Black Forest Delights And No We Are Not Talking About The Cake

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The very name conjures up images of fantastic beasts and perilous adventures, and indeed the Black Forest was the setting for many of the immortal tales of the Brothers Grimm. Yet the area is also famous for the rather-less-than-dangerous cuckoo clock and the dangerous-only-to-your-diet Black Forest Cake. In reality, the Black Forest presents endless travel opportunities, whether you’re an avid hiker or a culture buff.

Hike & Bike
The Black Forest is renowned for its untainted beauty and abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hikers and bikers (the human-powered variety) are well served, with trails that let you reach areas no car can access. Castles, waterfalls and magnificent views are some of the rewards for going on foot rather than burning petrol.

Long-distance trails? How about the 280km Westweg trail, which covers the length of the forest, from Pforzheim to Basel – that about a fortnight’s worth of hiking for someone in reasonably good shape. The uninitiated would do well to stick to the shorter trails for a start, or seek support. The Schwarzwaldverein manages the trails, and has useful information on accommodation and itineraries. For guided or self-guided tours, try World Walks or Macs Adventure. Special interest options such as The Clockmaker’s Trail and The Barden Red Wine Trail offer the opportunity to combine interests, if that strikes your fancy.

TYM-Germany-Black_Forest-Westweg_TrailPart of the 280-km Westweg Trail – tranquility and beauty far from the cares of the world

Cycling enthusiasts have a wealth of options too. If you’re into cycling but not into huffing and puffing up hill and mountains, you might want to try the Southern Black Forest Route which lets you ride the only real climb along the way on a train – the rest of the way is downhill from there!

Wind down in town
All this outdoor activity might be too much for some. Thankfully the Black Forest isn’t all forest – numerous towns, museums, gardens and a wealth of other attractions are scattered throughout. Relax on a boat trip, enjoy a scenic cable car ride, or soak in a rejuvenating spa treatment.

Since the Romans discovered the hot springs of Baden-Baden and their benefits on ailments like rheumatism and gout, everyone from royalty to commoner has sought out the same healing powers. Today the region is home numerous spas, even boasting of a Black Forest Spa Route and the Upper Rhine Thermal Museum.

TYM-Germany-Black_Forest-SpaThe Black Forest is renowned for it’s wealth of spas

Museum lovers who love a bargain should check out the Upper Rhine Museum Pass, which offers free access to over 190 museums, castles and gardens. And it’s valid across the Rhine, in Alsace (France) and Basel (Switzerland) too.

Let The Pictures Do The Talking:
The scenic beauty of the Black Forest is magical and enchanting. The best way to appreciate its beauty is through the pictures. Enjoy the series of pictures below sourced from various talented photographers.


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Further Reading:
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/europe/the-complete-guide-to-the-black-forest-587560.html
www.germany.travel/en/leisure-and-recreation/cycling/cycling.html
http://www.haute-alsacetourisme.com/en/news-pro/strasbourg-pass-mulhouse-city-pass-upper-rhine-museum-pass-3.html

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