Maybe you remember Germany’s Black Forest as the mysterious and magical setting for your favorite childhood fairy tales. Or if you’re a parent just like us, maybe you’re reliving those bedtime stories with your own kids.
But did you know that you can explore the forest that inspired the Brothers Grimm in a whole new way? So pack your wide-angle lens and GoPro, and make sure you get to these amazing Instagrammable spots before all the Instagrammers do.
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Natural high | Highly supervised so as not to get terribly lost, I spent the weekend in the Black Forest just a short drive from the city of Karlsruhe. And, well… it was amazing. From walking alongside fir and spruce treetops on the @baumwipfelpfad_schwarzwald, to crossing the @_wildline, a swaying suspension bridge 60 meters above the Black Forest floor, it’s an experience I won’t forget. The only thing missing was my family… my daughter and husband would have torn up that 55m slide! But that just means I’ll have to go back with my little tribe. Not a bad idea at all. Christmas markets, I’m looking at you. Vielen dank @noerdlicherschwarzwald and @visitkarlsruhe for making this experience possible! #noerdlicherschwarzwald #blackforest #visitkarlsruhe #shotonmoment #ongooglemaps #roamtheplanet #stayandwander #visualsofearth #passionpassport #badenwuerttemberg #germany
Tiptoe above the treetops via the Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald
Yes, that’s a bit of a mouthful. But the Baumwipfel (treetop) + Pfad (path) in the Schwarz (Black) Wald (Forest) in Bad Wildbad is also an eyeful. Giving you a picturesque and educational stroll among beech, fir and spruce trees, the Baumwipfelpfad Schwarzwald makes an easy 1,2km walk for the whole family. Adults pay €11 , while children under 6 can access the path for free.
Get your cameras ready for the 40-meter high observation tower at the very end. With only a mild 6% incline, it’s accessible for both strollers and wheelchairs. We love it when the whole family is considered in the design of an experience. This way, everyone can enjoy the stunning 360-degree views of the Black Forest from the top of the tower.
The best part: you can finish off the treetop walk with a spiral slide ride all the way down to the bottom. How cool is that?
Instagrambloggers tip: do check the weather before you go; for safety reasons the slide is closed in bad weather.
Sway with the wind on the Instagrammable Wildline
Amsterdam might have its own famous Skinny Bridge. But we have to admit that this bridge in the Northern Black Forest beats us when it comes to the view! The Wildline is a suspension bridge 60 meters above ground, close to the treetop walk in Bad Wildbad.
At 380 meters, the length of bridge is literally a walk in the park, even if you’re terrified of heights like I am. And the breathtaking views over the treetops makes it all worth it.
Instagrambloggers tip: the bridge can get very shaky as it’s designed to sway with the wind. So make sure your phone or camera is securely fastened to you with a wrist or neck strap, while you try to get that perfect shot. It’s a long way down!
Explore medieval ruins at Hirsau Abbey
Kloster Hirsau (Hirsau Abbey) is the place to recreate your epic Game of Thrones shots and #moodygrams. Wander among the ruins of one of Germany’s most important Benedictine monasteries, dating back to the 11th and 12th century.
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Fearless forecast: brilliantly blue skies and broken-hearted Dragon Queens ahead. King’s Landing vibes care of the Hirsau Abbey, a medieval ruin tucked among one of the many charming, picturesque villages in the Black Forest near Karlsruhe. After weeks of traveling I’m finally gonna catch up on Game of Thrones, no spoilers please ???????????? #shotonmoment #momentwide #lookingup #blackforest #noerdlicherschwarzwald #visitkarlsruhe #kings_villages #ongooglemaps #badenwuerttemberg #germany
Instagrambloggers tip: Music and culture lovers should check out the Calwer Klostersummer music festival in August, when Hirsau Abbey hosts a diverse program of concerts.
The Noerdlicher Schwarzwald is the part of Germany’s legendary Black Forest that’s closest to our home base in Amsterdam. The nearby city of Karlsruhe is your gateway to this evergreen wonderland, accessible by train or car from Amsterdam or Utrecht. We highly recommend combining the forest with our list of family-friendly art and culture hotspots in Karlsruhe!
Disclosure: Thank you Visit Karlsruhe and Noerdlicher Schwarzwald for inviting Instagrambloggers to experience the most Instagrammable spots of the Northern Black Forest.