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Road Trip Germany: Schwarzwaldhochstraße, The Black Forest High Road

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We had a very short stay in the Black Forest before we were back on the road again and heading north to Heidelberg. The Schwarzwaldhochstraße (Black Forest High Road, B500) is stretch of road between Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt that rises up to the main ridge in the Black Forest and offers incredible panoramas of the region below.

From our hotel in Schönwald im Schwarzwald we made our way to Freudenstadt to pick up the Schwarzwaldhochstraße. We set out early and had another perfect day for a drive. As beautiful as our drive was from Bavaria, it didn’t hold a candle to driving through this part of the Black Forest. We were one of the very few cars driving through the countryside and it felt so nice to have this peaceful morning to ourselves. Blue skies, green hills, lush forests, and quaint farm houses around every corner…it was absolutely impossible to not be inspired by such simple and natural beauty.

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

After making our way to Freudenstadt we navigated through the town to find the high road. As we wound our way to the top I wanted to stop and catch the view from almost every vista point we passed – the best way to enjoy the Schwarzwaldhochstraße is to give yourself plenty of time. It isn’t a long road but there are plenty of spots to stop and take in the view – pack a lunch or a few snacks and make an afternoon of it.

One of the popular tourist stops along the road is at Lake Mummelsee, a bit of a tourist trap in my opinion, but plenty of parking, food, a gift shop, picnic tables, hiking trails, and of course – a lake. By the time we were leaving there just before 11am on a Sunday it was already swarming with people, I can’t imagine what it would look like by noon!

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road

Black Forest High Road, Lake Mummelsee

Black Forest High Road, Lake Mummelsee, Kirschwasser

Black Forest High Road, Lake Mummelsee

After our stop at Lake Mummelsee we enjoyed a bit more of the Schwarzwaldhochstraße before picking up the busier Autobahn to make our way to Heidelberg. Even if you don’t make it to the Schwarzwaldhochstraße, I definitely recommend renting a car and driving around the German countryside, it is an absolutely beautiful place to explore!

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