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The Black Forest: home of the world-famous cuckoo clocks, the red pom-pom hats, the iconic farmhouses and the legendary gateau. It is a place where traditional crafts like clockmaking and customs such as the Alemannic fasnacht carnival are cherished. In 1937 the area around the Feldberg (the highest peak in Germany that doesn’t count as a true mountain) became the first conservation reserve in Baden-Württemberg.
Today, the region is the standard-bearer for sustainable tourism – from transport and eco-certified accommodation through to the use of renewable energies.
On track for sustainability
Train travel with Deutsche Bahn is the eco-friendly way to travel to the Black Forest. And any of 10,000 accommodation providers will provide holidaymakers with a Konus card: a visitor ticket and travel card rolled into one, valid on all local public bus and train services in a region spanning 11,000 square kilometres.
Free spirits may opt for an e-bike, with more than 200 hire shops and charging points across the region offering electromobility. In Königsfeld, Germany’s first ‘solar commune’, you can even charge electric vehicles for free or hire electric mopeds for low-noise, zero-emission touring.
Active and healthy
The untamed landscape of rugged mountains and deep gorges is a mecca for walkers and mountain bikers, and ever since the days of the Celts and the Alemanni, the rolling hills of the Upper Rhine have been prized for their sunny climate. It was the Romans who brought winegrowing and thermal baths to the region. Discover this exceptional landscape with all your senses and get to know the people and their customs. In winter you can go skiing, snow-shoeing and ice-skating or go climbing in frozen waterfalls. But you don’t have to brave the snow to enjoy a natural health boost in the Black Forest – the region’s hot springs are known for their healing powers.
Regional cuisine in a class of its own
Whether in an exclusive restaurant or a cosy village inn, you’ll discover that life here tastes good. Traditional hospitality, local produce and an appreciation of regional, seasonal food find their greatest expression in the dark, full-flavoured ham, crusty bread and the famous Black Forest gateau. And then there are the Baden wines: vines flourish in the farming and winegrowing villages of the Markgräflerland, Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg regions, as well as in Breisgau and Ortenau, producing authentic wines that are enjoyed by connoisseurs the world over.