Countless fairy tales originated in the valleys and wooded heights of Germany’s Black Forest. Its name (Schwarzwald in German) describes the dark firs and pines that cover this mountainous region. Otherwise known as the Home of the German Soul, its landscape rises to about 1,200m and drops off steeply into picturesque valleys.
The Black Forest area is very popular with hikers and cross-country skiers. Areas of interest include Titisee, Triberg, Gutach and Furtwangen. The region starts 130 km south of Frankfurt and runs to the Swiss border.