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The Black Forest is a popular tourist destination with some of the most famous German landmarks located in this region, including the city of Baden-Baden, the Triberg Waterfalls and the gorge of the River Wutach. The Black Forest Open Air Museum recreates the life of 17th century farmers and the German Clock Museum in Furtwangen brings you through the history of the clock and watchmaking industry. Since medieval times, the Black Forest has been one of the most important mining regions of Europe and many mines have been reopened to the public including the mines in the Kinzig valley, the Muenster valley, and in the area surrounding Todtmoos. The Black Forest region is famous for their woodcarvings, which has been a traditional cottage industry for hundreds of years, and cuckoo clocks have been made here since the early 18th century. This region is full of beauty and culture, waiting for you to come and explore.
With many attractions, casinos, spas and festivals, life is never dull in the Black Forest. Whether taking time to explore the great outdoors or taking a tour of galleries and artisans workshops, you can create an experience based around your interests. Karlsruhe itself gets lots of sunshine and mild temperatures, so you have a better than average chance of good weather when exploring this area.
In southwest Germany, locals come together to enjoy good food and wine, tell stories and exchange gossip. Many meals are influenced by nearby France or Switzerland, but you’ll find some dishes that are typical to the region. One of them is Maultaschen which look like oversized ravioli filled with meat and vegetables. Some say that monk’s invented this specialty to disguise their meat during lent. Meals are usually accompanied by regionally produced beer and wine.
Karlsruhe’s bars are some of the most laid-back in Germany. Head to the historic part of town to enjoy some locally-brewed beer in a warm, friendly atmosphere or pick one of the trendy bars in the city centre to sip cocktails. Head toward the city’s centre for a night of clubbing and enjoy copious amounts of dancing and drinking with the locals, they sure know how to let their hair down! Don’t be surprised to find disco-goers singing along to their favourite disco music.
Stroll down Karlsruhe’s shopping mile – Kaiserstrasse – to find department stores, boutiques, trendy shops and family-owned specialty businesses. This shopping strip – the longest in the region – is a pedestrian zone, but watch out for trams that pass by frequently. On side streets you’ll find plenty of cafés and bars for an occasional pit stop along the way. The Post gallery mall, housed in the beautiful former main post office at Europaplatz, offers some more upscale shops and cafés on three floors. See a complete list at: www.postgalerie.com. One of the city centre’s latest additions in Karlsruhe’s world of shopping is the Ettlinger Tor mall, with 130 shops, cafés and restaurants. For a more traditional shopping experience, check out one of the many open-air markets, such as the daily flower market on Marktplatz and the fruit and vegetable markets on Stephanplatz and Gutenbergplatz. Every first Saturday of the month, there is a flea market on Stephanplatz that will just beg you to dig through dusty boxes and shelves to find hidden treasures.
Baden-Baden, the elegant spa town with its more than 2000 year old tradition, beautifully located at the foothills of the Black Forest, fascinates by its special atmosphere and elegant lifestyle. It is a paradise for those who cherish life’s pleasure and wish to “recharge their batteries” in just a short while. You can find more information about Baden-Baden here: http://www.baden-baden.de/en/
Situated just north of the Black Forest, Karlsruhe is also known as the gateway to the Black Forest. The region offers a wide range of activities from famous spa and health resorts, various shopping opportunities as well as outstanding museums and theatres. The great mixture of culture, nature and city life fascinates tourists as well as citizens. The fan-shaped city is also one of the sunniest and warmest cities in Germany and thereby best suitable for any kind of holiday.
As part of the North/Central Black Forest nature park and the Black Forest national park, the northern Black Forest is an attractive destination with a distinctive landscape structure and a wide variety of recreational activities. The cirque lakes and high moors are simply stunning. The Murg valley is an ideal place for hikes and cycle trips. The PAMINA Rhine Park offers guided tours and nature trails for walkers and bikers alike. The cross-border park is the largest stretch (3,000 hectares) of interconnected alluvial plains in Europe. Sun-drenched hillside vineyards in northern Ortenau attract wine connoisseurs and gourmets from far and near. Cozy taverns and elegant restaurants will fortify you along the way as you explore the beautiful region. Whether by bus, by rail, by car or by plane (Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport) - the excellent transport connections within the Rastatt district guarantee fast and easy travel. Be sure to get your KONUS Guest Card! All you have to do is register with your host when in Bühlertal, Gernsbach, Forbach, Loffenau or Gaggenau (Bad Rotenfels and Winkel only). The card entitles you to ride for free in the buses and trains of the Black Forest Network. For further information visit us: www.tourismus.landkreis-rastatt.de.
Exciting, Inspiring, Full of Surprises High moorlands and mountain lakes, rocks for climbing and idyllic orchards, gentle hillscapes and the sunny Kaiserstuhl add to the diversity of this region. Broad valleys, narrow glens, picturesque towns and villages are nestled in-between. The Black Forest is an ideal holiday destination for fans of nature and physical activity.
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Simply Extraordinary The Black Forest is a true paradise for holiday-makers planning to actively experience unspoiled nature. You may ride your mountain bike across hills and valleys, set out in a pair of hiking boots, spend your time rock-climbing in one of the designated spots, participate in a trail-riding tour, get fit through Nordic Walking or enjoy a number of different skiing activities. Well sign-posted hiking paths facilitate both individual trips and tours with friends or family. The Great Outdoors The Black Forest countryside is characterised by sunny vineyards and dense woods. Outdoor enthusiasts and hiking fans have been attracted by the Black Forest for centuries. Many kilometres of well-kept hiking paths lead through one of Germany's most beautiful holiday destinations. This includes the "Westweg" (West Trail) which has gained particular popularity among visitors. Stretching all the way from the Northern to Southern Black Forest, this trail will lead you to spectacular mountain ridges offering superb views. Snowflake Magic In an area where over 70 mountain peaks go above the 1,000 metre line, winter is a great season for outdoor activities. Get on your snowboard or cross-country skis, or explore the area in snowshoes or hiking boots: The Black Forest is an ideal place for physical exercise or simply enjoying the white splendour, crisp air and beautiful views. In snowy winters, holiday-makers can expect to find some 1,600 kilometres of well-prepared and sign-posted cross-country skiing trails. Downhill skiers can choose from over 200 lifts and about 250 prepared slopes.

More than 100 attractions and shows and 15 European themed areas await visitors on a site measuring 95 hectares. Whether it’s Scandinavia, Spain, or Switzerland – as of early 2017, visitors to Europa-Park will be able to discover 15 European countries in a single day. The various themed areas will entice you with their detailed architecture, authentic vegetation, and customary cuisine. Whilst numerous attractions will get rollercoaster fans’ pulses racing. 13 rollercoasters offer rides which are not for the faint-hearted. Those who like things a bit calmer can expect a vibrant range of entertainment. The park’s five 4* themed hotels make Europa-Park a unique short break destination in the border triangle of Germany, France, and Switzerland.
The Baden-Airpark - Airport Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden (FKB) - is situated in the Upper Rhine Valley, approximately 30 kilometres south of Karlsruhe, and about 10 kilometres from Baden-Baden, Bühl and Rastatt, and in close proximity to the A5 motorway and the B36 and B500 main roads. Passengers benefit from inexpensive parking facilities, short walking distances and hassle-free service.
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