Covering about 11,100 square kilometers, the Black Forest is one of Germany's largest vacation destinations. Nearly two thirds of the Black Forest consist of the low mountain range which gives the region its name. The Black Forest stretches from the Rhine in the West to the upper reaches of the Neckar in the East. The region includes Karlsruhe and Pforzheim in the North and extends to the Swiss border in the South, between Basel and Waldshut.
From Black Forest girls, to Black Forest houses, Black Forest Cherry Cakes, Black Forest ham, the Black Forest pompom hats or cuckoo clocks: All over the world, they are symbols for a picture perfect holiday in one of Germany's most beautiful and pleasurable regions.
The 11,100 square kilometer region in Germany's Southwest is one of the largest holiday regions in Germany. It has a lot more to offer than postcard-clichés. About 200 kilometers long and 30 - 60 kilometers wide, the Black Forest is Germany's largest low mountain range and represents most diverse natural landscapes such as long forested hills in the North, wide grassy valleys in the Central Black Forest, and alpine mountain peaks reaching up to 1493 meters elevation in the South.
The fertile Rhine Valley on the border to France and the wine country of Baden with its vast wine-growing regions of Markgräflerland, Kaiserstuhl, Tuniberg and Ortenau in the West, are also part of the holiday region. In the East it reaches into the Heckengäu up to the Nagold and the Neckar, and to the high plain of the Baar, on the transition to the Swabian Alb.
In the West around Karlsruhe, the terrain lies around 115 meters elevation, while Donaueschingen in the East lies at 700 meters. In-between, the Black Forest reaches up to 1493 meters. More than 70 Black Forest mountains are higher than 1000 meters. There are also many towns worth visiting, including Freiburg, Offenburg, Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe, Pforzheim, Freudenstadt, Villingen-Schwenningen, Donaueschingen, Waldshut and Lörrach, as well as many small, quaint towns and villages in the wide river valleys. In total, 320 towns and villages belong to the holiday region, divided up into 12 counties and four urban districts. More than 7 million holidaymakers and many millions of day visitors come to the region every year.
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