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Guided Tours of The Black Forest guy with beer in river

Tour With A Local

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.

Your Tour Is Unique…

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Your Tour…

  • Your agenda
  • Your specific wants and needs
  • Find the hidden gems
  • Get the inside-scoop
  • Experience it like a local

How does it work?

Our Guided Tour are individual and customized to your specific desires, needs and fitted to your particular travel style. You choose start & end points of your tour, and the duration of your tour (4-8 hours). Themes you are interested in, Activities you would love to do, Sights you would like to see and at a Pace all your own.

Not sure if this is for you?

If you do not see yourself buying a cookie-cutter vacation package, and you don’t see yourself on a bus with 49 other people; stopping at every road-side attraction whether you want to or not, with hectic deadlines, eating when and where everybody else eats. Then my tours are for you!

You already know that tour guide books try to be comprehensive, and by necessity, put you on a superficial path where you find all the other tourists who are using the same guide book. That’s not how you find special experiences.

And while The Black Forest is one of Germany’s biggest holiday region, English is not widely spoken. Even many tourist attractions do not offer tours in English. The target audience are Germans. Do-it-yourself touring of The Black Forest is not easy.

So if you feel a bit overwhelmed, running short on time to plan, concerned about the Germany language, German menus and German customs; don’t worry. With Black Forest Tours you have me around to guide you when needed, while having the freedom to do your own thing when you want.

Custom Tours

Some people like to just sit on a bench in the forest, others want to hike…

Tell me what you want to see and do. I provide options from which you can choose. All at a pace appropriate for you. I organize tours one-day-at-a-time that fit your particular travel style. You can change your mind depending on what each day brings. This is your vacation. There should be no stress.

What Is A Guided Tour Like?

Watch this short video Rick Steves made while we were touring The Black Forest together (published with permission of R.Steves):

Still not sure? See what some of our customers say:

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 157 reviews
by loriars on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Tour

This private tour was the highlight of our trip. Simone made the entire process easy and relaxing. We were interested in the history of the area, nature, and hiking. Simone customized the tour for us, hitting everything on our to-do list. My only regret is that we didn't stay in the area longer. There is so much to see and do, that we could have stayed for several days in this beautiful part of the country. Thank you Simone! We will be back!!

by 993katherinem on Black Forest Tours
Beautiful Black Forest

We had a wonderful day touring the Black Forest area. Simone was an amazing guide, she was extremely informative about the area and had lovely stories to tell about growing up there.

Simone tailored the tour to our interests and the time we had available, which was only 1 day.

I would definitely recommend Simone as a guide and hope to be visiting again soon.

by smt on Black Forest Tours
Thank you for being our guide

The black forest trip was really enjoyable. It was also eye-opening of everything as I said. What I liked most was our conversation, to get to know Germany by a German (with perspective of being outsider, an American, looking into her own country).

by Getaway51014793772 on Black Forest Tours
Myth revealed

Black forest is absolutely not a dark scary place as mostly (wrongly) believed. It is sunny, vibrant and diverse. Our family of three were there with Simone on March 19. We had them all in one place: forest, snow, lake, waterfall, shops, cake, ham, small villages, even factories! With a guide like Simone, we didn't just visit the attraction but became knowledgeable with information and background.
Freiburg is also not to be missed. People elsewhere know so little about this city. We were glad to spend an evening walking and dining there. Really a charming place to visit.

by Cheryl F on Black Forest Tours
Great tour

We had a great time on this tour. It was tailored just for us and was worth every penny. Would definitely recommend this tour!

by Companion6051722299 on Black Forest Tours
An amazing experience

We did a guided tour with Simone. She showed us sites big and small in Freiburg and throughout the Black Forest and had lots of little pieces of information that made it come alive. She took us to some fantastic, out of the way little gems that we never would have found on our own. We also did a hike in the forest with an excellent guide who shared a lot of knowledge with us about the area and the plants and herbs growing in the forest. And we had amazing Black Forest cake!! We would definitely tour with her again and highly recommend Black Forest Tours.

by Freedom67465066859 on Black Forest Tours
Excellent experience

Simone is helpful and professional. She has shown us as much as possible with the limited time. She made our day full of joy.

by Heather Ann B on Black Forest Tours
Incredible Experience!!!!

Simone is incredible - so fun, knowledgeable, and kind! I had taken my parents out of the US for the first time and wanted to do something special with them, to see as much of the Black Forest as we could. We arranged a one day tour and Simone helped us see everything we had been interested in and much more, at what felt like a relaxed pace - even stopping for side excursions along the way. She had lots of information on culture, history, and life in the Black Forest that made us feel like we had a unique view into the neighborhoods we drove through. It was the perfect balance of hands on touring and letting us explore on our own. We were so impressed with her knowledge and passion for the area, and patience with us along the way. By the end of the tour, my parents were talking about their next trip and we felt like old friends. I look forward to returning to do one of the hiking trips with Simone and my parents look forward to another adventure as well in a few years. This was easily the best experience of our entire trip. Hugely recommended to anyone traveling to the Black Forest who would like to have a truly unique adventure!

by threejsmc on Black Forest Tours
A great day in the Black Forest!

Simone is an excellent representative of the Black Forest area. We highly recommend her tour because she personalizes it for you. We went to the Black Forest Open Air Museum and Triburg Falls. Other stops were for Black Forest ham which was delicious and pastries. She even explained how to buy water in a German grocery store. It gave us a feel for what it is like to be a part of the German culture which was important to me since I am of German heritage. She suggested a restaurant at the end of our time in Freiburg which was excellent with "new wine" and German onion pie. Delicious! All in all a beautiful and memorable day. Thank you, Simone.

by Curious826833 on Black Forest Tours
Black Forrest Tour with Simone

Our tour of Freiburg and the Black Forrest region with Simone was an outstanding experience and highly recommend her as a guide. She really made the tour interesting and fun taking us to places that most tourist do not get to experience. Surprising to me, one of my favorite parts was the farmer's market in Freiburg. We got to sample several of the local foods and drinks that the area is known for and experience the market more like a local rather than a tourist. As we toured through the Black Forrest, Simone told us about the history and culture of the region and made it very interesting. We spent two weeks in Germany and took several other small group tours. This Black Forrest tour was our favorite.

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