Freiburg is the gateway into the Black Forest. And since Freiburg is connected to the High-speed “ICE” Rail system in Germany, it is pretty easy to arrange a day trip by rail into the beautiful Black Forest and to scenic Lake Titisee from Frankfurt or Heidelberg for example.
So if you are interested to add the day trip into the Black Forest to our 9 Day Germany & Austria Rail Circle tour for example, we just add a night in Heidelberg and the rail tickets and information needed to add this beautiful day tour into your itinerary.
When you get to Freiburg Central station you take the regional train into the “Hollental” (hells valley) for a scenic train ride to Lake Titisee. Travel time is about 40 minutes. The village of Titisee itself is small; just about 2,000 people live at the lake. However, there is a wide variety of restaurants, shops, boat rental places, etc.
You can take a boat ride on the lake on a cruise ship or you can rent a rowboat, a paddleboat or an electrical boat. Another option is to go for a hike which is very nice.
If you want to go for a hike you have two options: you may follow the shore around the lake or you can first follow the northern shore of Lake Titisee and then hike through the Black Forest to the town of Hinterzarten.
The hike around the lake takes about three hours. At two campgrounds which are located about half way around the lake you will find small restaurants where you can get something to eat – the famous Schwarzwalder Schinken (Black Forest smoked ham) and/or the Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake).
It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours from Lake Titisee to Hinterzarten. Hinterzarten is only a little larger than Titisee. The village is known for its ski jump, the “Adlerschanze”. Many famous ski jumpers are from Hinterzarten, Sven Hannawald for example, who won a silver medal at the ski jumping world championships in Oberstdorf and a silver medal at the Olympic Games in Nagano. In Hinterzarten you will find restaurants and cafeterias, the train takes about 30 minutes back to Freiburg from where you can catch the high-speed ICE.
If you would like to extend one of our rail tours by adding this day trip to Lake Titisee and into the Black Forest please contact us for details and options on how this can be arranged. A great day trip is waiting for you!