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Arrival in Freiburg, the capital of Black Forest – How to get here
Arrival by train: Freiburg is within the network of the European railway system – Freiburg is an Intercity Express-station between Frankfurt and Basel. So Freiburg is readily accessible by express from all directions, e.g. from Frankfurt in about 2 hours.
- Arrival by car: Take the Rhine Valley motorway A 5 Karlsruhe-Basel, exit Freiburg-Mitte. From the east via the Bodensee motorway A 81 and the road B 31 (Bundesstrasse 31)..
- Arrival by plane: Via EUROAIRPORT Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in one hour by bus. Via the airports Zürich, Strassburg, Stuttgart or Frankfurt in 2 to 3 hours by bus or car. There is a rapid ICE/IC direct rail connection to Freiburg from Frankfurt Airport.
As a nature lover – visit the Black Forest. You find untouched forests, lakes to swim in, beautiful shorelines. Biking, hiking, skiing or water sports are possible in this region – for all levels of ability
The southern Black Forest has one of the best trail systems for hikers and mountain bikers. There are boat rentals and ferry tours on Lake Titisee, a natural glacier lake with very clean water near Feldberg, the highest mountain here (1493 m). On Lake Schluchsee, the largest lake in Black Forest, there is windsurfing available.
Wherever you are, you are never far from one of the many “Gasthäuser” – rustic inns, that cater to the hikers and bikers.
There are many vacation rentals, vacation apartments in farmhouses and bed & breakfast. More
Have a great vacation!
Black Forest (Schwarzwald) in southwestern Germany
The Black Forest covers a triangular section of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany, roughly 145 km (90 miles) long and 40 km (25 miles) wide. The Feldberg as highest mountain in the southern part reaches about 1493 m (5000 feet) – excellent for skiing in winter and hiking or mountain climbing in summer.
The name “Black Forest (Schwarzwald)” is a little wrong, as the forests are no darker or blacker than anywhere else in Germany. In fact, the whole area receives considerably more sunshine than the overall average for the rest of Germany. It is a bright, open land of tree-covered mountains, intermittent pine and birch forests and mountains alive with fairy-tale villages. There is hardly a section of the Black Forest that is lacking in beauty and charm. Weathered great farmhouses dress the landscape. In the Black Forest you will find ski resorts and well-equipped spas, as well as ordinary mountain towns that are small, rustic, colorful, and often tucked away in valleys of stunning peacefulness and beauty.
People from all over the world come to the Black Forest to rest and enjoy the beauty of nature. In the 19th century, for example, just about everyone who mattered in Europe gravitated to the Black Forest: queens, kings, emperors, princes and princesses, members of Napoleon’s family, and the Russian nobility, along with actors, actresses, writers, and composers. Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy were among the Russian contingent. Victor Hugo was a frequent visitor. Brahms composed lilting melodies in this calm setting. Queen Victoria spent her vacations here.
Today it’s a favorite vacation setting for average citizens and travelers.