Climbing 650 meters vertically and covering a distance of 150 kilometers, the Black Forest Railway (or Badische Schwarzwaldbahn in German) passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Think pine forests, rock faces and dark overhead branches. It’s hard to believe that this isn’t a tourist train.
Black Forest Lines scenic train
Black Forest Lines scenic train routes
From the small workday town of Offenburg, the train quickly leaves the overhead trappings of urban life behind and glides into pristine outdoor scenery. Grassy fields stretch away from the track as church spires pierce the skyline and small clusters of villages flash past the windows.
From Hornberg the scenery changes as deep green pines cover the landscape and the train passes through tunnel after tunnel and runs between dense, dark foliage.
From Donaueschingen the route runs right down to Singen where it joins the Upper Rhine Railway to continue to the shores of Lake Constance (Konstanz).
- Offenburg - Konstanz
Facilities and services
Facilities may differ per train and route.
Deutsche Bahn (DB)
Donaueschingen makes a good place for a pit stop, about an hour and a half into the route. You’ll find plenty of places to tuck into hearty Black Forest dishes such as the Schwarzwalder Shinken (ham) or Kalbsrouladen (veal roulade).
Conditions for Eurail pass holders
Eurail passes valid for Germany are valid on all Black Forest lines.
From today's modern trains you view stunning scenery of the genuine Black Forest, shortly interrupted by the many tunnels on this spectacular rail route. Get off at Donaueschingen and visit the birthplace of the Danube, one of Europe´s longest and mightiest rivers.
From the vivid and charming city of Freiburg it is only a one-hour train ride through the impressive Höllental (“Hell Valley”) to the Lakes of Titisee or Schluchsee surrounded by dense and calm forests.