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The mountain Feldberg

The Feldberg is the highest of all the mountains in the Black Forest. No other mountain in Germany outside the Alps is as high (1493 metres). The village of Feldberg, located on the Feldberg, has another superlative. It is the highest village in Germany (about 1277 metres above sea level). The main village consists of only a few houses along the B317 main road. This busy road (connecting Basel and Donaueschingen) has a pass height of 1231 metres at the Feldberg, one of the highest road passes in Germany.

Many tourists are somewhat disappointed by the first sight of the Feldberg, especially in summer. You reach the valley station of the Feldbergbahn by car or public bus and are then already about 1,275 metres above sea level. From there, the highest mountain in the Black Forest looks like a grassy hill about 200 metres high (see picture above)

Excursion to Europa Park Rust: Many tourists in the Black Forest go on a day trip to Europa Park Rust, the largest amusement park in Germany. The amusement park is in the west of the Black Forest near the Rhine and the border with France. After Corona there is a lot going on again in Europa-Park Rust. That’s why many visitors buy tickets online in advance:  >>  You can buy tickets online on the well-known ticket website Getyourguide


Cable car to the Feldberg

You can walk to the summit or use the cable car.

The Feldbergbahn, which was only built in 1999, takes holidaymakers to a height of 1,450 meters in just a few minutes, just below the summit.

Travel times 2023: In the high season and summer operating hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the low season and in winter 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Between the summer and winter seasons, the Feldbergbahn is sometimes out of operation for a few weeks. The Feldberg Tower has similar opening times.

Fares to the Feldberg 2023: Adults pay a total of 14 euros for the uphill and downhill journey. This includes the trip to the Feldberg tower. Only going up is slightly cheaper (12 € with tower), the trip down also costs 12 euros (with Feldberg tower).

Many day trippers and hikers drive up and walk down. The train up the Feldberg is therefore less busy downwards.

Ticket prices and operating hours as of October 2023.

There are several restaurants and hotels around the valley station of the Feldberg cable car. In summer, thousands of holidaymakers come here every day. There is a large car park. The exhibition about the southern Black Forest in the large House of Nature behind the car park is also interesting (admission was 3 euros for adults when we visited a few years ago, opening hours 10 am – 5 pm, closed on Mondays outside holidays in winter).

The village of Feldberg

Less interesting is the village of Feldberg on the B317 main road. It consists of only a few houses, mainly hotels and restaurants. Some other villages in the area that belong to the municipality of Feldberg, such as Bärental, Altglashütten or Neuglashütten are typical villages in the Upper Black Forest.

By train to Feldberg: You can reach the area via the highest railway station in Germany, which is served by normal trains (i.e. no rack railway or similar). It is the Feldberg-Bärental station, located at an altitude of 967 metres above sea level.

If you want to explore the area on foot, you will find good hotels and guesthouses here. There are also hiking trails from Todtnau to the Feldberg.

Feldberg tower

The Feldbergturm is a tower located at the summit of the Feldberg, the highest mountain in Baden-Württemberg and the Black Forest region. It is a popular tourist destination and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, including the Black Forest and, on a clear day, even the Swiss Alps.

The Feldberg Tower is an observation tower from which visitors can climb to an elevated platform from which they can enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s a great place for sightseeing, photography and admiring the area’s natural beauty. Visitors can often see the lush forests, valleys and mountains that make the Black Forest a famous travel destination.

The tower is open to the public, but accessibility and opening times may vary depending on the time of year, so it’s a good idea to check the latest information when planning a visit. It is a popular destination for tourists and hikers who want to experience the beauty of the Black Forest from an elevated vantage point.

Winter sports Feldberg and the surrounding area

The Feldberg is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts and outdoor activities in winter. Here you can find out what you can expect in the winter months on the Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Black Forest.

Skiing and snowboarding: The Feldberg is known for its excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities. A lot of snow usually falls here in the winter months, creating ideal conditions for these activities. There are several ski areas and slopes for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders.

Cross-country skiing: Cross-country skiing is also very popular in Feldberg. There are well-groomed cross-country ski trails that offer a tranquil and scenic way to explore the snowy landscape.

Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is another fun activity for those who want to explore the winter landscape of the Black Forest. You can rent snowshoes and join a guided tour or go on your own.

Winter hiking: If you prefer a relaxing winter activity, you can take a winter hike on the trails around the Feldberg. These trails offer a peaceful and scenic experience and you can enjoy the beauty of the snowy forest.

Sledging and tobogganing: You can go sledding and tobogganing in many areas around the Feldberg – great fun for families and anyone looking for a different kind of winter fun.

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