Black Forest: 20 Unique Things to Do, Special Things to See

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True to its name, the Black Forest is one of the most intriguing places in Germany. As a place where one can witness enchanting natural scenery, it’s a region where stories of mythical beings come to life and where beloved fairy tales were born.

In fact, for centuries, people believed that witches, goblins, and nymphs inhabited the Black Forest! Being a person who takes pleasure in exploring places that are straight out of fantasy novels, these intriguing characteristics of the Black Forest stirred a deep interest in me to delve further into its mysteries.

Upon researching and exploring, I found that the Black Forest transcends being merely a backdrop for people’s most fanciful ideas about magic and mythical creatures. It’s a destination that presents a range of unique experiences, particularly if you’re thinking of it as a place to visit. In this post, we’ll go into detail about these special things that you can find in the Black Forest.

To sum it up, the Black Forest, or ‘Schwarzwald’ in German, is a beautiful mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany, teeming with dense, dark, and mysterious pine forests that extend as far as the eye can see.

Amidst these forests are the quaint villages, medieval towns, waterfalls, lakes, unique destinations, that all make visiting the Black Forest fun and worthwhile.

What truly distinguishes the Black Forest from other destinations is its rich tradition and heritage. Not only is it the birthplace of many fairy tales penned by the Grimm Brothers, but it’s also renowned for its watchmaking craftsmanship, especially the production of cuckoo clocks, which lends the Black Forest a unique character.

As you might imagine, the Black Forest is a vast area. Therefore, it’s not just one or two unique things that you can see or do here.

If you decide to explore like I did, I’m sure you’ll discover more than 50 tourist attractions and points of interest in the Black Forest. These are scattered across the numerous towns and villages within the region.

Among the attractions I found, there are 20 that I believe are enough to be unique and special.

By the way, if you’ll be spending time in the Black Forest, here’s where you can find the best hotel deals in the region.

Part 1 — Unique Things to See in the Black Forest (Reasons to Visit Black Forest)

Traveling is all about seeking out the new and the distinctive, right? The Black Forest is a prime example of this. It is home to five unique aspects that cater to this very desire. These features, either unique to the Black Forest or rarely found elsewhere, are guaranteed to provide a fresh perspective on your travels.

1. Forest Scenery

If you’re anything like me, you might have thought that the Black Forest was named for the tales of magic and mythical creatures that supposedly reside there. The connection between black magic and the “Black Forest” seems logical, doesn’t it?

Well, that is not true at all. Actually, ‘Black Forest’ is named after its dark, dense sea of evergreen trees that envelops the mountain range. The forest is mainly made up of fir and pine trees, forming a thick, shadowy appearance that gives the region its characteristic name.

The scenery is unique to the Black Forest and is one of the things that make it distinctive. If you plan on visiting the Black Forest, seeing the view of the dark, forested hills and mountains is a must. If you follow the Instagram account of Michael Corona, I bet you would be really interested in seeing the scenery I’m talking about.

Visiting the various viewpoints and observation decks in the Black Forest can be a truly magical experience, especially if timed right. The ideal moments are usually during sunrise or the golden hour just before sunset.

Among the many spots (viewpoints, observation decks, and towers) to enjoy the forest’s beauty, there are a few that stand out. To me, they are Mehliskopf-Turm, Buchkopfturm Oppenau, Vogteiturm AugenBlick Loßburg, and Hohlohturm. We will discuss similar attractions like these later on this post.

2. Cuckoo Clocks

Cuckoo clocks are traditional gems of the Black Forest. Undoubtedly, they are something that makes the Black Forest unique. The next time you hear the familiar “cuckoo” sound, remember the Black Forest, where this charming tradition began.

The story of the cuckoo clocks in the Black Forest begins in the mid-17th century, when a clockmaker named Franz Anton Ketterer, from the village of Schönwald, had a brilliant idea.

Inspired by the bellows of church organs, he decided to incorporate the sound of a cuckoo into his clocks. This innovation was a hit, and by the mid-18th century, many clock-making shops in the region were producing these charming timepieces with wooden gears.

The thriving cuckoo-making industry was perhaps catalyzed by the Black Forest itself, which provided plenty of raw materials for these clocks. Farmers would use logs from the forest to build cuckoo clocks during the winter months, supplementing their income.

Today, the cuckoo clock is a cultural icon of Germany, and the Black Forest region continues to be renowned for its cuckoo clocks. The clockmakers of the Black Forest preserve the rich history of the region, using the same techniques as their forbearers to hand carve cuckoo clocks known for their quality and craftsmanship.

There are two museums that I highly recommend for learning more about cuckoo clocks:

First, there’s the German Clock Museum in Furtwangen. This museum is located in the historical heart of clockmaking in the Black Forest. It offers both permanent and temporary exhibits on the history of timekeeping. You’ll find an extensive collection of clocks and other timekeeping artifacts, including early cuckoo clocks from the 18th century and the prototypes of the modern Black Forest souvenir.

Second, don’t miss the Black Forest Museum in Triberg. This museum houses the largest collection of grind-organs in Europe, along with an impressive collection of antique Black Forest Clocks.

3. Traditional Houses

If you’re someone who loves to wander or has an appreciation for architecture, the traditional houses in the Black Forest are sure to catch your interest. Designed to adapt to the landscape and climate of the Black Forest, they are one of the most unique houses that you can find in Europe.

In essence, the traditional houses in the Black Forest, or Schwarzwaldhaus as they’re known in German, are a charming and iconic part of the region’s landscape. These houses are primarily constructed from wood, with distinctive hipped roofs that slope on all sides, extending down to the ground floor. This design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical, providing protection against the region’s heavy snowfall and strong winds.

Let the oldest of these houses, known as “Heidenhäuser,” be the example. These houses were typically built on slopes, with roofs extending down to the ground, creating a corridor between the roof and the house. This was particularly useful during winter when the snow was meters high.

Despite the many different types of houses in the Black Forest, they all share a common feature — the division of the house.

Given the importance of agriculture in the Black Forest, ample space was allocated for animals and feed in these traditional houses. Living quarters for the people, often spanning three generations, were more compact, perhaps adding to the cozy atmosphere of these homes.

Picture the house as a layered cake: the cellar at the bottom, followed by the living area and animals, then a sleeping place, and finally, the hay stored at the very top under the roof.

Identifying their exact location and visiting the most well-preserved traditional houses in the Black Forest can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, the Black Forest Open Air Museum offers a solution. Here, you can find some of the finest examples of these traditional houses. Not only can you admire their beauty, but you can also learn about their history and significance.

4. Tradition and Festivals

The Black Forest in Germany is a unique destination, not just for its tangible aspects. There’s something intangible here that sets it apart. To simply put it, it is the Black Forest’s tradition and festivals. There are three events in the Black Forest which I think you’ll also find interesting:

  1. Black Forest Carnival (Fastnacht): Imagine a carnival set against the backdrop of a snow-covered landscape, from December to March. This isn’t your typical carnival, it’s a reflection of the simple life of historic times. People dress up as demons, witches, spirits, and scary animals to symbolically hunt down and expel the bad spirits that bring darkness and cold. It’s a unique blend of fun and folklore!
  2. Harvest and Slaughter Festival: Held around the beginning of October, this festival is a culinary delight. It features traditional cooking methods and celebrates the harvest season. It’s a great way to taste the local cuisine and join in the harvest celebrations.
  3. Cuckoo Clock and Wickerwork Exhibition: If you appreciate craftsmanship, you’ll love this. Housed in the oldest farm in the museum, the Hippenseppenhof, this exhibition showcases the intricate art of cuckoo clocks and wickerwork. It’s a testament to the region’s rich artisanal history.

You can learn more about these events from the calendar of events of the Black Forest.

5. Folklores and Fairytales

Folklores and Fairytales in the Black Forest, Germany

Another intangible aspect that sets the Black Forest apart is its cultural significance. The folklores and fairytales that originated here contribute to this uniqueness. Interestingly, these stories have not only captivated the children in the Black Forest, but have also inspired many individuals globally.

Allow me to provide a brief overview and a short summary of the fairytales that have their roots in the Black Forest:

  • Hansel & Gretel. The story of two children who lose their way in the forest and stumble upon a witch’s house made of candy.
  • Snow White. The story of a princess who flees her evil stepmother and finds solace with seven dwarfs in the heart of the forest.
  • In the tale of Sleeping Beauty, a princess falls into a deep slumber after pricking her finger on a spindle. She is eventually awakened by a prince’s kiss.
  • Rapunzel. The story about a young maiden with long, golden hair who is imprisoned in a tower by a witch. Her escape is facilitated by a prince who climbs up her hair.
  • Little Red Riding Hood. A cautionary tale about a young girl who visits her grandmother in the forest and encounters a cunning wolf.
  • Lastly, The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids is a lesser-known but equally fascinating tale. It revolves around a mother goat who leaves her seven kids at home, warning them about the wolf. The wolf, however, manages to trick the kids and eat them, but they are eventually saved.

As you journey through the Black Forest, you’ll encounter landmarks and scenes that seem to have leaped straight out of a fairytale. Do you recall the towers or viewpoints nestled in the heart of the forest that I mentioned earlier? These are just a few of the places that can transport your imagination into the realm of your favorite Black Forest fairytale.

There are two places that come to mind when thinking about immersing oneself in the fairytales and folklores of the Black Forest. The first is Baiersbronn. The second is Alsfeld.

In Baiersbronn, you’ll find the Hauffs Fairy Tale Museum. This museum is a tribute to the fairytales of Wilhelm Hauff and offers a magical journey through his stories. Then there’s the Alsfeld Fairy Tale House in Alsfeld. Here, you can step into the world of Grimm’s fairytales and let your imagination run wild.

Part 2 — Things to Do Unique to the Black Forest (Ways to Enjoy the Black Forest)

The Black Forest is home to a wide array of travel destinations and tourist attractions. Some provide experiences that are unique to the Black Forest, while others are simply too good to miss when you’re in the area. In this section, we’re going to explore all of these attractions. By adding these spots to your travel plan, your visit to the Black Forest will be even more memorable.

6. Behold the Black Forest from Feldberg

Feldberg, one of the top attractions in the Black Forest, is the highest peak in Germany outside the Alps, reaching an impressive 1,493 meters. Nestled southeast of Freiburg, it’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts all year round.

The mountain’s open meadow, aptly named “Field Mountain”, offers a unique panorama of the Black Forest that will take your breath away. Embark on the Feldberg Steig trail for a scenic hike around the mountain and the captivating Feldsee Lake.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie visiting during the winter, the area’s 28 ski lifts and slopes provide an exhilarating alpine skiing experience. And for a slice of history, visit the old transmission tower at the top of the Seebuck subpeak, now a fascinating ham museum. You can also climb the tower for a more breathtaking views of the Black Forest.

For more information, please check Feldberg official website.

7. Visit the Triberg Waterfalls

Triberg Waterfall is a must-see in the Black Forest for its unique water formation: a series of cascades tumbling down from the Gutach River. The total drop is a whopping 163m, or about 535 feet, spread over 7 different stages.

If you like taking photos, one of the unmissable experiences at Triberg Waterfall is the chance to see these cascades up close and take slow-shutter shots. And if you happen to visit during the Christmas season, you’re in for a truly magical experience. The falls are illuminated, turning the cascades into a cascade of lights!

Amazingly, the area around the falls is home to tribes of red squirrels. These adorable creatures are quite friendly, and you can even feed them.

For more information, here is the official website of Triberg.

8. Discover the Region in the Black Forest Museum

Visiting Triberg during your trip to the Black Forest is worth it due to several attractions in the town. One of these is the Black Forest Museum.

In summary, the Black Forest Museum in Triberg is a fascinating place that offers a deep dive into the cultural and economic life of the Black Forest people. Established in 1936, the museum is home to a wide array of artifacts that paint a vivid picture of the region’s unique culture.

The museum’s permanent exhibitions include a collection of Black Forest clocks spanning over four centuries, traditional Black Forest costumes, intricate wood carvings, and straw weaving. You’ll also find old trade workshops, including an original clockmaker’s workshop.

The automated music boxes, an original village band, mining shafts with their rare minerals, and a landscaped model train exhibition of the Black Forest railway are particularly noteworthy.

Here is the Black Forest Museum info page in Triberg official website.

9. Eat the Black Forest Cake

Obvious enough, the Black Forest Cake, or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte as it’s known in German, is a delicious dessert that originated from the Black Forest region in Germany. It’s a rich, chocolatey cake with layers of whipped cream and cherries, and it gets its unique flavor from a special liquor made from tart cherries called Schwarzwälder Kirsch (wasser).

If you’re visiting the Black Forest, it’s definitely your opportunity to taste some authentic slices of the Black Forest Cake. It’s a must for a well-rounded experience while in the Black Forest.

Let’s say you’ve just visited the Triberg Waterfalls or the Black Forest Museum. You don’t have to leave Triberg to taste authentic Black Forest cakes. You can try the following restaurants and cafes:

  • Hotel Restaurant Pfaff Triberg Restaurant: They’re famous for their Black Forest Cake.
  • Bakery Krachenfels GmbH Cafe: A lovely bakery with a delicious Black Forest Cake.
  • Gasthaus Staude German restaurant: They serve a homemade version of the cake.
  • Café Schaefer: This café uses an original recipe for their Black Forest gateau.
  • Landgasthof Lilie: They even offer presentations about the production of the Black Forest Cake for groups of 10 or more people (with advance reservation).

10. Try the Scenic Drives

The Black Forest, located in Baden-Württemberg, is undeniably a panorama of natural beauty. Its landscape is a blend of mountainous terrain and rolling hills blanketed by a dense, dark forest, creating a sight that is truly unique.

From certain elevated areas, the view is breathtaking. The forest seems to extend infinitely in all directions, forming a vast sea of green. Patches of mist often hang low in the valleys, adding a touch of mystery to the scene.

While these views can be appreciated from the various observation towers and viewpoints scattered throughout the Black Forest, the experience is even more immersive when driving along the forest roads. If you have the opportunity to rent a car during your visit, this scenic drive is highly recommended.

Adding to the charm of the journey are the quaint towns and villages that you’ll encounter along the way. These settlements are characterized by traditional half-timbered houses and charming shops, offering a delightful contrast to the surrounding wilderness.

Now, if you’re planning a scenic drive through the Black Forest, here are the top three routes you should consider:

  1. Black Forest Ridgeway (Schwarzwald-Hochstrasse): Starting from Baden-Baden, this route takes you along the Hornisgrinde to the Kniebis plateau at Freudenstadt, offering stunning views of coniferous forests.
  2. Black Forest Valley Road (Schwarzwald-Tälerstrasse): This road begins at Rastatt and follows the Murg valley, passing by the impressive Schwarzenbach Dam, and continues to Freudenstadt.
  3. Black Forest Spa Route (Schwarzwald-Bäderstrasse): A 270-kilometer-long loop that connects various spas, including Baden-Baden, between Pforzheim and Freudenstadt.

These routes not only offer breathtaking views of the Black Forest’s landscapes but also give you a glimpse of traditional deep-roofed farmhouses, cuckoo clocks, and charming half-timbered villages.

11. Have Fun in Europa Park

Europa Park, Germany

Imagine stepping into a world where you can travel across Europe without ever leaving the park. That’s Europa-Park for you! Located in Rust, which is one of the towns of the Black Forest.

And Indeed it’s a unique experience in the Black Forest, for its unique European theme concept. It’s like a mini-Europe with 15 areas, each representing a different European country. You can feel the vibe of Scandinavia with fresh fish, fjords, and a Norwegian Church, or enjoy the charm of Italy with a miniature St Mark’s Square and pizzeria. It’s not just a theme park, it’s a cultural journey!

If you want, you can opt to stay in Europa Park for a night because it’s also a hotel! For more information about Europa Park, please refer on its official website.

12. Explore a Fairy Tale Museum

Alsfeld Fairy Tale House Museum, Black Forest, Germany

Exploring a fairy tale museum is always a magical experience. But when you step into a museum located in the very place where those fairy tales originated, the magic takes on a whole new level. It’s about authenticity; a unique experience that’s hard to replicate anywhere else.

Earlier, I mentioned that there are two fairy tale museums nestled in the Black Forest. Now, let’s dive a little deeper and get to know them better.

The Hauffs Fairy Tale Museum is a charming little place nestled in Baiersbronn in the Black Forest. It’s dedicated to the life and works of the fairy-tale author Wilhelm Hauff.

His fairy tales are cherished by children in German-speaking countries even today. Some of his most popular tales include “The Story of Little Muck”, “Caliph Stork”, and “The Tale of the Ghost Ship”, all set in the Orient. He also penned tales set in Germany, such as “Little Longnose”, “The Cold Heart” or “The Marble Heart”, and “The Spessart Inn”.

Learn more about Hauffs Museum of Fairy Tale here.

Nestled in the heart of Alsfeld, Germany, the Alsfeld Fairy Tale House Museum is a magical place that brings the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm to life. Housed in a charming half-timbered house from 1628, the museum takes you on a journey through the world of fairy tales across two floors.

One of the highlights of the museum is the dollhouse exhibition on the upper floor. This collection features several hundred dolls and 83 dollhouses that reflect the world of our grandparents and great-grandparents. 

Fun fact! The museum is also believed to be the place where the Grimm brothers wrote the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”.

For the latest visiting information, please check its official website.

13. See the Black Forest Open Air Museum

The Black Forest is rich in local heritage, with a number of remarkable museums that warrant a visit.

Yet, if your interest lies in the distinctive local architecture of the Black Forest houses, the Black Forest Open Air Museum is the ideal destination. This museum offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the architectural style unique to this region.

In essence, the Black Forest Open Air Museum is a living testament to the region’s rich heritage. This outdoor museum sprawls across a 17-acre farm, inviting visitors to step back in time and explore historic buildings from different eras.

The must-see part of the museum is the Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse, a structure dating back to 1612. The museum also houses six fully furnished farmhouses, each showcasing a unique aspect of life in the Black Forest. From dairy and livestock farming to woodworking craft and glassblowing, these exhibitions offer a glimpse into the simplicity of the time.

For more information, you can check the official website of the Open Air Museum of the Black Forest.

14. Come Inside the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock

The Black Forest is renowned for its cuckoo clocks. Not only does it boast the highest number of these unique timepieces, but it’s also home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock. Impressively, it’s so big that you can enter inside!

Specifically, you can find the world’s largest cuckoo clock in Schonach. There it stands as a testament to the artistry and precision of clockmakers Ewald and Ralf Eble. Its design resembles a quaint Black Forest house, complete with a handmade wooden cuckoo clockwork inside.

Imagine a clockwork standing 15 feet tall and weighing six tons. Now picture a wooden cuckoo, weighing a hefty 150 kilograms, appearing at the window on the first floor every half an hour. The pendulum alone is a staggering 26 feet long!

What’s truly remarkable is that this giant timepiece was constructed to work mechanically, just like its smaller counterparts. Every piece was handcrafted, following century-old blueprints, but scaled up 60 times.

You can check this webpage about the largest cuckoo clock to learn more and plan your visit.

15. Behold at the Iconic Freiburg Minster

The Black Forest is home to several impressive architectural landmarks that enhance the worthiness of a visit. Among these, the Freiburg Minster stands out due to its unique and remarkable spire, constructed using an innovative technique for its time.

The tower’s ornate pinnacle marks a significant milestone in Gothic architecture. This was the first instance of a spire being built in an open lattice structure, a design that has since served as a model for numerous European churches.

Another distinctive feature of the Freiburg Minster is its collection of 16 bells. The oldest among them is the “Hosanna” bell, dating back to 1258, and weighing an impressive 3,290 kilograms.

Upon entering the cathedral, visitors are greeted by a vibrant array of colors emanating from the stunning stained-glass windows. Notably, the deep red color in some of the windows is not a result of any dye, but rather a suspension of solid gold nanoparticles.

If you’re interested in exploring more about the church or need information about visiting, the church’s official website is a great resource.

16. Marvel at Black Forest’s Medieval Landmarks

Kloster Maulbronn, one of the Black Forest's Medieval Landmarks

The Black Forest holds a unique charm, particularly for those seeking an escape from the everyday.

A visit to this region is akin to stepping into a fairytale, with its lush landscapes and enchanting atmosphere. But the magic doesn’t stop there. The Black Forest also serves as a time machine, transporting you back to a bygone era. Quaint and medieval landmarks are scattered throughout the region, each telling a story of the past.

Aside from Freiburg Minster, are some medieval landmarks that you should definitely visit:

  • Kloster Maulbronn: A UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s one of the best-preserved medieval Cistercian monastery complexes.
  • Burg Hohengeroldseck: This medieval fortress is located near the town of Zell am Harmersbach.
  • Hohenbaden Old Castle: This medieval castle offers breathtaking views of the Rhine valley.

17. Be Thrilled at Suspension Bridge in Bad Wildbad

The Black Forest is home to many adventures, but the walk across the WildLine suspension bridge in Bad Wildbad is truly unique. This marvel of engineering is a thrill-seeker’s dream. The bridge, which is 380 meters long and stands 60 meters above the ground, offers a one-of-a-kind view of the Black Forest.

As you traverse the bridge, you’ll be treated to a bird’s eye view of the majestic fir trees and the distant mountains and valleys of Bad Wildbad. The bridge vibrates and wobbles slightly with each step, adding to the excitement of the experience. But don’t worry, it’s all part of the thrill!

However, some visitors have reported feeling a bit dizzy when looking down, and the swaying of the bridge might be unsettling for some. If heights aren’t your thing, this might not be the experience for you. But if you’re looking to conquer your fear, this could be the perfect opportunity!

For more information, you can visit the official website of the suspension bridge.

18. Climb the Treetop Walk

Another unique structure with a great view of the Black Forest is the Treetop Walk. It is an observation boardwalk and tower with a 1250-meter-long ramp that goes up and up until you reach 40-meters high above the forest ground.

The highlight of the tower is of course the view from the top. From up there, you get a breathtaking view of the Nature Park Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Kraichgau region, the Stuttgart TV tower, and the Swabian Jura. And guess what? There’s a 55-meter tunnel slide inside the tower for a fun way to get back to the ground!

Right next to the lookout tower, there’s the Adventure Forest Sommerberg. It’s a woodland paradise covering more than 8,000 square meters. You’ll find a giant trampoline, zip lines, and climbing castles. It’s a fun-filled adventure for the whole family.

Here’s the official website of the Treetop Walk if you want to plan your visit.

19. Wander in a Fairytale Village

Fairytale villages in the Black Forest, Germany

Germany is abundant with enchanting villages and towns, each with its own unique charm. Yet, there’s something truly special about visiting the very place where these fairytales were born.

I’ve dedicated an entire article to this topic, where I share my top selections of the most picturesque fairytale villages and towns nestled in the Black Forest. Do take a moment to explore it for a deeper dive into these quaint destinations.

20. Relax in Baden-Baden — a Spa Town

If you’re planning a visit to the Black Forest, consider setting aside a day for Baden-Baden. This unique town is known for its ancient thermal baths and is a highlight of the region.

I suggest making this visit on the last day of your trip. This way, you can return home fully rejuvenated.

Baden-Baden’s thermal baths are fed by springs deep beneath the earth. These have been a source of relaxation and healing for centuries. The water, rich in minerals and heated to temperatures between 50°C and 68°C, is believed to have therapeutic effects on various health conditions.

If you’re planning a visit, here are three spa locations you must consider:

  1. Caracalla Therme: A modern spa with a touch of Roman elegance, named after the emperor who started the city’s spa culture. Under its grand dome, you can soak in the mineral-rich waters and enjoy the massage jets.
  2. Friedrichsbad: This is where tradition meets tranquility. As Baden-Baden’s oldest spa, it offers authentic thermal baths and massages in a setting that harks back to Roman times.
  3. Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa: For a luxurious experience, this 5-star hotel set in scenic gardens offers exclusive spa facilities and a range of therapeutic treatments at its dedicated House of Wellbeing.

Part 3 — Places to Visit Outside the Black Forest

The Black Forest in southern Germany is a destination filled with activities, but it’s worth venturing beyond its borders to explore neighboring attractions. If you’re in the area and want to broaden your travel experience, there are several places you can easily include in your itinerary.

The Black Forest’s location, tucked away in the southwest corner of Germany, makes it easy to visit other cities in Germany, France, and Switzerland. In Germany, consider a trip to Stuttgart for a diverse travel experience. This city is the birthplace of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, and you can visit their museums to see car exhibits that span the history of the automobile industry.

Crossing the border into France, Strasbourg is a must-visit. This city is a microcosm of Europe, offering a mix of medieval architecture and modern European affairs.

Switzerland also has much to offer. Start in Basel, but don’t miss out on Bern, Zurich, and Interlaken, which are easily accessible from the southern towns of the Black Forest.

Lastly, you can refer to my post about the most beautiful places in southern Germany. This will help you prioritize what to see in Germany before moving on to other European countries.

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