Courtesy Hochschwarzwald Tourism

Few holiday regions are as diverse as the Black Forest which has attracted vacationers for well over a century. Stretching from Karlsruhe in the north, down to the Swiss border in the south, this 11,400 square kilometers (4,401 square miles) area is home to a rapidly changing landscape with forest in the north, a less dense central Black Forest and the mountainous south that leads down to the Rhine. This lovely region—the sunniest part of Germany—also includes orchards, meadows and farms, sparkling lakes and rushing streams. As for the name —that’s because from a distance, the trees in the Schwarzwald looked black—literally a Schwarz (black) wald (forest). Here are just a few of nature’s attractions.

Baumwipfelpfad: This 1250 meter (4,101 foot) long treetop path in Bad Wildbad offers a spectacular 360 degree view for an extraordinary perspective over the Black Forest—whatever the season. A gentle incline path with balconies and exciting learning stations provide additional learning and sight-seeing opportunities for all. For the thrill seekers…take the 55 meter (180 foot) tunnel slide back to the bottom. For more information visit www.bad-wildbad.de/baumwipfelpfad.

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