Stuttgart & the Black Forest in detail

Sights

The beauty of this region is that you can easily combine the best of both worlds – a couple of days checking out the palaces and world-class art galleries of Stuttgart, say, with deeper explorations of the Black Forest, where you'll find pristine medieval towns lined with half-timbered houses; Benedictine monasteries; hilltop castles; mighty Gothic cathedrals; thermal baths; and oddities such as the world's biggest cuckoo clock.

Break up sightseeing with outdoor adventures in the more remote reaches – from road trips with altitude to forest hikes and bike rides.

Don't Miss: Scenic Drives

The Schwarzwald may be a forest but it sure is a big 'un; you’ll need a car to reach its out-of-the-way corners.

Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (Black Forest Highway; www.schwarzwaldhochstrasse.de) Swoon over views of the mist-wreathed Vosges Mountains, evergreen forests and glacial lakes such as Mummelsee on this high-altitude road, meandering 60km from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt on the B500.

Badische Weinstrasse (Baden Wine Road; www.deutsche-weinstrasse.de) From Baden-Baden south to Lörrach, this 160km route corkscrews through the red-wine vineyards of Ortenau, the Pinot Noir grape country of Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg, and the white-wine vines of Markgräflerland.

Schwarzwald-Tälerstrasse (Black Forest Valley Road) What scenery! Twisting 100km from Rastatt to Alpirsbach, this road dips into the forest-cloaked hills and half-timbered towns of the Murg and Kinzig valleys.

Deutsche Uhrenstrasse (German Clock Road; www.deutscheuhrenstrasse.de) A 320km loop starting in Villingen-Schwenningen that follows the story of clockmaking in the Black Forest. Stops include Furtwangen and cuckoo-crazy Triberg.

Grüne Strasse (Green Road; www.gruene-strasse.de) Linking the Black Forest with the Rhine Valley and the French Vosges, this 160km route zips through Kirchzarten, Freiburg, Breisach, Colmar and Münster.