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Bernau is the favourite holiday destination for many connoisseurs of the Black Forest. Bernau is located in the middle of the Hochschwarzwald, but somewhat away from the main roads. Above all, it is still much quieter in Bernau than in other places in the area. Bernau is perhaps the most unspoilt place in the Black Forest. Nowhere else can you find more beautiful Black Forest farms with typical architecture. The region around Bernau is ideal for hikers.

Large parts of the area of the municipality of Bernau lie at an altitude of over 1000 metres. It is one of the places in Germany with the most precipitation. In summer, however, there are also many beautiful days with blue skies. Days with over 25 degrees are rare up here. The municipality of Bernau consists of about 10 villages.

The typical Black Forest farm in the Bernau district of Oberlehen is the Resenhof (see picture below). The Resenhof has been home to a very interesting museum since 1977. The exhibition is dedicated to the living and working conditions of the people in the Upper Black Forest about 100 years ago.

Hans-Thoma Museum Bernau

The most famous citizen of Bernau, the painter Hans Thoma (1839 – 1924), also came from Oberlehen. Among other things, he painted landscapes in the Black Forest. The Hans Thoma Museum is located in Bernau – Innerlehen. It exhibits works by Hans Thoma and other artists. The well-known Hans Thoma Prize is named after the Bernau artist.

Opening hours of the art museum 2023: Wed, Thu, Fri: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., weekends and public holidays: continuously 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday rest days.

Entry to the Hans Thoma Art Museum (as of autumn 2023): 5 euros, children up to 16 years 2 euros, small discount with the Black Forest guest card.

Bernau sights and tips

is located in a beautiful natural landscape in the Black Forest. The city is surrounded by dense forests, rolling hills and lakes, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers, hikers and cyclists.

Hiking and outdoor activities: The area offers numerous hiking trails with wonderful views of the Black Forest. In summer you can explore the trails, mountain bike or simply enjoy the fresh air and tranquility.

Winter sports: In winter, Bernau and the neighboring Feldberg area offer excellent opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and other winter sports.

Historic town center: Bernau has a well-preserved historic town center with charming half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and a church from the 13th century. Experience the charm of bygone times on a walk through the city.

Zeller Horn: The Zeller Horn is a mountain near Bernau and a popular destination for hikers. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding Black Forest.

Schwabentor: The historic gate is one of the city’s landmarks and a remnant of the old city wall. It’s an interesting piece of local history.

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