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Photos of Beautiful St. Blasien and Schluchsee in the Black Forest

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Schluchsee Lake Photo Looking at the Shoreline

Schluchsee Lake Photo Looking at the Shoreline

Exploring Southern Germany

You can see some photos in this article of some beautiful areas in the Black Forest region of Germany that I experienced when I traveled there many years ago with my long-time girlfriend who lives in that country.

We became acquainted decades ago when she worked as an operating room nurse over here in Houston, Texas, where I live and where I also worked at the time. Even after she returned to Germany, we kept in touch and still do to this very day which is multiple decades later.

My friend was trying her best to show me some of the highlights of this beautiful portion of southern Germany, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

Black Forest of Germany

The southern Black Forest is also known as the Schwarzwald and is a magnificent part of Germany. Elevations in this part of Germany rise to almost 1500 meters, and glaciers have carved out some lakes in this region. The two largest lakes are the Titisee and the Schluchsee.

The area is full of hills and valleys, and much of the locale is dense with trees. When viewing it from any distance, the trees have the appearance of the color black, thus the name of the Black Forest.

Flat-topped hills devoid of trees offer pasture land for grazing cows in some areas, but the vast majority of the Black Forest, a good 2/3rd's of it, is filled with conifer types of trees.

The Black Forest / Schwarzwald is a much-visited area by visitors, not only for its natural beauty but also as a hiking and skiing destination. Besides, it has a concentration of many health spas in the region.


In the village of Schluchsee, my traveling companion and I decided it would be fun to take a boat ride out on the lake.

After renting one, for some reason, the steering mechanism did not want to cooperate, and we kept turning in circles. After that baffling start and getting back to the pier, a friendly young 14-year-old guide from former East Germany (specifically Sachsen-Anhalt) volunteered to be our boat captain and took us out for a spin around portions of the lake.

As the pictures I took will show, there seemed to be some looming storm clouds, and I was afraid that we might become drenched. But it all ended well, and after returning to shore, the clouds dissipated. At our next stop, which was St. Blasien, the day was once again bright and sunny.

The Schluchsee lake is a reservoir and the highest one per elevation in Germany at 952 meters. It is terrific for boating and offers scenic views for hikers in the area. Swimmers would find the waters cool but undoubtedly very refreshing.

Germans truly like Mother Nature from what I have observed, and this region of Germany showers them with an abundance of her beautiful scenery.

St. Blasien

The town of St. Blasien is in the Black Forest area of Germany, which runs north and south along Germany's southwestern part of the country. The width of the Black Forest is wider in the southern end compared to the north. St. Blasien is in one of those southern valleys.

My friend and I enjoyed walking around the beautiful town of St. Blasien. Tulips were blooming in a park, and the sound of splashing water as it tumbled over rocks flowing through a part of the town added to our enjoyment.

Dom St. Blasius

As one approaches this town, the large dome of a cathedral dominates the landscape compared to the shops and houses. It is the third-largest dome in all of Europe, and it is called Dom St. Blasius or St. Blaise's Cathedral.

This dramatic building dating back to the Middle Ages took on its present shape after a fire destroyed the Benedictine Abbey that had stood in its place. The church is now round and done in a Baroque architectural style. In the adjoining buildings, there is now a Jesuit college.

Sunlight was bathing the buildings and glistening off of the domed roof of the cathedral. We walked into St. Blaise's Cathedral and felt small as we gazed up at the painted ceiling on the underside of the round dome, which is 63 meters high. It is a foot wider in circumference, and numerous columns are decorative, plus also support this magnificent domed structure.

After spending some time gazing at the wonder of this church, my friend and I each had an iced coffee while sitting outside with the dramatic backdrop of the Dom St. Blasius. Not a single Starbucks coffee house in Houston, Texas, nor anyone that I have ever seen anywhere for that matter can top the ambiance of sitting in that plaza on that day enjoying that iced coffee libation.

St. Blasien (and some surrounding areas)

Roofing Styles in This Region

The photo of the house below shows a typical private housing design in the Black Forest area. Due to heavy snow in the winter, the sloped and overhanging roofs make it harder for vast amounts of snow to accumulate. Often built upon a stone foundation, there are numerous small windows under the roof overhang on these houses made primarily of wood.

Forestry and woodworking are important industries, as well as clock making. Who hasn't heard of the famed cuckoo clocks that come from Germany?

Typical roofs on houses in the Black Forest areas of Germany

Typical roofs on houses in the Black Forest areas of Germany


My friend and I continued our journey to see more of the Black Forest with her brother as our guide.

At the spa town of Todtmoss, I found out that people make pilgrimages to the church pictured below, in which people pray for children who get pregnant. Perhaps they meant to say that prayers are in the hopes of dissuading youngsters from getting pregnant?

In any case, it is another beautiful setting surrounded by dark forested hills.


Not far from the city of Freiburg (written about in another post) are the highest areas in the Black Forest. Feldberg is the highest mountain locale at an elevation of 1493 meters, and at this point, the scenery became dramatically different.

The dark forested hills gave way to meadows filled with blooming flowers, and the trees became sparse to almost nonexistent. Rolling hills filled with dandelions almost reminded me of that scene in the Sound of Music where Julie Andrews turns around with arms outspread and starts singing: "The hills are alive, with the sound of music..."

Approaching the Feldberg area of the Black Forest

Approaching the Feldberg area of the Black Forest

Feldberg area of the Black Forest is the highest mountain.

Feldberg area of the Black Forest is the highest mountain.


This area near Feldberg and located to the south of Freiburg sits at an elevation of 4,213 feet (or 1284 meters) above sea level.

Tourists and residents alike frequent this area at all times of the year and engage in hiking, mountain biking, or taking the gondola lift to the top of the mountain. When the snow covers the hills, it is also a terrific skiing area.

This video shows the cable car ride to the top of Schauinsland, plus a bit of Freiburg.

The landscapes in the southern parts of Germany, some photos and videos of which are in this post, are spectacularly beautiful. They are full of the natural beauty of clear mountain air, rolling hills and valleys, and glacially sculpted lakes. Having my long-time friend as a personal tour guide and interpreter just topped off the experience, making it an even greater pleasure.

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit."

— Robert Louis Stevenson


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I am so happy that you enjoyed learning more about the Black Forest. It is a beautiful part of southern Germany, and I was fortunate to have my friend be a personal tour guide for me. Thanks for your comment. Wishing you good tidings and blessings.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 20, 2021:

Peggy, I always enjoy reading your travel hubs and looking at the photos and videos. I've heard about the Black Forest but have never been there. Thanks for sharing different parts of the world. Your beautiful hubs always make me feel like I am also there.

Blessing and Love

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2021:

Hi Ann,

This is a beautiful part of Europe! I am glad you saw at least some of it from the motorway. Your trip sounds lovely. I did not see France but did see a portion of Switzerland, including the Matterhorn. Yes, our friendship has lasted many decades of both of our lives. Thanks for your comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 20, 2021:

This is a beautiful part of Europe. I have seen part of the Black Forest when we were travelling mostly in France, but went across the Rhine into Germany and then down to Switzerland. It was lovely and you've brought back some memories. We didn't stop anywhere as we were on the motorway with a view to being further south as quickly as possible. Shame, really, as it would have been good to see more, but there were deadlines to keep!

How lovely to have kept in touch with your German friend all this time!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2021:

Hi Maya,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed my photos of the most beautiful Black Forest (Schwarzwald) of Germany. It was such a special treat having my German girlfriend show it to me.

Maya Ellenson from Hobe Sound, Florida on April 20, 2021:

Thank you for your fabulous article and stunning photos! You helped to immerse in Schwarzwald with all its scenic beauty and rich history.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2021:

Hi Amy,

Yes, having a friend who lives in Germany and speaks the language was a great advantage. The Black Forest is such a gorgeous area! Thanks for your comment.

Amy on April 18, 2021:

You have recorded in photos and verse the great beauty of this part of Germany. Having your friend who is from the area must have been a tremendous treat.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 14, 2019:

Hi Rajan,

The Black Forest area of Germany is indeed beautiful! It was such a pleasure to be able to spend a bit of time there seeing those gorgeous sites with my friend who lives in Germany.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 14, 2019:

The Black Forest area is so naturally beautiful and the town of St. Blasien is very lovely. The houses are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing such scenic pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

So glad you liked looking at this area in the Black Forest of Germany. It is indeed a beautiful part of that country! Thanks for the shares.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 09, 2014:

Love the photos of the countryside and the interesting architecture in this article. Lots of good info too. Voted this up and awesome again. Pinned to my 'Travel' board and sharing with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2013:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

From the sound of it, you are very familiar with this beautiful part of Germany. I was fortunate to be able to see it with my German girl friend who lives in southern Germany in the town of Herrenberg. Sorry that it made you homesick but thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

I will forever be indebted to my German friend for taking me to these gorgeous areas in the Black Forest region of Germany. Happy to be able to show some of the photos to readers of this hub. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share + the 5 star rating. :))

Claudia Mitchell on February 02, 2013:

Just a beautiful hub. My mother is from this area, closer to the french border, and growing up I was very fortunate to go there many many times to visit family. It is a gorgeous area. Schauinsland is terrific fun. This made me very homesick, especially with Fasching coming up. Great hub!

C E Clark from North Texas on February 01, 2013:

Gorgeous photos as always! The countryside in Germany does look inviting and the architecture is interesting too. Excellent hub. Voting you up, BI, and gave you 5 stars! Will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hi glassvisage,

So glad to know that you enjoyed these photos from the southern part of Germany. Hope that you get to travel there someday and take some of your own photos. Hard to miss since the scenery is so lovely! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hello mours sshields,

So happy to hear that you liked these photos from the Black Forest area in Germany. It is indeed beautiful. Appreciate your comment.

glassvisage from Northern California on January 09, 2013:

You are a fantastic photographer! These are amazing photos, and while I wanted to go to Germany before reading this Hub, I certainly am more tempted now that I've seen some of these photos. The architecture, the landscapes... lovely :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

I have only seen areas in the southern parts of Germany, but can report that it is well worth the trip to see and enjoy. Hope that you get there someday with your husband. You will be happy to be able to enjoy sites like this together. Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

mours sshields from Elwood, Indiana on January 09, 2013:

Great hub. Very well done! I especiaaly like the mountains and the cathedrals. Some of the pictures of the mountains look like something that comes from a fairy tale.

Marcia Ours

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

More beautiful photos and evocative writing. My husband has always wanted to visit Germany but we didn't make it there on our last trip to Europe. The scenery is gorgeous, but sipping coffee in view of Dom St. Blasius would top my list of things to do. It sounds like there are many outdoor activities to be enjoyed. Voted up and shared, as always. : )

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2012:

Hi sweetie,

So glad to know that you enjoyed these photos of the Black Forest region in Germany. It truly is a sight to behold! Thanks for commenting, voting and sharing.

sweetie1 from India on December 21, 2012:

Peggy very beautiful pictures. Loved seeing your travel hubs. You have very nice pictures. voting up and sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi vox vocis,

So your husband was born in Freiburg! From what I saw of it...it is a beautiful and scenic area as is most of the Black Forest area of Germany.

Am sure you could write many hubs about what you enjoy about living in Germany. Appreciate your comment.

Jasmine on September 25, 2012:

I visited Schwarzwald once. My hubbie was born in Freiburg (I'll check that hub). I should write a hub about what I like about Germany (it would be like a self-help method lol) Yes, I like a few things...thanks for the inspiration! Great pics :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 22, 2012:

Hi Leah,

At least you got to live in Europe for a while and experience things, whether or not you got to see Germany and the Black Forest. Undoubtedly you saw some wonderful areas! Thanks for your comment. Maybe you'll get back there someday.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on March 22, 2012:

Oh, this makes me so sad that we never managed to make it over to Germany when we lived in Europe. Such beautiful scenery! The cable car ride looks like so much fun, and the villages are just filled with gorgeous architecture!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Hi janices7,

Yes, the weather was perfect when we were visiting the Black Forest areas in Germany. Too bad that your experience was not the same. Appreciate your comment.

Janice S on March 21, 2012:

Gorgeous photos - I love all your travel hubs. When I went to the black forest, it was raining the entire time so I didn't really get to enjoy it. Looks like you had great weather.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

You now know what inspired one of my original linocut prints labeled St. Blasien. So nice to know that you liked these photos and information about areas in the Black Forest of Germany. Appreciate your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 18, 2012:

The Black Forest in your photos are absolutely beautiful. You have captured beautiful photos of this beautiful place. Love the architecture and the lovely scenery in St. Blasien. Wonderful information you have captured of beautiful Germany. Great photos and videos of another unique and beautiful vacation spot. Great hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

You saw parts of Germany that I did not get a chance to see. Have you shared any of them on HubPages? If so, point me in the right direction. Glad that you enjoyed seeing more of the Black Forest areas. Appreciate your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 18, 2012:

Peggy when in Germany I never got much below the Hamburg-Flensburg area so your German travels are always treats. Wonderful to read and see you and your friends adventure on the lake; the Black Forest info is mostly new here as well. Some of the forest pics could, or nearly could have been taken in the mountains here. Another great trip and photos from my friend and fave travel lady!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

So nice that your parents vacationed in the Black Forest areas of Germany and have photo albums of pictures. I'll bet that they are good ones! Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 17, 2012:

Hi Peggy, what fabulous photos - the Black Forest was my parent's favourite place to holiday, Dad loved it there and has several albums of photos, a great place to visit if you are a keen photographer!

Thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

Nice to know that I could separate Black Forest cake from the real place in Germany in your mind. Nice knowing that I could teach the teacher something and that you liked these photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2012:

Hi Karanda,

Your father certainly grew up in a beautiful part of the world...the Black Forest of Germany. Have you written about any of the stories that he has told you about his youth? Thanks for your comment. Glad that you liked these photos.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 17, 2012:

I had never know about Black Forest region before. I thought it was "cake". Sorry....just kidding. But I totally enjoy the virtual trip to Black Forest, Germany. Schluchsee lake, Todtmoss, Schauinsland, St. Blasien. Wow.....they all beautiful. I hope I can visit this region one day. Thank you very much, Peggy. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting)

Love and peace,

Karen Wilton from Australia on March 17, 2012:

You have done a wonderful job of presenting the Blackforest - my father's birthplace and home for the first twenty years of his life. He is 80 now and has shared his tales with his family. The pictures you have shown are life like to his descriptions. Beautiful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

Hope you get to see St. Blasien, the Schluchsee and other areas in the Black Forest someday. The thickly wooded areas do give it a black appearance when viewed from a distance! Thanks for your comment, and happy to know that you enjoyed this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Nice that your daughter got to see some of Germany. Hope that your wishes come true someday and that you can also visit there. Maybe the two of you could go on a vacation together? Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hello gogogo,

What parts of Germany have you visited? Hope you get to the Black Forest area someday. You will love it, I am sure. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 16, 2012:

I enjoy reading your travel hubs and looking at the photos and videos very much, Peggy! I've heard about the Black Forest since childhood and would love to visit it. The countryside and architecture in the area look beautiful. This would be a lovely area to explore.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Nice that your dad got to see this pretty area of the Black Forest in Germany. These areas showing Schluchsee and St. Blasien are just a portion of it. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hi Thelma,

Nice that you have actually been to this part of Germany! These photos predate the digital age also. I scanned them into the computer from my photo album. Took extra time, but worth it in the end to be able to illustrate these areas of the Black Forest. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hi SanneL,

As you mentioned, southern Germany is so very beautiful. I was happy to share this portion of the Black Forest area with you, and thank you for sharing it with others. Appreciate it. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2012:

Hello MercielagoHeart,

So glad that you found this hub about the Black Forest area around Schluchsee and St. Blasien in Germany so informative. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 16, 2012:

You really put a lot of time and effort into this Hub about Germany. My daughter spent some time there and just loved it. I'd like to go someday. I vote this UP, etc.etc.

gogogo on March 16, 2012:

While I have been to Germany, I never had the pleasure of visiting the Black Forest. Your Hub now makes me want to go. Awesome

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 16, 2012:

Thanks for confirming the beauty of the Black Forest -- my father visited there some years back and had wonderful tales to tell. I'm afraid of heights, so don't think I'll be taking that cable car. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 16, 2012:

Beautiful! A great hub, indeed! I have been to Schwarzwald many times before I became a writer here in HP. I do have lots of photos taken from there but it was not yet the time of digital cameras. Your photos are brilliant. Thanks for sharing this hub.

SanneL from Sweden on March 15, 2012:

Peggy, I can't keep up with you. . .You're creating one beautiful hub after another! Lol!

I have been to Germany many times, but never got to visit the Black Forest region of Germany. The birthplace of the famous Black Forest cake, named after the specialty liquor, distilled from tart cherries of that region.

I loved this virtual tour of yours. Looking at the beautiful pictures reminded me how beautiful and charming all the small villages and towns are in this country. The southern part of the country is just breath-taking Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Now I'll share your trip with my followers. Voted up, and pressed all the appropriate buttons. Cheers!

MurciélagoHeart from San Francisco on March 15, 2012:

What an excellent article, very informative!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2012:

Hi Judi O,

Glad that you liked this hub about the Black Forest area of Germany that I got to see. Wish that you would share some of your own experiences. Am sure that they are great! Thanks for your comment.

Judio on March 15, 2012:

Germany is one of my favorite places and the Black Forest is magnificent! We drove through Germany in the 70's and started out with gorgeous weather. By the time we drove less than an hour, we were in snow and the trees were covered just enough to make the view even better. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 15, 2012:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

Thanks for being the first to comment on this hub about the Black Forest areas of Germany. Also appreciate the votes. :)

Paula from The Midwest, USA on March 15, 2012:

Hello Peggy, what a great hub on Germany! I loved your photo collection, and feel like I have gotten to know this particular area a bit better. What a beautiful place and neat opportunity for you to go there.

I hope to visit there one day, it seems like a really neat country. Enjoyed, voted up, beautiful, interesting and awesome! Loved it. :)

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