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Highlights Black Forest
- Largest German low mountain range
- Long hiking trails
- Alemannic Fasnet
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Vacation rentals in the Black Forest
Right on the edge of the forest or in the middle of town: you can live in a holiday apartment in the northern Black Forest. Comfortably furnished apartments can be found in the very north near Karlsruhe and Pforzheim as well as on the southern border near Renchtal and Freudenstadt. Apartments in downtown locations are equipped with kitchenette, dishwasher, TV and WLAN and offer a pleasant stay for two to four people. Somewhat outside and closer to the edge of the forest you will find typical Black Forest houses with room for the whole family.Spacious vacation rentals in the Middle Black Forest
Discover a spacious vacation rental in a green valley in the middle of the Black Forest between Renchtal and Freiburg im Breisgau. In the Black Forest National Park you will find secluded Black Forest houses with wooden gables and balconies. The detached houses are often rustically furnished, with a country kitchen made of wood, several bedrooms and separate living room. Dishwasher and washing machine offer modern comfort. Some cottages even have their own sauna. From the balcony and the terrace you have a view over spacious meadows.Apartments with mountain panorama in the southern Black Forest
Between high mountains and deep valleys you live in the southern Black Forest south of Freiburg. If you would like to live directly on the lake shore, take a holiday apartment on the Schluchsee or in Titisee-Neustadt on the Titisee. Combined living/sleeping rooms, kitchenette and bathroom offer space for two to four people. Under wooden gables you spend the night in vacation rentals around the Feldberg. From the balcony of your house you can often enjoy a wonderful mountain panorama. The facilities, built in the typical Black Forest style, are usually equipped with a pool and sauna, parking spaces for cars are usually also part of the house.
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Location and orientation
The Black Forest is the largest and highest continuous low mountain range in Germany. It lies in the southwest of Baden-Württemberg, the southern border forms the Hochrhein. In the north the Black Forest extends as far as Kraichgau, in the west as far as the Upper Rhine Plain. In the east the low mountain range borders the Klettgau. From north to south the area measures about 150 kilometres, from east to west up to 60 kilometres. The highest elevation is the Feldberg with 1493 meters.Wooded north, high peaks in the south
The Black Forest is divided into three scenic regions: The northern Black Forest, with the upper centre Pforzheim, is the most densely wooded area of the low mountain range. The centrepiece is the rather flat Middle Black Forest, which includes parts of the Upper Black Forest and the Black Forest Nature Park. The highest peaks rise in the southern Black Forest, including the Feldberg, the 1414 metre high Belchen and the 1284 metre high Schauinsland.
The Romans were the ones who gave the Black Forest its name: The forest was so unfathomable and dark, they called it Silva Nigra - Black Forest.
Travelers and Activities
Almost 24,000 kilometres of signposted hiking trails lead through the more than 11,000 square metre Black Forest holiday region. These include long-distance hiking trails such as the Westweg, which runs over 285 kilometres from Pforzheim to Basel. The 119-kilometer-long Schluchtensteig (gorge trail) runs through the Southern Black Forest Nature Park. On adventure hiking trails and pleasure trails, hikers pass waterfalls or old shepherd paths. The Gernsbach Legend Trail leads past the scenes of old folk tales.The Black Forest for families
The Black Forest is a very family-friendly holiday region. From your own holiday home, for example, you can go on special family bike tours through the low mountain range landscape. Young and old hikers can also discover a lot on the numerous theme trails: On the forest adventure trail you get to know the forest better, on the fruit nature trail you pass many informative information boards through the fruit growing areas of the region, while the wine nature trail, as the name suggests, leads through the Black Forest vineyards.
The numerous mountain lakes in the surrounding area offer a wonderful opportunity to cool off in summer. For particularly active families, it can also be worth buying a Hochschwarzwald Card, which gives you free access to over a hundred leisure activities every day. A popular form of accommodation for families with small children is also the farm.
In the apartment in the Black Forest, the family dog can usually feel at home. The many hiking trails offer the four-legged friends excellent opportunities to let off steam. At the Schluchsee there is even an own dog beach. In the forest, however, you should always keep dogs on a leash, especially during the closed season. It is best to contact the landlord before your arrival and register your four-legged friend already.
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In the southern Black Forest lies the 1.3 square kilometre Titisee, right next to the town of Titisee-Neustadt, surrounded by forests and mountains. The lake, about 20 metres deep, was created from the Feldberg glacier. In summer, windsurfers and divers meet at Lake Titisee. Anglers fish here for zander, sea trout and pike.2. Challenging happiness in Baden-Baden
A popular destination for a holiday in the Black Forest is the health resort of Baden-Baden. During the day, you can take advantage of the numerous wellness offers in the thermal baths, some of which were already used by the Romans. In the evening we go to the casino in the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden. In a sophisticated atmosphere, visitors can challenge their luck here.3. The Benedictine monastery St. Blasien
In the district of Waldshut lies the Benedictine monastery of St. Blasien. Already in the 9th century there was an abbey at its present location. After the old buildings were destroyed in several wars, they were rebuilt in the baroque and neoclassical style in the 18th century. With its magnificent interior, the monastery, and especially the cathedral with its impressive ceiling painting, attracts numerous visitors. Today the monastery also functions as a Jesuit-led grammar school with an affiliated boarding school.4. The Triberg waterfalls
The Triberg waterfalls are located near Triberg in the Black Forest. The water pours over the rocks from a height of 163 metres. This makes the Triberg Waterfalls one of the highest in Germany and a popular sight to see. The upper falls are 872 to 856 metres above sea level, the main seven-stage falls range from about 805 to 713 metres above sea level.5 The Alemannic Fasnet in the Black Forest
In the Black Forest, the fifth season begins on 6 January. Until Ash Wednesday many towns and villages celebrate the traditional Alemannic Fasnet. Devils, witches and fools wander through the streets and make all kinds of noise. From a holiday apartment in Offenburg or Gengenbach you can admire dressed up figures with traditional wood larvae, special masks. Since December 2014, the Swabian-Alemannic Fasnet has been part of the intangible cultural heritage and is THE highlight of the year for many residents.
FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Black Forest
Considering the average cost of $138.59 per night, Black Forest lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in Germany.
According to our data from the previous year, the months with the cheapest prices in Black Forest are March, January and February, with average prices of $126.91, $127.97, and $130.99, respectively.
When it comes to looking for a vacation rental in Black Forest, the months when it is most expensive are, in order of highest to lowest, August, July and September, with average prices per night of $155.68, $151.95, and $140.94, respectively.
You should book your stay well in advance when visiting Black Forest, as only 41% of our accommodations are usually available throughout the year.
In 2020, the months with more free accommodation of the year in Black Forest were December, January and November, with average availabilities of 61.5%, 61.5%, and 58.25%, respectively.
The months with the lowest properties available in Black Forest are, in order, August, July, and September with respective average availability figures of 14.8%, 18.75%, and 24.25%, based on data collected in 2020.
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