Where: Zurich and The Black Forest
How Long: 4 Days
Our Black Forest & Spa driving holiday includes two days driving through the beautiful villages and fast / sweeping trails of the Black Forest region in Germany, combined with overnight stays in two beautiful spa hotels, allowing you to perfectly combine driving and relaxation.
Tour Operator: Ultimate Drives
Available: April till October
After an evening in Zurich at the B2 Spa Hotel, you will start your driving tour. You head north from Zurich, across the Rhine, and into the Black Forest, past picture postcard villages and sweeping lower mountain passes. Take lunch on one of the glacial lakes, before continuing to the spa town of Baden Baden on the northern tip of the Black Forest in Germany for an evening.
Unwind in the thermal waters in this most revered of spa towns, before making your second driving tour back through the Black Forest to Zurich. This time you will trace the path of the spectacular Hochstrasse, Route 500 – one of the greatest European driving roads, with elevated Panomara views aross the Black Forest and the Rhine valley to the west, making a visit to the Triberg falls, the highest waterfalls in Germany
Day 1 – Arrive Zurich
Arrive Zurich and check into the B2 Boutique Spa Hotel. Take the tram to the old town (5mins) and spend the afternoon exploring the cafes and boutiques of Zurich’s old town, or take a stroll along the world famous Bahnhofstrasse. Later that afternoon you will be met by your Ultimate Drives drive concierge who will provide you with a full walk through of the driving tour, handover the driving notes, maps and itinerary and answer any questions you might have.
Overnight: 4* B2 Boutique Spa / Zurich
Day 2 – North to Baden Baden through the mountains along the western extremes of the Black Forest
Your car will be delivered to the hotel and you will be given a detailed walk through of controls and navigation unit, you will then be on your way.
The Black Forest & Spa Driving Holiday then takes you north from Zurich to the Rhine (natural border between Switzerland and German) where you cross the border at the beautiful village of Kaisersthul (castles on either side of the river). You now burst into the southern Black Forest with a run up one of sweeping lower mountain passes, then down to the beautiful Lake Schulesee where you will stop up for your first break of the day. After a quick coffee, continue driving deeper into the forest with a run up and around Mount Feldberg (the highest peak in the forest) then up to the town of Triberg. At Triberg you will stop up to visit the Triberg Falls, the highest waterfall in Germany, that cascade down to the village some 300M below. From here continue your driving tour into the northern Black Forest, along several panorama strasses, before arriving at the 5 Star Dollenberg Hotel (set in the heart of the forest in a natural bowl) where you will take lunch. After lunch, complete your drive to Baden Baden by picking up Route 500 / The Schwarzwald Hochstrasse – probably the greatest “drivers” road in the black forest, set high above the forest with views down to the Rhine Valley, it’s the perfect way to complete the tour.
After arriving in Baden Baden and checking into your hotel, later head to the Caracalla Therme spa, directly adjacent to the hotel or the the Friedrichsbad (3min walk). Those are few of the best thermal spas in Europe, and the perfect place to relax for a few hours before dinner. That evening we recommend you head out into town and dine at Rizzi – set on the river, it’s our favorite restaurant in Baden wit a lively atmosphere serving modern European food.
Overnight: 4* Aqua Aurelia Hotel Baden Baden
Day 3 – Return to Zurich through the central core of the Black Forest
This return drive back takes you south along the western extremes of the Black Forest, where you will drive up and over two of the most beautiful mountains in the Germany`s Black Forest region, Mounts Kandel and Belchen. Each rise to more than 1300M and offer stunning (but contrasting) panoramas of the surrounding forest. With the return drive there is also the option to make a diversion into the beautiful medieval town of Freiburg where lunch can be taken, or alternatively you stay within the forest limits and lunch near the top of Mount Belchen, the choice is yours. After lunch you will continue south towards the Rhine, passing through the villages of Todmoos and Todtnau, and skirt the edge of Mount Hochkopf. The final drive to the border (and Rhine) is along the Wehr River Valley, the valley was carved out during the ice age, and has gorge like rock formations on either side, the sound of the car engine reverberating off these walls is a perfect way to complete the run back to the border. At the border, stop up at the beautiful village of Bad Sacklingen (set on the Rhine) where you can visit the famous Holz Brucke (the longest covered wooden footbridge in Europe) for drinks / sightseeing, before completing your run back to Zurich.
Overnight: 4* B2 Boutique Spa Hotel / Zurich
Day 4 – Final day in Zurich
Spend the last day taking in the sights and attractions of Zurich, a compact yet international city, with a wonderful old town (on either side of the Limatt river) the world famous shoppping street, Bahnhofstrasse, with its collection of watch and designer stores, then down to the chilled out shores of Lake Zurich, where you can take a coffee at one of the lakeside cafes with views all the way down to the Alps on a sunny day.