Regional Overview

The Black Forest

The Baden we see here is a 19th-century construct that forcibly combines the Franconian-Protestant North with the Alemannic-Catholic South. The only thing that unites Baden is the Black Forest, which forms a rugged spine across the region. Today, the land remains one of many different cultural traditions, from the cosmopolitan Baden-Baden and Karlsruhe, the pastoral Black Forest villages, to the almost-Swiss speaking southerners in Freiburg.

Regional Identity

What to Lookout For

  • The Alemannic Gothic architecture of the Breisgau in the South, i.e., the political and economic ties to Strasbourg and Switzerland
  • The splendor of the Northern Baden court, with grand monuments of the Baroque and Historicism
  • The Black Forest with its hidden villages and distinctive architecture.





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What is Baden?

Baden, in the modern sense, typically refers to the region between the Rhine and the mountains of the Black Forest. The dark forest once separated the tribes of the Alemanni from the Swabians. This division is still celebrated today in the contest between Baden and Württemberg. Baden is a verdant and thinly populated region famous for its forests and vineyards. Less known is its rich urban heritage, with the cities of Baden Baden, Freiburg, and Karlsruhe.

Historically, Baden split into a Northern Portion, ruled by Karlsruhe, and a Southern Portion, led mainly by the Emperor. With the end of the Holy Roman Empire, we can thank Napoleon for drawing the current borders.

Baden is a distinctive region, and it is still bitter that it was not granted full autonomy at the end of WWII. It fiercely defends its dialect and cultural traditions, despite not having a unified set of traditions. Throughout the region, you will still see the flag of Baden flying proudly. Its small towns and beautiful landscapes make it worth visiting on any trip up the Rhine.

Interactive Map

Cities of Baden

Traditional Recipies

Hiking in the Region

Hiking: Fortress of the Breisgau

Hiking: Fortress of the Breisgau

This hike takes you from the town of Waldkirch with its charming views of the Kastelburg castle to the fortress of Hochburg in Emmendingen. The…

My Quantitative Travel Rankings

To understand where the categories come from, see this article here.

Social Score

6.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Hype: 5.8
  • Growth: 3.9
  • Wealth: 8.9
  • Recognition: 5.8
Ease of Travel

7.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Accommodation: 9.7
  • Transportation: 5.6
  • Ease of Planning: 6.4
  • Infrastructure: 6.6
  • Interactivity: 5.8
  • Airport: Yes
Historical Immersion

6.2 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Historical Context: 9.4
  • Monuments: 5.7
  • Quality*: 4.0
  • Landscape: 9.6
  • Vineyards: 8.8

5.0 / 10

The score is based on the following:

  • Undiscovered: 8.4
  • Cultural Immersion: 0.2
  • Tradition*: 8.0



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