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10 Facts about the Black Forest
The Romans were the first to call it the Black Forest
When the Roman soldiers were walking through Germany their path was blocked by a dark forest, which they called "Silva Nigra". In the Latin language this means "Black Forest".
Length of 160 km and breadth of up to 60 km
The Black Forest region is almost rectangular in shape with a length of 160 kilometers (99 miles) and breadth of up to 60 kilometers (37 miles)
Feldberg, the highest peak
Feldberg is the highest peak of the Black Forest with an elevation of 1,493 meters (4,898 feet). It is the highest German mountain outside of the Alps and offers breathtaking panoramic views.
Plenty of rivers
Rivers in the Black Forest include the Danube (which originates in the Black Forest as the confluence of the Brigach and Breg rivers), the Enz, the Kinzig, the Murg, the Nagold, the Neckar, the Rench, and the Wiese.
Hundreds of years old villages
Some Black Forest villages are hundreds of years old. They have picturesque shops, churches, and other buildings.
Best weather in Germany
The Black Forest is well-known for its weather and convenient climate. No other city in Germany has as many sunny days as Freiburg, the capital of the Black Forest.
Cuckoo clocks have been made in the Black Forest since the mid-18th century
Wood-carving is a traditional cottage industry in the region and carved ornaments now are produced in substantial numbers as souvenirs for tourists. Cuckoo clocks are a popular example; they have been made in the region since the mid-18th century and much of their development occurred there.
World´s highest density of spirit distilleries in the world
With over 14,000 distilleries, Black Forest has the world’s highest density of spirit distilleries in the world.
Find one of the highest waterfalls in Germany and most admirable lakes
Triberg Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Germany with a descent of 163 meters (535 feet) (at between 711 and 872 meters above sea level), and is a landmark in the Black Forest region.
Important lakes of natural, glacial origin in the Black Forest include the Titisee, the Mummelsee and the Feldsee. The largest natural lake in the Black Forest is Titisee which stretches for some 2 kilometers. It is one of the most famous places for tourists in the Black Forest.
Europa-Park: best theme park worldwide
In the heart of the border triangle, between the Black Forest and Vosges, lies the best theme park worldwide. Whether Ireland, France or Spain ‒ 15 European themed areas with exemplary architecture, gastronomy, and vegetation are waiting to be discovered by visitors from around the world, embarking on a journey of discovery through Europe with over 100 attractions and shows and the promise of lots of fun and adventure for the whole family.
Germany | France | Switzerland
Germany is often been used as starting point for trips through Europe. Reasons for this are the excellent German infrastructure and many flight connections from Germany to other European countries. Especially combined trips to Switzerland and France are popular amongst traveler to Europe who are starting their journey in Germany.
This makes the Black Forest a perfect starting point for trips in Europe due to its location at the border triangle Germany, France and Switzerland.