As many of you may already know, we both studied in the Black Forest ( Daniel for five years and Anna for three years) and lived there together for a year. During this time we discovered many wonderful places. And that’s why we want to give you a little insight into the southern Black Forest today. But this post should not only give you an insight into our elective home the Black Forest, but is also part of Nele’s blog parade. Nele collected contributions from various bloggers about travelling in their own home. Then she made an e-book (in german) from all the contributions. In the end she donates the proceeds of the e-book to a charitable organization – a wonderful idea! So are you ready for five things you can do in the southern Black Forest? Here we go:
Blindensee (moorland with lake)
The Blindensee near Schonach is one of the few still intact growing raised bogs in the Black Forest. The lake can only be reached via a wooden footbridge and is located in the middle of a nature reserve. At the lake there are a few wooden benches where you can have a wonderful picnic. Simply a wonderful piece of nature! And also the area around the Blindensee is simply a dream, a perfect starting point for hikes.
Brend (hiking area and view point)
I think this is the place we’ve been most often. Either to have a barbecue there, spend some time with friends or to watch the sunset. It’s just gorgeous! But the area is also perfect for hiking. There are some beautiful restaurants were you can make a break. Eat some typical food, ice cream or just drink something – I´m sure you´ll find something. At the beginning of May, we did this hike and it is definitely highly recommended, even for inexperienced hikers. But on the internet you´ll find many other lovely hikes around this area.
B 500 (street)
This may sound a little crazy now, because who would name a main road as a thing to do. But if you drive along the B500 out of Furtwangen in direction Tittisee/ Hinterzarten, there are always small parking places right at the road. At these parking lots you almost always have a wonderful view over the Black Forest. Especially at sunset it is worth stopping there. But we also had a picnic there. On the B500 there is usually not much traffic, so it doesn’t feel like a picnic on the highway, but like a wonderful little trip. And don’t worry, you don’t have to take the first parking lot. There are numerous (small) parking lots that offer you a wonderful view. Just look where you like it and where you have a great view and then stop there. I promise you it will be worth it.
Linachtalsperre (storage lake)
The Linachtalsperre is a 143 meter long dam which is under monumental protection as it is the only vaulted row dam in Germany. On a small path you can walk once around the reservoir and enjoy the wonderful view of the lake and the impressive nature. In summer we run around the lake several times on this path and then jumped into the water to cool down – the perfect workout on a summer day. The Linachtalsperre is the perfect place for a short hike, but also for picnics or a balmy summer evening at or in the water. Definitely one of the places where we have been most often and which we miss very much, especially now in summer.
The Tittisee is one of the most popular excursion destinations and rightly so. The lake was created from a glacier and is mostly still natural. On a round trip one can cross the lake once. Right at the lake there are small cafés and restaurants on one side, as also a pedal boat rental and a lido. But also around the lake there are repeatedely great places where one is alone and can have a bath. No matter what time of day or season, the Tittisee is always worth a visit. But I would recommend you to go there during the week, because on weekends it is quite crowded, especially in summer.
As already said at the beginning this is only a small insight, because the southern Black Forest has much more to offer. For example, there is a weekly market every Saturday from 08.00 to 13.00 o’clock on the market place in Furtwangen, where fresh products from the region are sold. The Schluchsee is not far away and a perfect destination for a day trip. And the Triberg waterfalls are right next door. I could go on like this forever (and I haven’t even started with the winter activities yet), but that would go beyond the scope of this trip. As you can see, the southern Black Forest has a lot to offer and is definitely the perfect place for an adventure trip.
Since we lived in Furtwangen, we never stayed in a hotel. Therefore we can’t recommend you a specific hotel, but just have a look at booking.com or any other portal and I’m sure you’ll find something that suits you.
If you need any further inspirations, take a look at our other posts. For example the post about the most beautiful places we´ve visited in 2019.
And now it´s up to you guys! Have you ever been to Black Forest? Or do you have any questions or further tips and inspirations? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. We would love to read them ♥.
Lots of love,