Welcome to The Black Forest
Twenty minutes walk - or a five-minute bike ride - from populated spots will almost always put you out in nature, in the middle of quiet countryside dotted with traditional farmhouses and amiable dairy cows, perhaps, or in a thick forest where Little Red Riding Hood's wolf may lurk.
The northern section, with its hilly but relatively gentle terrain is home to several charming towns. Freudenstadt makes a good base for exploring the northern area. Many of the Black Forest's most impressive sights are in the triangle delimited by the lively university city of Freiburg, 15km east of the Rhine in the southwest; Triberg, cuckoo clock capital in the north; and the charming river-valley city of St Blasien in the southeast. Even smaller towns in the area generally have tourist offices.