- Do you want to travel with someone local who can show you the hidden gems?
- Do you like to get the inside-scoop and experience it like a local?
- Do you prefer to travel at your own pace? (not on a bus with 49 other people)
- Do you want to have an agenda tailored to your specific wants and needs?
Find out here whether touring with a private local guide is right for you.
How does it work?
- We will send you a questionnaire to get an understanding of what you want to see and do.
- We then design a tour tailored just for you. We pay attention to your age, your personal interests, and many other factors…tell us!
- We provide a guide and transportation
What’s included in a Guided tour?
Find out here what is included. And what is not.
Are you looking for a budget tour?
Then touring with a local guide might not be the right option for you. Here at Black Forest Tours, we offer high-quality experiences that are custom-tailored, hassle-free and non-touristy. The focus is not touring at the lowest cost. Instead, we try to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you. If you are focused on price or limited by budget, then have a look at our Driver-Only Tours which provide a more cost-effective way of touring the Black Forest.
What is it like touring on a Guided tour?
Watch these 2 short videos Rick Steves took while we were touring the Black Forest together (published with permission of R.Steves):
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I went on a business trip with a colleague on southern Germany; the company offered us a day tour with Simone. to be honest we were unprepared; we did not research what we wanted to do, nor had anything specific in mind on what we wanted to see. She managed to seize up quickly what would interest us and guided us to see places we would not have chosen on our own. She's easy to talk with, funny and thoughtful and a wealth of knowledge on her culture and region. she told us some of the other tours she did with other customers and honestly, i want to go back and do those type of tours with her.
i don't typically do tour, i love exploring on my own but i am very glad we had her because i would have missed a lot of very interesting experience. i will be back for sure!
Simone was such a delightful tour guide! She made our trip to the black forest one we'll never forget. We would definitely tour with her again. Thank you Simone for being the person you are!
Do yourself a favor and book a tour here! Simone and Monica were amazing! I can’t wait to come back!
My son, his fiancee' and I took a Black Forest tour December 2, 2017 from Freiburg, Germany. Simone, our guide adapted the tour to exactly what we were interested in. We had such a great time! Simone even helped us out with other questions we had about our trip. Monica, our driver was just as much fun. Between the waterfalls with the surrounding snow, the tour of the Lake Titisee area, the Christmas Market and having tea/coffee and the wonderful German cakes, we had a phenomenal day! We would definitely recommend Simone and Black Forest Tours to anyone interested in having a great day seeing a beautiful part of Germany.
Simone is an excellent guide and an amazing person. My husband and I had a wonderful time visiting the black Forest.
We had an absolutely fantastic time on Simone’s tour. The tour was worthwhile just to hang out with Simone. She is very charismatic, passionate, friendly and genuinely wants to make the experience as adventurous, fun and interesting as possible. She has an exceptional breadth of knowledge and has a captivating way of sharing a locals insight into the history and culture of the region. Simone planned a day specialized to our time and interests. She Was very flexible with our requests and timetable, ans was easily contactable via email so planning was easy and stress free! Simone was also very helpful in providing suggestions for places to eat and drink and for helping organize our last nights accommodation when we were stranded. We packed so much into half a day, and we only wish we had more time! We will have to come back again . We highly recommend Black Forest Tours.
My nephew and I wanted an off the beaten track tour of the Black Forest. And we sure got the best tour I have ever had! Fun facts and areas most tourists don’t go. Simone is so friendly and knowledgeable about the area. We learned quite a bit about the area. Now my nephew is thinking of going to the college in Freiburg.
Thanks again Simone your the rockstar of yours!
Simone was a terrific and charming guide, who made us feel more like friends on a drive than visitors.
We saw and learnt more about the region in one day than we ever imagined.
What a wonderful day, we would recommend that if you come here you make sure it's with Simone.
Make sure you check out her special waterfalls
We spent a beautiful day touring the Black Forest with Simone and her driver. We started in Freiburg where we picked up a picnic lunch at the outdoor market. The trip was customized to the interests of our family of 4, which included 2 teenagers. We stopped at a really interesting agricultural museum, took a short hike, and enjoyed our picnic at a scenic overview. The whole family had an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Simone for custom tours of the Black Forest.
We had a private tour with Black Forest in August and it was a great, personal, unique experience! Simone is a lovely and knowledgeable guide who will customize everything to make your tour just right. We saw things we’d never have seen otherwise at a relaxed pace that was the perfect end to a busy vacation. Book with Black Forest with complete confidence! Logistics, transportation, and communication were all flawless.
My daughter and I spent the day with Simone. The walk in the Black Forest was wonderful. The scenery was unbelievable. She was very knowledgeable about the area. She gave us options of things to do and was very flexible on what we wanted. It was one of the best days of our 10 day stay in Germany. I hope to return to Friedberg one day and would definitely book another day to tour with Simone.
Our original plan was to tour the Black Forest region. My friends enjoyed Strasbourg so much they wanted another day in the small towns of Alsace. Simone was gracious and with notification late the day before our meeting, she adjusted our day. We valued her expertise and flexibility, enjoying a beautiful drive, excellent food--a beautiful fall day. I also have a muscle issue so learning about my needs allowed for the right transportation option to make the day perfect. She took the time in advance to understand my requirements.
I can’t recommend this tour enough! Tailored to what YOU want to see and do with a flexible guide — what more can you ask for? One example — No sooner than she explained to us what a schnapps fountain was than we were near one and she stopped and explained not only the concept but farming in the area. Simone — thank you for making every minute fun and tailored to us! We will never forget our time with you!!!
My wife and I visited Freiburg during the end of September and, while there, took a private Black Forest Tours "Guided Tour" with Simone as our guide. We cannot praise Simone enough: she was careful to tailor the tour to our interests, came prepared with visual materials about the history and culture of places we visited, enthusiastically answered our questions, and did all of the driving. We started our tour with a brief walk through central Freiburg, including a visit to the wonderfully Gothic Freiburg Minster cathedral and Freiburg's unique farmers' market. This was followed by a short drive to the Rhine; then we crossed-over to the small French town of Neuf-Brisach, were we visited its old fortifications and market, and had coffee. Next we traveled to Colmar, the "wine capital of Alsace" and home of Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (designer of the Statue of Liberty), where Simone took us on a walking-tour of the old town (its many pastry shops and confectioneries, canals, government buildings and monuments), all topped-off with a delicious Alsatian lunch. From there, we returned to Germany, and headed for the Black Forest region outside of Freiburg. We were treated to spectacular vistas from which we found memorable views of the mountainous countryside, including dairy farms, churches, and forests. While we covered a fair amount of territory in about seven hours, our tour still had a very casual and intimate feel about it. Simone is a cheery, lovely, knowledgeable person (who also spent much time in the USA), so is extremely fluent in English, able to anticipate interests, and connects well on a lot of levels. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Simone and highly recommend her tours to anyone interested in learning more about Alsace and the Black Forest Region.
We had a great experience on our 5-hour tour of the Black Forest with Simone!!! The trees were beautiful as we saw waterfalls, rivers, a lake and fabulous fall scenery as we meandered through the hills and valleys. We took several short hikes as well as a stop to see the cuckoo clocks and another to taste the delicious Black Forest cake! What a fun day!
Simone did an excellent job planning our tour and surprised us with a few things we did not expect to see. Thank you Simone. We will be back!
Simone and the driver were both wonderful. She has a great insiders knowledge of the area and was able during the day to keep adding items she knew we would enjoy as she got to know our unique interests. Definitely recommend.
We were very pleased with the tour. Simone was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. She offered interesting insights along the way.
We did a walking tour of Freiburg with Simone and the next day a Black Forest countryside tour. Both tours were of a high standard and very informative. Simone went the extra distance. She knew all the places to visit, particularly not so busy ones. She offered us advice and this was invaluable in assisting with our train travel to our next destination.
Simone was fantastic! She communicates fast and listened to what we wanted to do & see. She made a custom tailored itinerary and offered suggestions on things we might be interested in. She was prompt at arrival and was very knowledgeable about the area. Book her! She made our trip!
Simone, Viktoria, and the entire Black Forest Tour team made our two days in the Black Forest a trip to remember. Attentive, informative, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and helpful. I traveled with my 20-year old son and the guides were highly attentive to his interests and desires.
In early July 2017, my adult family and I spent an unforgettable 10 hours or so with Simone Brixel of Blac Forest Tours. We were fortunate to have her available for a 90 minute evening walking tour of Freiburg and on the next day an 8 hour auto tour of the Black Forest, all tailored just for us by Simone.
Simone's in depth knowledge of the area made it possible for her to not only bring us to obvious points of interest, but also to places along the way that might have been less obvious and less known, but never-the-less quite interesting and informative.
If you want an entertaining guided tour by a professional who is friendly,, knowledgeable,and experienced book with Simone. She is the greatest!
Great experience with good food and nice scenery. Simone from Black Forest Tours is very experienced and informative. The off-beaten tracks that she brought us to was an eye-opener. Thank you for the hospitality.
We took our tour with Viktoria and it was so much fun! We got a great overview of the Black Forest - and we laughed a lot! Great tour... definitely recommend!!!!
The day we spent with Simone was a great relaxing, informative, entertaining and fun time. Don't hesitate to book time with Black Forest Tours! We saw things we would have never found on our own. And to have her do the driving was the best way to go for us. Simone gave us options along the way and we chose to have a nice picnic on a hillside overlooking a beautiful valley.
Not only did she take care of everything for the day, she also informed us of several things we could do for the next couple days we were spending in the area. She also recommended the hotel we stayed in which turned out to be a great place in Gengenbach.
A great day is in store for anyone who experiences the Black Forest with Simone.
This was for our visit to Freiburg in October last year / i had meant to post a review earlier, so i figured better late than never - we had such a good time with Simone giving us a personalized tour of the beautiful black forest, the weather (already snowing in the first week of October) was unexpected but we learned so much about the history and culture of the region
We tried some local new wine and local meats
Simone catered to our interests and make sure we didn't miss out regardless of the weather and time constraints.
Thank you for the great tour - the black forest cake 🙂 and the Schnapps which is a constant reminder of our time in Germany last year
If you had to pick a personalized tour in Freiburg, this is the one
A massive thank you to Simone for a wonderful day touring the sights of the Black Forest. We could not have possibly researched all the activities we saw, it's a great way to build a bespoke experience that ensures you have a great time. We saw wineries, schnapps distillieries, chocolate producers, farmers stalls, waterfalls, stunning villages & towns and a folk museum ! plus the beauty of the Black Forest itself !! We met Simone in Offenburg after a 20 minute train journey from Baden-Baden, it was so easy to do. Simone has a lifetime of knowledge of the area and gave us great suggestions for the rest of our stay. We crossed the border to Strasbourg in France and saw the wineries there too ! You won't regret booking Simone, she is a great hostess and the whole day is very relaxed at your own pace.
We did the tour on March 13,2017
I will start by saying Simone was such a wonderful hostess
She met us at the Offenburg train station right on time, spent a wonderful 8 hours touring the Black Forest highlights
She made us feel like we knew her forever and was part of our family
She accommodated all our needs and adjusted the tour based on our preferences
Time went by so fast. We promised to be back
I strongly recommend this tour. It's the BEST
Some people are great tour guides, they have a gift for the job. And then there's Simone - absolutely beyond outstanding and such a natural, charismatic wealth of information, you finish the day feeling like you have made a new best friend and have experienced the very best of what the Black Forest has to offer.
Our family of 4 met Simone for a day tour of the Black Forest in late December and we had a spectacular time. Simone was wonderful in providing us with information about how to travel down to meet her in Germany and was very flexible with putting together an itinerary for the day that would suit us. As part of the booking process Simone sends you a questionnaire which asks you lots of questions about the type of things you like to do and what you are hoping to experience during your time in the Black Forest. She spends a lot of time putting together an itinerary that really suits and was entirely flexible with plans for our day.
We started the day with a walk around Freiburg - don't miss this beautiful town - absolutely gorgeous and it was great having Simone lead us to the most interesting and gorgeous parts of Freiburg, we probably would have missed a lot if we had tried to do it ourselves.
A drive into the Black Forest revealed a varied landscape and beautiful vistas around every corner. Simone took us on a spectacular walk where we saw waterfalls and lookouts and even some snow (not much snow in late December though I'm afraid!)
We watched a Black Forest Cake cooking demonstration and then got to taste some cake and schnapps afterwards (the cake was delicious !! the schnapps was ...strong!!)
We visited Lake Titissee and saw the giant cuckoo clock. We also saw the huge ski jumps and some lovely little towns which we would never have been able to see without Simone's guiding.
Our family loved this experience so much - we have so many wonderful memories of the day, and we can't wait to go back and experience more of the Black Forest,
The trip was wonderful and Simone was spectacular in arranging all details of the trip.
She customized it to our needs and was very knowledgeable about the area and was able to make sure our interests were covered even thought we just had one day.
She ensure it was relaxing yet it was a fun filled eventful day.
All reviews are true! Simone was amazing. We had such a lot of fun touring through the Black Forrest from Baden Baden to Freiburg. Even though it was a public holiday and a lot of things were closed Simone created a fantastic itinerary. We were lucky enough to have booked her walking tour through Freiburg the following day, even though it was exceptionally cold -10c, we still enjoyed every second. We felt when we said goodbye it was goodbye to a friend. Highly recommend Simone.
Simone is a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide who has given us a comprehensive explanation of the entire Black Forest tour. During the trip, Simone made us felt so at home that we enjoyed every bit of her informative tour, and our memorable first trip to Germany. If you are thinking of coming to Black Forest, I strongly recommend you to contact Simone.
Fabulous day in the Black Forest! Simone took us on this tour herself and adapted it to fit what she thought suited us. We took in the most authentic Christmas Market ever in the woods - tried as much food as possible (excellent!) and of course the Gluwein. Loved the waterfalls and giant Cuckoo Clock - which went off just when we arrived - bonus. Loved the country side - was so green for December. Would recommend Simone and her company to anyone wanting to do a Black Forest tour.
We spent the day with Simone touring the Black Forest like a local. She brought us to the local favorite spots. We tried Black Forest cake and Black Forest ham. Got the best views of the drive and learned a lot from her. She is a wealth of knowledge of the area. She likes to be very tailored with her tours so she can provide the best experience. I highly recommend a tour with this group
Simone was beyond awesome in the tour she led through the Black Forest! She was very open to catering the tour to our needs, and of course had her own thoughts about how the day could go. She was very easy to work with, and just a delight to be with. We really couldn't have gotten the full feeling and sights of the Black Forest without her. She grew up in the Black Forest, so knows it by heart. And having lived in the US for a good number of years, her English was terrific. Don't hesitate to go with her!
My husband and I had a very short time in Freiburg and wanted to make the most of it so we booked a day trip with Simone at Black Forest Tours. Unfortunately it rained the day we had booked so we weren't able to go hiking but Simone still made sure we did and saw as much as we could. One of the best things that Simone does is that she sends out a questionnaire before you get there to find out what your interests are and then plans the day around you. There happened to be a wine festival going on that day so we stopped there along with going to see an historic farmhouse and driving around the black forest. We ate local foods and of course real black forest cake. Simone told us all about the area and history and she had maps and other pictures to show us. We even stopped to buy a cuckoo clock. She really made sure the day was centered around our interests. After our tour was over she suggested a bier garten for us to go to. We were not disappointed. Simone was even able to introduce us to some wonderful people from the US. I imagine that doesn't always happen. Before we left for our trip people would ask what we were going to do in the black forest for such a short time, I jokingly would tell them we hired this girl to be our friend for a day. It's no joke, Simone was awesome and we cannot wait for our next trip to the black forest. Next time we'll stay longer and put a special request in for some sunshine. Thank you Simone for a great day!
Simone is wonderful with a positive attitude/energy and is so happy to explain and cover all the minute details about the beautiful Black Forest region. This is a tour totally designed for our needs.I am planning to come back with family to see more of the region. I highly recommend a full day tour with Simone, Thanks Simone,for a perfect day trip.
Simone is wonderful. She has such a positive attitude and is so happy to share the beautiful Black Forest with you. This is a tour designed for you. Simone will make your day the day you want it to be. We will definitely come back to see more of the Black Forest. We highly recommend a tour with Simone, you will not be disappointed.
First, I want to say how easy it was to book/plan our trip with Simone. I had planned a family vacation to Germany (parents, sisters & myself), and knew I wanted to spend two days (absolutely could have done more). While talking with her, I let her know that my father's side of the family is from Friedrichshafen, and we discussed going to the city on one of the days, which he had not thought of yet. My point is, she really listened to what we wanted, asked questions to help determine what we would be interested in. Also, she is very responsive. I emailed her multiple times while planning my trip, and she was always responding quickly!
Once we got to Freiburg, we began the trip. We spent 2 days with Simone & had a van with a chauffer too. There were 4 people in our party, provided lots of room. The first day we toured around little towns, went to Triburg to see the waterfall. It was fantastic weather, and Simone was awesome. She drove us around to various places. We saw castles, charming towns, picked flowers, saw waterfalls, walked in the forest. It was a beautiful day (probably my favorite day out of 23 days I was in Europe).
The second day we went to Lake Constance, took boat ride, and went to Meersburg & Friedrichshafen. This ended up being my Dad's favorite day out of the 23 days we were in Europe. It was also a beautiful day. We did have to spend more time in the car to get there, but it was worth it for my Dad to see the town his grandfather was from.
The third day we just had a drive take us past several castles for photos.
Simone was always aware of individual comfort levels for walking. My mother is 64 and sometimes has trouble with one of her knees. At times she did not want to walk around. Simone always made sure my Mom was comfortable, found a place for my Mom to sit while the rest of the family would go climb castles, etc. My mother (and the rest of the family) really appreciated her attention to my Mom.
Overall, the entire family agreed that this was the best tour (the 2 1/2 days) out of all of the time we were in Europe. Simone is friendly, funny, and made sure we had a wonderful time. I would LOVE to come back to the Black Forest again sometime, and I would absolutely use her services. She was amazing. If you are thinking of going to this area, definitely contact her!!!!
FYI, it was a family visit, but no teens (age range was 65-35), no options for family that did not include kids.
We were lucky to have Simone as our guide and wished the tour did not end. We would never have explored and known so much about the black forest if we did not do this tour. One day is not enough. Will be back!!
We were lucky enough to have Simone as our tour guide and she was wonderful. She sent us a very detailed survey to help us customize a tour exactly to our interests and walking abilities. She was conversational and engaging, telling us interesting facts and anecdotes about life in the Black Forest, including a few from personal experience. It felt like we were being shown around by a friend from the area.
Sadly we were only in town for a short time, and on top of that we missed our first train, so we were late. Simone was very accommodating. She met up with us when we arrived and helped us have a great experience even in our small window of time.
From the beginning of our booking process Simone was always there to a
answer questions over email and help us figure out what we wanted to see in the forest. She is very friendly and enthusiastic and you can tell she really cares if you have a good time on your tour. I definitely recommend booking with Black Forest tours!
We had a wonderful day tour with Simone Brixel who is just so delightful and knowledgeable about the Black Forest - its history, culture and attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about touring this region of Germany. Simone is a wonderful person and we absolutley loved the tour she arranged for us. She understood what we needed and devised a tour to meet those needs
Simone Brixel and her company made the experience more than memorable. We are now converts to the beauty and history of the region. When the guide, Simone for our tour, has passion, energy, enthusiasm for the Black Forest, then it is a real and powerful advocacy for the place she loves and we now we do too. The relationships with the restaurants, shops, and local people is genuine and she is welcomed by them making us feel, if even for a moment, like VIP locals. We went to a few places off the tourist path, walked along a Moor park and had lunch in Treiburg. We had an equally passionate driver so all of us could enjoy the special place called the Black Forest. There can be no better way to experience the Black forest than a tour with Black Forest Tours.
Then at the end of the day, the experience was not over, Simone sent two more days of self-driving tours with stops and directions specific enough we did not lose our path or any time wandering around. She even guided us to the low or no cost parking.
It was more than expected and better than we could have planned or imagined. I realize I have not given any details of the tour.
It is to prevent any spoilers.
If you book with Black Forest Tours any time of the year, the experience will be personalized and memorable. Every tour is different and yours will be too. Enjoy! My family and I did!
Definitely go with a personal tour by Simon. She customizes the tour to your liking and focuses on what you are interested in. If you don't know, she will provide you with options and make adjustments based on weather, mood, etc. Do NOT miss distillery...
Simone is the best, she knew what we wanted to see and a few things that we didn't know we wanted to see.
I am so glad I booked this tour with Simone to see the Black Forest. This visit was very important to me and I only had one day to see everything I wanted to. There was no way I could have seen all that I did that was so specific to what I really wanted to experience while I was here and more than I ever expected! Simone has such extensive knowledge of this area, the history and current day and I learnt so much. Simone really cares that you get the absolute most out of every minute of your time in the area and made everything so easy! I would recommend these tours to anyone wanting the very best the Black Forest has to offer and I can't wait to visit again to see more!!
If you plan on visiting Freiburg and/or the Black Forest, you simply must call Simone. She is fantastic. She helped us plan a three day hike of the Black Forest with our kids (ages 10 and 8), and also did a walking tour of Freiburg. Everything was so smooth and organized. The walking tour was informative and interesting and whole lot of fun. We wish we had a Simone in every European city.
If you are planning a trip to the Black Forest, you should make it a point to book a tour with Simone. Our experience with her was so fantastic...we got to experience a local festival, see some amazing views, and discover things that we would not otherwise have had a clue about. Our family had so much fun with the tour that we wound up cancelling our other plans and going back to Germany to spend an additional 5 days. We loved every minute of our time that day, and will definitely be repeat customers. We highly recommend Black Forest Tours, and we will be telling everyone we know about Simone and her tours!
Simone gave up her Holiday to show us the local history of the Black Forest Region at Gutach even though weather was overcast and rainy. We visited a Freiburg winery, the open air Black Forest Museum, and visited Triberg to purchase cuckoo clocks at Ollies.
She made it our day! This was such a great way to start our week in Freiburg, which has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Black Forest. We visited quite a few.
Thanks Simone for being there for us!
Everyone should tour with Simone when visiting the Freiburg area, one of the best!!!!
In a rainy cool day we had a great all day tour! Starting in Freiburg, we visited the Farm Museum, Hornberg, and Triberg and the day just flew by! We were left with several recommendations and options that will keep our week in the region filled with activities!
Simone has very good English and knows just when to to provide an interpretation when we had interactions with storekeepers and merchants. Her knowledge of the Black Forest area is very strong, her passion for the area very contagious.
My biggest surprise on the tour was her recommendation that we spend some time at the Farm Museum in Gutach. This was not high on the list of things to see for the three couples on the tour, but it was great! Simone was knowledgeable about everything there and we breezed through with a very thorough and enjoyable tour.
I highly recommend Black Forest Tours and would definitely sign up again!
We only had one day to explore the Black Forest area and decided to book Black Forest Tours/Simone for a 6 hour day of touring plus car and driver.
Simone is lovely and informative and offers a unique "locals" perspective on the area. We visited lovely towns and sites and even though our day was very rainy we still had a great time. We left Simone in Freiburg after she gave us an overview of the town and suggestions on where to visit. All in all it was money well spent for a carefree day. Our driver Monica was very good as well.
We came to know of the Black Forest Tours through the many good reviews we read about this tour Company. My family of 6 did a five-hours private tour with Simone and she was just remarkable! She is proficient in English, accurate with all the information provided. We were very impressed that she gave us a simple questionnaire to fill up on our expectation of the tour before we met her and she fulfilled all our expectation! We enjoyed the 5 hours Black Forest tour with her thoroughly!
If you are planning to visit Black Forest, you must not miss the Black Forest Tour by Simone Brixel. She is terrific! You must book her early as we could not engage her for a walking tour at Freiburg the day before because she was booked up. We had the walking tour with another local guide but her English is not as proficient. 5 Stars to the Black Forest Tour!
The Black Forest was on the latter part of our Germany/Austria trip this year and it was probably the most rewarding. Not only did my wife get to revisit some of her childhood memories we made a couple of new friends, Simone, her husband Troy, and their faithful puppy Scully. After finding her website through numerous searches, researching on trip advisor, and many other sites (including her Facebook); we opted to book Simone for two day person tour across the Black Forest.
I must warn, we are not your average American tourists. Both of us have lived in Europe in Germany and Spain; we are very culturally sensitive and completely embrace the community we visit. We want to experience the culture and not follow someone around holding an umbrella up in the air to follow, nor do we do the bus thing.
Our first day consists of a wonderful walking tour of Freiburg, the market, the streets, learning both recent and long ago forgotten history of this great city. Plan on taking a minimum of 3 hours to do this. We ran across apprentice handy-men, dressed in their traditional clothing; very interesting. From there we headed up into the Black Forest, visiting numerous places within a 60 KM distance of Freiburg. We took some hikes, saw beautiful colors, and visited some smaller communities. At the end of the day, we dropped our host off at a train station near our Farm Guest House and parted ways for the evening.
On day two, we visited an old castle, learned the true meaning of what you need to make an authentic German Bier Garten. You will have to take the tour to find out! We visited the farm museum (a must see), a clock museum, meet Simone's mother and saw her parent's museum on cobblers. From there we headed into some great wine country.....I am not a big white wine drinker, but wow, did we have some great wine. It's too bad that most of these wine have yet to find our shores.
Simone is a very gracious host, who is very proud of her home, the Black Forest. Whether you take the self-driving tour, a hired driving tour, or you drive your car with her, you will not be disappointed. Be open to new things, ask questions, explore with her; you never know what you might learn and at the least you will have a new friend to visit on your next trip to Germany!
The day our family spent touring Alsace region with Simone was wonderful! Prior to our trip, Simone was in touch to determine what we wanted to see so that she could plan an agenda to meet our needs. She clearly did that and more! Simone planned an outstanding day and took us to off the beaten path places. She taught us about history and culture, and we had a amazing lunch. This day was one of the highlights of our trip to Germany. We also purchased a "Black Forest" self guided tour that we followed the next day. It was a very detailed easy to follow guide and we stopped at many of the sights that she recommended. I highly recommend Simone's guided and self-guided tours.
My girlfriend and I found Simone's website a few weeks before vacationing in Germany. We knew that we would be in the Black Forest area and realized that the best way to experience it was with a professional guide. Simone without a doubt blew away all of our expectations. From the moment she picked us up at the train station until the end of our tour, she was as informative and courteous a guide as we could ask for. She did everything from taking pictures of my girlfriend and me to helping me pick out a cuckoo clock at one of our stops. We can't recommend her enough!
My husband found Simone through some extensive research before our stay in Freiburg -- our only regret was not booking more time with Simone! She has the perfect level of energy, enthusiasm and attention-to-detail, and really knows the city well. She customizes the tour based on your needs and wants, and really knows how to maximize the time. Without Simone, we wouldn't have truly experienced the history and wonders of Freiburg and the Black Forest. Don't miss out!!!
This review is a couple of years late, but it is no reflection on Simone or Black Forest tours. In fact, years later, my mother, sister and I are still talking about how Simone made our trip to the Black Forest unforgettable and although we are a bit tardy, it is important that we give Simone her props. She is an excellent host, with great knowledge of the area. Our tour wasn't about just touring the highlights, as one would expect and demand on any private tour, but it was all the little details that made everything much more vibrant and special. Simone was always willing to rise to the occasion and surpass our expectations. She noticed when we were in need of refreshments or a rest and without hesitation made sure our needs were met. As soon as she picked us up from the train station, she handed us a bottle of water, loaded our luggage in her car and drove us to the first site on our itinerary. As soon as we reached the lookout area, Simone pulled out a picnic basket, spread out a tablecloth and cloth napkins, then proceeded to lay out a lovely spread of wine, bread and cheese in such a hospitable manner while we enjoyed a breathtaking view of the forest. That set the tone for what was to follow for the remaining days to come, and she did not disappoint.
We toured with Simone for approximately 3 days, and each day got better than the next. We wanted to tour as many of the medieval towns as we could and Simone's selection of locations surpassed our expectation. She pointed us to some of the best eating establishments and quaint and charming hotels. Our visit to Baden Baden was incredible. We ended our tour staying at her mother's bed and breakfast and in the morning toured her villages winery where we tasted several great wines. Needless to say, if there was any question about where she learned to be such a gracious host, all questions were answered while interacting with her mom, who was a dear.
Simone is knowledgeable, thorough and will make sure you have a fantastic time experiencing some of the best locations the Black Forest has to offer. She'll ensure you not only see the standard tourist highlights but will take you to some marvelous off-the-beaten path sites. Her five star reviews speak for themselves. Don't hesitate to embark upon an adventure with none other than the best -- Black Forest Tours and Simone.
Simone, thank you for creating wonderful memories for us that we still talk about today. Give our regards to your mom, and rest assured that we look forward to seeing you again the next time we are in Germany. Take care.
The Brown Family (Virginia)
We were a group of family and friends who toured together. Simone was our guide for a walking tour through Freiburg, followed by a road trip through the Black Forest.
The walking tour was very informative and at an easy pace. Simone was well-prepared and knowledgable. She even treated us to some fresh strawberries and cherries from the local market.
We've been to the Black Forest before, and Simone was able to adapt her route quickly to show us places we have not seen before. She also adjusted her time schedule to give us some welcome coffee breaks.
It was a wonderful day and I can strongly recommend this company to anyone visiting Freiburg and surroundings!
My wife and I had a chance to book a Black Forest tour with Simone as our personal guide; the six hour tour was great. We had a rental car so Simone met us at our Hotel in Freiburg to start the day. Things we did just to name a few: toured the open-air Farmers Museum Vogtsbaueenhof, hiked up the water falls in Triberg, stopped at a couple large cuckoo clock shops, and had the time to stop at a couple historical sites along with a beautiful drive through the Black Forest region. It was awesome hanging out with Simone. Having her as our guide was an extremely efficient way to get around to see all of the things we wanted to do. I would highly recommend Black Forest Tours, (Simone Brixel) to anyone.
In a word: excellent. In more than one word: a delightful (although rainy) day with an accomplished guide. The experience was well worth the price of admission and definitely recommended. If we return to Freiburg (hope to) I would engage the service of Black Forest Tours again.
Simone gave us a wonderful day in the Black Forest. We were able to customize the day as much as we wanted. It was a nice change of pace to have our touring day in someone else s hands. I was able to kick back and leave the logistics to her. She was informative and cheerful. She helped us with our travel and went above and beyond when we had an issue with our hotel. I would recommend Black Forest Tours to anyone traveling in that region, it was a great experience.
We booked a six hour tour of the Black Forest with Simone and we had a fantastc day. Simone was very good about being in touch with us before the tour and gave us very good information for meeting her in Freiburg. The day was rainy, but Simone's Freiburg city tour was well worth dodging rain drops. We were able to see aspects of the city that were more persanal than an ordinary tour. We had rented a car and Simone guided us through the mountains and small towns of the area. We stopped at an off the tourist track resturant for lunch. It was just what we were looking for. A spectacular water fall, charming towns, history, and personal insights made for a fantastic day.
I had one day in the black forest and typically plan and execute my own travel, but this time I wanted the planning and adjusting to be done by someone else, and I could not have chosen wiser...it was a wonderful day and Simone was able to adjust to my preferences and know just what to see and what to leave out (I am good at packing a lot in and so is she...however, 7 hours is 7 hours!!) Wished I had another day to do more with her. She is a smart traveler and planner. She is extremely quick at answering your questions and therefore provides an excellent service.
In early October we rented a vehicle and met Simone in Offenburg to tour the Black Forest with us. We spent the day touring a castle, winery, medieval village,, farm museum, as well as the beautiful countryside. Her knowledge, skilled english, and personality made the day a complete joy. During the day she informed us of the history and highlights of the region, and advised us on additional things we could do on our own. We thoroughly loved the day, and at the end felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our 1 day tour of the Black Forest with Simone. She organised a very interesting and varied tour for us . Had wine tasting in a winery near Durbach ( superb white wines ), after which we drove through idyllic farmland to have lunch in a traditional farmhouse. Food was great ! When in the Black Forest, you have to have the REAL authentic Black Forest cake with Kirsch. We tasted it in Gengenbach, it was excellent! We then went past a chalet sized fully functional cuckoo clock on our way to Triberg, the cuckoo clock capital. Here you will have an opportunity to undertake retail therapy on cuckoo clocks. Our last stop was Lake Titisee. Unfortunately the day had to come to an end. We could go another couple of hours with Simone.
Anyone who chooses Black Forest Tours will definitely have a good time. Simone is vibrant, friendly and makes one feel very welcome. She is flexible with the itinerary to fit in our requests, even though she may have already planned the day. Her knowledge of the region is very good.
Black Forest Private tours can be found easily from the internet. Simone is reliable and quick with her response to your emails.
We enjoyed a private tour with Simone and also 2 of her self guided tours. We had a most wonderful day touring with Simone and hearing about her family, She has excellent communication skills and what I appreciated most, was her prompt replies to email inquiries. You name it and she can make it happen. Next time I want to visit her parent's B&B and museum. We simply ran out of time.
Our family spent a magical weekend in the Black Forest with Simone. From hiking up mountains for breath-taking vistas to screaming down the mountain coaster, Simone was enthusiastic, knowledgable and just plain fun to be with. Highly recommended!
Simone helped me put together a tailor made trip that was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed. She was very professional and all her recommendations were excellent. She has the ability to listen and understand your needs and delivers exactly what you are looking for. Thank you.
My husband and our two teenage sons had a wonderful tour of the Black Forest in Southern Germany with Simone Brixel. She was friendly, knowable and very eager to create an experience that we personally would enjoy. It was a fabulous day and it left us wishing we could have Simone with us for our entire vacation. It felt like a friend was taking us around, rather than someone we just met that day.
My wife and I spent a day with Simone. She was very accommodating and helpful through the complete day. I strongly recommend her and if I return again, I will do the tour again with no one else than her.
Had a fantastic day tour of the Black Forest with Simone. Would highly recommend this tour. Am excited about planning our next visit and tour to the Black Forest in the near future. Traveled with our 2 teenage children who both thoroughly enjoyed the day. They learnt so much as did we. Great day!!!!
I can't say enough good things about Simone. She was easy to communicate with and paid close attention to what we were looking for during our time together. However, what made her so special was the fact she helped us navigate some VERY stressful and unfortunate travel arrangements gone awry. She was a travel guardian angel! She kept calm and worked with the local hertz office (highly recommend them as well!) to get us back on the road. So far above and beyond what she needed to do, but we were so thankful. And that was before the tour even started!
I have two teenagers and she put together two days all three of thoroughly enjoyed. The farmers market, stopping to taste local schnapps and candy, renting an electric boat on lake titisee, finding THE perfect cuckoo clock, riding an alpine coaster, suggesting amazing local restaurants and just being such an expert on the area.
My wife and I took a trip to Germany a few years back and booked a tour with Simone. It was by far the best part of the trip. Now, we did not want the usual tourist attractions for the Black Forest part of our trip. We wanted this part to be a totally different experience. So our destinations for the tour were a bit 'off the beaten path' so to speak.
Even before we left Canada, Simone was great and provided us a list of ideas that she thought should meet our needs. She was very responsive and professional in regards to our questions and positive throughout the planning stages even though we were negotiating quite a bit on the adventure. It was easy to tell that Simone really was looking out for what we wanted and trying to accommodate us.
When we finally did get to met Simone in Germany we were very surprised that she was even more positive and happy in person than in our emails back and forth. She is an extremely friendly person and it was very obvious that she truly enjoys 'touring' people around the Black Forest.
The day we had with Simone was truly an experience. What she had picked for us was exactly what we wanted and more than we expected. If you want this kind of tour while on vacation in the Black Forest then definitely go with Simone.
Here are the best parts of the tour and what we recommend you add to yours.
The Hubert Herr cuckoo clock factory in Triberg. She actually arranged for a guided tour from the owner as it was summer vacation and the factory was shut down. Now we probably just lucked out with getting Mr. Herr to give us the tour but he provided his families history of clock making that I doubt you can get from a normal guide. Amazing history and yes we did buy an autographed (by Mr. Herr) clock at a fraction of the cost if bought in North America. It's hanging in our living room and is a center piece of conversation. And it doesn't stop when the power goes out. 🙂
Simone also arranged a guided tour of a schnapps distillery that was great as well. I don't remember the name though and can't find the bottles of premium schnapps we bought. I am sure she would remember if you asked. Just a note that what we call schnapps in North America is called wasser in Germany. Example: Kirschwasser is Cherry Schnapps.
Simone also took us to a family run farm restaurant in the middle of nowhere in the country side. We ate very authentic old school Black Forest cuisine. Again incredible food and an incredible atmosphere overlooking a very green and quaint valley farming deer.
Simone took us to her families little historic museum that had collections of blacksmith tools, farming, pictures and other artifacts from her grandfather. Great little museum.
All along the tour Simone pointed out to us other places we should visit that we didn't have time to go with her. One of those that we really enjoyed was the Black Forest Open Air Museum. We did go to the museum the next day and she was again absolutely on the money. It was a great farm museum and worth the extra day in the Black Forest.
I would highly recommend that if you want a great day or two true Black Forest experience in Bavaria then tour it with Simone. We will definitely be booking again with Simone the next time we are planning to visit Germany.
Simone met my wife and I in Frieburg to begin our tour. We walked through the town and shared with us the history and customs. The market was wonderful. So colorful with many food and flower stalls. We stopped for a sausage sandwich which was wonderful. We then met our driver and proceeded to the many quaint towns along the way. Simone was so informative about the history and customs of the places we visited. Of course we stopped at a cuckoo clock store to purchase a clock.
One of my favorites is Black Forrest cake. We stopped at a restaurant along the way. It was delicious.
Outstanding was a visit to Titisee Lake. While there we took a gondola ride to the top of the mountain. The scenery was breath taking.
Our tour ended in Offenburg. Simone helped us find our train platform on our return to Frankfurt after a wonderful day?
We felt Simone was like family; warm, friendly, and so knowledgeable.
Simone thought very carefully about the days agenda and things we would like to do. She emailed the agenda and made suggestions prior to our arrival. We did it all.
I would highly recommend Simone and Black Forrest Tours.
My family and I really enjoyed our visit to Freiburg and our two-day car trip through the Black Forest thanks to Simone. When we first arrived in Freiburg, she met us in the city center and took us on a walking tour of the city, telling us about local history and customs along the way. Simone is so friendly and knowledgeable --we could not have seen so much of Freiburg or learned so much on our own. For the next two days, we took ourselves on road trips through the Black Forest with a rental car. We had purchased two guides from Simone’s website– a day-tour of the southern Black Forest and a tour of the northern “cuckoo clock” area ending in Baden-Baden. The guides mapped out suggested routes with detailed driving directions, locations and descriptions of the sights, and suggestions for restaurants and shopping along the way – far more information than a tour book provides. Simone answered all our questions about the routes before we left. If you really want to see the Black Forest, this is the way to go!
My wife and I visited the Black forest, Lake Titissee was a amazing place with breathtaking views and stunning scenery.
On our second day we were met by Simone for a private tour, she could not do enough to ensure our tour was informative as well as lots of fun.
We started by having a small wine tasting session, we were directly opposite the vineyard that produced wine for the area and it was great to see how the community all chipped in to produce the wine.
Next we visited the sunniest city in Germany , a gorgeous place with a great market and lots of interesting and beautiful parts, thanks to Simone for taking us here as it was truly a place to remember.
To be honest we enjoyed the tour so much it has made want to return, Simone gives a tour with a personal touch both me a my wife we so pleased with how down to earth the tour is and how interesting it actually was.
If your looking for a tour with personality this is a great choice.
We spend 2 full days with Simone and wish we had 2 or 3 more. Simone is an excellent guide: professional, very knowlegeable, completely flexible and a great person to spend a few days with. As a native, she, of course, knows all of the places you are unlikely to find on your own. We saw everything from wineries, to rushing waterfalls, to a cuckoo clock factory all the while driving across some of the most beautiful areas we've ever seen. We were very impressed that Simone worked diligently before and during the tour to assure that we saw what interested us.. to tailor our route and stops so that we covered our key interests. Simone is a genuinely nice person, easy to talk to... We look forward to coming back for a wine hike next fall!
We reached Baden Baden on a train from Frankfurt, to be greeted with a very warm welcome, by our assigned guide Ms Simone. We were six and Simone had organized just the right vehicle for us. She knew the places very well, took us shopping for cuckoo clocks & souvenirs. The highlight of the tour which had many memorable moments, was when she took three of us (non-veg's) to a restaurant that served us an exotic lunch with wild boar!! I am really going to cherish this experience for a very long time.......
Our three grown children wanted to step back in time to their family roots in the town of Lahr. Thus began our idea of a trip in Germany. We were clueless and confused as to how to plan our 10 day adventure. We decided to spend 4 nights in Berlin which was fascinating and the balance in the Black Forest area. My hubby found Simone online. We had many correspondences with Simone to work out the logistics including how to get to the Black Forest from Berlin, where to stay, arranging a rental car and what to do in our free time. Simone connected us with people who knew our family in Lahr. She also arranged for the town historians to spend the day with us. What an exciting day that was and having Simone there to guide us and share in our journey was amazing!
From the moment we met Simone, we felt connected to her. Her warmth, guidance and flexibility made our trip a joy. We also spent time in Freiburg, Lake Titisee, Baden-Baden and the Cuckoo clock region with her written guides. Our last tour was a day in Strasbourg with Simone - a beautiful and wonderful day.
Simone will help you plan and guide you through a dream vacation in the Black Forest. Enjoy!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our one day tour with Simone in 2012. She went out of her way to make the day very memorable and fun. She tailored our day to take into account our wishes and in particular a visit to an authentic clock maker. Even though he was closed she organised a private visit which we appreciated and of course a clock was purchased and we have fond memories when the cuckoo strikes the hour. We found her very knowledgeable and the day was way too short - not enough hours in the day. My husband realised a 30 year dream of visiting the Black Forest. Well done Simone.
My mom and I decided about a week before we went to Germany to visit the Black Forest but had no idea as to where to start. Our tour was absolutely wonderful, highlighting fantastic sites and giving us excellent tips and historic facts.
Our tour began with meeting Simone as we exited the train in Freudenstadt. From there we were off to see and visit many of the features that have made the Black Forest so appealing. We saw and enjoyed many more sights than we ever expected. Simone's knowledge of the area added to the tour as she related facts not usually covered. Although it was a Sunday in early May, she still found several local activities that we could observe. Of course we went to some of the normal tourist stops, but we also traveled to spots the tour buses don't get to. The tour was nine hours, and we are still wondering "where did the time go?" Our tour was of the Northern Black Forest and we are planning a return next year to have Simone guide us through the Southern part.
*I HAVE to choose what sort of visit this was else I would not be able to submit this review - we do not really fit any of the options. Family (teens) seems nearest but it was a mother-daughter trip.
Simone is genuine in helping clueless visitors like myself (and my mom). This was my first impression even before meeting her in person.
We had a rather tight schedule of what to do/see and only had one full day in the Black Forest region - going with the private tour was our best option to optimise that one day. Our time with Simone really felt like a friend was taking us around, introducing her hometown to us with so many stories to share!
Our initial itinerary was messy and too ambitious because we didn't really know where things/places were or how far it was getting from one point to another, but Simone helped us put the itinerary into perspective and we decided to trim it down (too many hours cooped up in the car). She also provided recommendations on where to stay and what to eat/try. I do miss eating meat for morning tea! 🙂 Sausages are never the same elsewhere.
We thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour in Freiburg (so many tit bits of information), bought an authentic pendulum-regulated cuckoo clock as a souvenir, had a big slice of Black Forest cake (one cannot miss that!) and discovered that Schnaps definitely keeps one warm from the inside.
The second half of the day wasn't as interesting as the weather turned and discouraged any exploring out of the car. We were glad we modified our initial itinerary - driving/travelling in the car for long hours would not be fun for any of us.
Nevertheless, we were pleased we chose to spend the day with someone who knew the area to guide us around the region. I'd definitely recommend her services to anyone who wants that local touch, who do not want to feel left out when touring with a big generic group and who wants the best value out of their holiday in the Black Forest region. I hope we can go visit again some day!
Well what can I say, I simply love the visit to Black Forest. Well, I was bringing a bunch of architect, engineers for sustainable visit in Freiburg. The trip was made easy and pleasant with my fabulous guide Ms Simone & team. I was afraid that I might get lost there since I could not read the directions, let alone understand the language. However, Simone rescued us by giving precise directions to the hotel, site visits and of course to the beautiful scenic Black Forest. Well done Simone, I will certainly be back with more delegates in future.
My son took me to Germany for my 70th birthday. We wanted to include a tour of the Black Forest in our itinerary. We worked out all the details on line with Simone. She picked us up at our hotel in Baden-Baden and took us on an all day tour, then back to our hotel. It was a truly wonderful experience. Simone knew the area like the native to the area that she is. If I ever return to Germany, which I hope to do, I will arrange another tour with Simone and it will be for more than one day.
It's been a life long dream to visit the Black Forest, but my husband was not so keen. To try and make it good for him I booked Simone, private tour guide for 3 days. It was the best decision made and money spent. We saw so much, learnt so much and had an absolutely fabulous time - even my hubby. Before we left Simone gave us some recommended places to stay and roughly planned out our days - waiting until we'd met in person before finalizing things. Both the places we stayed were fabulous (I've already done reviews here). From the moment we met Simone we felt like we were travelling with a friend. Hubby was driving and Simone was amazing at giving clear directions. She organised our tickets when needed, conversed in German on our behalf and took us to both touristy and out of the way places, always to our pace of travel (which was rather swift as we wanted to see and do as much as possible). I cannot recommend Simone of Black Forest Private Tours highly enough. If finances don't allow a private tour then Simone will prepare a tour for you to do on your own. This lady knowledge and love of the area is amazing.