I recently went to an event with Visit Black Forest as they have created a Facebook Smart Hub all about the Black Forest in Germany.
The Black Forest is somewhere that I have wanted to go to for some time. I didn’t know much about it before the event but I knew that it’s full of nature- as the name suggests, and I’ve always thought of it as quite mystical and hidden, which is also probably down to the name.
The Black Forest is a lot bigger than I thought though, spanning approximately 4,250 square miles, home to 3 million people and it has 321 cities and villages.. there’s me thinking it was just a forest! Although it does have over 70 mountains over 1000m high!
I felt really inspired to visit the Black Forest after the event (hopefully I will soon!), so I thought I’d note down a few things I would want to do on my visit to the Black Forest and hopefully this will inspire you to book a visit there or get some idea’s on what to do if you have already booked!
1 – Black Forest Highlands
This area is probably what I have always thought of the Black Forest to be. Described on their website as: Ranging 700 m to 1,500 m, the Black Forest Highlands offer a healing climate and pure air among untouched nature year round. This vacation region is perfect for discovering romantic villages with lively traditions, untouched countryside, and a versatile range of recreational activities.
I love hiking and walking, and I love fairytale looking Villages which I always relate to Germany, so I think I would love it in the Black Forest Highlands!
2 – Baiersbronn National Park
Apparently Baiersbronn stands for pleasure which is a good start, and at this National Park you can learn how to indulge and get along with nature. One way is by sleeping out under the stars- how amazing! Other ways are hiking and visiting its waterfalls.
3 – Explore Freiburg
The Black Forest isn’t all about the Countryside though and Freiburg one of the main cities in the area. It’s an ancient city with winding alleys and little streams running through it. The Black Forest website also says it has one of the most beautiful and oldest beer gardens in southern Baden. What else could you want?
4 – Black Forest Spa Route
The Black Forest appears to be full of spa and spa hotels so it seems like a must to stay at one of them. There is even something called the Black Forest Spa Route as wellness is a longstanding tradition in the Black Forest. As you may or may not know, I am focusing a lot on Wellness in my life and on my blog at the moment so I think letting myself relax, and letting nature give me energy here would be perfect!
To read more of my posts on Wellness, have a look here!
5 – Black Forest Gateau
It seems that most people know the Black Forest for the cake! This wasn’t actually what I associated it with but I do understand it! It was good to hear at the event that this cake is still very popular in the area. So much so, that at our event we made a Black Forest Gateau. I’m Vegan and the guys managed to source Vegan ingredients for me. None of us knew how it would go, even Fritz who was teaching us and owns a bakery in the Black Forest. He has made over 12,000 cakes but never a Vegan one.
I’m not sure if I’d be able to find a Vegan Gateau in the Black Forest but I’d certainly like to try!
By the way, his bakery is called- Bäckerei Cafe Konditorei so I’d definitely go and see him in his bakery and I suggest you do too as I can only imagine how nice his cakes are!
That’s it for now, although there are so many more things to do in the Black Forest too! I better get a trip booked there hadn’t i!
To learn more about the Black Forest in Germany and to help plan your trip, visit their Facebook Smart Hub Page @visitblackforest here!
(All photos on this page are sourced from the Black Forest Website, except the cake which was my own creation!)
To look on their app, click here!
For accommodation in the Black Forest for all budgets have a look on Booking.com. I use this site to book all of my hotels and I find some great places!
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This post was written in collaboration with Visit Black Forest but all opinions and thoughts are my own.