Fairytale Family Fun in Germany's Black Forest
There are few destinations that match the Black Forest's legendary picturesque charm.
Renowned as the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm Fairytales and German cuckoo clocks, the Black Forest offers many family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities.
Nestled along the French border, its deep, lush forests, hills, valleys, and streams have been delighting residents and visitors alike for centuries. In the early 1800s, European Royalty began to travel to the Black Forest for healing soaks in the local natural thermal spas, starting a trend still popular today.
If you consider renting a holiday home in Black Forest, you'll never be at a loss for something interesting to do or fascinating things to see.
The Black Forest Open Air Museum, or Schwarzwälder Freilichtmuseum, is an up-close look at the region's rich culture and history. Six farmhouses are the main attraction, some dating back to the 16th century. Each one offers a different glimpse of local culture and artistry. Adults and children alike are captivated by this living, breathing, history lesson. The walking tours are available with English-speaking guides.
Located in the northern Black Forest, Baden Baden is one of the world's most renowned spa towns. Relax in the therapeutic thermal baths, explore the Black Forest National Park (Germany's largest), or just sit back and enjoy the rolling hills covered with a blanket of pines.
If you prefer a Black Forest holiday home a bit more off the beaten path, Badwildabad offers the same scenic splendor as its close neighbor Baden Baden with less commotion. The majestic Wildsee River offers many opportunities for recreation and relaxation, such as swimming, diving and boating.
Be sure to check out the nearby town of Freiburg, known as the jewel of the Black Forest. Freiburg exudes a welcoming, homey vibe in the shadow of their medieval red sandstone cathedral. Wander the town's cobblestone streets and admire the architectural artistry in the Munsterplatz. Explore the Farmers Market or enjoy one of the many family eateries.
Want to immerse yourself in the Black Forest's majestic landscape? Board a passenger vessel or rowboat on the exquisite glacial Lake Titisee. The hilly green vistas surround you with jaw-dropping natural splendor from every angle. It's a bit touristy, but very much worth the excursion, especially if you enjoy water sports.
Whether you prefer sporty activities like windsurfing, hiking, and paragliding, or prefer sitting quietly with a good book in the shadow of the pines, the Black Forest is the perfect location for a holiday home. And don’t forget to try the almost ridiculously delicious Black Forest cake!