The Black Forest is a bucket-list destination in Germany for those wanting to relive their favourite Grimm fairy tales. With its inspirational medieval castles and charming villages set against dramatic lakes or mountains covered in thick coniferous forests, the Schwarzwald always answers to calls for adventure. After all, it’s Germany’s largest nature park.

    Beyond the picturesque mountain trails, you can hunt for an authentic Black Forest treasure like a cuckoo clock or traditional wooden doll in Schönwald. After souvenir hunting, settle down for a slice of an original Black Forest gateau in Triberg. A pint at a canalside beer garden in Freiburg is sure to evoke memories, too. For some fun and thrills for the whole family, spare a day at Europa-Park, one of Europe’s largest theme parks in the town of Rust in Ortenau.

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    • Freiburg sits surrounded by south Germany's verdant Black Forest. A lot of words can describe this university city. They include sunny, eco-friendly, historic, new, and energetic, the latter thanks to its lively student population. The old town is the city's star attraction, with its cobbled streets, gabled abodes, and cafe-lined squares – curiously run-through by petite streams. It's...

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