Germany's highest waterfalls
Germany's highest waterfalls are a very special piece of natural theater. The water of the Gutach plunges over seven levels, dropping a total of 163 meters. The falls are particularly impressive when the snow thaws and after heavy rainfall, when the water careers its foaming and roaring way down into the valley.
As well as admiring the falls themselves, you can find out about the animals, plants and special features of the waterfall area on the paths along the seven levels and see the numerous squirrels that play along the edge of the trail.
When you have had enough of the waterfalls, you can enjoy yourself in the nature reserve close by or put your climbing skills to the test in the high rope nature park.
Brief note from the editors: It's best to start small in the climbing park: the most difficult route is entirely unsuitable for beginners :)
Visit the website: www.triberg.de
Wild water river valley
The Wutachschlucht is an adventure-filled wild water river valley in the heart of the Black Forest. The overwhelming beauty of the landscape with its romantic gorges and unspoiled forests make it one of the most attractive hiking trails in the region. The trail gives you the opportunity not only to experience the roaring river and thundering waterfalls, but also to discover an impressive world of plants and animals including 500 different species of butterfly.
With the many different hiking routes along the Wutach and its tributaries, this largest canyon in Germany is suitable both for experienced hikers and for beginners and children.
Further information about the various walks and their levels of difficulty is available here: www.wutachschlucht.de
The home town of Fürstenberg
Anyone visiting the Black Forest should not miss the opportunity to call in on the home town of the Fürstenberg brewery.
Donaueschingen gets its name from the source of the Danube, which lies in the middle of the huge palace gardens and is the point from which the Danube begins its journey.
In addition to its long history, the residence of the Fürstenberg family also has a varied range of leisure activities to offer. In winter, you can go ice skating on the “Eiswiese”, from where the brewery once obtained the ice for its cold storage room. In summer, the 27-hole golf course and the numerous cycle and hiking paths around Donaueschingen also offer plenty of opportunities to visitors who enjoy sport.
Culture and tradition are also important in Donaueschingen. You can see this for yourself with a visit to the Fürstenberg collection or the Biedermann museum, or on a tour of the brewery itself.
Put the perfect finishing touch to the day with a delicious meal in our Bräustüble (brewery restaurant), accompanied, of course, by a freshly poured Fürstenberg.
The Schauinsland is a mountain 1284 meters in height near Freiburg im Breisgau, one of the most beautiful cities in the Black Forest.
You can travel 1120 meters up with the cable railway and enjoy the wonderful view over the Rhine plane, Freiburg and the Vosges mountains.
Those who would like to see even more of the landscape can climb the 31-meter high viewing tower on the summit of the mountain. From the top, the view stretches to the Alps in the far distance.
If you have had enough of the views, you can disappear underground to discover the history of the mountain with a visit to the former mine. Silver, lead and zinc have been mined here for 800 years. These are the largest mine workings in the Black Forest and Vosges mountains, with a length of approximately 100 km, distributed over 22 floors.
Visit the website: www.schauinslandbahn.de
The highest mountain in the Black Forest
The Feldberg, at 1493 meters, the highest mountain in the Black Forest, is worth a visit at any time of year.
All year round it is a paradise for walkers, who can enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding Black Forest from the many hiking trails. In summer, the flourishing flora and fauna can also be admired in the largest and oldest nature reserve in Baden-Württemberg. In winter, the snow-capped mountains can be explored over the 60 kilometers of marked hiking trails. The mountain station of the Feldberg mountain railway at 1450 meters is recommended as the starting point for the most beautiful tours.
The Feldberg also constitutes the heart of the High Black Forest winter sports region. There is something for everyone here: skiers and snowboarders will find 16 lifts with 16 descents and approximately 30 km of slopes in the center of the region. There are also two snow-shoe trails and two toboggan runs.
Visit the website: www.hochschwarzwald.de/Feldberg