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Horticultural show in Lahr 2018

Already in April the Landesgartenschau (horticultural show) 2018 started in Lahr on the Upper Rhine. Being opened until Ocotber 14, there are lots of interesting and fascinating things to see, many shows and events, as well as nice places for rest an relaxation.

Definitely worth a visit - here are some pictures, please click to enlarge.

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Christmas Markets in the Black Forest

On Monday, 27 November 2017, the first Christmas Markets in the Black Forest have opened.

Christmas Market

Traditional christmas markets take place in many places in the Black Forest every year. The flavour of mulled wine, waffles and fir needles, candlelights and the cosy atmosphere attract the guests every year anew. Besides eating and drinking of course you can find lots of local products for your own or for your christmas gifts.

Here you find dates and places of the biggest and most beautiful markets:

27 November - 22 December 2017: Goldener Pforzheimer Weihnachtsmarkt
27 November - 23 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt in Freiburg
27 November - 30 December 2017: Christkindelsmarkt in Baden-Baden
28 November - 23 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt in Offenburg
30 November - 3 December 2017: Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt in Calw
28 November - 23 December 2017: Christkindlesmarkt in Karlsruhe
1 December - 3 December 2017: Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt in der Altstadt von Altensteig
1 December - 17 December 2017: Adventsmarkt in Gaggenau
1 December - 20 December 2017: Bühler Adventsmarkt
27 November - 23 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt in Rastatt
from 1 December 2017: An allen vier Adventswochenenden: "Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt" in der Ravennaschlucht, im Höllental zwischen Freiburg und Hinterzarten
2 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt in Alpirsbach
2 December - 03 December 2017: Christkindlemarkt in Bad Dürrheim
30 November - 28 December 2017: Sternlesmarkt in Ettlingen
30 November2017 - 8 January 2018: Advent's market and the world's biggest advent calendar house' in Gengenbach
7 December - 17 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt in Rottweil
7 December - 17 December 2017: Lörracher Weihnachtsmarkt
8 December - 10 December 2017: Schömberger Weihnachtsglück - mit musikalischem Programm, Weihnachtsdörfle
8 December - 10 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt Bad Säckingen
8 December - 17 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt in Freudenstadt
15 December - 17 December 2017: Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Kirchplatz in Oberkirch
15 December - 17 December 2017: "Baiersbronner Weihnachtsdorf" auf dem Rosenplatz in Baiersbronn

25 -30 December 2017: Triberger Weihnachtszauber - thousands of lights enchant the waterfall and the neighboring nature adventure park into a Christmas sea of lights. There are many other attractions, fire show, children's carousel, nativity scene and lots of music and other performances.

 

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Top summer events 2017 in the Black Forest

  • 13 May - 10 September 2017
    Horticultural show in Bad Herrenalb
    -> www.badherrenalb2017.de
  • 22 July 2017
    Night in White - Seenachtsfest in Titisee
  • 22 July 2017
    International Mountain Run in Oberried (Valuation Run Schwarzwald-Berglaufpokal 2017)
    -> www.totemannberglauf.de
  • 22 - 23 July 2017
    Celts festival in Nagold
  • 25 July - 12 August 2017
    Kohlmeilertage in Dachsberg in Wolpadingen
  • 27 - 29 July 2017
    Grand Prix Summer ski jump in Hinterzarten
    -> www.sommerskispringen-hinterzarten.de
  • 27 July - 6 August
    Calwer Klostersommer in Hirsau monastery ruins
    -> calwer-klostersommer.de
  • 29 - 31 July 2017
    Black Forest Woodcutter Championships in Schuttertal
  • 5 - 6 August 2017
    Seenachtsfest on Lake Schluchsee, high-altitude fireworks on Saturday evening, Sunday's Drachenboot Fun Cup
  • 12 - 13 August 2017
    Tauziehwochenende near Schönau, u.a. With the best German tug-of-war teams in the final round for the German championship
  • 18 - 23 August 2017
    Waldshuter Chilbi - the great festival in Waldshut, which has been celebrated for 549 years!
  • 3 September 2017
    7th International Alphorn Meeting at the Haus der Natur at the Feldberg, at the same time the Natural Park Market takes place with many other attractions.
  • 9  -10 September 2017
    Schwarzwald Bike Marathon with various difficulty levels, start and finish in Furtwangen
    -> www.schwarzwald-bike-marathon.de
  • 17 September 2017
    Schwarzwald Ultra Rad Marathon with start and finish in Alpirsbach
    -> www.surm.de
  • 29 September - 2 October
    Ortenau wine festival in the inner city of Offenburg
  • 29 September - 8 October 2017
    Alemannische Woche in Oberried - The highlight is the Viewegrieb on Saturday, October 7th from 11 am, entertainment, music, farmers market and craftsmanship
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Horticultural show in Bad Herrenalb 2017

In Bad Herrenalb in the northern Black Forest, the so-called "Kleine Landesgartenschau" began on the last Saturday, May 13, 2017, until September 10 visitors can visit the show.

In the newly designed spa park, the facilities along the river Alb, on the Swiss meadow and the historic monastery district, there is plenty to see and discover. Also, many cozy places were created for relaxing and relaxing. An extensive supporting program with events, games and fun, and activities for nature and garden friends are offered.

In any case worth a visit - here a small photo gallery from 16 May 2017.

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Flower show in Lahr in the Black Forest

The flower show 'Chrysanthema' in Lahr still lasts until 13th November 2016. This is a huge flower show of autumnal chrysanthemums, which extends over the whole inner city. Nearly all buildings are decorated with flowers, and numerous flowering plants are also found in the larger and smaller squares of the city. The local clubs also contribute to the overall picture with imaginative arrangements.

On the market square, there are daily events, demonstrations of traditional crafts, participation, concerts, dance shows, show cooking and prize-giving. With a ferris wheel and children's carousel, there is also something for children, as well, there are some market areas, of course, chrysanthemums to buy, as well as numerous offers for the big and small hunger. There are also plenty of streetcafés for a short break.

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Christmas Markets in the Black Forest 2014

Christmas treeToday, Monday 24 November 2014, the first Christmas Markets in the Black Forest will open. Traditional christmas markets take place in many places in the Black Forest every year. The flavour of mulled wine, waffles and fir needles, candlelights and the cosy atmosphere attract the guests every year anew. Besides eating and drinking of course you can find lots of local products for your own or for your christmas gifts.

Here you find dates and places of the biggest and most beautiful markets:

  • 24 November - 30 December 2014: Christkindles market in Baden-Baden
  • 24 November - 23 December 2014: Christmas market in Freiburg
  • 25 November - 23 December 2014: Christmas market in Offenburg
  • 27 November - 23 December 2014: Christkindlesmarkt in Karlsruhe
  • 27 November - 28 December 2014: Sternlesmarkt in Ettlingen
  • 27 - 30 November 2014: Magical Christmas market in Calw
  • 24 November - 22 December 2014: Christmas market in Pforzheim
  • 5 - 14 December 2014: Christmas market in Freudenstadt
  • 29 November 2014 - 6 January 2015: Advent's market and the world's biggest advent calendar house' in Gengenbach
  • 28 November - 7 December 2014: Advent's market in Gaggenau
  • 28 November - 14 December 2014: Christmas market in Bühl
  • 29 - 30 November 2014: Christkindlemarkt in Bad Dürrheim
  • 5 - 7 December 2014: Christmas market Bad Säckingen
  • 12 - 14 December 2014: Christmas market in Oberkirch
  • 25 - 30 December 2014: Triberg Christmas Magic - thousands of lights illuminate the waterfalls and the nature park nearby
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Christmas 2013

christmas tree www.black-forest-travel.com wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014 to all friends of the Black Forest !

Also in the year 2014 you will find your current information for your trip to the Black Forest on our website.

Our tip for the next few days: Triberg Christmas Magic (25 - 30 December 2013), from where originates this photo of the Christmas tree on the right. One million (!) lights illuminate the environment of the Triberg Waterfalls, Germany's highest waterfalls. Additionally there is a spectacular show program on three stages and at the "burning" waterfall, in the Christmas village and many more facilities snacks and refreshments await the visitors.

See more at www.triberger-weihnachtszauber.com

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Knights' Tournament 14-16 June 2013

Traditionally over the third weekend in June the the Maximillian Knights' Tournament (Maximilian Ritterspiele) take place in the city of Horb am Neckar at the eastern border of the Black Forest. The little town is the scene of one of Europe's biggest medieval spectacles: About 40.000 visitors from all over the region travel annually to experience knights mounted high on horses, the big medieval market and a wide diversity of other attractions like jugglers, minstrels, camp life and the festival parade.

The tournament site will once again take on a central role at the 17th Horber Ritterspiele from 14 to 16 June 2013. Additionally to the big tournament shows, there will be something happening the whole time in the tournament ring on both Saturday and Sunday thus making it even more attractive for visitors - with several smaller tournaments, exercises, stunt displays, exhibition fights and other performances. Taking place parallel is the large medieval market in the alleyways and streets around the centre of Horb and up to the market square. "Hawking" their wares are about 200 traders and craftsmen, including soap boilers, calligraphers, glass painters, armourers, wood carvers, elixir purveyors, leather braiders and many more. In between are enticing stands with a feast of foods and all sorts of thirst quenchers - from knight's beer to mead. Amongst the colourful folk at the Horber Ritterspiele are also jugglers and minstrels, fire-breathers, stilt walkers and drummers, artistes, medieval music groups and there's the medieval camp giving visitors an authentic insight into what life was like 500 years ago. And naturally for the younger fans of knights, there's also the children's Knights' Tournament in the castle gardens.

The colourful goings on, which catapults Horb back to medieval times for the duration of the June weekend, is based on an historical event. In 1498, King Maximilian, later the German Emperor, signed, for the state of Württemberg, the agreement governing the successor to the throne in front of the Horb town hall. He disempowered the inept Duke Eberhardt and enabled southern Germany to blossom economically in the years afterwards - from today's point of view it was the begin of a democratisation process. And a good reason to celebrate the historical event with a festival - especially as Maximilian was a fervent fan of knights' tournaments. The signing of the agreement is re-enacted in Horb's historical town centre on Sunday. Immediately afterwards, kings and dukes, nobles and commoners, dancers, jugglers and trumpeters all go on an impressive celebratory parade through the centre of town to the tournament showground where King Maximilian presides over the trials of strength and skill.

Official website -> http://www.ritterspiele.com

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Christmas Markets 2012 in the Black Forest

Next week, from 26 November, the first Christmas Markets in the Black Forest will open. Traditional christmas markets take place in many places in the Black Forest every year. The flavour of mulled wine, waffles and fir needles, candlelights and the cosy atmosphere attract the guests every year anew. Besides eating and drinking of course you can find lots of local products for your own or for your christmas gifts.

Christmas Market in FreudenstadtHere you find dates and places of the biggest and most beautiful markets:

  • 26 November - 30 December 2012: Christkindles market in Baden-Baden
  • 26 November - 23 December 2012: Christmas market in Freiburg
  • 27 November - 23 December 2012: Christmas market in Offenburg
  • 29 November - 23 December 2012: Christkindlesmarkt in Karlsruhe
  • 29 November - 28 December 2012: Sternlesmarkt in Ettlingen
  • 29 November - 2 December 2012: Magical Christmas market in Calw
  • 26 November - 22 December 2012: Christmas market in Pforzheim
  • 7 December - 16 December 2012: Christmas market in Freudenstadt
  • 30 November - 23 December 2012: Advent's market and the world's biggest 'advent calendar house' in Gengenbach
  • 30 November - 9 December 2012: Advent's market in Gaggenau
  • 30 November - 16 December 2012: Christmas market in Bühl
  • 1-2 December 2012: Christkindlemarkt in Bad Dürrheim
  • 6-16 December 2012: Christmas market in Bad Krozingen
  • 7-9 December 2012: Christmas market Bad Säckingen
  • 14-16 December 2012: Christmas market on the Rosenplatz in Baiersbronn
  • 14-16 December 2012: Christmas market in Oberkirch
  • 25 -30 December 2012: Triberg Christmas Magic - thousands of lights illuminate the waterfalls and the nature park nearby
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Christmas Markets in the Black Forest 2011

Traditional christmas markets take place in many places in the Black Forest every year. The flavour of mulled wine, waffles and fir needles, candlelights and the cosy atmosphere attract the guests every year anew. Besides eating and drinking of course you can find lots of local products for your own or for your christmas gifts.

Christmas Market in FreudenstadtHere you find dates and places of the biggest and most beautiful markets:

  • 22 November - 26 December 2011: Christkindles market in Baden-Baden
  • 21November - 23 December 2011: Christmas market in Freiburg
  • 24 November - 23 December 2011: Christmas market in Offenburg
  • 24 November - 23 December 2011: Christkindlesmarkt in Karlsruhe
  • 24 November - 28 December 2011: Sternlesmarkt in Ettlingen
  • 26-27 November 2011: Magical Christmas market in Calw
  • 22 November - 20 December 2011: Christmas market in Pforzheim
  • 2 December - 11 December 2011: Christmas market in Freudenstadt
  • 26 November - 23 December 2011: Advent's market and the world's biggest 'advent calendar house' in Gengenbach
  • 27 November - 4 December 2011: Advent's market in Gaggenau
  • 25 November - 11 December 2011: Christmas market in Bühl
  • 26-27 November 2011: Christkindlemarkt in Bad Dürrheim
  • 8-18 December 2011: Christmas market in Bad Krozingen
  • 2-4 December 2011: Christmas market Bad Säckingen
  • 8-11 December 2011: Christmas market on the Rosenplatz in Baiersbronn
  • 9-11 December 2011: Christmas market in Oberkirch
  • 25 -30 December 2011: Triberg Christmas Magic - thousands of lights illuminate the waterfalls and the nature park nearby
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Black Forest photo galleries

screenshot photo gallerySee the new photo galleries on our homepage black-forest-travel.com! Photos in high quality and high resolution from all over the Black Forest.

You will find great images e.g. from Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe, the Black Forest High Road or Lake Titisee, or in the gallery 'top events' photos and info e.g. about the Black Forest carnival, ski-jumping, paraglider's competition, carpets of flowers, the sheperd's race and markets of all kind.

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Christmas Markets in the Black Forest

Traditional christmas markets take place in many places in the Black Forest every year. The flavour of mulled wine, waffles and fir needles, candlelights and the cosy atmosphere attract the guests every year anew. Besides eating and drinking of course you can find lots of local products for your own or for your christmas gifts.

Christmas Market in FreudenstadtHere you find dates and places of the biggest and most beautiful markets:

  • 26 November - 27 December 2009: Christkindles market in Baden-Baden
  • 23 November - 23 December 2009: Christmas market in Freiburg
  • 24 November - 23 December 2009: Christmas market in Offenburg
  • 26 November - 23 December 2009: Christkindlesmarkt in Karlsruhe
  • 28 November - 28 December 2009: Sternlesmarkt in Ettlingen
  • 26-29 November 2009: Magical Christmas market in Calw
  • 23 November - 22 December 2009: Christmas market in Pforzheim
  • 4 December - 13 December 2009: Christmas market in Freudenstadt
  • 30 November - 23 December 2009: Advent's market and the world's biggest 'advent calendar house' in Gengenbach
  • 27 November - 6 December 2009: Advent's market in Gaggenau
  • 27 November - 13 December 2009: Christmas market in Bühl
  • 27 November - 20 December 2009: Christmas market in Rastatt
  • 28-29 November 2009: Christkindlemarkt in Bad Dürrheim
  • 28 November - 23 December 2009: Advent and Christmas market in Lahr
  • 10-20 December 2009: Christmas market in Bad Krozingen
  • 3-13 December 2009: Christmas market in Lörrach
  • 10- 20 December 2009: Christmas market in Rottweil
  • 4-6 December 2009: Christmas market Bad Säckingen
  • 4-6 December 2009: Christmas market in St. Blasien
  • 5-6 December 2009: Christmas market in Titisee-Neustadt
  • 10-13 December 2009: Christmas market on the Rosenplatz in Baiersbronn
  • 11-13 December 2009: Christmas market in Oberkirch
  • 25 December 2009 - 3 January 2010: Triberg Christmas Magic - thousands of lights illuminate the waterfalls and the nature park nearby
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Festival in Schonach in the Black Forest

processionThe traditional festival in Schonach in the Central Black Forest began today (5th September 2009) with a grand festival procession. The procession set off for the festival marquee at 3 pm sharp, where the festival was officially opened at 3.30 pm with the tapping of the keg.


tapping of the kegThere will be plenty of music and high spirits in the large festival marquee from today until Monday evening with something to suit all tastes. Party music on Saturday evening, traditional oompah music and folk music on Sunday and Monday as well as entertainment in local dialect.

There is a large fun fair next to the marquee with a chairoplane, dodgems, a merry-go-round and all kinds of sweet temptations.

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Charcoal Pile Festival in Dachsberg, Germany

charcoal pileA very special event took place once again this year in the small community of Dachsberg in the southern Black Forest: the Dachsberger Charcoal Pile Festival. The charcoal pile at the forest sports ground in the district of Wolpadingen smoked from the 25th July to the 9th August 2009, and a great deal of entertainment was on offer at the same time.

The Markgräfler Bergturnfest gymnastic festival and the jubilee weekend of the Dachsberg traditional costume band with its regional music festival had already taken place on the first two weekends. The climax was the folklore day on Sunday the 9th of August with plenty of music, a national park market and demonstrations of old Black Forest handicraft trades. The charcoal pile will be opened on 21st/22nd August, and the charcoal offered for sale on 22nd August.

In the Dachsberg charcoal pile, charcoal is produced in the traditional manner from approximately 20 steres (cubic metres) of beechwood in approx. 4 weeks (2 weeks just for cooling). The charcoal stack is watched around the clock by the charburners during this time (the shelter can be seen on the left in the top picture, the charburner is clearing the smoke holes in the bottom picture). The charburners also enjoy answering visitors' questions and providing expert information about the composition of the charcoal pile and the history of charcoal burning in the Black Forest.

charburnerCharcoal burning was an important industry in the Black Forest for a long time. The charcoal was mainly required for ironworks and glass manufacture. Increasingly larger quantities were needed, which meant that vast areas of the Black Forest were bare and not covered by dense forest as they are today. Coal was increasingly used in industry from the 18th century, so that the trees grew back and the forest could recover.

Incidentally, the community of Dachsberg is set in a beautiful location on a plateau in the Hotzenwald Forest, the southernmost part of the Black Forest. Well-known places in the area include St. Blasien and Todtmoos. Lake Schluchsee, Lake Titisee and Feldberg Mountain are also not far away.

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