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.