Black Forest Lines scenic train

Scenery of the Black Forest route

Climbing 650 meters vertically and covering a distance of 150 kilometers, the Black Forest Railway (or Badische Schwarzwaldbahn in German) passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. Think pine forests, rock faces and dark overhead branches. It’s hard to believe that this isn’t a tourist train.

Black Forest Lines routes
Facilities and services
Travel tips


Landscape in the Black Forest, Germany

Landscape in the Black Forest, Germany

View of Black Forest

View of Black Forest

Black Forest Lines scenic train route


From the small workday town of Offenburg, the train quickly leaves the overhead trappings of urban life behind and glides into pristine outdoor scenery. Grassy fields stretch away from the track as church spires pierce the skyline and small clusters of villages flash past the windows.

From Hornberg the scenery changes as deep green pines cover the landscape and the train passes through tunnel after tunnel and runs between dense, dark foliage.

From Donaueschingen the route runs right down to Singen where it joins the Upper Rhine Railway to continue to the shores of Lake Constance (Konstanz).

Map with route of Black Forest line
The Black Forest line operates on the following route:
  • Offenburg - Konstanz

Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning

  • Disabled facilities

  • Shower / WC

  • snack trolley

Facilities may differ per train and route.

Operated by:
Logo of German railway DB Deutsche Bahn (DB)

Travel tips


Donaueschingen makes a good place for a pit stop, about an hour and a half into the route. You’ll find plenty of places to tuck into hearty Black Forest dishes such as the Schwarzwalder Shinken (ham) or Kalbsrouladen (veal roulade).

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