The Black Forest

Lovers of statistics will delight in ticking off Germany’s biggest square (216m by 219m, for the record), dislocated by a T-junction of heavily trafficked roads. At the heart of Freudenstadt, it harbours rows of shops, cafes with alfresco seating and a playground.

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1. Stadtkirche

0.08 MILES

In the southwest corner of Marktplatz looms the 17th-century red-sandstone Stadtkirche, with an ornate 12th-century Cluniac-style baptismal font, Gothic…

2. Kniebis

4.59 MILES

Serene and family-friendly, Kniebis backs onto a terrific landscape for all manner of outdoor activities – from hiking and biking to cross-country skiing…

3. Monkey 47

5.82 MILES

Embracing the global craft gin craze, Monkey 47 has scooped awards for its batch-distilled, handcrafted dry gin, with piney, peppery notes. Distillery…

4. Kloster Alpirsbach


All the more evocative for its lack of adornment, this 11th-century former Benedictine monastery effectively conveys the simple, spiritual life in its…

5. Allerheiligen Wasserfälle

11.12 MILES

The 90m-high Allerheiligen Wasserfälle spill in silky threads over several cascades. From here, a short round-trip trail leads over bridges and up steps…

6. Museum am Markt

12.35 MILES

Museum am Markt is crammed with everything from antique spinning wheels to Biedermeier costumes. Highlights include the cobbler’s workshop and an…

7. Marktplatz

12.36 MILES

Centred on a trickling fountain, the sloping, triangular Marktplatz is Schiltach at its picture-book best. The frescoes of its step-gabled 16th-century…

8. Schüttesäge Museum

12.37 MILES

The riverfront Schüttesäge Museum focuses on Schiltach’s rafting tradition with reconstructed workshops, a watermill generating hydroelectric power for…