Black Forest: Overview
The Feldberg is the highest peak at 1493 m above sea level. It is located in the Southern half of the range.
Other high peaks in the South include the Herzogenhorn (1415 m) and the Belchen (1414 m). The highest peak in the North is the
Hornisgrinde (1163 m), a 2 km crest. The top is an upland moor. With more than 2000 mm of precipitation per year it's one of
the rainiest places in Germany. The Black Forest National Park (founded in 2014) includes the Southern Hornisgrinde,
parts of the Murg valley and the Schwarzwaldhochstraße.
Larger towns in the Black Forest include Freudenstadt, Villingen-Schwenningen and Titisee-Neustadt. On the Western side in the Rhine valley you can find Baden-Baden, Offenburg and Freiburg.
The longest rivers are the Enz with 105 km, Kinzig, Elz, Nagold and Wutach with about 90 km each and the Murg with a length of 80 km.
The region isn't only famous for the forests, but also for its cuckoo clocks, Black Forest cherry cake, ham, and its traditional costumes.
Traffic tends to be low, the exception being some through roads, notably the E531 from Offenburg past Hausach, Triberg, Villingen-Schwenningen to Donaueschingen. In the wider valleys good bike routes often avoid the heavy traffic.
The environs of Freiburg are popuar with pro cyclists. There are optmial conditions for road training, The flat Rhine valley, rolling hills and the tough climbs of the Black Forest.
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Bernd Krüger, 2016