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This year, we’ve spend the Easter holidays in the southern part of the Black Forest, not far from the border with Switzerland. With hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails – often buggy-proof and suitable for small children – the Black Forest is the perfect holiday destination for active families. In this blog post, you can find our travel tips for the southern part of the Black Forest.

The Feldberg mountain is the highest peak in the Black Forest

1. Cable car ride to the highest summit of the Black Forest

We waited for the day with the best weather forecast to go to the top of the Feldberg. With an altitude of 1493 metres, the Feldberg mountain is the highest summit in the Black Forest and, at the same time, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. We did go up with the cable car and returned to the valley station by foot. Short after your departure with one of the gondolas of the Feldberg cable car, you’ll notice that a long range of snow-capped peaks come into view. On clear days, the views reach as far as the Jungfrau in Switzerland and even the Mont Blanc massif in France (!).

The best view, however, is from the Feldberg lookout tower – which has a viewing platform on the 11th floor (!). If you’re travelling with small kids (or if you’re just not in the mood for climbing the stairs), there’s a lift inside the tower taking you comfortably to the highest floor. In the Feldberg tower itself, a small exhibition has been set up about the traditional production of Black Forest ham. Not very special, but definitely fun to check out while you’re there. It’s a good idea to buy a combi-ticket for the cable car ride and the Feldberg tower in the valley station. Click here for more detailed info.

The hike back down is quite easy and only takes about 40 minutes. We arrived at Haus der Natur, Feldberg’s visitor centre at 300 meters walking distance from the cable car valley station. For barely a few euros, you get access to an interactive exhibition where you can learn interesting things about Feldberg’s history. Fun for kids eather!

Haus der Natur in Feldberg

2. Hasenhorn Coaster in Todtnau

The Hasenhorn Coaster, located in Todtnau, is considered to be Germany’s most spectacular mountain coaster. The entire toboggan run is 2,9 km long and includes some very sharp turns. A perfect activity if you’re looking for a fun adrenaline rush, I would say! When my husband heard about this, the Hasenhorn Coaster became a mandatory stop on our trip through the Black Forest.

Whilst Anthony was going up with the chairlift, Emile and I settled down on a bench to watch all these people sliding their way down. In just a few years, he can accompagnie his father. Children can take this experience from the age of 3 (if they’re 95 cm tall), under the supervision of an adult of course. From 8 years (and a height of 1,40 m), they can ride on their own. Keep in mind that there can be long waiting times in high season, especially in the afternoon.

3. Blackforestline + Todtnauer waterfall

One of the highlights of the Black Forest region in Germany is the Todtnauer waterfall. A natural gem hidden in the forest. And if you’re not afraid of heights, you can not miss the suspension bridge dangling 100 meters above the watervall. The Blackforestline is 450 meters long. It opened up to public about a year ago and has become one of the main attractions in the Black Forest since that day. A ticket for the Blackforestline isn’t particularly cheap, but the view from above is really worth it. It’s unique to be able to see the Todtnauer waterfall from a bird’s eye view.

To get access to the Blackforestline with a stroller, you have to go inside the visitors centre located next to the bridge. A larger entrance gate can be opened by an employee. The visitor centre is also the starting point for some beautiful hiking trails to the Todtnauer waterfall. Please note that these hikes are not buggyproof. But don’t worry. If you’re travelling with small children, there is a faster and easier way to reach the Todtnauer waterfall. For the shortest access to the waterfall, you can park your car at the parking lot near the waterfall kiosk. From that point, it’s only a 10 minutes walk to the waterfall, going over a wide gravel path.

4. Panoramic hike in Todtnauberg

The ‘Radschert’ car park, a fee-based parking area in Todtnauberg, is the starting point for a number of interesting hiking trails. One of them is the Martin Heidegger Rundweg. This is a 6.3 km hiking route introducing you to the life and work of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. However, this wasn’t the reason for us for picking this hike. We were especially attracted by the unique viewpoints that were created along this route. You can climb a giant chair, for example, to have an extraordinary view over Todtnauberg. Or you can swing in one of the birdhouses. Click here to view the hiking map.

Giant chair in the Black Forest

5. A magical forest in Bernau im Schwarzwald

In the southern Black Forest, a variety of themed family trails are waiting for you. These trails are generally not too long and are therefore extremely suitable for families with small children. We walked the Zauberwaldpfad (literally translated ‘the Magic Forest Hike’) near Bernau im Schwarzwald. A winding path leads you in about 2.5 km through the high moor landscape of the Taubenmoos in Bernau. An enchanting forest landscape. Along the way, there are numerous reading and information stations. Furthermore, children can discover a water wheel and can play in the witch’s hut. The entire route is accessible with a stroller. Starting point is the paying parking lot at the ‘Loipenzentrum’ in Oberlehen.

Magic Forest Hike in the Black Forest region

Other family trails in the area are the gnome trail at the Feldberg and the magical trail at the Hasenhorn mountain.

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TIP! A lot of accommodations in the Black Forest offer their guests the Hochschwarzwald Card when staying 2 nights or more. With this card, you can get discount (or even free entry) at a wide range of attractions.


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