School trips to the Black Forest

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The Black Forest in Southwest Germany is home to Hansel & Gretel, stunning lakes, mountain scenery and of course, Black Forest Gâteau. The Black Forest has so much on offer for a school trip to Germany, whether you are studying history, economics or business studies, we can tailor excursions to suit your educational needs.

Stunning lakes and mountain scenery can be found on this school trip

The Black Forest is one of Europe's most idyllic landscapes; with its forests of coniferous trees, beautiful lakes, rolling hills and towns that look like something from a fairytale. The Black Forest has so much on offer for you and your school group.

Visit Strasbourg and the European Parliament

If your group are studying History, Economics or Business Studies, we can tailor your school tour to include a day in Strasbourg finding out more about the European Parliament, followed by a day hiking up a hillside to see one of Europe's most beautiful waterfalls, then travel to Europa-Park for a day of exhilarating adventure and finish up with a relaxing stay at Lake Titisee.

The options are all equally inviting, so however you plan your school trip to the Black Forest, you and your groups are sure to have a fantastic time, rain or shine!

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  • The towns of the Black Forest have old-fashioned charm

  • Culture, cake and beautiful scenery keep students happy in the Black Forest

  • Enjoy a swim in Lake Titisee

  • Freiburg Cathedral with its monstrous gargoyles

  • Enjoy a slice of Black Forest Gateau on your trip


Sample excursions

Cross Curriculum Excursions

City of Strasbourg

City of Strasbourg

The City of Strasbourg will present your students with a unique experience; geographically French, but with so much about it that's Germanic you will really be straddling two European cultures in one city. Feel free to try your hand at French or German, but don't be surprised to hear a rather more unfamiliar language altogether, the region's dying dialect, Alsatian. Strasbourg's Gothic Cathedral is one of the most impressive in Europe and the Grand Ile, the historical centre of Alsace's capital, was the first city centre to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Inside the Cathedral you will find the Astronomical Clock, which has figurines that do different things at different times of the day. Amazingly, it is a clock that can calculate (before computers were even conceived of as an idea) when Easter would fall, when equinoxes would take place and even the occurrence of leap years. So, visit the Cathedral, stroll around the city's cobbled streets and admire the gingerbread-like buildings that litter the city centre. Strasbourg is also the political seat of Europe and host to the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Ombudsman and, of course, the European Parliament.

Triberg waterfall

The Town of Triberg

Most famous for its beautiful waterfalls which cascade down 151 metres, Triberg is a traditional German town in the heart of the Black Forest. The Triberg Falls are a series of short waterfalls in the Gutach River and although they are not the highest falls in Germany, they are probably the most famous because of their accessibility. Be prepared for a steep walk up a choice of three different paths, but remember the views will make it all worth the effort. Whilst you're in Triberg don't forget to to go and see the World's largest cuckoo clock (located in near by Schonach), famous in the region, or the House of 1000 Clocks displaying a huge variety of unique and fascinating clocks.

Schauinsland cable car


Freiburg is a relaxed, tranquil and picturesque university city and is often thought of as the 'Jewel of the Black Forest'. Be sure not to miss one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe adorned with some truly monsterous gargoyles. For those of you who have enough energy, climb to the top of the minster's tower for some fantastic views of the city and the surrounding areas. Every morning from Monday to Saturday, there is a charming market in the town sqaure immediately outside the cathedral. The vendors are local people selling local produce with goods that will charm and delight - pick up a Bratwurst mit Brotchen for lunch as you'll be hungry after your climb to the top of the cathedral tower! Before leaving the town, hike up the Schlossberg to get to the tower on top (which should take around 15 minutes) and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Black Forest, Freiburg and even some of the Alps. Alternatively, take a cable car to Schauinsland, but be warned that it may not run in bad weather.

Friedrichsbad Marktplatz


Baden-Baden is an historic spa town at the foothills of the Black Forest, featuring well-known restaurants, Germanic cafes with window displays filled with Black Forest Gateaux, and shops galore. Visit the historic Roman-Irish Friedrichsbad spa, the Festspielhaus, Europe's second largest opera house and concert hall and the Museum Frieder Burda, which focuses on Classical Modernism and contemporary art. Whether you're after culture or relaxation Baden-Baden will deliver.

Blacksmith workshop

Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum

Open from late March until early November, the open air museum at Vogtsbauernhof will give you and your groups an insight into how Black Forest farms were between the 16th and 18th century. You will have the opportunity to see a storehouse, bakery, stillhouse, grain mill and sawmill, as well as the farms themselves. Most of the buildings are open to the public, and furnished farmhouse parlours, bedchambers, kitchens and much more will be on offer for you and your groups to explore. A huge variety of traditional crafts are demonstrated every day and guided tours are also possible.

Lake Titisee

Lake Titisee

Lake Titisee is a natural reservoir surrounded by glacial moraines. It is 2km long, 700 metres wide and provides some of the best sun-bathing and waterside activities in the Black Forest. You can choose to swim in the lake or in the lakeside heated swimming pool. Alternatively, you can take boat trips, rent pedalos or stroll into town via the pedestrian underpass.



In such a fairy-tale like setting, it is more than appropriate that the Black Forest has its very own theme park complete with Enchanted Forest and Adventure Land. Europa-Park is the biggest theme park in Germany; it is divided into 15 separate areas named after different European cities and/or regions. Look out for the park mascot, a grey mouse named Euromaus, and some of his twelve or so other friends!

Sample tour

Black Forest tour by coach - 5 days

Day 1

  • Arrive at accommodation
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Day out in Strasbourg including: European Parliament, Strasbourg Cathedral, Shopping, Dinner at hotel

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Morning visit to Triberg waterfall
  • Afternoon visit to Lake Titisee
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Day out at EuropaPark
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for return journey home

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