Oh, we have nothing but fresh air, plenty of forest and peace and quiet, the self-effacing locals tell you with a shrug. One whiff of that cold piny air and a glimpse of that emerald expanse of forested hills and you’ll be itching to strike into the Black Forest wilderness.

Hiking

Baden-Württemberg practically coined the word 'wanderlust', as the home of the Schwarzwaldverein (www.schwarzwaldverein.de), which maintains the well-marked paths that criss-cross even the darkest depths of the Black Forest.

Waterway Activities

Great waterways such as Lake Constance and the Danube invite languid days spent exploring by bike or kayak.