All posts filed under: Sightseeing in The Black Forest Germany

Finding The Perfect Cuckoo Clock

We are in cuckoo-clock country! That’s how you feel once you enter the area in the Central Black Forest where cuckoo clocks have been manufactured for centuries. The World’s largest cuckoo clock can be found here. And not only that, there is also The World’s Widest Cuckoo Clock, The World’s Tallest Cuckoo Clock and The World’s Oldest Cuckoo Clock. A quarter before the hour, you’ll see people lining up in front of the clocks waiting for the cuckoo to come out for its hourly appearance. Touring with us at Black Forest Tours means you will visit the places where the first cuckoo clocks were made. We can take you to one of the last remaining cuckoo clock factory in the Black Forest on special request. Here you can see how a cuckoo clock is built – from the carving of the wood to the painting  of the cuckoo that lives inside. You get to see each step of the process of building a clock. Because they are slowly hand-crafted, there are very few real Black …

Mummel…what?

Our trip through the Northern Black Forest continues and the question today is…..what and where the heck is Mummelsee? And no – it’s not a spelling error, this is the lake’s real name. According to a legend, the Mummelsee is inhabited by a Nix and the underwater king of the Mummelsee. The king lives beneath the water and dragged down women to his underwater kingdom many years ago. Mummelsee is located in the Northern Black Forest – a straight 40 minute on the Black Forest High Road between Freudenstadt and Baden-Baden. The Hornisgrinde mountain (the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest) overlooks lakes Mummelsee and provides an unbelievably scenic background. The lake is a very popular destination for tourists and people who want to get out of town on the weekend. Right now the lake is still frozen but the brand new Mummelsee hotel is a good place to stop and warm up. Take in the scenery from a comfy chair and enjoy the view while sipping a good glass of wine (or tea …

Beautiful Baden-Baden

Its a funny name, but who hasn’t heard of Baden-Baden…second-most beautiful city in the state, horse-racing, spas, casino, beautiful people, high-society, warm climate, lots of history, and considered the ‘smallest metropolis’ in the world. Visitors like Napoleon, Brahms, Dostojewski, Tolstoi, Queen Victoria and modern-day celebrities like Sean Connery and others have helped give Baden-Baden the reputation of the most elegant and sophisticated playground in Germany. In fact it seems like a town made for a James Bond movie, with its world-famous Casino, 5 star hotels. It seems we are not the only ones who feel that way. Baden-Baden review on Tripadvisor. Baden-Baden is also home to The International Horse Races, thermal spas Friedrichsbad and Caracalla, the Kurhaus, museums and some of the most beautiful 5 star hotels in the world. A visit to the Black Forest isn’t complete without having a walk around this town of only 54,000 residents. About that funny name; The Romans built the original hot spring baths here, parts of which can still be seen. “Bad” is German for “bath”. “Baden” …

Markgraeflerland? Never heard of it…..

The so-called area of Markgraeflerland is located at the southern end of the Black Forest. It’s the region between the Rhine and the mountains of the Black Forest, stretching from Freiburg to the Swiss border at Basle. The margraves of Baden who ruled here centuries ago gave this region its name. Markgraeflerland is often referred to as ‘Tuscany of Germany‘ – due to its mild, sunny climate, gourmet food and fine wines. The Baden Wine Road goes for miles and passes by dozens of wineries inviting you to some wine tastings. Wine festivals are being celebrated all over this area starting in late summer and lasting for weeks. The  Gutedel grapes are typical for this particular wine region in Germany and produce a light white wine, also known as Fendant (in Switzerland) or Chasselas (in France). Muenstertal is a beautiful valley in the Markgraeflerland with the monastery St Trudpert – its origins dating back to the 7th century and a must-see during your stay in the Black Forest. Today Muenstertal is a health resort stretching …

Freiburg – warmest and sunniest city in Germany

Considered the warmest and sunniest city in Germany, Freiburg is the perfect city to stay in while visiting the Black Forest. Freiburg is a well-known university town and has a population of about 200,000. Though heavily bombed in World War 2 the old town has been beautifullly restored and has preserved much of its medieval charm. Click on the pictures below to have a look yourself: Freiburg Freiburg is also considered the solar city and the greenest city in the world. Join one of our solar tours and see what we are doing to stay green!

Vote for the Black Forest Germany to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature

New7Wonders of Nature is an initiative started in 2007 when more than 440 locations in 220 countries were submitted to be considered as one of the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’, criteria to be a breathtakingly beautiful, natural place. In July 2009 it was announced that the BlackForest Germany is one of the elite 28 Official Finalists in this global election. It is expected that more than 1 billion people will participate in this poll over the next few months to vote for  the winner of the competition. Please help us in having  the Black Forest become one of the ‘New7Wonders of Nature’ by voting for it here.

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Black Forest Germany

1.The Black Forest is the warmest and sunniest region of Germany just minutes from Switzerland and Alsace, France. 2.With mountains, lakes and vineyards it is the ideal region for outdoor-enthusiasts. 3.We are fun outdoorsy Germans taking you on customized tours so you can experience this area like a local. You’d be Cuckoo not to visit the Black Forest.

Blackforest Germany Tours Overview

Many people don’t know what The Black Forest is. Many think its an entertainment park like Disneyland or Europa Park. The Romans gave the name to the region while building roads skirting this mountain range next to the Rhine River. The people they encountered here living in this densely forested area were impossible to conquer. Caesar called the area and the people “Germania”. They were so fierce, the Roman Caesars later employed them as body guards. They became the stuff of legends. 2000 years later, The Black Forest defines the mountainous region in the southwestern corner of Germany. Locals generally view the region as North, Central and South because the terrain and weather differ among these 3 areas. Today about 60% of the land is densely forested mountains. The peaks hide castle ruins, with waterfalls in the steep ravines that run down to the valley below – the type of dark forest most often imagined in the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. But its not all dark. There is also a lot of open country, particularly in …

Guided Day Tours in The Black Forest Germany

Are you looking for a tour guide? Do you need help organizing a group tour? Black Forest Tours caters to English-speaking visitors planning a trip to the Black Forest and surrounding area of Switzerland and Alsace. Find out how Black Forest Tours can help with your specific travel need. If you don’t see yourself on a bus with 50 other people, hitting every tourist spot whether you like it or not, you have found the right partner. I listen to your wants and needs, then provide options from which you can choose at a pace appropriate for you.  Flexibility – so that you can experience The Black Forest like a local.  Read more about me or get in touch with a specific inquiry. With a focus on incoming travel from abroad I work with an extensive network of local partners to make your visit to the Black Forest memorable. Whether you are looking for a unique travel experience for yourself, or a customized day tour of the Black Forest for your family, or a company …