Things To Do In The Black Forest With Kids

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The Black Forest with Kids is a wonderful option when visiting Germany with kids!  There are alpine toboggans, farm stays where you get to play with goats, beautiful (and easy) hikes, stunning train rides, one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe, and so much more!

In my main Planning a Trip To the Black Forest Article, I go into all the minute details you’ll need to make your trip perfect.  I include 4 total Black Forest itinerary options, all of which can be easily adaptable with children. 

But in this article, I keep it specific to the 3 day Black Forest Itinerary that we personally did with kids on our most recent trip to the Black Forest. I’ll go over ways that you can customize the trip to your family, point out some of the best things to do in the Black Forest for kids, give some great accommodation recommendations, and more! 

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So let’s get started!

Where is the Black Forest 

Black Forest with kids

I don’t know why, but when I thought of the Black Forest of Germany, I thought….well…..a FOREST. Like, a concentrated area of dense trees. And the villages and towns would be in this magical little forest all tucked away and hidden under the forest canopy. 

But….it’s not.  In fact, I found it to be not all that different from other densely wooded areas of Germany, like the Bavarian Forest, for example. 

The Baden Württemberg Black Forest expands much of the state. So, I ended up actualling finding it a bit hard to come up with a complete list of things to see in the Black Forest, because it ends up, it’s quite huge! 

Map of Germany Black Forest

 

Tips For Visiting The Black Forest With Kids

Black Forest With Family

Don’t Do It All!!!

To be honest, I had a bit of a hard time nailing down a Black Forest Itinerary mostly because I was surprised with just how spread out everything was.  As a solo traveler or just a couple traveling, this wouldn’t have been a huge deal.  I don’t mind a 3 hour drive for a day trip when it’s just me.  But, with kids???  Yeah…..hard pass!!!!  

Chances are, you probably only have about 3 days in the Black Forest (I am only guessing based off of what most of my readers ask me and because I know you are probably going to be trying to hit up other must-sees in Germany, like the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. 

Therefore, it’s best to really focus on one area of the Black Forest if you are with kids and to thoroughly explore that section rather than spend half of your holiday in the car!  Pick one area and do short and easy day trips from there.  The reality is that there is SO much that can be done in the Black Forest, which is why it is often considered one of the best places to visit in Germany with kids. But what fun is a family holiday when you are stuck in the car most of the day?

And if you do happen to find yourself in the area for more than just a few days, by all means, extend your reach and see even more! For example, if I had a week in the Black Forest, I would pick TWO home bases and then do day trips from each. 

Pick a Home Base

Even when traveling before kids, I didn’t like bouncing around TOO much, but especially now, I find it particularly hard to move hotels every day or two.  Luckily, with the Black Forest, you can pick a home base and then focus on just that area in depth.  Yes, that means that you may not get to the WHOLE Black Forest, but wouldn’t you rather have a happy family enjoying their holiday than everyone crabby and grumpy just to be able to cross off some travel lists??

For us, I found that a lot of the popular Black Forest things to do where sort of around Triberg, so that’s where we called homebase for about 3 days. 

Balance The Sights With Your Kids’ Interests

This probably goes without saying, right? Luckily, there are a TON of family friendly things to see in the Black Forest.  However, like most trips with kids, there are plenty of things that I would have loved to have done that I knew the kiddos just wouldn’t have.  For example, I could have easily spent several days hiking in the Black Forest alone, but I think we all know how much my 3 year old would tolerate that.  Therefore, I found short, easy, 1 hour hikes to do instead where I wouldn’t have to hear “Are we almost done!?” a million times. 

One specific example of this is at the Triberg Waterfall.  In a life pre-kids, I would have taken the longer route that journeyed throughout the forest itself or the trail that winds through the woods to the other side of town. Alas, just getting a 5 and 3 year old to hike the uphill path (while babywearing the newborn) for about 30-45 minutes was a task in and of itself. If there’s one thing I’ve learned traveling with kids, it is COMPROMISE! 

Be Careful for Motion Sickness While Driving

Holy windy roads, batman!!! After all, the Black Forest is considered a “mountainous” area.  Driving in the Black Forest was SO beautiful, but if you’ve got kiddos (or yourself) that struggle with car sickness, then just make sure you come prepared.  SeaBands are a fantastic, nonmedicinal, option for kids that struggle with car sickness.  Anti-nausea ginger candies are also a go to for motion sickness for me. But, if you know if you’ve got a vomiter, I’d keep a stash of Dramamine (safe for kids over 2) on you just in case (and a doggy bag!) 

Getting To and Around the Black Forest

I have an entire section on the best way to get around the Black Forest in my main article as well as the closest airports if you are flying in. 

But for the sake of this article, using a car to get around the Black Forest is, in my opinion, the best way to get around with a family in the area.  Traveling with kids can mean schedules get off a bit, maybe packing one too many bags “just to be sure” you’ve got everything for everyone, and depending on the ages there may be meltdowns. Having a car gives you the flexibility to change up your daily schedule, pack more than what you’d be able to with trains, and call it an early day when needed based on attitudes. 

And while the trains can get you to the bigger towns, to do most of what is on this list, you’ll want a car to get to the side trips, like the giant cuckoo clocks, the open air museum, the Rodelbahns, and more.  

Black Forest Itinerary With Kids

(Note: I do include this itinerary in my main Black Forest Article, but below you’ll see my personal tips and anecdotes about doing it with KIDS. So, if you’ve already read the other article, don’t skip on this, as the other is not specific for traveling with children)

Day 1: Europa Park

Europa Park with kids

Note: Depending on where the rest of your trip is taking you, you can obviously put this at the end of the Black Forest as well. 

Since moving back to Germany (with kids this time) I’ve made it kind of a personal mission to do a new amusement park each year.  So, needless to say, we are racking up the list and I have to admit, Europa Park continues to be at the top of my favorites!!

When we went, we were with a group.  We had tots as young as 2 and then ages anywhere between that and adults.

  • The babes could do the kiddie rides (like the car driving, etc) as well as some water playgrounds and even tons of normal playgrounds as well.
  • My 4 year old at the time was ecstatic to go on “real” roller coasters for the first time that were absolutely perfect for his age (not kiddie rides, but also not HUGE, scary roller coasters). 
  • The 8 year old in the group, had endless options for what he could do.
  • And since Europa Park actually has some of the best roller coasters in Europe, even use adults couldn’t get enough of the big ones!!! 

All that to say, EVERYONE of all ages had an absolutely fantastic day! 

Interested in Other Amusement Parks in Germany? Here are my other guides:

Here is my Europa Park Tips and Tricks article to help you make the most of your day.

Day 2: Rulantica

Rulantica is Europa Park’s new Waterpark.  It is a separate location (I mean, literally just next door, but it is not apart of Europa Park itself) and is a seperate ticket.  It is also so huge that it also deserves it’s own seperate day as well. There’s a giant pirate ship in the middle of one of the pools for God’s Sake! There are 27 slides in the entire waterpark, so you are sure to find one just your speed.  There are also 2 cocktail bars for us adults and even a friendly trolls area that is perfect for the toddlers with pint sized slides!

Day 3: Triberg

Black Forest Germany Cuckoo Clock

Start your day early and head to the Triberg area.  The rest of the trip is going to be roughly based out of here, so I suggest finding a Black Forest apartment or hotel in this area and making this your next “homebase.”

Tip: We were traveling in November when the daylight hours were already getting very short.  But, even in the summer, I highly recommend starting your day early so that you have plenty of time for everything today.  We ended up feeling a bit rushed and I wished we wouldn’t have waited until 10ish to really get going.  If you want ample time at each location, I’d start your day around 8am if you can, especially if you want to slow down and do things like play on the playgrounds. 

Triberg

We started our day by heading into the town of Triberg.  We parked in the “Männer Parkplatz” by the Edeka grocery store.  This gave us a central location to the main street of the town. Here are a few things of what to do in Triberg with kids.

House of 1000 Clocks

house of clocks triberg black forest cuckoo clock

We didn’t spend a ton of time in here because just the idea of my wild child standing next to a €2,000 clock is enough to give me anxiety to last a life time.  In fact, I sent the kiddos outside to look at the trinkets displayed on the sidewalk (and the giant clock on the street!) because let’s not lie, they probably enjoyed that way more than the Cuckoo Clocks anyway!   

And I’ll be honest, I remember traveling to Germany as a teenager and I can’t say that Cuckoo Clocks really fascinated me much either, so, unfortunately, if you want to buy a Cuckoo Clock as one of your Best German Souvenirs, I recommend sending the kids off for a bit while you shop. 

Regardless, it is really fun to see all the different clocks. Some of them were huge and so intricate, with fantastic little scenes of German Folkspeople. 

Triberg Waterfall

triberg waterfall hike

Arguably the most notable of things to do in Triberg is the Triberg Waterfalls, renowned as the tallest waterfall in Germany. You can read my in depth guide all about the Triberg Waterfall here. 

To be honest, this little factoid perplexes me.  You are telling me that in the German Alps there aren’t higher waterfalls??? But, alas, I can’t say that I’m a German Waterfalls expert, so I guess I’ll just go with it?

Maybe one of the reasons why I wasn’t fully convinced was because the waterfall is deceptively long.  It is almost 535 feet (163 meters) tall, but instead of being one, huge plunging fall, it actually cascades over 7 separate drops, each one not incredibly long.  But apparently, they sure do add up! 

The Squirrel Path Hike

 

triberg waterfall hike

There were three main hikes you can take up to and around the Triberg Waterfalls. For kids, I recommend the “Squirrel Route” (Officially the “Cascade Trail”).  In theory, it only takes about 45 minutes and it goes up and back along the same path. 

Everything you read on the internet tells you that you absolutely must bring some peanuts along to feed the squirrels! (They even sell a bag of them at the entrance if you are fresh out of your own).  Now, maybe it was the fact that it was already November and getting cold (squirrels don’t hibernate do they??) or maybe they are just tired of people, but I had two disappointed kids (and a jar full of peanuts) when we had only seen a whopping 2 squirrels total on our walk.  And what’s more is that everyone else had the same idea, so one teeny tiny squirrel popped up and about 15 people (adults!) RAN to the squirrel! What happens when you run at a squirrel???? It runs away! 

At the bottom of the falls, there is also a small playground that the kiddos can play on as well if they aren’t tuckered out from the waterfall walk. 

Triberg Waterfall Costs

There are different costs for winter and summer months as well as if you have a Triberg guest card, Konus Card, etc.  Therefore, it’s just best to look up the current prices for when you’ll be visiting here

Have Lunch

Depending on your kids’ whining energy levels, you can either walk up a quite steep route or be lazy like us and hop in the car for 2 minutes and go to the Bergseestüble for a fantastic lunch.  It looked like in the summer that they probably open up the terasse, which for us, I always prefer to sit outside with kids (in good weather) than trying to wrangle them inside. 

Also, the kids will love the small pond and the ducks waddling around.

PLUS, there is a playground! THESE are my kind of restaurants, folks!!! What’s even better was that the schnitzel was phenomenal! 

Eat Black Forest Cake

where to eat black forest cake in the black forest

After lunch, we were ready to cross off another “Must Do In the Black Forest” activity: Eat Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte!!!

My son (whose German is embarrassingly better than mine) was so excited to be able to eat cake for lunch and promptly ordered it after finishing his Schnitzel….only to be told “Ah, nicht for Kinder!” 

My husband and I looked at each other in a moment of panic, after all, the chocolate cherry cake is what I used to bribe him to walk the waterfall hike earlier! Now, they are telling me, it has alcohol in it and it’s not for kids!?!?

Luckily, they had a few other cakes on the menu, one being a cheesecake, and truth be told….I actually ended up liking that one better than the Black Forest cake anyway! But…when in Rome The Black Forest, eat the Black Forest Cake!

Go to the Largest Cuckoo Clock in the World

largest cuckoo clock in germany

If you haven’t figured it out yet, you are in the land of Cuckoo Clocks here!!!! So, you can’t miss a stop at the “World’s Biggest Cuckoo Clock!” even if just for bragging rights.

Since you’ve got kids, they of course are going to want to see the clock do it’s “Cuckoo.”  Therefore, be sure to be there at the top of every hour. We were there at noon, so we got all 12 bird calls! (There is a measley 1 “chirp” at the half hour, but if you blink, you basically miss it)

While I usually avoid most museums with my kids, for only taking about 10 minutes to breeze through and it being only 2 Euro for the adults, I figured, “Why Not!” 

The “highlight” of the museum was the GINORMOUS, fully functional cuckoo clock (the same as the one outside).  My kids really enjoyed seeing all the gears turn, and watching the huge pendulums swing back and forth.

Museum Cost: 2 Euro/Adult.  Kids under 10 free
Address: “Eble Uhren-Park” Schonachbach 27, 78136 Schonach im Schwarzwald (3 minutes drive from Triberg)

We had a pool at our hotel, so naturally, the kids wanted to spend as much time in there as possible, so that was a nightly activity for us. There was also a mini golf in nearby Schönwald (about 10 minutes from Triberg), which would make a fun family activity if you still have daylight to burn.

Day 4: Cuckoo Clocks and a Step Back in Time

Stop At the Hornberger Uhrenspiele

biggest cuckoo clock in germany

Tip: If you are coming from the Triberg direction, then the Hornberger Uhrenspiele is right along the way.  However, depending on where you are staying, and how your kids are fairing, this might be a better option to do on day 1, as it’s only about 10 minutes outside of town.

So, what is the Hornberger Uhrenspiele? There are many stores that are basically like the “House of 1000 Clocks” in Triberg, this being one of them. Next to the store filled with countless clocks is this really cute (giant) giant Cuckoo Clock painted on the side of a house. 

People sometimes confuse this and the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock and therefore accidentally skip one or the other. I thought they were both stopping quickly at just for the novelty of it all.  However, this one was more fun for the kids to watch because it puts on quite the classic “Cuckoo Clock Show.” Figuring people twirl and dance around the balconies, an oompah band “plays,” and there is even traditional clothing on the women! 

To get there, it’s only about 10 minutes out of Triberg. Take the B33 in the direction of Offenburg and you’ll pass through the tiny town of Hornberg, where it’s right along the main street.
Address: Landstraße 7, 78132 Hornberg

Visit the Black Forest Open Air Museum (Vogtsbauernhof Gutach)

black forest open air museum

The Black Forest Open Air Museum is kind of like a working farm, with a ton of buildings that show different time periods of Black Forest pastimes.  We weren’t sure if the kids would like it, but my son wouldn’t stop talking about how cool it was to “Use his imagination as if he lived in the past!” (Who would have known!?)

Each building focused on a different time period or purpose and there are several traditional farmhouses from the 16th to the 19th century as well as various other buildings like sawmills, a chapel, and storehouses.

There is so much to do here that I recommend leaving a really good chunk of your day for this activity.  Most days there are various workshops or hands on experiences.  The day we were there, kids could make their own candles and there was a basic weaving demonstration.

There are also guided tours, a water play structure (in the warmer months), and a huge playground.  I highly recommend asking what activities are happening when you buy your ticket so that you can plan your time at the farm accordingly. 

See opening hours, prices, etc here

Have Lunch

There is a little cafe inside the main Vogtsbauernhof or there is a small outdoor eatery next to the parking lot.

Alternatively, there is a nice beer garden at the next stop….

Ride the Gutach Rodelbahn

Right next door to the Black Forest Open Air Museum is the Rodelbahn in Gutach.

If you’ve never ridden on a Rodelbahn, they are often called “Alpine Coasters” and are a blast!!! You control the speed of your own toboggan as you coast down the side of the Black Forest mountain.  

Note: This particular Rodelbahn only allows for kids 3 and older to ride.  Anyone under 8 must ride with an adult. 

At the base of the Rodelbahn there is a small playground as well that has a fun trampoline, a big slide, and some swings. 

There are varying prices based on age as well as how many times you want to ride the Gutach Rodelbahn, so check out the current prices here.  
Tip: If you have a visitors card, ask about a discount. 

Alternative Day If Visiting The Black Forest in Winter

ravenna gorge black forest

If you are visiting in the winter (particularly after November) then both the Open Air Museum and the Rodelbahn will be closed.  Here are a few alternatives you can do instead:

Go On a Winter Hike: Obviously, this is a bit harder with kids in tow and you’ll need proper snow gear and boots, but there is so much good hiking in the area, even in the winter!  A few options are:

  • Around the Triberg Waterfalls: There are countless hikes around here
  • The Ravenna Gorge: While we will be venturing over to this area tomorrow as well, if you love hikes, this is a gorgeous area, even in the winter. If you are in the area during Advent though, you NEED to Check out the Ravenna Gorge Christmas market, as it is one of the best German Christmas markets!
  • Here are some winter-specific hikes in the Black Forest, just look for the level “easy” if you’ve got littler ones. 

Go Skiing: There are plenty of skiing opportunities in the Black Forest. The slopes are not as intimidating as the Alps, so it is the perfect location for skiing with families and younger kids! Feldberg is the highest and largest of the Black Forest skiing areas and is actually considered one of the best in all of Germany.  If you want something a bit closer to the middle of the Black Forest, there are a ton of places(but many are quite small). Simply just do a Google search of “Skiing Near Triberg” (or wherever you are staying) and you’ll see ALL the possibilities and you can narrow down which ones would be best for your abilities.

Swim at an Indoor Waterpark: Badeparadies is huge and if your kids are anything like mine, they probably enjoy a day of swimming, HUGE waterslides, and wave pool more than sightseeing (insert eye roll…but, ’tis the life with kids!)

Day 5: A Train Ride Through the Black Forest

So, again, my kids are on the younger side, and considering my 3 year old has Thomas the Train underwear, we figured a ride on what is considered one of Germany’s most scenic train routes would be a hit.

Ride the Höllentalbahn or the Schwarzwaldbahn

black forest railway

I’ll cover both, but when we were there in November, the Schwarzwaldbahn wasn’t running, so we chose the Höllentalbahn.

The problem is that the Höllentalbahn, which starts in Freiburg, is about a 1.5 hour one way journey, plus the 1.5 hours back and finally, it was about a one hour drive from Triberg.  I couldn’t really justify 4 hours of transportation just for the sake of it with 3 small kids. This is a perfect example where you really have to balance kids’ happiness with all of the traveling. 

So, we opted for a compromise.  We personally drove the 40 minutes south from where we were staying to Hinterzarten. From that train station, it was about a 30 minute train ride on the Sbahn to Freiburg im Breisgau, which takes you on the most scenic part of the Höllentalbahn and through the “Devil’s Valley.” It was a win for all.

Note: There second portion of the train ride (that we didn’t do) is the Dreiseenbahn.  Depending on how much you love trains, your kids’ tolerance for sitting in a train, etc you can either choose to do the rest of the ride, do the second portion another day, or just skip it all together (which is ultimately what we decided to do).

Dreiseenbahn (Three Lakes Train)

Depending on where you are starting, you can start at the “end” of the Höllentalbahn and go “backwards” and just do half of the trip in one day.  Therefore, do the 3 Lakes side on one day and do the Höllental Valley and stop at any halfway point (Like Hinterzarten) and do the other side on another day.  Therefore, on one day, just enjoy the beautiful lakes:

Titisee: In the summer, you can rent small boats to go out on the water.  The town around the lake also has plenty of shopping and restaurants as well.

Seebrugg: On the route between Seebrugg and Titisee, enjoy beautiful views out your train window of the Bärental (Bear Valley)

Schluchsee: In the summer, enjoy swimming, sailing, and fishing.  In the winter there are supposedly beautiful trails along the lake as well. 
Tip: If you love “Escape Rooms” check out this “Escape the Lake” themed walk!  It’s like an escape room where you have to solve puzzles and clues, but all on an outdoor walk around the Scluchsee Lake!!! How fun is that for the whole family!?

Info on the Höllentalbahn

black forest by train

 

I had seen this route on a list of “most scenic train rides in Germany.”  When it was first built, it was an engineering feat by going on a 5.5% gradient.  (I’ll be honest, I don’t know anything about trains, so I’ll just take their word that this was impressive).  The train flashes over the famous Ravenna Gorge and zips through the cliffs of the Höllental (Devil’s Valley). If you continue to the end of the route, it turns into the “3 Lakes Train” that goes to Titisee, Schluchsee, and Seebrugg.  We were there in the fall, so the autumn colors were just gorgeous! 

Which Train to Take

This part was extremely confusing to me, as it seems like there are some “specialty” Höllentalbahn trains you can take as well as there are “Höllentalbahns” in other areas of Germany and Austria as well, so make sure when googling, you are looking at the Black Forest (Hochschwarzwald) one.  So, today, you can also just simply take the Sbahn (the S10 leaves about every 30 minutes).  

Read my “Everything You Need to Know About German Trains” Here

Cost

One Way Tickets (Einzelfahrschein): The cheapest fair is actually only available on the Deutsche Bahn App if you just have 2 adults to pay for (kids under 14 ride free on the DB) .  It was 5,13 EUR per adult (per way) so 10.26 EUR per adult. Be sure you have the ticket downloaded onto your App before boarding the train.

REGIO24: If you have more adults or kids (under the age of 14 ), then the Regio24 is the local RVF network group ticket.  You can use all trains and buses for up to 5 people on one ticket for 24 hours. This is 25,73 EUR total for the 5 people. 

Konus Card: We had the Konus Card and supposedly it is free to ride public transportation in the Black Forest with it. Unfortunately, we totally forgot about this, so I can’t verify if the pass would have covered this, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t have (you can ask when you get your Konus Card from your hotel)

If you don’t have the App, you can also get the tickets online here or you can also just get them on the platform at the stations. 

Info On the Schwarzwaldbahn 

This is actually considered on of the most famous trains in the world.  This Triberg steam train winds you along through the Black Forest filled with mountain tunnels!  It connects Offenburg to Singen (Hohentwiel) but supposedly the section of Hornberg – Triberg – St. Georgen is reportedly the best. 

Dates: Mid-May to mid-September
Note: I believe you can still take the same route in the off season, it will just be on the Regional Train and not the specialty Steam Train

Monday to Friday
09:00h to 17:00h

Saturdays and Sundays
10:00h to 17:00h

Walk Around Freiburg

Freiburg black forest
We go all the way to the Black Forest in Germany and what do the kids love the most? Chasing pigeons in Freiburg!

I was actually a little unimpressed with Freiburg, but we were there, so I figured we needed to walk around and give it a try.  For being a decently big city, there was surprisingly not a ton of things to see in the Altstadt. Maybe if we would have done a walking tour, like this one, it would have been much more enjoyable and we could have gotten more out of it.

Münsterplatz

The other main draw in the city itself is the the main town square of Münsterplatz which is dominated by the huge Münster Cathedral.  I’m not a religious person, but I always love dipping into European churches!

And, just like with so many other parts of parenting, you can plan the best trip for kids and they’ll still say their favorite part was chasing the pigeons by the Cathedral. Go Figure!

Schlossberg

One thing we ended up skipping, but I wished I would have done was walk the 20 minutes to the Schlossberg, which has a tower you can climb that supposedly has fantastic views above the city. 

We finished up the day by grabbing some Doners for our dinner, because who doesn’t love doners!

Take A Walking Tour Of Freiburg

 

Best Things To Do in the Black Forest With Kids

triberg germany

While the above detailed Black Forest Itinerary is a great start, if you’ve got more days or if your family has other interests, here are some other fantastic family friendly activities to look into for day trips, or to move your “home base” to. (Again, if you haven’t read my main Black Forest Road Trip article, I go into detail for most of these.

Try Skiing in Feldberg

There are a lot of great places to ski in Germany, but what makes Feldberg perfect for families is that it is not nearly as difficult as some of the higher peaks in the Bavarian Alps.  This makes it absolutely ideal for kids and even perfect for beginners. 

Hike in Feldberg

While Feldberg is considered the highest peak in the Black Forest, you still have great options for family friend hiking choices. Alternatively, you can even take the chairlift up and just enjoy the views from the top without small legs getting too tired!

Ride the Todtnau Rodelbahn (Hasenhorn Coaster)

Even better than the above mentioned Gutach coaster, the Todtnau Rodelbahn is absolutely fantastic (some even say it’s one of the best in Germany)

Hirschgrund Zipline

Said to have the longest zipline in Germany, this is a great activity for families with older kids (must be over 12 to participate) but if you are an active family, this would be loads of fun! 

Where To Stay in the Black Forest With Kids

germany black forest cuckoo clocks

We personally chose to stay in Rust when going to Europa Park and then we stayed in a nearby village right outside of Triberg for the rest of our trip.  In my main article on the Black Forest, I give further suggestions based on the extra itineraries I’ve created.  Therefore, if you are looking for places to stay in other sections on the Black Forest, that would be a good resource to start with. 

I also did a lot of work looking up Black Forest apartments as opposed to hotels for my own family.  With 3 kids, we just prefer to have a bit more space.  Plus, sometimes, by the end of a long travel day, the last thing the kids want to do is sit down and behave at a restaurant.  We prefer a place that we can make dinner ourselves or just grab some takeout and enjoy around a dinner table together. 

Triberg

This is where we stayed on our most recent trip to the Black Forest.  It gave tons of day trip options for us and because it is a popular tourist area, there are plenty of lodging accommodations available.  We personally stayed at this apartment because it had a swimming pool, ping pong, fussball, and several other kid friendly activities right on site at the complex/ “resort”. 

Find the Perfect Hotel in Triberg Here

Rust

If you are doing Europa Park then staying in Rust is ideal.  There are tons of apartment and house options in town, so we chose an apartment that we could simply walk to the park from.  The Pension Yvonne has unbeatable reviews and is perfect if you are with a family! Or, the Gästehaus Europa EP is fantastic for budget travelers!

See The Top Rated Apartments in Rust Here

Black Forest Farm Stays

black forest where to stay

One of the most popular accommodations in the Black Forest with families is staying at a farm stay.  It just adds a whole other unique element to your trip. There’s nothing like staying on a working farm and having your kids be able to roam around and play, or even better, get involved with the animals!!! 

Look for the Best Reviewed Farm Stays in The Black Forest Here

Schwoererhof 

This farm stay is a great location as it’s pretty central to get to many Black Forest activities  There are horses, BBQ facilities, cows, and a small playground.

Read Reviews for Schwoererhof Here

Maierhof

This apartment farm stay have hosts that are happy to help you figure out your daily activities.  There are goats and chickens, a small outdoor swimming pool, a little on site pond, and you can even go on a walk in the Black Forest straight from the apartment. 

See Photos of Maierhof Here

Bühlbauernhof 

While at first glance at the photos, it looks like this Black Forest farm stay needs a major update in decor, don’t be put off by that quite yet.  It is an extremely family friendly stay with gushing reviews. The kids can play with the goat, rabbits, and kittens.  You can use the fully furnished kitchen or BBQ outside and the kids can run off energy on the playground on site. Just down the road is mini golf and a pool as well. 

Check Current Prices for Bühlbauernhof Here