The Black Forest is a bucket-list destination in Germany for those wanting to relive their favorite Grimm fairy tales. With its inspirational medieval castles and charming villages set against dramatic lakes or mountains covered in thick coniferous forests, the Schwarzwald always answers to calls for adventure. After all, it’s Germany’s largest nature park.

Beyond the picturesque mountain trails, you can hunt for an authentic Black Forest treasure like a cuckoo clock or traditional wooden doll in Schönwald. After souvenir hunting, settle down for a slice of an original Black Forest gateau in Triberg. A pint at a canalside beer garden in Freiburg is sure to evoke memories, too. For some fun and thrills for the whole family, spare a day at Europa-Park, one of Europe’s largest theme parks in the town of Rust in Ortenau.        

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