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Places to visit in the Black Forest

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Our region - Discover the Black Forest


We are a black forest national park partner

We support the National Park in its most important goal of “letting nature be nature” by introducing our guests to the protected area and offering them ideas for an excursion into the growing wilderness. 

We also treat the resources of our environment with care and are closely connected to the region.

The Black Forest National Park is a place for recreation and relaxation as well as an encounter with nature and with yourself.

Enjoy the silence, breathe in the fresh air and feel the peace that can only be found in untouched nature.

Wine village Durbach

Our location

Explore our picturesque wine-growing village of Durbach. Known for its Klingelberger, Durbach impresses with its fantastic location in the Black Forest, nestled in beautiful vineyards.

As Germany's most award-winning wine-growing community, Durbach is proud of its wine culture. Experience the fascination of the educational wine trail, which leads along a panoramic path through the picturesque vineyards. Savour award-winning wines directly from the producers. Immerse yourself in the charming history of the wine and local history museum and learn all about Durbach wine. Or relax actively among the rolling hills of the vineyards in our state-recognised resort.

Baden Wine Route

Length 500 km

Be inspired by the Baden Wine Route. It is one of the most beautiful wine regions in Germany and takes you from Baden-Baden to Weil am Rhein and through the picturesque side roads around Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg. This route, which is over 160 kilometres long, takes you to the most enchanting areas of the Baden wine-growing region.

How about exploring the Baden Wine Route in a vintage car? This marvellous route offers a special experience at any time of year. Immerse yourself in the valleys along the wine route and discover the characteristic romantic wine villages and towns (48 in total along the route). Visit half-timbered houses, wineries, castles, ruins, palaces, monasteries and museums. Experience the wine-growing culture of the sun-kissed region on wine trails, wine nature trails or at the numerous wineries. A journey that appeals to all the senses and expresses the unique character of this region.

Incidentally, some of the wineries are among the oldest and best in Baden.

Alsace Wine Route

Length: 170 km

Welcome to the Alsace Wine Route or Route des Vins d'Alsace, considered one of the most beautiful roads in Europe. Along its 170 kilometres through the Alsace wine-growing region in the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin, it strings together idyllic wine villages like precious pearls on a necklace. 67 municipalities lie along the picturesque, gently winding route that runs north-south through the vineyards of Alsace. Among them are communities such as Mittelbergheim, Eguisheim, Hunawihr and Riquewihr, which have been recognised as "Les plus beaux villages de France" and are among the most beautiful villages in France.

Enjoy a vintage car excursion on the Alsace Wine Route. Idyllic villages with picturesque half-timbered houses, surrounding castles and châteaux await you.

Staufenberg Castle in Durbach

Distance: 2 km

Staufenberg Castle is the terrace of the Ortenau: enjoy a marvellous view of the Vosges Mountains in France and the Durbach Valley. Staufenberg Castle is always worth a visit. Built in the 11th century, the castle lies in the middle of the Durbach vineyards and of course spoils you with culinary delights. Sample fine wines from the Margraves of Baden's own vineyard and be sure to try one of the delicious tarte flambée.

The castle is only 2 kilometres away from our hotel. So it's a good idea to go for a walk and get some wonderful impressions of nature.

Strasbourg, the European capital

Distance: 27 km

How about a trip to France? Discover the beautiful city of Strasbourg. The cathedral and cathedral square are among the most beautiful city squares in Europe and attract travellers from all over the world. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Strasbourg and savour French delicacies. Enjoy a glass or two of wine, shop to your heart's content or discover Strasbourg from the water on a romantic boat trip on the River Ill.

For all Christmas lovers, we also recommend a trip to Colmar. Here you can experience the most beautiful Christmas magic in Europe.

Sophisticated Baden-Baden

Distance: 50 km

During your short holiday in the Black Forest, be sure to explore Baden-Baden, a city full of cultural splendour. Experience opera masterpieces, ballet performances and classical concerts at the Festspielhaus. The Festspielhaus Express will take you from Offenburg to the highlights for € 25.0.

Enjoy the healing springs in the Caracalla-Therme and the over 125-year-old bathing tradition in the Friedrichsbad. Feel the thrill in the Belle Epoque Casino, the most beautiful casino in the world according to Marlene Dietrich, and relax in the Bénazet Hall of the Kurhaus Casino. Romantics should treat themselves to a walk or a carriage ride along the Lichtentaler Allee, an enchanting promenade through magnificent parks. In the Frieder Burda Museum you will find inspiring works of art. And for luxury lovers, Baden-Baden offers the finest shopping opportunities in the Kurgarten and the pedestrian zone. Immerse yourself in the diversity of this charming city.

Black Forest National Park

Distance: 30 km

As a proud member of the Black Forest National Park Community, your journey of discovery begins in Durbach. The ideal starting point for exploring the fascinating Black Forest Nature Park, a jewel with 10,000 hectares of unspoilt nature, is the Ruhestein National Park Centre, approx. 30 km away. With around 300 events a year, the park offers a unique opportunity to experience this breathtaking landscape at first hand.

During your stay at the Hotel Ritter Durbach, you can immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of this natural area, discover hidden corners, rare animal and plant species and be enchanted by the magic of the Black Forest. An unforgettable experience for nature lovers and those seeking relaxation.

Historic, lovable Freiburg

Distance: 80 km

Just under an hour's drive from the Hotel Ritter Durbach is Freiburg, one of Germany's most endearing cities. Freiburg is said to be more than just a city. Freiburg is much more a way of life, a lively student city with a very special flair. A mix of history, nature, shopping opportunities and pure joie de vivre awaits you here.

The beautiful city at the border triangle is also known for its streams, which have meandered through the old town since the Middle Ages and provide refreshment, especially in summer. If you are travelling to Freiburg, be sure to climb the local mountain "Schauinsland" or the Schlossberg and enjoy the fantastic view of Freiburg from there.

The Black Forest

6.000 qkm

Out into nature. Nestled in the Black Forest, our hotel is the ideal starting point for many excursions in the Black Forest. As the largest low mountain range in Germany, the Black Forest offers almost endless possibilities with an area of over 11,000 m². Hiking, mountain biking, e-bike tours or small forest adventures for the whole family are just a few of the possibilities that await you here.

Discover different natural landscapes such as long forest mountains in the north, broad meadow valleys in the central Black Forest and the southern Black Forest with its treeless mountain peaks rising to 1,493 metres. Uniqueness, originality and the high experience value characterise this wonderful holiday region.

Romantic half-timbered town of Gegenbach

Distance: 18 km

Take a detour to Gegenbach, which has been described by television as the "pearl among romantic half-timbered towns". The historic town is one of the most beautiful excursion destinations in the Black Forest and is a jewel for all history lovers and romantics. Picturesque half-timbered houses, winding alleyways and a fantastic flair await visitors.

Worth seeing are the "stone knight" at the market fountain and the town hall, which is over 200 years old. At Christmas time, it shines as the world's largest Advent calendar house - let yourself be enchanted.


Distance: 7 km

Off to Offenburg, 7 km away. In the historic town centre you will find attractive shopping opportunities and many sights to explore. Free city tours from March to October offer the ideal opportunity to experience the diversity of the city. The beautiful city impresses with different architectural styles, including the baroque town hall, the royal court and the Kreuzkirche. The cultural forum with conversion areas, sculptures by Jonathan Borofsky and the "Gifiz" bathing and adventure lake offer cultural and relaxing highlights.

Combine your trip to Offenburg with relaxation in nature. There are interesting hiking trails for every fitness level in the surrounding city forests and the foothills. If you wish, you can even hike back to our hotel.

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