Attractions Black Forest and surroundings

Experience the Black Forest, as it was then!

In the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach culture and history are filled with life. Discover how Black Forest farms have lived, lived and worked for over 400 years. Visit six fully furnished Einachhöfe and a Tagelöhnerhaus. There are also around 15 outbuildings such as mills, saws, storage, cottage gardens, a herb garden and lots of animals of old breeds.

An extensive program of events with mill demonstrations, a museum workshop for children and many exciting event highlights make for an exciting museum visit.

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Explore the historic city center of Villingens with the city wall and its mighty gates, towers and bay windows, the minster „Our Lady“ and the Benedictine church. Stroll through the picturesque streets and discover many of the idyllic corners.

Visit the former clock industry town Schwenningen. During a tour you can discover the nature reserve „Schwenninger Moos“ and the Neckarquelle. Those who are passionate about sports can cheer in the Helios Arena with the ice hockey stars of the ERC Schwenningen and experience pure goose bumps.

Furthermore, the RADPARADIES with 30 attractive routes offers touring cyclists, mountain bikers and racing cyclists pure cycling fun on signposted bike tours. From Villingen-Schwenningen you can start directly on a total of 5 tours. Information boards and information columns show interesting facts, sights and restaurants in our city.

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The medieval Swiss town on the banks of the Hochrhein is one of the most popular destinations in the international Lake Constance region. Stein am Rhein enchants with its closed historical image of the old town, the ensemble of well-preserved town houses decorated with façade painting, bay windows and stepped gables, the medieval gates and towers.

The former economic importance of the place symbolizes until today the 11th century founded Benedictine monastery St. Georgen. The facility directly on the Rhine can be visited as a museum. The rather middle-class life in the 19th century is dedicated to the Museum Lindwurm, which conveys the upscale living culture of the time.

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The Salemer valley is one of the most beautiful holiday landscapes in the hinterland of Lake Constance. The municipality of Salem, with around 11,000 inhabitants, with its 11 suburbs, with its central location, is an ideal starting point for the many excursion destinations around Lake Constance.

Already in 1134, the monks of the Cistercian Order settled here to found a monastery, which quickly became one of the most influential in southern Germany. The landscape was also shaped by the monastery. The numerous small ponds, once created by the monks for fish farming, are now a diverse habitat for animals and plants.

Fun for the whole family is the Monkey Mountain, an outdoor enclosure with around 200 Barbary macaques that enjoy being fed by the visitors. The idyllic area is also home to fallow deer and numerous storks. If you are in the mood for cool water, the nature park Schlosssee offers unlimited bathing fun for the whole family.

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The historic city of Konstanz is today a lively university town with a rich leisure offer. Constance has preserved its tradition as a city of commerce and culture to this day and has added many new facets. In the oldest district, the Niederburg with its narrow, winding streets, urban life can be traced back to the Middle Ages.
Due to the unique location of the city on Lake Constance and the Rhine Konstanz is the ideal starting point for excursions in the region. In the summer months, the ships of the Bodensee adventure fleet operate and offer a very special holiday experience on Lake Constance between Schaffhausen and Bregenz.

During the festive season in the open air, squares, streets and backyards turn into cozy vineyards. The highlights of the season are the Fasnacht, the Wine Festival, the Lake Constance Night Festival, „Rock am See“, the Oktoberfest and the Christmas market. You can also play sports in the charming Lake Constance landscape: jogging, cycling, sailing, surfing, swimming, rowing, playing tennis, hiking, climbing, riding … Enjoy your stay in Konstanz!

Lush flowers all year round, a park with over 150 years old trees, the Baroque splendor of the castle and church, and the Mediterranean character – this is the Mainau, the flower island in Lake Constance.

Approximately 1.2 million visitors per year is the 45-acre island and today is the largest tourist attraction on Lake Constance. The flower island Mainau offers much more than one of the seasons following flower rows. The changing flowers and the valuable arboretum make the Mainau a unique experience. Especially the collections of palm trees and citrus plants convey a tropical flair. In one of the largest butterfly houses in Germany around 40 exotic butterfly species can be observed up close. Splendid events such as the „Gräfliche Inselfest“ and the „Gräfliches Schlossfest“, the „Klingende Mainau“ and the Mainau open-air concerts are very popular events on the island of Mainau.

The island of Mainau is open all year round.
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Hechingen with its eight districts Bechtoldsweiler, Beuren, Boll, Schlatt, Sickingen, Stein, Stetten and Weilheim is located on the western edge of the Swabian Alb. With around 19,500 inhabitants, the third largest city in Zollernalbkreis is designated as a middle center. Embedded in a beautiful natural landscape, the former princely-high residential city offers a high level of quality of life, based on the diverse infrastructure in the areas of society, economy, health, culture and leisure.
When it comes to recreational activities, Hechingen has a lot to offer the whole family. The neighboring Hohenzollern Castle, the Roman Open-Air Museum in Hechingen-Stein, the Hohenzollerische Landesmuseum and the Zollernburg Oldtimer Museum are top tourist destinations. The hilly foreland and the eaves of the Zollernalb are perfect for hikes, walks and bike rides with wonderful views. Popular destinations are the Wachholderheiden and the Dreifürstenstein near Beuren, the castle Lindich and the pilgrimage church Maria Zell at Boll.
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Experience the whole of Europe! Thirteen different European thematic areas on a surface of 85 hectares with typical architecture, gastronomy and vegetation provide a unique holiday atmosphere. While in Iceland the „blue fire Megacoaster powered by GAZPROM“ and the lively family attraction „Whale Adventures – Splash Tours“ beckon, in Greece the water roller coaster „Poseidon“ takes you on a journey through antiquity. In France, „Silver Star“ and „Eurosat“ are waiting for all roller coaster fans and right next door the guests in the Swiss „Matterhorn-Blitz“ hiss around the corners. In addition, the Russian theme area lures with a rapid journey to the stars in the „Euro-Mir“, while the guests in the Scandinavian „Fjord Rafting“ rush in a raging torrent past the new „world of trolls“.

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The residence town of Donaueschingen in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park offers many recreational opportunities. The source of the Danube in the middle of the charming castle park is world-famous. She has become a real crowd puller with her artfully designed basin. The castle park with its idyllic ponds and waterways invites to relaxing walks and a guided tour of the magnificent castle gives an insight into the world of the nobility.

The city and region can be easily explored by bike on well signposted circular routes. If you are looking for a longer tour along the Danube, you can start on the Danube Cycle on the Danube Cycle Path.

Worth seeing are also the Blue Town Hall with the fountain of musicians or the built in Bohemian Baroque style church St. Johann. Beer lovers who want to be initiated into the secrets of brewing art, a tour in the Princely Fürstenberg Brewery is recommended.

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Experience historic steam train rides on the famous Sauschwänzlebahn from May to October. Imposing viaducts, including numerous viaducts and tunnels, make the ride on the 25-kilometer route an unforgettable experience. The lovingly nicknamed „Sauschwänzlebahn“ received the Wutachtalbahn through Germany’s unique turn-around tunnel.

Visit also at the train station Blumberg-Zollhaus the railway museum and the Reiterstellwerk from the year 1886. There you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of the train driving and the Sauschwänzlebahn.
Our hiking tip:
You hike the railway nature trail or railway trail through the Wutachflühe and we bring you back with the Sauschwänzlebahn!

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