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Black Forest & Spa Driving Tour - 4 Days

Black Forest & Spa Driving Tour - 4 Days

3 Nights / 2 Drives

Tour Region
Black Forest

Driving Distance
550 km

April till October

Black Forest German Driving Tour

Our Black Forest & Spa driving holiday takes you on a journey through the beautiful villages and fast/sweeping trails of the Black Forest / Schwarzwald region of Germany, taking in the luxurious spa resort of Baden Baden along the way.

This 3-night trip starts in Zurich and includes 2 full days of driving in the forest.  The first tour will take you north from Zurich, crossing the Rhine into Germany, you then continue north through the heart of the forest, past glacial lakes, lower mountain passes, with a visit to the famous Triberg Falls, the highest, and some say most beautiful waterfall in Germany.  Drive two takes you south and back to Zurich, on a more westerly course through the forest - where you will cross the highest mountains in the forest, past small ski fields, with lunch high up overlooking the Rhine Valley. The Black Forest trip is a delightful mix of great driving roads, picture-postcard villages, and spa resorts, allowing you to drive and relax at the same time, what can be better?

NOTE: This holiday can now be booked with fully flexible conditions - see our start your engines plan for details

European Driving Holiday in the Black Forest, Germany

Day 1 - Arrive Zurich / Spa Time

Arrive in Zurich and check into the Sheraton Hotel Zurich City West.  Take the tram to the old town (5mins) and spend the afternoon exploring the cafes and boutiques of Zurich's old town, or take a stroll along the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse.   Enjoy the hotel's rooftop spa and pool with lovely views across to the nearby mountain of Uetliberg

Black Forest Driving Tour - Zurich old town

Overnight: 4* Superior B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa

Day 2 - North to Baden Baden via the Glacial Lakes

Your car will be delivered to the hotel and you will be given a detailed walk-through of the controls and navigation unit, which features all the best scenic drives, plus of course recommended stops for sights, lunch, and coffees.  You will then be on your way. 

Black Forest Driving Tour - Car delivered

The Black Forest & Spa Driving Holiday then takes you north from Zurich to the Rhine (natural border between Switzerland and German) where you cross the border at the beautiful village of Kaisersthul (castles on either side of the river). You now burst into the southern Black Forest with a run-up one of sweeping lower mountain passes, then down to the beautiful Lake Schulesee where you will stop up for your first break of the day. After a quick coffee, continue driving deeper into the forest with a run-up and around Mount Feldberg (the highest peak in the forest) then up to the town of Triberg.

Black Forest Driving Tour - Hochstrasse

At Triberg you will stop up to visit the Triberg Falls, the highest waterfall in Germany, that cascade down to the village some 300M below. From here continue your driving tour into the northern Black Forest, along several panorama strasses, before stopping to enjoy a traditional Black Forest lunch. Afterward, complete your drive to Baden Baden by picking up Route 500 / The Schwarzwald Hochstrasse - probably the greatest "drivers" road in the black forest, set high above the forest with views down to the Rhine Valley, it's the perfect way to complete the tour.

Black Forest Driving Tour - HOchstrasse B500

After arriving in Baden Baden and checking into your hotel, later head to the Caracalla Therme spa, directly adjacent to the hotel or the Friedrichsbad (3min walk). Those are a few of the best thermal spas in Europe, and the perfect place to relax for a few hours before dinner.  That evening we recommend you head out into town and dine at Rizzi - set on the river, it's our favorite restaurant in Baden with a lively atmosphere serving modern European food.

Black Forest Driving Holiday - Roomers Hotel

Overnight: 5* Roomers, Baden Baden spa town 
Room type: Double

Day 3 - South to Zurich via Mount Kandel and Schauinsland ski areas

This return drive back takes you south along the western extremes of the Black Forest, where you will drive up and over two of the most beautiful mountains in Germany`s Black Forest region, Mounts Kandel and Belchen. Each rises to more than 1300M and offers stunning (but contrasting) panoramas of the surrounding forest. With the return drive, there is also the option to make a diversion into the beautiful medieval town of Freiburg where lunch can be taken, or alternatively, you stay within the forest limits and lunch near the top of Mount Belchen, the choice is yours.

Black Forest Driving Tour - alpine roads

After lunch, you will continue south towards the Rhine, passing through the villages of Todmoos and Todtnau, and skirt the edge of Mount Hochkopf. The final drive to the border (and the Rhine) is along the Wehr River Valley, the valley was carved out during the ice age, and has gorge like rock formations on either side, the sound of the car engine reverberating off these walls is a perfect way to complete the run back to the border.

At the border, stop up at the beautiful village of Bad Sacklingen (set on the Rhine) where you can visit the famous Holz Brucke (the longest covered wooden footbridge in Europe) for drinks/sightseeing, before completing your run back to Zurich.

Overnight: 4* Superior B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa

Day 4 - Final day in Zurich

Spend the last day taking in the sights and attractions of Zurich, a compact yet international city, with a wonderful old town (on either side of the Limmat river) the world-famous shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, with its collection of watch and designer stores, then down to the chilled-out shores of Lake Zurich, where you can take a coffee at one of the lakeside cafes with views all the way down to the Alps on a sunny day.

Zurich - Black Forest Driving Tour

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  • Car Rental & Insurances
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Breakfasts & Parking
  • Day by Day Roadbook
  • Programmed GPS
  • Meet & Walkthrough
  • On Call Support when on tour

Price per person assumes 2 persons travel together and share the car.  Single traveler prices on request

Package Includes

  • Car Rental & Insurances
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Breakfasts & Parking
  • Day by Day Roadbook
  • Programmed GPS
  • Meet & Walkthrough
  • On Call Support when on tour

Price per person assumes 2 persons travel together and share the car.  Single traveler prices on request