Germany’s bucolic Black Forest—a popular destination for hikers, campers, cyclists, and Grimm fairy-tale fans—makes for an ideal day trip from Strasbourg, the capital of France’s historic Alsace region. Here are a few ways to make the most of a daylong journey into the beautiful, culturally diverse Black Forest.
Visit the Roman spa town of Baden-Baden, located on the border between France and Germany, and known for attractions including the Art Nouveau villas, the Lichtentaler Allee gardens, and the 2,000-year-old Roman baths.
Gaze out over the shimmering waters of the Mummelsee, Schluchsee, and Titisee lakes.
Take the German Wine Route through the region’s rolling hillsides and discover lush vineyards, grand castles, and pretty villages.
Explore key sights such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Maulbronn Monastery and the medieval town of Freiburg.
Follow the German Clock Trail, which links the region’s many clock-making factories and workshops.
Things to Know
Baden-Baden is located in the Rhine Valley, 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Strasbourg—a journey of about 45 minutes by road.
Freiburg lies 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of Strasbourg, about an hour’s drive.
Full-day Black Forest tours from Strasbourg typically last about nine hours and include hotel pickup and drop-off, transport by air-conditioned vehicle, and a tour guide.
Tours tend to involve quite a lot of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended.