The Black Forest

A steady and attractive 6.5km walk through spruce forest and pastures from Triberg's waterfall brings you to this 1070m-high 19th-century lookout tower, where the 360° views stretch from the Swabian Alps to the snowcapped Alps. The car park on the L175 is a 10-minute stroll from the tower. Footpaths head off in all directions from the summit, one of which leads to a woodsy cafe.

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1. Triberger Wasserfälle

2.88 MILES

Niagara they ain’t but Germany’s highest waterfalls do exude their own wild romanticism. The Gutach River feeds the seven-tiered falls, which drop a total…

2. Haus der 1000 Uhren

2.99 MILES

A glockenspiel bashes out melodies and a cuckoo greets his fans with a hopelessly croaky squawk on the hour at the kitschy House of 1000 Clocks, a…

3. Weltgrösste Kuckucksuhr

3.77 MILES

A rival to the hotly contested giant-cuckoo-clock crown, the so-called 'world's oldest-largest cuckoo clock' kicked into gear in 1980 and took local…

4. Eble Uhren–Park

4.15 MILES

The Guinness World Records–listed world's largest cuckoo clock occupies an entire house, but is mostly a gimmick to lure shoppers inside a large clock…

5. Martinskapelle

4.51 MILES

Named after the tiny chapel at the head of the Breg Valley, Martinskapelle attracts cross-country skiers to its forested trails in winter and hikers when…

6. Duravit Design Centre

8.27 MILES

If giant cuckoo clocks and Black Forest gateau no longer thrill, how about a trip to the world’s largest loo? Drive on the B33 to Hornberg and there, in…

7. Franziskaner Museum

9.71 MILES

Next to the 13th-century Riettor gate tower and occupying a former Franciscan monastery, the Franziskaner Museum skips merrily through Villingen’s history…

8. Spitalgarten

9.75 MILES

Tucked behind the Franziskaner is the Spitalgarten, a park flanked by the original city walls. Here your gaze will be drawn to Romäusturm, a lofty 13th…