We provide a car and driver and an itinerary. You may know exactly what you want to see – great! But you do not need to figure out anything in advance (where to go and what to see and how to get there) – we can take care of it for you. The driver will stop, drop you off, pick you up again, at specific way points along your tour according to your personalized itinerary. Good to know: The driver is NOT a tour guide. He can communicate in basic english, but will not be able to answer tour-related questions. (if this is what you want, then have a look at our Guided Tours). Prior to your tour you receive a detailed information package from us that details …

Small Group Walking Tours

Join a group of like-minded people to explore like a local Our small group tours include things only locals know about (e.g. some of the local Schnapsbrunnen or local festivals). The focus is on experiencing the Black Forest like a local – with a local on your side. Daily distances to cover range from 7-12 km. Group size is limited to 14 people to ensure a local experience. What’s included? Our Small Group Tours include hotels, luggage transfer, english-speaking guide, some dinners, breakfast, trail materials, goodie bag with useful things for your hike and a few surprises along the way. How can I find out more? Please check back in early spring 2019 to see what dates are available in 2019.

Exploring the Black Forest on a Fairy Tale Tour

With our Fairy Tale Tour you are in for a treat! A little bit of walking is expected from you. But no worries – if you are able to walk 2,5 km (1.5 miles), then our Fairy Tale Walk should be perfect for you- good shoes are essential though! After a drive through the Black Forest and an introduction to some of the local myths we will be greeted by one of our fairy tale tellers. We will meet with several fairys on our walk through the woods where we hear more about the dark secrets of the Black Forest. Our Fairy Tale Guide is an experienced local who knows the area and its fairy tales like nobody else. Our Fairy Tale Tours focus on the myths and legends of the Black Forest. They are fun for both – adults and kids. Many visitors ask if there are any regular scheduled Fairy Tale Tours they can join. The answer is no. All our Fairy Tale Tours are private tours – set up just for you.

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Travel Agents & Events

Are you are a travel agent or company organizing a visit to The Black Forest region in Germany for your clients? Are you a company looking for a unique group tour? We can help you set it up. Let us brainstorm some ideas with you. Just tell us how many people are in your group and what you have in mind.

Biergarten In The River

What Not To Miss

I don’t just show you the obvious, I take you off the beaten path so you can experience the real Black Forest – like a local. I fill-in the blanks between the lines in those Travel Books and explain the not-so-obvious to give you a robust local experience. Many visitors to the Black Forest inquire about Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours. Unfortunately nobody offers these kind of tours in the Black Forest area. What I do offer are private guided tours (where you tour with a private guide and/or driver) and self-guided Travel Guide Itineraries where I show you how to tour on your own by train or by car. Fortunately when I ask visitors about their priorities I often get the same the answer ‘I want to see the ‘Best of the Black Forest’. Then sign up! I’ll show you. Most of my visitors fit into 2 categories: first are those who want to “see it all” in the limited amount of time – rushing through everything doesn’t matter to them – as long as they can take …

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Introducing The Black Forest Trail

I am very excited to announce the latest addition to our hiking packages – the Black Forest Trail. As our repeat customers know, we have offered the Red Deer Trail for several years. It has been a very popular package for serious hikers seeking to really immerse themselves in nature. But 5 days of long trails was too much for many of you, who wanted something shorter and not so remote. You still wanted the convenience of luggage transport to your next hotel, and you still wanted nice accommodations. I heard you! And after searching for the perfect alternative, I think I have assembled the perfect hiking package. I certainly have enjoyed putting it together for you. My Black Forest Trail Hike run partially along a section of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail (in Spain), which is pretty cool. While seeking that perfect balance of nature, food, accommodations, I have woven together some other fantastic trails and short-cuts that were either more beautiful or included some fantastic features; like Schnapps fountains and cozy Gasthaus-Restaurants. …

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When Is The Best Time To Visit The Black Forest Germany

Many people ask us what is the best time to visit The Black Forest? The answer is anytime. It depends on what you want to see. Many people prefer to avoid the tourist crowds of the summer. Some people want to experience the Christmas markets which are open in December. Some people just want to play in the snow! So it really depends on you. If you ask because you are seeking the perfect weather, we have a page about the weather and some of the things you can do in each season. There is no perfect time to visit The Black Forest because it has something to offer in every season. Rain and snow are always an unpredictable possibility you will want to keep in mind when you book a tour. But even rain or snow can be enjoyable.