Black Forest

  • Black Forest school trip
    Freiburg, jewel of the Black Forest & a great base for school groups to explore the region.
  • Black Forest school trip
    Gutach Falls near Triberg, Germany's tallest waterfall.
  • Black Forest school trip
    Europa Park is a must on a school trip to the Black Forest.
  • Black Forest school trip
    Explore the pretty town of Triberg, with its famous cuckoo clock.
  • Black Forest school trip
    Enjoy a cruise on Lake Titisee.

I was really impressed with the high level of service from the general enquiry to the documents sent at the end… The three teachers cannot stop gushing about the whole trip from the places we visited to the behaviour of our students to the value for money at the hostel.
VWD, Ysgol Rhiwabon

Set deep in the southwest of Germany on the border with France and Switzerland, the Black Forest provides an impressive and immersive introduction to Germany and opportunity aplenty to practise language skills.

Ideal perhaps for younger groups, the Black Forest (or Schwartzwald) offers a stunning and unspoilt environment in which to discover some of Germany’s many treasures. Explore medieval Old Towns and learn more about the region’s traditional heritage. Discover glass blowing and cuckoo clocks, lakes and waterfalls, and soar above the trees on a cable car ride. Or, for an altogether more thrilling experience, spend the day at Germany’s largest theme park, Europa Park.

Should you wish, why not pop over the border into Switzerland to the south or France to the west and make your trip a truly international experience? The cities of Basel and Strasbourg are both around an hour away and make an excellent complement to an already memorable educational tour!

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around this German region. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Black Forest school trip itinerary and budget.

Black Forest School Trip – Subject Suitability


All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggested itinerary for a Black Forest school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Coach

Day 1 – Overnight departure from school.

Day 2 – Early morning channel crossing to Calais. Continue your drive through France and into Germany, arriving in Freiburg early afternoon. Your afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the town, perhaps with a trip on the Schlossberg Funicular Railway.

Day 3 – After breakfast this morning, depart for a guided visit of the Black Forest Open Air Museum. Continue on to the Dorotheenhütte Glass Factory for a glass-making demonstration, and then to Gutach Falls just outside Triberg, Germany’s highest waterfalls.

Day 4 – Head out of Freiburg this morning to spend the day at Europa Park, Germany’s largest theme park.

Day 5 – Checking out of the hotel this morning, head to Lake Titisee for a short cruise before starting the homebound journey.

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais. Schools from the north may prefer to take overnight sailings from Hull to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam, to make the coach journeys much shorter.
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Freiburg – Known as the Jewel of the Black Forest, the cobbled streets and gabled buildings of Freiburg im Breisgau’s Old Town make it an attractive base from which to explore the many delights of the Schwartzwald.
Schlossberg Funicular Railway – A popular introduction to Freiburg and the Black Forest, this funicular links the centre of town with Castle Hill.
Black Forest Open-Air Museum – Learn more about the history, traditional trades, architecture and culture of the Black Forest over the last 400 years in this open-air museum.
Dorotheenhütte Glass Factory This is the last glassworks in the Black Forest that still manufactures mouth-blown glass. Watch glassblowers and glass grinders at work and view the engraving studio.
Gutach Falls – Situated just outside the town of Triberg, the Gutach Falls are Germany’s largest waterfall, with a drop of 163 metres.
Schwarzwaldmuseum – Located in Triberg, highlights of the Black Forest Museum include a wide collection of cuckoo clock and barrel organs.

Cable Car ride – Take a ride on Germany’s longest cable car, rising 1284 metres above sea level to enjoy views over Freiburg and the Black Forest beyond.
Lake Titisee cruise – Best known as a spa resport, see the glorious landscapes of the Black Forest from another angle, aboard a cruise on Lake Titisee.
Europa Park – Enjoy the thrills and spills of Europa Park, Germany’s largest theme park.


Basel – Just over the border into Switzerland, explore the lovely city of Basel, one of Switzerland’s oldest cities with a history dating back at least to Roman times. Today, it stands proud as Switzerland’s cultural capital, with almost 40 museums to visit. The Fondation Beyeler is perhaps its most well known.
Strasbourg – Over the border again but into France this time, Strasbourg is a fascinating mix of traditional and contemporary. If spending the day here, be sure to take a canal cruise through La Petite France, and take a tour of the futuristic Palais de l’Europe Hemicycle, home to the European Parliament.

Black Forest school trip images courtesy of Deutsche Zentrale fur Turismus e.V., Francesco Carovillano, Klaus Hansen, Stadtverwaltung Triberg, Europa Park.

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