Wild and untamed forests await in the south of Germany, where the Black Forest's nature parks stretch out along the border with France and Switzerland, surrounding the Black Forest National Park. The nature parks boast cultural landscapes dating back many, many years and featuring forests, fields and meadows, whilst the national park is home to wild and largely untamed nature in the form of moors, mixed woodland and glacial lakes that provide a habitat for rare plants and animals.
If you're interested in finding out more about the Black Forest National Park, the region and its locals (both people and animals), you can head off on tours with expert rangers and nature guides, who have so many fascinating stories to tell from the past and present. You also have the option of exploring the region on your own on the many excellent cycle routes and footpaths. You won't want to miss out on the adventure trails, many of which are fully accessible. Why not head off on a magical adventure on Hademar the Wood Pixie's Trail, the Bad Wildbad Treetop Walk or Robber Hotzenplotz's Trail?
When it comes to food and drink, it's not all Black Forest Gateau (although that is on the menu if you fancy it). Try other local produce including cheese, wine, sausages and jams at the markets in the nature parks and other events.
Outdoor explorers looking to really be at one with nature can stay at one of the six hiking campsites in the Central/North Black Forest Nature Park and the Black Forest National Park during the summer months. You can only get to the campsites by foot and, other than a toilet block and fire pit, they are home to pure, unspoilt nature.
The train is a quick and convenient way to arrive at the Black Forest's nature parks and national park, which you can travel to via the train stations in Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden, Offenburg, Freiburg (Breisgau) and Rottweil.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Frankfurt am Main to Schwarzwaldhochstrasse 2, 77889 Seebach.
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Travel for free in the local area with the KONUS visitor card
Participating accommodation providers will give you a KONUS visitor card upon arrival in more than 145 holiday destinations. This will be your ticket for all bus and train routes within the Black Forest holiday region. You can explore the entire region from Pforzheim to Basel and from Karlsruhe to Waldshut, which gives you plenty of flexibility to head off on adventures during your holiday without having to worry about the impact on the environment.
You can find out more about the KONUS visitor card online.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!