This mountainous region in southwestern Germany is known for its luscious forests, picture-perfect villages, cuckoo clocks and delicious cake.
Beyond eating cake, the region offers lots of interesting things to do including visiting the beautiful Triberg waterfall, the Schwarzwaldhöfe (a village of perfect houses from Germany’s past) and nearby Europa Park (the second largest theme park in Europe after Disneyland Paris).
Budget rates – Double rooms with shared bathrooms cost around €40 whilst dorm beds cost between €20 – €30.
Midrange hotel rates – Private rooms in small hotels or B&Bs cost around €55 whilst chain hotels cost around €100 in the major cities.
Luxury hotel rates – Luxury hotels cost anywhere between €150 – €500 but you can get top end hotels for around €250.
Transport – Car rentals are available from €14 a day whilst the bus and train network is free when you sign up to the KONUS Guest Card.
Average cost of food – Lunch in local cafes will cost between €6 – €10 whilst cheaper options can be found in convenience stores and bakeries. Dinner meals range between €12 – 20 per person.
Where to stay
Budget – Gasthaus Sonne is a charming guest house in the village of Vorstetten with private rooms and shared bathroom costing €49 for a couple. In Freiburg, you’ll find the creatively named Black Forest Hostel with dorm beds costing €20
Midrange – Krähenbad Hotel is a country-style hotel with picturesque views of the mountainous region. Private rooms cost €55, complete with a balcony and free WiFi.
Luxury – Hotel Liberty Offenburg is a stylish hotel in Offenburg with spacious rooms starting at €160 a night. Hotel Dollenberg is a favourite of mine; in the heart of the Black Forest and overlooking a gorgeous vineyard, this spa hotel is simply perfect. Rooms start at €239 but deals can be found in quieter months.
How to get there
Train – Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Baden-Baden, and Offenburg are all reachable via an extensive train network: timetables and tickets are available here on this website.
Car – Car rental is probably the easiest way to get around the region and driving to the area from major cities is easy and convenient. The main villages/towns are around 1.5 – 2 hours from Stuttgart, around 3.5 – 4 hours from Munich or 2.5 hours from Frankfurt.
Taxi’s are everywhere and roads are vast, so you rarely get stuck in traffic. The Metro is a great choice to get across the city whilst buses can help get you to places further afield. Private cars are easy to arrange via your hotel or online; particularly helpful when planning trips to the desert or to a neighbouring emirate. There are also many boat options that can help you explore the harbour and city via the waterways; we particularly enjoyed the Yellow Boat Tour Company.