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 scenic train
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).
- Offenburg - Konstanz
Facilities and services
Shower / WC
Facilities may differ per train and route.
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).