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Zurich: Black Forest, Titisee, and Rhine Falls Bus Day Trip

1. Zurich: Black Forest, Titisee, and Rhine Falls Bus Day Trip

Travel to Northern Switzerland and the Black Forest on this day trip in a climate-controlled bus from Zurich. Have some free time to explore the charming town of Titisee and capture pictures the most powerful waterfall in Europe at Rhine Falls.  Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in views of the sparkling waters of Lake Schluchsee on the way to the town of Titisee. Listen to a short introduction on how the locals get the popular cuckoo clocks to sing at the Drubba watch showroom. Spend some time exploring the town at your own pace where you can purchase a boat ride on the lake or buy a delicious slice of Black Forest cake which is made with cherry brandy. Hop back aboard the bus for a drive through impressive spruce forests and the town of Lenzkirch. Arrive at the Rhine Falls to admire this stunning waterfall that is 150-meters wide. Have some free time where you can purchase a boat cruise before returning to the Zurich HB train station.

Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip from Strasbourg

2. Alsace Villages Wine Route Day Trip from Strasbourg

Head south departing from Strasbourg where the first stop will be in Bergheim, a superb village on the wine route that contains many hidden wonders within its medieval walls. You will then have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Ribeauvillé, the ancient fief of the Lords of Ribeaupierre. History will call out to you on every one of its pedestrian streets.  After a visit to Hunawihr and a photo stop in front of its famous fountain, enjoy lunch in the village of Riquewihr, one of the best known in the region —  particularly renowned because of its idyllic location in the heart of the vineyard. The tour will continue to two villages that are equally famous for their historical character: Kaysersberg and Eguisheim. Wine-lovers especially will appreciate the next stop at the famous Belvédère Cattin, where you can take in a stunning panoramic view of the Alsace Plain with the Black Forest in the distance. At this stop, you can also check out an art gallery and buy some Alsace wine, if you wish. Head back to Strasbourg at the end of the afternoon, after a day filled with great memories and beautiful images.

Strasbourg: Black Forest and Baden Baden Day Trip

3. Strasbourg: Black Forest and Baden Baden Day Trip

Departing from the city of Strasbourg, take part in a shared small-group day trip that will take you to one of the most emblematic regions of Germany. After meeting with your English-speaking guide in a centrally located meeting point in Strasbourg, depart for the town of Baden-Baden. Cross the nearby border of France into Germany, leaving the Grand Est region and entering the state of Baden Württemberg. The Black Forest is a forested mountain range bordered by the Rhine Valley to both the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 meters. The name Black Forest comes from the general dark color of the numerous pine trees that grow in this region, and both the Black Forest gateau and cuckoo clock originate from this region. You soon arrive to the town of Baden Baden, a city which has attracted royalty, the rich, and celebrities throughout centuries. Follow your guide and discover the numerous architectural splendors and magnificent villas that are lined along the Lichtentaler Allee. After this short walking tour, admire the landscape as your tour follows the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse. There, the numerous viewpoints and belvedere will allow you to take in the stunning scenes of the Upper Rhine Valley of the Vosges Mountain Range of France in the distance. You later arrive to the pretty Mummelsee Lake, where you have some free time for personal discovery and lunch. With a circumference of 800 meters, a depth of 17 meters, and an elevation of 1,036 meters, Mummelsee is the largest, deepest, and highest of the Seven Cirque Lakes. Whilst there you might want to try local food such as cured meats, or the world-famous Black Forest cake. Following your tour, begin your return journey to Strasbourg. After a break for lunch your tour continues along the wine route of the Badischerweinstrasse. This wine route is the longest in Germany, spanning more than 500 kilometers. The route is lined with charming small towns, picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes, and mighty castles. Among a few stops made on your return journey is the village of Sasbachwalden. Set in the vineyards, this well-tended village is famous for having won the prestigious national "flowering of the villages" exam. This can be seen as you stroll through the streets and admire the gorgeous flower-decked half-timber houses. Following this final stop, your tour returns to Strasbourg.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

4. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

The romantic old city of Heidelberg and the famed spa town of Baden-Baden form the setting for this day trip across southeastern Germany. See the remains of a famous Renaissance castle, explore the enchanting woodland of the Black Forest, and get a firsthand look at the region's iconic sights. Your day starts with a ride south to Heidelberg, a picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Then, take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Baden-Baden, one of Europe's most beautiful health resorts and best-preserved spas. When you arrive, pay a visit to the elegant Kurhaus, where you can check out the immaculate gardens and parks around the stylish casino. Next, take a tour through the enchanting coniferous woods of the Black Forest and visit the Mummelsee, a glacial lake among the mountains that was left behind by the last Ice Age. Take some free time to relax amid this beautiful scenery and check out the locally crafted cuckoo clocks, which carry on a tradition that began here in the woods, before you set out for the return trip north to Frankfurt.

Black Forest: Schluchsee Outdoor Escape Walk

5. Black Forest: Schluchsee Outdoor Escape Walk

Immerse yourself in a story about love, loyalty, and difficult decisions and uncover the mysteries that are hidden in the lake on this 2.5-hour mystery-solving game. Enjoy the perfect game for friends and family as you navigate your way 3 kilometers around the beautiful Schluchsee. Learn about the myth of Schluchsee in 1928 and the suitcase bequeathed by Amalie, the mayor's daughter. Use your best detective skills and search for clues as you find enigmatic letters and locked boxes along the route. Read maps and compasses to find your way to uncovering this unsolved case.

Frankfurt: Full-Day Baden-Baden and Strasbourg Trip

6. Frankfurt: Full-Day Baden-Baden and Strasbourg Trip

A longtime favorite with discerning travelers, Baden-Baden is an elegant spa town nestled among verdant hills. You can discover attractions such as its opulent casino with the help of an expert guide, before crossing the border to France to visit Strasbourg’s charming Old Town district, topped by its majestic cathedral. Grand palaces and luxurious villas stand proudly in the beautifully landscaped parks of Baden-Baden, as you stroll down noble avenues and learn why a sophisticated clientele has been coming here for centuries. See the famous Kurhaus (spa resort), and wander the lavish halls of the city’s famous casino. Should you choose to stay in Baden-Baden for a splash in the thermal pools or to try your luck at the roulette tables, you can later rejoin the tour group at a set time in the early evening. If you remain with the tour, you will continue onward for a scenic photo stop at Mummelsee Lake, before progressing on to Strasbourg in France through the mysterious Black Forest. Admire the sky-high Strasbourg Cathedral, with impressive Gothic interiors that are sure to take your breath away. Enjoy your leisure time exploring the streets of this UNESCO-protected burg. Peruse its delightful boutiques and cafés, or hop on a romantic canal cruise before your return to Frankfurt.

Private Tour from Zurich to Titisee-Neustadt and Rhine Falls

7. Private Tour from Zurich to Titisee-Neustadt and Rhine Falls

Experience the magical atmosphere of the Black Forest on a private day trip from Zurich. Enjoy panoramic views of the emerald-green forests and the shimmering blue of Lake Schluchsee. Upon arrival in the heart of the Black Forest at Titisee-Neustadt, avail of some free time to explore the area independently. Go for an optional boat ride across the water, or indulge your sweet tooth with some of the region's famous Black Forest Gateaux. Continue into the woodlands of Lenzkirch and the Upper Rhine and discover one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Europe. Feel the force of the water crashing down 23 meters at the Rhine Falls and take some dramatic souvenir photos before your return trip to Zurich.

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What people are saying about Black Forest

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 525 reviews

It was an amazing day! The tour offered much more villages to be seen by the coach or walked! We usually spent 1-2 hours in each village. The audio guide was easy to follow. It was mostly about when the villages were built and conquered. Also infos on the wines. Our guide Martin was polite and friendly. The coach was so much fun to be driven around! We also did a visit in the winery Katin and had some glasses of wine there. Totally worth to do! I would do it again! The easiest way to see all these picturesque villages!

Nice discovery of the wine route, well organized with good time to visit. Comfortable vehicle and very friendly and pleasant organizer

I just loved the Strasbourg part of it. That only made it worthy! You can do it by train yourself instead of paying that much money.

It a very rewarding tour. It should be on all travellers list of things to do in Alsace region of France.

Magnificent excursion and discovery of typical villages. Our driver was full of great advice.