The Baumwipfelpfad in the Black Forest in Germany had been on my to go list for quite some time. Originally, we planned to go last July, but we never ended up there because we incurred some issues with our van… And I was really glad we never ended up there, because then I probably wouldn’t have had this amazing experience in autumn time! The Black Forest is one of Germany’s best locations for autumn colors and I was super impressed by how colorful and accessible the region was. We combined our visit to the Baumwipfelpfad with an afternoon walk and early dinner in Baden-Baden, one of Germany’s chiquest spa towns. We really loved Baden-Baden and are already looking forward to spending a long weekend there, without little Huug, so we can enjoy the thermal baths as well.
You might be wondering what a “Baumwipfelpfad” is… and it means “Tree top walk”. You can find several Baumwipfelpfads over Germany and some other European countries as well (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia). Usually there is a wooden path on stelts, that leads to a spiral that gives a beautiful view over the region and the treetops. In the middle of the spiral you will find a slide that you can use for an additional fee, so you don’t have to walk down again. The Baumwipfelpfad is very stroller friendly, as the incline is not steep at all, but unfortunately we couldn’t test the slide because of the stroller 😉 I absolutely enjoyed every second of my walk up, so I have to say I didn’t mind walking down again at all. We visited the tree top walk in Bad Wildbad (which is a very charming town I must say). Please note that if you come by car, you can only pay for your parking spot in cash. The entrance fee to the Baumwipfelpfad is € 11 per adult and kids under six can enter for free. We ended up spending over three hours, with walking up, doing a picnic and enjoying the surroundings. The tree top walk is accesible year-round, but check the official website for the opening times as these differ according to the seasons. There is a little food stall at the base of the spiral, that sells some easy meals and sandwiches.
Besides the beautiful walk between the colorful leaves, I really enjoyed being with the other visitors of the Baumwipfelpfad as well. It attracts nature lovers and everyone was visibly enjoying their surroundings. Near the Baumwipfelpfad you can find many other attractions and activities. You will find a trampoline park, adventure park and a suspension bridge as well. Definitely recommend this area with kids! This day ended up being the highlight of our autumn trip to Strasbourg.
View of Bad Wildbad
Fall colors in Baden-Baden
Baden-Baden is a fancy resort town near the Black Forest, you can easily combine a visit to these two attractions in one day. I googled for the best autumn spot in Baden-Baden and it turned out to be the Lichtentaler Allee, so that is exactly where we went for our afternoon walk. The Lichtentaler Allee is a super long park that is strechted against the historic city center of Baden-Baden. In this park you will find a rose and a dahlia garden as well, we were too late for these blooms but right on time for peak fall foliage! In the park you will find a little river that features many bridges, I felt like I was in Japan again. The nature was incredibly serene, and again I really enjoyed the other visitors who were also falling in love with this beautiful spot.
Besides having beautiful nature Baden-Baden is mostly famous for its thermal baths. As we were traveling with a baby we skipped the baths. But I loved the serenity of the town and it seems like a wonderful place for a spa weekend. Baden-Baden is very cultural as well and for a small town it has a wide array of museums. When looking for dining options you will discover that the town is very upscale, with many chique restaurants. We ended up having dinner at The RIZZI, which is located at the Lichtentaler Allee with views of all the colorful trees. Luckily, not only the view was very good, but the food was too. The architecture in Baden-Baden is baroque/art nouveau style and very interesting as well. All in all, I wish we had more time in Baden-Baden, we didn’t even see the Paradies Cascade (another garden), but that gives me all the reasons to go back another time.