Black Forest in depth
Black Forest in depth, Germany
Spend a day exploring the Black Forest, from hiking one of the highest waterfalls in Germany to seeing the world’s biggest cuckoo clock.
You’ll arrive at Triberg Waterfalls, where the Gutach River chaotically spills down seven major steps, crashing to the rocky valley below. The hike starts on the main street of Triberg, where there are plenty of shops selling locally made crafts. You’ll also have time to explore the town and get a bite to eat.
On the drive home, you’ll ride along panoramic roads that often offer views out to the Swiss Alps and Vosges Mountains. This specific combination of stops was created exclusively by Audley for you, and the stops can be tailored to your needs.
Your driver can pick you up from your hotel in the Black Forest and you’ll spend most of the day driving and sightseeing throughout the region.
On your ride to Triberg, you’ll pass scenery characteristic to the region: wooded areas and deforested meadows where the cows of dairy farmers graze. Often, you’ll catch glimpses of the gentle peaks belonging to the Vosges Mountains and the striking summits of the Swiss Alps.
When you arrive in Triberg, you can head to the Triberg Waterfalls, one of the highest waterfalls in Germany at 163m (535 feet). The Gutach River tumbles over seven steps, falling from a high plain to a rocky V-shaped valley below.
There are hiking trails up to the top of the waterfall, which begin off the main street in town. The route is challenging, so we only recommend the trails for those who are experienced hikers. Depending on the time of year, certain parts of the waterfalls may not be accessible, so be sure to check ahead of time.
After seeing the waterfalls, head into the small town. The streets are steep and the buildings adorned with flower boxes spilling over with blossoms. While in town, you can shop the many stores selling locally made crafts, stop by and watch the world’s largest cuckoo clock or learn more about the region at the Black Forest Museum.
The museum examines all sides of the Black Forest and sheds some light on regional customs. You’ll learn how many pom-poms are on the traditional Bollenhut hat and why the women of Triberg don top hats. You’ll also get to see the four centuries worth of Black Forest clocks, an important part of the region’s industry.
You’re free to enjoy lunch while in town. We suggest Restaurant Bergseestüble for the chance to try the local delicacy of Triberg spruce ham, a tender ham dish seasoned by earthy spruce trees. And be sure to top off your meal with a piece of classic Black Forest cake.
When you’re done in town, your driver will head back along the winding, panoramic roads to your hotel.
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