Visiting the Black Forest with Kids

| February 25, 2016 | Reply

It’s no secret that the Black Forest is a major tourist destination.  Many people say you can’t visit Germany without visiting the region.

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Because the Black Forest is picturesque

But the Black Forest isn’t just a romantic drive while shopping for cuckoo clocks; there is plenty to do with the kids all over the area.  Here are just 7 of those fun diversions…

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Ride a Rodelbahn.

Alpine slides are all over Germany, including scattered around the Black Forest, where we’ve checked out

The Sommerrodelbahn Gutach in Gutach, Germany

The Sommerrodelbahn Gutach in Gutach

 

the Riesenrutschbahn Poppeltal in Enzklösterle-Poppeltal

and the Riesenrutschbahn Poppeltal in Enzklösterle-Poppeltal

Which did I prefer?  Gutach.  But I was not disappointed with Poppeltal!

 

Visit a Barefoot Park

The barefoot trail in Gutach has many materials to walk through, as well as man-made meditation caves and scent, sound, and touch stations.

The barefoot trail in Gutach, considered an all-senses park, has many materials to walk through, as well as man-made meditation caves, and scent, sound, and touch stations.  The views were lovely, too!

 

Visit a giant cuckoo clock

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When the clock strikes, the life-sized mechanical figures dance around this giant cuckoo clock that stands along the main road outside of Triberg. Plan to pull over for a few minutes!

 

Play miniature golf

 

The Adventure Golfpark in Enzkloesterle is not quite an adventure, but the hand-crafted course is not as easy as it looks--and you're given 3 different balls to use on the appropriate holes.

The Adventure Golfpark in Enzklösterle is not quite an “adventure,” but the hand-crafted course is not as easy as it looks–and you’re given 3 different balls to use on the appropriate holes in this challenging course.

 

Go to an open-air museum

While walking around the traditional buildings of Vogtsbauernhof, you get an interactive look at the traditions of the Black Forest. A fun little playground keeps whole families busy trying to balance on one of the contraptions!

While walking around the buildings of Vogtsbauernhof in Gutach, you get an interactive look at the traditions of the Black Forest. A fun little playground keeps whole families busy trying to balance on one of the contraptions!

 

Plunk some coins into the mechanical instruments of the Black Forest Museum

Walking around in the Schwarzwaldmuseum in Triberg is more than just a large collection of cuckoo clocks and furniture carved by the famed Black Forest craftsmen, but it's also fun for the little ones, who can put money in many of the mechanical instruments to watch them play.

Walking around in the Schwarzwaldmuseum in Triberg is more than just viewing a large collection of cuckoo clocks and furniture carved by the famed Black Forest craftsmen–it’s also fun for the little ones, who can put money in many of the mechanical instruments to watch them play. Plus, there’s a walk-in mine shaft that keeps you cool on a hot summer day!

 

Ride a funicular rail

The Sommerbergbahn in Bad Wildbad is one of Germany's many funicular rails, offering something unique for the kids, and beautiful views for the adults as the cable car climb the hill.

The Sommerbergbahn in Bad Wildbad is one of Germany’s many funicular rails, offering something unique for the kids, and beautiful views for the adults as the cable car climbs the hill.

Wear the kids out with a little fun so they sleep while you drive through the beautiful Black Forest!

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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