Tour With A Local
We offer experiences that are custom-tailored to you – worry-free, hassle-free and (if desired) non-touristy. Our Guided Tour (its not just another tour) the goal is not another budget tour, but rather we create unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are priceless.
Please contact us in advance* to find out if a tour can be organized on the day of your visit. (*We are not able to offer same-day tours. Our tours are booked-out far in advance.)
Your Tour Is Unique…
- Its your agenda…
- Your specific wants and needs
- Find the hidden gems
- Get the inside-scoop
- Experience it like a local
How does it work?
Your Guided Tour is unique 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 tour or vacation package in which you are on a bus with 49 other tourists; stopping at every road-side attraction whether you want to or not, with hectic deadlines, eating when and where everybody else eats. Then my Guided Tour is 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 popular tourist attractions do not offer English instructions or explanations. The target audience is German.
Do-it-yourself touring of The Black Forest is not easy. You may have tried piecing together destinations mentioned online, using a GPS to get from point to point in a rental car, only to find, just like a fine meal – just because you bought all the mentioned ingredients, doesn’t mean the dish is tasty.
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.
Some people like to just sit on a bench in the river, 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 even change your mind. This is your vacation. We want you to enjoy it.
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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Our time with Simone was not long enough and we will definitely return to the black forest and her friendship.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Simone. When planning our trip we were overwhelmed with all of the choices of what to do and where to go in the Black Forest. We found Black Forest Tours and opted for the 8 hour tour, and we were not disappointed! She took us to see both the world's widest and largest cuckoo clocks, the Triberg waterfall, castle ruins, and a beautiful town. Along the way we learned so much about German history and culture. We tried Black Forest Ham and spaghetti ice cream, and she gave us a heads up about a local wine festival to attend once the tour was over which was a lot of fun. There is no way we would have gotten this much value over even a week on our own, and the tour felt customized to everything we had hoped to see. We highly recommend Black Forest Tours!
We've been on a lot of tours organized by cruise lines and large tour companies and they are usually fine. Many tour companies bring you to the standard tourist locations. That's not what we got with Black Forest tours. Simone spent time to understand what types of things we were interested in and customized a tour for us. And, she was flexible with our tour agenda because the weather forecast was sketchy finalizing plans just a couple days before our tour date. We stayed in the Black Forest valley for our tour and visited a bunch of neat little places you likely wouldn’t see with a big tour company. We climbed to the top of a castle tower where we saw wonderful views of France and the Black Forest. We visited an apple orchard and country store, got a tour of small village where we also enjoyed a nice lunch in a sidewalk cafe. Simone gave us a personal tour packed with interesting stories and facts about the history of Germany and the Black Forest. If we were to go back to the Black Forest, we would likely plan another tour with Simone. Maybe next time we’ll do a mountain tour if the weather is better.
My husband and I were fortunate to be shown sites of the Black Forest by Simone Brixel. She tailored our visit to our wishes - taking us to the Triberg Waterfall and taking pictures of us there. We even have a selfie with her! We feel like she is our friend now. We saw some beautiful scenery, the largest cuckoo clock shop in the world and a nearly thousand year old castle. As she chauffeured us up and down the winding roads of the southern Schwarzwald, she spoke with us about the life in the Black Forest area now and in the past. When our conversation (she was very easy to talk to) mentioned how we love our butcher shop in NJ, she took us on a side trip to one of the best butcher shops in all of Germany. We had an absolutely lovely day!! Hope to visit again.
my husband and i decided to go on the black forest tour jus 2 days before and was so glad we received prompt replies from simone on our options! simone was very friendly throughout the trip! thumbs up for sharing about german culture which we would not know about unless we spoke to a local!
Our favorite tour of all of the ones we took in Europe was with Simone. She personalized our tour. When I say personalized, we only did what we wanted to do. We'd been on some other tours and there are time constraints and some things I'd rather not seen. Simone was flexible to change it up on the fly when the weather changed and when we simply wanted to stay longer in some areas, we did just that.
Simone is quick to communicate and keep in touch before and during the tour. When we come back to the Black Forest area, Simone will be the first person we contact.
Simone is really capable! Very evident that she loves what she does and loves the Black Forest. She gave us a perfect all day tour to include meeting with a mayor and local families that are related to us, helping nicely with the translations. Fluent English, lovely SUV, great pre-trip communication.
The tour was exactly what I had hoped for with Simone. She made arrangements for the four of us to get what we each wanted out of the tour. She made it interesting as we had varying degrees of interest, ie.. sight seeing, shopping, active walking, hiking. Would not hesitate to book with her again.
Simone customizes your adventure based on what you want to do. Great time. Great Black Forest Cake. Great history. Well worth it. I would highly recommend this tour for people wanting to avoid the tourist buses.
Excellent tour, the forest walks and lunch at one of the cabins was a great experience. The mill was a hidden gem that was well worth the effort, with a lot of local wine and produce. I would suggest that if you want to see the real Black Forest, this is for you.