Location: Baden-Württemberg Land, Germany
Length: approx. 70 km
Built: 1930, expanded and rehabilitated multiple times
Surface quality (out of 10): 9 – 10
Highest point: 1.164 m
Operating times: throughout the year
Bundesstraße 500 (German Federal Highway B 500)
Route: Baden-Baden – Hundseck – Unterstmatt – Mummelsee – Ruhestein – Schliffkopf – Zuflucht – Kniebis – Freudenstadt
Description of the Black Forest High Road
The Black Forest High Road is one of the oldest and perhaps even the most popular scenic route in Germany. Located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, this outstanding road connects the cities of Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt. It covers a distance of 70 km, reaching heights from 250 to 1000 m above sea level.
Opened back in 1930, the Black Forest High Road (German: Schwarzwaldhochstraße) runs alongside the stunning Vosges Mountains. It offers breathtaking views of the Black Forest and Rhine valleys. The Schwarzwaldhochstraße has recently celebrated its 85th birthday. To this day, it has remained a sought-after destination both for tourists and locals.
With stunning vistas of dense wooded areas and snow covered summits, the Black Forest High Road has lots of sharp bends. It also features a generous width for its entire length and a smooth, glass-like surface. It’s really a pleasure to drive on. This has been a favourite route among motorcyclists and drivers ever since it opened. The only downside of this road is that, due to its popularity and because it is a major road for the area, it can get pretty busy at certain times of the day. So it’s best to start your drive early in the morning.
Black Forest High Road facts
The Schwarzwaldhochstraße, also called the B500 highway (German: Bundesstraße 500), begins in Baden-Baden. It’s a world-famous spa city located at the foothills of the northern Black Forest. In addition to hosting many art festivals and international conferences, Baden-Baden has a long history in wellness and beauty treatments. It has been this way ever since the Romans discovered the amazing healing properties of the 12 thermal springs found here, over 2000 years ago.
From Baden-Baden, the steep and winding road will take you alongside lofty mountains up to the peak of the Bühlerhöhe. It passes by many small, typical mountain inns and a multitude of natural attractions including the Hornisgrinde – the highest mountain of the northern Black Forest with an altitude of 1.164 m and. All of these wonders will entice you to take a break from driving, admire the view and enjoy the fresh, aromatic air.
Black Forest High Road attractions
At the midpoint, you will come across the legendary Mummelsee, a circular glacial lake that formed after the last Ice Age. Further on, the serpentine road will lead on to the Ruhestein and Schliffkopf natural parks. In the Nationalparkzentrum Ruhestein, visitors can find out how this one of a kind landscape formed and learn interesting facts about the local flora and fauna.
The Schwarzwaldhochstraße ends in the charming town of Freudenstadt, home to the biggest marketplace in Germany. Freudenstadt is the birthplace of the werewolf stories. Moreover, it has wonderful architecture, beautiful golf courses and a great variety of theater programs, especially during summer.
Finally, some words about the food here: it’s downright delicious, proving that German cuisine is one of the best in the world. You will be tempted to stop at every restaurant that crosses your path after just one bite of the Black Forest Cake and one sip of the flavorful Black Forest Cherry Schnapps.
So, besides driving an enjoyable road, you have all the reasons to come here, also thank to the scenery and attractions along the way.
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