The Black Forest consists of 80% pine and spruce trees and is considered the largest contiguous forest area in Germany. Apparently, the area was given the name “Black Forest” by the Romans, to whom the forest appeared very dark and sinister from the outside. They christened the forest “Silvra nigra” – translated “black forest” – and preferred to rather walk detours around it than actually enter the forest. All the while the Black Forest hosts beautiful nature and impressive places! One of them is the Triberg Waterfalls, which counts as one of the highest waterfalls in Germany with a drop of 163m. Surrounded by beautiful plants and trees, three paths lead to the waterfall, which is a natural spectacle worth seeing in summer as well as in winter.
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An important symbol and landmark of the Black Forest is the so-called “Bollenhut“, which is a hat that was part of the traditional costume of Protestant women since 1800. Unmarried women wear the hat with red “Bollen” and married women with black ones. The village of Gutach is considered the home of the Bollenhut and is therefore the perfect place to learn more about the culture of the Black Forest. The open-air museum, which uses authentic buildings to show how people have lived in the Black Forest over the past 400 years, is a particularly good place to do this. If you are in Gutach, you should also not miss the toboggan run, where young and old can sledge down a track that is over 1000 meters long! Another must-see is the “Park with all senses” where barefoot paths lead to scent pavilions, feeling stations or flower tunnels.
If you would like to go hiking and get a great view of the Black Forest, you should not miss a hike to the Mooskopf. The hiking trail is easy to manage with around 316 meters of altitude and wide paths that will lead to the imposing Lothar monument near Gegenbach. The memorial commemorates hurricane Lothar, which raged in December 1999 and provided new outlooks into the Rhine valley. Today, the Lothardenkmal is an impressive photo spot with a great panoramic view of the Black Forest.
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Another great place for hiking or talking a long walk is at the 1284-metre-high Schauinsland mountain near Freiburg. The observation tower at the top of the mountain offers fantastic views over the country and is particularly easy to reach with the Schauinsland cable car. Whether via a gondola or on foot, there are countless opportunities to enjoy nature and take impressive photos here!
Those of you who want to climb even higher mountains should pay a visit to the highest mountain in the Black Forest. The 1493-metre-high Feldberg offers many idyllic paths and breathtaking panoramas over the countryside. Of course, you can also take a gondola up to the mountain and enjoy the view from there. Below the mountain lies the Feldsee, which is also a real eye-catcher thanks to the steeply rising slopes. In winter, the Feldberg is covered in snow and is a popular skiing area until May.
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For some relaxation by the water, you should stop by at the wonderful Titisee. In summer, the natural lake is a real bathing paradise, but also a beautiful place to stroll and enjoy nature in the colder seasons. The many long-distance hiking trails are perfect for exploring and snapping floral snapshots or impressive landscape pictures!
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We hope you enjoyed our little trip through the Black Forest! If you ever stop by on one of these spots and want to share your pictures with us, make sure to tag us on Instagram under #pickmotion. Remember to also send your loved ones some greetings with our postcards from the online shop or a local retailer nearby!