Being outdoor people, we knew that we also wanted to do hiking in the Black Forest. Located in the southwest corner of Germany, consisting of 2,320 sq. miles or roughly the size of Delaware. The Black Forest encompasses many small German towns scattered throughout, all of which are connected with well defined and marked hiking trails.
To begin our visit, we flew into the town of Basel, Switzerland which is located where Switzerland, Germany and France all come together. It is also one of the largest cities surrounding the Black Forest so since we were flying in, we were able to save some money but choosing it as our destination. After exploring the city and staying the night, we hopped on the first train we could towards the Black Forest. Having purchased a Eurorail pass for all of Germany, which also included trips leaving Basel, we were able to take any train we wanted and did not have to worry about buying a ticket. As long as there was an open seat, we could take the train. Over the 5 days we spent taking a train around Germany, we were never on a full train.
Our first stop in the Black Forest was the small lake side town of Titisee. There is a pedestrian only area along the lake where there are multiple shops and restaurants to find souvenirs or eat some authentic German food. As it isn’t much of a tourist city and more a resort town, it still has a lot of its charm. After stopping in the visitor center to figure out where we were going to hike, we walked past the lake and right out of town. From there we walked right into the foothills of the Black Forest and started our ascent of a nearby hill. Once we were in the darkness caused by the all the trees, it cooled off dramatically so it would be a nice place to well into summer. Along there way up and then at the top we got some amazing views of the German countryside. Once at the top, we were able to pay one Euro to climb a metal tower above the trees to get 360 degree views of the surrounding area.
Instead of hiking down the same way we came, we were able to follow the hiking signs to the next town with a train stop, Neustadt. While not as picturesque as Titisee, it was still a nice small town. From there we hopped onto the train to Triberg, the location of the tallest waterfall in Germany. It doesn’t drop the total 535 feet all at once like your typical waterfall. That height is spread between the 7 major drops, making the valley amazing to hike up. After walking up through the town from the train station, we paid the 3.50 euro to enter the park with the waterfalls. There is a paved trail that switchbacks up the valley but it still gets fairly steep at points. There are also 2 bridges that cross over the top of the falls!
Where is your favorite park or hiking trail?