Fairytale Landscapes in the Black Forest
Germany’s Black Forest is nothing short of enchanting. Said to be the inspiration behind many of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tales, it’s easy to see why. The Black Forest encompasses a large part of Southwestern Germany. It’s a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers chasing mysterious landscapes and travellers seeking to dive into Germany’s cultural scene.
Burgbach Waterfall is one of countless waterfalls scattered throughout the region. It’s lesser known than most and in a more remote area but still easy to find and enjoy the short hike to. What makes this waterfall so special is the beautiful walk up to the base of the falls. The short hike takes you up through a small hamlet before veering off into the forest, passing by a charming little drink station than runs on an honour-system. The lush green forest closes in on you and before you know it, you’re at the foot of the waterfall. It’s magical!
Kandel Mountain, just outside of Waldkirch, is another stunning area. A 20-minute drive up a winding road takes you to the summit. There are numerous hiking trails that start or finish here. A favourite of mine was to Kandelelfsen, a small rocky cliff jutting out over the forest giving you beautiful views over the valley. It’s the perfect spot to take in sunset!
Elsewhere on Kandel mountain, enchanting little trails draw you in. It felt at times as if a unicorn or an elf could pop out from behind a tree. It’s fun to drive down some of these trails and see where they take you, others are only hiking trails.
Lake Titisee and the surrounding area offer scenic drives with incredible vistas in every direction. Sunrises over the lake can be spectacular with the right weather. Nearby Hinterzarten is a charming village with classic architecture, cute cafes and delicious bakeries.
There are countless fairytale landscapes in the Black Forest, and these only scratch the surface. It’s a beautiful region to visit any time of the year!
This piece was written in collaboration with Germany Tourism and Travel Mindset but as always, all experiences, thoughts and opinions are my own.