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Bargain Black Forest Break

  • Germany - Freiburg - Minster © Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V., Francesco Carovillano, GNTB

    Germany - Freiburg
  • Black Forest, Germany

    Black Forest group tour, South West Germany for groups
  • Titisee Lake, Black Forest

    Titisee Lake, Black Forest
  • Freiburg main square, Black Forest

    Freiburg main square, Black Forest
5-7 day tour
From £299 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Experience the hospitality of Black Forest and this bargain break to the West of Germany

Enjoy a group tour to one of Germany’s most varied holiday destinations. The Black Forest region boasts gentle valleys, waterfalls, spectacular gorges and mountains densely covered with fir and spruce.  A quaint area of timber farmhouses, traditional local costume and world famous gâteau, the Schwarzwald is a delightful place to visit.

From the curious cuckoo clocks of Furtwangen to the sheer natural wonder of the Rhine Valley and Germany’s tallest waterfall, this group trip winds through a storybook Germany (and a little bit of Switzerland) delightfully lost in time.

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It’s Always Sunny in Freiburg

Germany’s warmest town, Freiburg is blessed with 2000 hours of sunshine each year and annually produces as much solar energy as the whole of Britain. Sitting at the foot of the woody Black Forest slopes, the university town’s cobbled streets stretch from its medieval old town through the vibrant market plazas beside the impressive Freiburg Minster.

Passing from Freiburg through the stunning mountain roads of Schauinsland and Felburg, the Schluhsee reservoir lake opens before you. It’s sparkling waters bathing the lakeside resort of Titisee’s many traditional cuckoo clock shops in reflected light. The spa town is the ideal place to take a tour on the lake or even just kick back with a slice or three of Black Forest Gâteau.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock Museum

Through the beautiful Kinzig and Elz valleys and past the baroque church of St. Peter, the traditional clock-making town of Furtwangen hosts the German Cuckoo Clock Museum. However it is the Panoramic Road beyond the town that is the true attraction here, offering striking views over the Black Forest, Rhine Valley and the peaks of the Alps and Vosges mountains.

The town of Triberg holds a few unusual records. Its Black Forest Museum in Triberg houses the world’s largest cuckoo clock while the nearby Gutach River features Germany’s tallest waterfall,  thundering down over seven cascades to a depth of 163-metres.

The Pigtail Train of Wutach Valley

Across the Swiss border, the Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen are Europe’s grandest waterfalls. The nearby medieval Swiss town of Schaffhausen features all the quaintness of a traditional German settlement – so much so that, during the Second World War, Allied pilots mistook it for a German town and made it the only Swiss town struck directly by the war.

Nearby, Blumberg is the start point for the Wutach Valley Railway. Featuring some of Germany’s most unusual and impressive stretches of rail, its twists and turns have earned it the nickname Sauschwänzlebahn (the Pigtail Line). The line runs 9-km as the crow flies but meanders leisurely across 25-km of bends before reaching its destination.

An Ideal Place to Stay

Enjoy a blissful stay in the Black Forest based at the charming Bären Hotel in Oberharmersbach. Included are a three course meal – with choice of main course from the second evening – and tea or coffee afterwards.

Furthermore, enjoy as an evening of live music and a piece of Black Forest gâteau with tea or coffee on a day of your choosing. Make the most of this offer to experience the best of the Black Forest.

Are you are looking for an alternative way to experience Black Forest? Check out our Supreme taste of the Black Forest for those with a different palette.


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Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1/2

Travel to the Black Forest

If you do not require an overnight stop sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery before arriving in the Black Forest. If time permits, begin exploring the local area before dinner in your hotel.

Day 2

Black Forest Exploration

On this introductory tour of the Black Forest, stop first at Freiburg, a charming medieval city known as the “Gate to the Black Forest.” Perhaps browse the daily morning markets in the square around the city’s majestically imposing Gothic Freiburg Minster, or simply take a stroll through the cobbled streets and absorb the atmosphere of this beautiful city.

Leaving Freiburg, travel along the scenic Schauinsland and Felberg mountain roads, via the picturesque Schluchsee reservoir lake to the beautiful lakeside resort of Titisee. A beautiful spa town with cuckoo clock shops and relaxing nature walks where you could enjoy a short lake cruise and perhaps some traditional Black Forest Gateau.

Day 3

Triberg, Waterfalls and Cuckoo Clocks

One of the Black Forests’s most enduring exports – besides the eponymous gâteau – is the cuckoo clock. Take a drive through the picturesque Kinzig and Elz valleys to St. Peter, where you can visit a beautiful Baroque church. Continue through wonderful scenery to Furtwangen, a traditional clock-making town and home of the German Cuckoo Clock Museum.

Continue along the ‘Panoramic Road’, so called because of the views over the peaks of the Black Forest, the Rhine Valley,the Vosges Mountains and the Alps.  Once in Triberg you will discover Germany’s highest waterfalls, Europe’s largest collection of barrel organs and the world’s largest cuckoo clock! The Black Forest Museum displays fascinating mechanical musical instruments and handicraft of ages long passed.

Day 4

Rhine Falls and the ‘Pigtail Train’

Today, cross into Switzerland to view the spectacular Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.  There are many riverside vantage points, or take a ferry ride to a rock in the middle of the falls for a close-up view (not for the faint hearted!).

Visit the medieval town of Schaffhausen on the way to Blumberg for a ride on the Wutach Valley Railway, one of the most unusual and impressive stretches of railway in Germany.  Because of the twisting route of its central section, it is popularly known as the Sauschwänzlebahn – the ‘Pigtail Line’.  The nickname was coined because the distance between the two end stations is only 9.6km. However, the twisting route it takes to reach the terminus, including Germany’s only loop tunnel, results in a journey of 25km.  It’s a memorable experience.

Day 5/7


The time has come to depart the beautiful landscape and delicious tastes of the Black Forest.  Begin your homeward journey if applicable, stop off in Northern France.

Additional idea

Alsace Wine Road

A journey into the beautiful French Alsace is highly recommended.  Drive through the renowned wine region and stop along the way at one of the vineyards for a tasting of the Alsace wines.

Continue on to Strasbourg, a city with a rich French and German history.  The town centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers plenty in the way of culture and cuisine.  Particularly worth visiting is the monumental Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg. Inside is one of the world’s largest astronomical clocks, dating back to the 1800s (small locally-payable entrance fee applies for the astronomical clock).  Perhaps enjoy a 70-minute boat cruise of the historical city before returning to your hotel in the Black Forest.

Featured hotel

Bären Hotel, Oberharmersbach ***

This excellent 3* family-run hotel as its own in-house butchery and bakery as well as a lovely bar/restaurant area. Coach parking available. All rooms have a TV, hair-dryer, safe and ensuite with shower.

 Hotel Baren exterior (NCN)

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Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.188. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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