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3 days in black forest-Need suggestions to plan itinerary

by mandhan Online Now Jul 27, 2008 at 2:12 PM


I will be in baden baden with my wife in the last week of august for 3 days. Please help me plan my trip. I will not be renting a car and therefore will be relying on public transport. I dont plan to do any hiking. Here are what I am interested to do:

1) Want to spend a day visiting a town/village which epitomizes black forest. Beautiful scenery, cuckoo clocks, black forest gateau etc.. Have shortlisted Triberg. What are your opinions? Will I need an entire day to see Triberg?

2) Would like to spend a day at one of the lakes: Titisee/Schlusee. Relax at the lake front, do some water sports etc. Titisee is nearer from baden baden but Schlusee I beleive has a lot of water activities. What do you guys think?

3) I am also looking forward to some scenic rail journeys. Can I experience such journey while travelling to say, Triberg, or lakes (titisee/schlusee) as mentioned in 1) and 2) above. I am really confused with so many different railway lines/companies in the region.

4) I would also like to spend half a day or so visiting attraction in the baden baden city. I dont plan to go to any of the two spas. Casino-probably yes, in the evening.

5) Some cable car trips to mountains, mountain rails etc.

I request all you experts to please advise me based on my preferences above.

I also wanted to clarify a doubt about schwarzwaldcard. Is schwarzwaldcard the same as konus card? I know schwarzwaldcard allows free entry to many attractions in black forest while konus card lets you free travel within certain zones in the region. But I am not sure if they are the same. Where can I buy them? Also, looking at my proposed itinerary, do you guys think all my travel needs will be met by the konus card?

I would really appreciate the responses.


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    Re: 3 days in black forest-Need suggestions to plan itinerary

    by Kathrin_E Online Now Jul 27, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    1) Triberg will probably be what you expect. The place is quite touristy, though. Half a day is enough - the town is small. See the waterfalls and the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock. There are in fact TWO "World's Largest Cuckoo Clocks" in Triberg, but one of them is along the way from the train station, the other one further away on the other end of the town.
    Triberg can well be combined with the charming old town of Gengenbach, which is along the train route East of Offenburg. To get there you have to take a slow local train (marked "RB/Regionalbahn" in the train timetable) because the faster IRE ("InterRegioExpress") trains stop in Triberg but not in Gengenbach. has the connections.
    Another worthwhile stop along this route is the open-air museum Vogtsbauernhof, a museum village with fully furnitured old houses from all over the Black Forest, near Hausach: From the train station in Hausach to the museum it's 35 minutes walk.

    2) Titisee is IMHO the worst tourist trap in the whole Black Forest, full of really tacky souvenir shops and crap restaurants. I found it much worse than Triberg. The lake is pretty but the village has not improved from mass tourism. I haven't been to Schluchsee but image it to be less overrun.

    3) There are two very scenic rail routes through the Black Forest - the one from Offenburg to Villingen (the route you need to get to Triberg) and the one from Freiburg up the Höllental gorge (that's the train to Titisee and Schluchsee). So you'll be using these two anyway.

    4) For attractions in Baden-Baden, have a look at my Baden-Baden travel page. You'll find a lot of suggestions and photos there. Even better than mine is the Baden-Baden page of VT member Nelie, who lives there.

    5) Mountain rails: Easiest to reach is the Merkurbahn up the Merkurberg which departs on the outskirts of Baden-Baden and can be reached on a local bus. I haven't yet done that trip myself, it's on my to-do-list... Sorry, I cannot tell you about Schwarzwaldcard and Konus card, we locals don't get them...

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  • Re: 3 days in black forest-Need suggestions to plan itinerary

    by mandhan Online Now Jul 28, 2008 at 2:44 AM

    Thanks Kathrin. A great response and a very informative one indeed.

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    Re: 3 days in black forest-Need suggestions to plan itinerary

    by abalada Online Now Jul 28, 2008 at 3:02 AM


    "... provides visitors free admission to attractions of their choice anywhere in the whole region covering the Northern, Central an Southern Black Forest."
    "The Black Forest Card "SchwarzwaldCard" can be purchased from nearly all tourist information offices, participating companies and hotels, or directly from Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH."

    KONUS guest card
    free local public transport in the area covered

    This is a card you cannot buy. If you stay in one of the participating communities you'll receive it automatically. Baden-Baden does however not take part in this program.

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