The Black Forest is a unique natural area mostly composed of a mountain range with a large forest density located southwest of Germany, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Within this group of mountains and forests the Feldberg peak with 1493 m of altitude is the highest point in the region. With about 160 km long and up to 60 km wide, it has become a place of pilgrimage for those who wish to make nature tourism and enjoy nature and local customs for a few days.
The first references to this jungle are from the 14th century. It plays a major role in Germanic history, as it was the limit of the Roman Empire, which naturally delineated the rise of this empire to German lands. This created cores of independent population which developed their own culture and customs, not so much influenced by the Roman Empire as were the Mediterranean cultures. Hence, it is a pleasure to visit the region, since it has a particular history that enriches the visit of any tourist willing to enjoy nature and the contact with the German people.
One of the highest interests of The Black Forest is rural tourism, offering natural landscapes in the continental Europe, life in the outdoors and sports such as hiking trails attract thousands of adventurers each year. We must emphasize the great condition of public facilities, viewpoints, roads and hiking trails that are well demarcated and indicated. This is a great advantage because you do not need to hire the services of a guide to enjoy this lush continental forest. One of the most requested hiking routes is the high route of the Black Forest from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt. And if you are not passionate about walking, you can do mountain biking in many of these routes.
Other places you can visit in this region are the Thermal Palace in Bad Wildbad, or Triberg waterfalls and the Europa Park in Rust. In Furtwangen and Donaueschingen, you can see the source of the Danube. If you enjoy visiting beautiful natural landscapes you can not fail to see the lakes Titisee and Schluchsee and enjoy a day of trekking climbing the highest mountain of the Black Forest, the Feldberg (1,493 m)
The German culture of that area is very rich, and it offers the opportunity to visit many interesting museums. A good example is the Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. The Vitra design in Weil am Rhein, is a museum belonging to Vitra, the famous brand of designer furniture, in which you can see different samples of modern architecture, interior design and furniture of the brand. The building itself is a work of art, architecturally speaking. Another point of interest is the German Clock Museum (Deutsches Uhrenmuseum) located in Furtwangen with a variety of automatons and clocks of all sizes and varieties. Finally you can not miss the museum of peasant houses in Gutach Vogtsbauernhof an der Schwarzwald reproducing peasant life in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The Black Forest is one of the most interesting places in Germany, and it has excellent road connections from almost any major European capital, so, why don't you visit it on your next trip to Europe? You will enjoy unforgettable days for sure.