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The Basics

With its stunning scenery, clean air, dozens of mineral spas, plentiful wineries, and numerous small towns, travelers can easily spend a day, a week, or a month exploring this region between the Rhine River and the Alpine foothills of Switzerland. The Black Forest Railway is a popular activity within the forest, stretching for 93 miles (150 km) through the region and passing several magnificent waterfalls along the way.

Day trips are available from Frankfurt, Zurich, and Strasbourg, each typically including a stop at the spa town of Baden-Baden, home of the famous Kurhaus Casino. If you have more time, embark on a multi-day tour for the chance to experience a wider swath of the Black Forest's small towns.

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Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
$281.96 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A fun day with a funny guide
Although it was a long trip, the time went by quickly because of our funny and knowledgeable guide, Willi. He kept us laughing while also sharing a lot of interesting information throughout the day. We walked through the beautiful town of Baden Baden, visited to Black Forest (and ate Black Forest cake!) then on to Strasbourg for a Christmas market!!
Teri_Y, Dec 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Frankfurt

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Naveen D, Dec 2019
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
Peter was waiting with a car to take us on the trip. Peter was great and he had great knowledge regarding the area but the whole time it was raining. So couldn't enjoy it as much as we wanted to. Black Forest was foggy most of the time but the time where we could see as much, it was beautiful. Strasbourg was beautiful. The christmas decorations were the best. City was lively and colorful.
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Beautiful day in the Black Forest
Kathleen_S, Nov 2019
Germany Freiburg & Black Forest Private Day Trip from Strasbourg
Florence was a great guide. Freiburg is a very charming college town with tons of history and character. We had a lovely outdoor lunch in the market square with Florence & , because we were interested in the local wines, she took us to her favorite wine shop. The drive through the Black Forest & stop at the lake was so scenic & beautiful. The lake town is lovely & we indulged in Black Forest cake at the local bakery. Florence was a wealth of knowledge & we thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
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Would recommend! Fun journey! The driver/ guide was really informing and flexible with the schedule
Fearless26785507480, Oct 2019
Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
Would recommend! Fun journey! The driver/ guide was really informing and flexible with the schedule, he also let us go to the Black Forest to see the water falls, as a bonus Hidden gem, his information about Germany and the cities we went to are rich and informative, value paid for this trip is worth it! He even dropped us to the place we were planning to go to after the trip ended instead of the meeting point. Fun enjoyable full day indeed!
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Very nice tour.
GlobeTrotting823724, Oct 2019
Germany Freiburg & Black Forest Private Day Trip from Strasbourg
Good tour to do when you are in Strasbourg. We especially enjoyed Titisee and wished we could have spent more time there. Arianne, our guide, gave good insights about the places we visited. There was good balance of structured tour and free time
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Best day trip
43migueld, Sep 2019
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
We had limited time on our trip and this is definitely the best trip on short time. It is a long day though, but totally worth it!
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Thoroughly enjoyable
Kamlesh_G, Jul 2019
Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
To begin with we had just a total of four people in the group. The driver / guide Herr Thomas was good at his job and knowledgeable, saw traffic ahead and changed the route to reach in time to the various destination. He knew the area very well and covered it well with information. Thank you
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A long day but worth it overall
DrBarbara_C, Aug 2019
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
A lot of driving and the weather was not entirely with us but Andre did a good job of commentary and driving (very fast) on the autobahn. Baden-Baden was pretty and interesting. Black Forest and Mummelsee disappointing in the rain, but Strasbourg was beatiful even in the rain.
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Ramon was awesome!
Elizabeth_M, Jul 2019
Germany Freiburg & Black Forest Private Day Trip from Strasbourg
I would recommend this to anyone. Strasbourg and then Back Forrest was the highlight of our trip. He was so knowledgeable where ever he took us!
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amazing
Gerard_S, Jul 2019
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
A day well spent .our guide was friendly and the areas that we visited even for a short period were memorable .
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Insightful
Kathy C, Oct 2019
Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
We had a wonderful tour guy, Mr. Thomas, who is very knowledgeable of the places and history. We were in a rather comfortable van. It took roughly 2 hours to Baden-Baden, which is way too long. Baden-Baden is a very beautiful place. Disappointed at the Black Forest. When we got to the top, there was nothing else except 2 giftshops and one restaurant. Totally not recommended. We also visited Strasburg, it was a little French town that has an amazing character. Overall I will recommend the tour to Baden-Baden and Rutesheim, but not Black Forest.
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Ideal Tour
Linda_J, Dec 2018
Germany Freiburg & Black Forest Private Day Trip from Strasbourg
Our guide, Florence, spoke excellent English. Her descriptions of Strasbourg, Freiburg and the countryside were always interesting. She was very helpful but also gave us time on our own to explore. Good driver, also. Our day with Florence was a highlight of our trip!!
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Inspire05660283192, Jul 2019
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
This was an excellent day trip! Our tour guide,Peter, made this a special day. He was extremely knowledgeable,patient and helpful. He did not rush any of us in the group and took extra time to answer questions and be helpful. I highly recommend this trip. Thank you again Peter.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A visit to the Black Forest is perfect for spontaneous travelers and outdoor adventurers; you'll find ample hiking and biking in the area.

  • Keep in mind that Black Forest area highways are often steep and winding; give yourself plenty of time to get from place to place.

  • To avoid having to drive yourself, book a Black Forest bus tour.

  • Don't forget to pick up a tourist map of the area with attractions, cycle routes, and hiking trails marked.

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How to Get to the Black Forest

The Black Forest region is tucked into Germany's southwest corner, in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The beautiful university city of Freiburg im Breisgau is an ideal starting point for your exploration, as well as a must-see attraction in its own right. The Frankfurt Airport is the closest international airport, while the Strasbourg Airport in France is also conveniently close. Between local and regional lines, it's easy to reach just about any corner of the Black Forest by bus or train, but some visitors opt to rent a car for self-guided tours.

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When to Get There

Many travelers consider early fall and late spring the ideal time to visit the Black Forest, when the weather is temperate and the region—one of the most-visited mountain areas in Europe—is less crowded. If visiting between June and August, be sure to book your hotels and spas well ahead of time. Also keep in mind that some hotels and restaurants in the area close for about a month during winter.

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Highlights of the Black Forest

Besides Baden-Baden and Freiburg, the Black Forest is dotted with plenty of other beautiful areas and must-sees, depending on your interests. The northern portion of the forest is home to the rolling vineyards of the Badische Wine Route, while in the central area, travelers will find excellent beer in Alpirsbach, plus cuckoo clocks and one of Germany's largest waterfalls in Triberg. In the south sits the wine region of Kaiserstuhl, as well as Lake Titisee, one of Germany's most scenic lakes.

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