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1. Posted by Santanu Mallick (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

What are most convenient ways to explore the Black Forest ? Can if be donebin a dsy trip? If so, whuch us thw nearest city to be ?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1890 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

The Black Forest is 11,400 square kilometers so planning to see much of it in a day trip is probably not possible. Pick an area to explore and then plan a future trip to explore another area.

There is a 60-kilometer-long Black Forest High Road, the Schwarzwaldhochstraße, that runs between Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt if you have a rental car. It's a beautiful drive.

Baden-Baden and Heidelberg are probably the two most famous towns in the Black Forest.

Not sure where I would suggest basing yourself since we've usually stayed in France and driven over. Freiburg is quite nearby and is a beautiful German town with lots of accommodations. That might be a possibility. It would help to know where you are coming from, i.e. a day trip from where? What do you want to see in the Black Forest? What are you using for transportation? If you don't have a car, you'll ned to stay where you can find tours into the park.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

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5. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 129 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Neither Heidelberg nor Baden-Baden is directly in the Black Forest. Baden-Baden is at least close, but Heidelberg is about 50km to the north of it. Just to make you aware of that.

Depending on when you travel, you can see parts of the Black Forest without a car. There are good bus connections in winter during the height of the skiing season, and even better ones in summer when hikers flock to the Black Forest in masses. As a tourist, you might want to get the KONUS card which gives you free transport. Be aware that though there are many buses, they don't run incredibly frequently, so that you might need much longer than by car. Then again, in high season many of the Black Forest's roads are overrun by tourists and traffic jams are common.

I'd say that getting a first glimpse of the Black Forest is easily doable in one day, but it won't be much more than a first glimpse. If you really want to experience the Black Forest, you'll need to go out and about, i.e. go hiking, skiing, cycling... In that case, I'd base myself in Freiburg (lovely city with lots of accommodation, just outside the Black Forest) or any of the smaller places directly in the Black Forest (e.g. Triberg or Titisee-Neustadt). Many people come back to the Black Forest year after year, and they will always manage to see something new.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1890 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Baden-Baden is a spa town in the Black Forest although on the very edge. Heidelberg is north of the Black Forest but is given good mention in the Black Forest Tourist Information web site and is a lovely day trip.
Click here for the Black Forest Tourist Office web site

Freiburg is also in the Black Forest and as king golo and I have both suggested would be a good base for your exploration. It's a fairly large town with lots to do and good accommodation. I suspect if you don't have a rental car that you could book tours or take public transportation from Freiburg. One of my favorite things in Freiburg is the Bächle that was originally constructed for watering cattle and as a fire precaution. It's like a tiny canal that wends it way through the town. You can easily step across it. There is also one in Mittenwald which is a picturesque village in Bavaria.

I hope you have more than a day to explore the area because it is absolutely beautiful.

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8. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5009 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

>how can do processing i don't know, please anybody advise me

Shamsersingh, you don't give your citizenship.

Many citizenships (e.g. Indian, Chinese, Egyptian etc etc) need a Schengen Visa in order to visit Germany or any other Schengen country.

If your citizenship requires a Schengen Visa that is the first thing you need to organise. The official site I link below will guide you through the process. You can change your citizenship top left of the page:

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Mar-2019, at 00:44 by leics2 ]

9. Posted by Santanu Mallick (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks to every one who have so kindly and thoughtfully helped and added to knowledge. I am from India and this would be my wife and my first trip to Germany (though I briefly visited Aachen on work earlier). We will have a Schengen visa and will come first to Munich before visiting the Black Forest area. We are planning to stay for a couple of days at Baden Baden or Freiburg (I felt that BB is closer) and hope to see "a bit" of the beautiful forest. Rental car may not be possible but lets see what best to do when we arrive. Hope BB has sights to offer as well like Frieburg though I may have made a mistake in choosing BB over F as halting point for the visit the area.

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1890 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

That whole area is beautiful. I think you'll be happy with your choice. You can always return and visit. The other later. It's fun to plan future trips.

Enjoy your trip.