Although small in size, the Titisee-Neustadt region of the Black Forest in Germany packs a punch when it comes to things to do. Scenic Lake Titisee itself is the jewel of the region, a refreshing spot that was left behind by glacier some 1,000 years ago. The region is a place to relax or rev up, according to your travel style – go mountain biking, hiking and swimming, or simply do nothing at all and enjoy the peaceful lake town vibe. It’s also a fantastic addition to a Black Forest itinerary. Here’s your go-to Titisee-Neustadt travel guide (including some of the Black Forest region):
Where Is Titisee-Neustadt?
Titisee is 18.6 miles from Freiburg, the main city in the Black Forest. You may reach it via regional train or car.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Titisee-Neustadt?
This area of Germany has a mild climate, but if you really want to take advantage of the lake and its activities, visit between May and early July, or in September. The last two weeks of July and all of August get very crowded with German tourists on vacation. Don’t mind the cold and a frozen lake? Come in December, January or February.
What Should I Do in Titisee-Neustadt and the Greater Black Forest Area?
1. Hike around Lake Titisee.
This is the highest lake in the Black Forest and quite easy to walk around. The most popular trails takes about an hour and a half to walk. There are several access points.
2. Walk on the Seestrasse Promenade.
This charming pedestrian-only street is just steps from the rain station. Follow it along the north shore of the lake, popping into cafes for a slice of Black Forest cake or shops selling cuckoo clocks, until you reach the forest. (Don’t miss the Brunner’s World of 1,000 Clocks, most of which are hand carved or hand assembled nearby.)
3. Go boating … or biking.
Rent a rowboat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard to take to the waters of the Titisee. Or, hire out a bike to explore the miles upon miles of mountain bike paths in the Black Forest. Or, rent a street bike to cycle along the Bahnle-Radweg path and visit its many breweries, farms and waterfalls.
4. Go hiking.
Take in the striking views of the Black Forest region atop Hochfirst Mountain. From here, you can see the Swiss and Austrian Alps on a clear day. Hike up the Freiburg-Lake Constance-Black Forest Trail from Titisee, or the Central Way from Neustadt. You can see the Hochfirst Ski Jump used in the winter.
5. Go swimming.
Worked up a sweat? Jump in Titisee Lake! It’s certainly refreshing, given the altitude, but worth it for its invigorating freshness. Water too chilly? Visit Badeparadies Schwarzwald water park with saunas, a spa, waterslides and 18 swimming pools.
6. Take a day trip to Freiburg.
Go back in time at Freiberg’s Gothic Freiburg im Breisgau Munster, a masterpiece of 14th-century stained glass and early 16th-century altarpieces. Climb to the top of the tower and look down upon the historic Old Town. Explore The Bachle (mini urban rivers) and the narrow streets, all in the shadow of the Vosges Mountains. See St. Martin’s Gate, the 13th century Schwabentor with its beautiful wall paintings and the Late Gothic House of the Whale. Sip a glass of Baden wine. Attend a lively festival. Shop like a Freiburger at the Cathedral Market for fresh produce and Neuer Susser, “new wine” that is at the beginning of its fermentation process, resulting in a tingly light refreshment. To see the Munster from above, take the Schlossbergbahn funicular railway to the Schlossberg and peer down from the Kanonenplatz.
7. Visit a castle.
While you’re in the Black Forest, visit Rotteln Castle, close to the Rhine and sitting above the Wiese Valley near Lorrach.
8. Soak in a spa.
Especially if you’re doing a driving tour of the Black Forest, you’ll want to rest your stiff muscles in the mineral spas of Baden-Baden. Pamper yourself at the 19th-century Friedrichsbad and the modern Caracalla Baths. The Kurpark (Spa Gardens) follow the Lichtentaler Allee along the Oos River – don’t miss the 400-variety rose garden with its pools, fountains and Art Nouveau pavilion.
9. See a waterfall.
Climb the walking path through the Triberg forest to its namesake falls, 534 feet of cascading white froth. You’ll get seven different views as you make your way up – the wooden bridge at the top has the best views of all.
10. Appreciate the local handicrafts.
Visit the pretty town of Schiltach, the home of local craftspeople and tanners since the 13th century or before. Notice the closely set timber homes outside the town walls that were the residences of tanners centuries ago. More half-timbered houses line the triangular Marktplatz. Two free museums are worth a visit: the Museum am Markt and the Apothecary Museum. Learn about the former sawmill and local timber rafting industry t the Schuttesage Museum.
11. Visit Gengenbach
If you are, in fact, visiting Lake Titisee in the winter, be sure to venture to Gengenbach for its famous Christmas market. If you’ve arrived in the summer, this charming town is still just as enticing. The Altstadt is a fairytale setting of stone towers, half-timbered houses and 200-year-old town hall facade, all surrounding a lively market square. Notice the jesters and other whimsical Fasnacht statues throughout town and learn about their significance at the Fools Museum Niggelturm.
12. Dine decadently.
There are nine hamlets that comprise the town of Baiersbronn, all of which are making waves in the culinary world. Just three local restaurants have a total of eight Michelin stars: three for Schwarzwaldstube in Hotel Traube Tonbach, three for the Restaurant Bareiss and two for the Restaurant Schlossberg. Definitely find your way here for a memorable meal. The town is also a lovely sightseeing stop with its monastery ruins at the Kloster Allerheiligen and the nearby Sankenbach Waterfalls.