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Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH (STG) - -


Habsburgerstr. 132, D-79104 Freiburg

Tel. +49 761.89646-40

Spring in the Black Forest

Spring is on the way in the Black Forest, nature awakening from its winter slumber. At the Kaiserstuhl, magnolias and almond trees are blossoming and Easter fountains are decorated. In the vineyards the spring festivals are beginning, while culture vultures are catered for at various concerts. Information and suggestions on spring in the Black Forest can be found at: Tel. 0761.89646-93,

Easter Village in Oberprechtal

From the 29th of March to the 12th of April 2015, Oberprechtal in the Zweitälerland region north of Freiburg will be transformed into an “Easter Village”: House doors are decorated with coloured eggs and Easter motifs, the spa resort blooms in floral splendour. At the Easter market you can shop around for the odd Easter present or two, while there are courses in arts and crafts for the kids. Further information can be found at: Tel. 07682 19433;

Easter Festivals in Baden-Baden

Meistersingers and orchestral music await classical music fans at the Easter festivals in Baden-Baden. The sounds of the Berlin philharmonic orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, as well as top names in the classical scene, will grace the festival hall, the casino and the spa house from the 27th of March to the 6th of April. The new production of the opera “The Knight of the Rose” by Strauss is the highlight. Alongside master concerts there is an imaginative children’s programme. More information at: Tel. 07221 3013101;
    1. Start of the Easter Season in the Vogtsbauernhof Outdoor Museum

The Vogtsbauernhof outdoor museum in Gutach in the middle of the Black Forest opens for the new season on the 29th of March. This year’s exhibition is themed “Forest”. As part of the Easter holiday program up until the 12th of April, visitors both big and small can join in activities on farms which span four centuries. At Easter (5th and 6th of April), everything revolves around the symbols and traditions of the biggest festival in the Christian calendar. The price for adults is €9, while children from 6 to 17 pay €5. More information and the programme can be found at: Tel. 07831 93560;

Easter Exhibition in Altensteig

These days, it is hard to imagine Easter without chocolate or candy rabbits. South Germany was once the heartland of these long-eared sugary creatures. For that reason, the “Museum in the Old Castle” in Altensteig has a special exhibition entitled “Easter bunnies, Easter eggs and other such things”. From the 28th of February to the 19th of April, visitors will gain insights into the Easter customs of the northern Black Forest. Craftsmen will host creative workshops and afternoons. Entrance costs €3 and is free for schoolchildren and students. More information at: Tel. 07453 1360;
    1. Take a Chartered Train Through the Black Forest

Full steam ahead for a 600 metre climb: On Easter Sunday and Monday, railway enthusiasts can look forward to a guided trip on the chartered steam train on the legendary Black Forest railroad. On two s-shaped horseshoe curves and through 37 tunnels the train winds its way through the charming surroundings of the mid-Black Forest. The tour takes around 3 hours and starts in Triberg, travelling on to St. Georgen on the eastern side of the Black Forest and then to Hausach in the Kinzig valley before heading back to Triberg. This once-off experience starts at 1 p.m. and costs €18 for adults and €9 for children. More information can be found at: Tel. 07722 866490;
    1. Ski Season Finale on the Feldberg

After Easter, the ski season in the Black Forest also comes to an end. The last ski race, the “Feldberg Masters”, starts on the 11th of April on Germany’s highest uplands peak. After the mass start at the Seebuck ski lift, the first person to collect a stamp at every valley and mountain station on the open lifts, and to bring them back to the finishing point, will be declared the winner. For the season finale on the 12th of April there will be live music in the Schirmbar from 2pm. More information at: Tel. 07676 9409110;
    1. Cycling in the “source region of the Danube”

Historical and cultural points of interest await cyclists on eleven routes through the region on the eastern edge of the southern Black Forest – where the source of the Danube is to be found. From April to October, Donaueschingen at the “source of the Danube” has attractive rates on offer for all cyclists: two overnight stays with breakfast, an adventure tour and two day e-bike use can be booked from just €84 per person. Further information can be found at: Tel. 0771 857221;

Top sporting performances with music

Marathon and half marathon runners are used to cheers of encouragement from thousands of spectators. The novelty of the “Freiburg Marathon” on the 29th of March is the unique concentration of music events which is unrivalled anywhere in Germany: 42 bands will fire up the 10,000 or so runners along the 21 kilometre route. The star guest at the party on the exhibition grounds is musician Max Mutzke who hails from the Black Forest, and will be appearing from 3:30pm. More information can be found at 0761 1376888;

Driving Test in the Forest

Foraging for herbs with Black Forest guides and then getting your “Wild herb driving license”: This can only be done at “Wild Herb Week” in the Enz valley in the northern Black Forest. It will be held from the 25th to the 28th of April and from the 30th of April to the 3rd of May. The “apprentices” will have a chance to show what they have learned from nature at the various cooking courses. The menu features unusual fare such as coltsfoot sushi or a special Black Forest gateaux with herbs. A three-night stay with breakfast and the “Wild herb driving license” can be booked from €149 per person with Touristik Bad Wildbad GmbH, Tel. 07081 10280;

“Mozart Fesival“ in Bad Krozingen

From the 22nd of March to the 26th of April 2015, Bad Krozingen will play host to the 20th “Mozart Festival”. Over six evenings, the Markgräfler Symphony Orchestra, the Johann Strauss Ensemble, the “Camerata Acedemica Freiburg” chamber orchestra and soloists from the Freiburg College of Music will play works by Mozart. Comedians Gogol & Max will treat the audience to a parody concert. The “Mozart Festival” also features culinary delights with musical accompaniment at the “Classical Brunch” on the 6th of April, or at the “Vienna Evening” on the 17th of April. Further information can be found at: Tel. 07633 4008164;
    1. Dine like the Knights in Hornberg Castle

Ever wondered how the knights of old used to dine? Then the “knight’s dinner” in Hornberg Castle in the middle of the Black Forest is just what you’re looking for. Authentic clothing and entertainment by jesters and minstrels are included in the price of the five course meal. This culinary journey through time takes place on the first Saturday of every month for a price of €55 per person. Further information can be found at: Tel. 0761 89646-95;
    1. Balkan-Beats, Cha Cha Cha and Swing in Bad Wildbad

The weekend of the 10th to the 12th of April has three musical highlights on the programme: It all kicks off on the Friday evening in “Villa Lina” with Balkan sounds by “Absinto Orkestra”. On the Saturday evening the Villa will come alive to the sounds of Cha Cha Cha and Latin American rhythms by the group “Catalina y Los Hijos Del Ritmo”. To finish off the festival, “Ballhaus Miezen” will be playing lively swing music on Sunday afternoon. Each concert costs €10, with a ticket for all three gigs costing €20. Further information can be found at: Tel. 0162 6192947;
    1. Sample the Delights of the Baden Württemberg Wine Trail

Markgräflerland on the south-western fringes of the Black Forest is Germany’s most important chasselas-based wine producing area. On the 14th of May visitors can take part in the “biggest chasselas-based wine tasting in the world” along a 14 kilometre stretch of the Baden Württemberg wine trail. The roads between Staufen and Müllheim will be closed to motorised vehicles for the event. More information can be found at: Tel. 07631 938800;
    1. Hot on the Trail of the Bollenhut

Whether as a souvenir or on a simple advertisement – the traditional Bollenhut seems to show up everywhere. So, what exactly is the story with the Bollenhut? The exhibition entitled “FASHIONS. Hats from the Black Forest and beyond” in the Franciscan Museum in Villingen-Schwenningen will bring the Black Forest together from the 18th of April to the 16th of August. The exhibition aims to give new insights on the theme to both locals and non-locals alike. It is the result of a scientific work on the 2,600-exhibit-strong collection of a former watchmaker from Lenzkirch called Spiegelhalder. A comprehensive catalogue will be issued for the exhibition. More information can be found at Tel. 07721.822351;
    1. Free Entry to 143 Attractions

The “SchwarzwaldCard” which was given out by Schwarzwald Tourism is growing in popularity. Although the “SchwarzwaldCard” is not free, it offers numerous valuable benefits. Valid for one year between the 1st of April and the 31st of March, it gives the user free entry or a free ride in any one of the 143 aqua parks, thermal spas, ski lifts, museums, mountain railways and other attractions on three freely-chosen days. For families with three children between 12 and 17, the “SchwarzwaldCard Europa-Park” is a particularly attractive option. With it you can save almost €90 in entrance fees to Germany’s most popular theme park. Information and prices can be found at any one of our roughly 120 stockists or directly from Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH at: Tel. 0761 89646-93;

Scaredy Cats, Wood Grouse and Adventures in the National Park

Springtime is here. The Black Forest national park is awakening to new life. On the 8th of April, supervised children between 7 and 12 can go there to explore nature – maybe they’ll even find eggs that the Easter bunny forgot! Price: €3. On the 19th of April on a tour entitled “A year with the wood grouse”, the whole family (with children above ten) can learn a bit about this proud, yet timid bird. It starts from the National Park centre and participation is free. On six different dates throughout April, you can sharpen your senses on the theatrical night-time walk “Watch out Nature!”. The Baden-Baden theatre invites you to come on a voyage of discovery through nature and fantasy. Based on Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”, the forest becomes a stage. The meeting point is Baden-Baden theatre. Standard price: €22. More information on the national park calendar of events for 2015 at: Tel. 07449 91020;


Managing Director: Christopher Krull; Chairpersons: District Administrator Dorothea Störr-Ritter, District Administrator Frank Scherer

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