The Black Forest lends an environmental spin to Germany tours
Germany tours are popular for a wide variety of reasons. The country's rich history is evident around nearly every corner of cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, while the food is hard to beat. But often lost in the shuffle is the considerable appeal a tour of Germany has for nature lovers. This is certainly the case when it comes to the Black Forest, which stretches about 93 miles in the southwestern corner of the country and is well-worth a visit.
There are many mountains located in the Black Forest, but Belchen stands above the rest. It's not particularly tall - it rises to just over 4,600 feet - but Belchen is an attractive destination for many other reasons, especially its rare flora and fauna. In fact, some of the plants and animals that live there are rare enough to have the area declared a nature reserve in 1949. It's also a popular destination for hikers, thanks in large part to the spectacular views of the Alps it offers on clear days.
Although the name might scare some people away, Hell's Valley has become one of the must-see destinations in the Black Forest. The valley stretches about 5.5 miles and features some of the best natural formations in the forest. Highlights include the majestic Hirschsprung and Ravenna gorges as well as the stunning Bisten waterfall, which cascades more than 146 feet down a rocky front. There are also some compelling ruins throughout the valley, such hose of the famed Falkenstein Castle, which provide a window in the country's rich and compelling past.
There are many opportunities for hiking throughout the Black Forest, but if you're looking for some adventure, Wutachschlucht is the place to go. This narrow valley features an overgrown gorge that is home to some of the lushest sections of the Black Forest. There are plenty of hiking opportunities for people of all skill levels, and many of the trails bring you to some impressive natural formations. Among the most popular spots are the ruins of the castle Boll, but there are also some stunning limestone walls that offer hikers the opportunity to truly appreciate the size and scope of this breathtaking gorge.