Forbach — Romanticism In The Black Forest

Welcome to Forbach, the Black Forest town — not the French one. Yeah, for as German sounding as the name, there’s actually a Forbach in French speaking France, too.

This Forbach here is easy enough to get to from nearby Rastatt and/or Freudenstadt. Just get on the Murgtalbahn and you’re off and running.

Oh, you found the place? Good, now let’s find out what’s to see and do around here…

One thing’s for sure, there’s no coming to Forbach without visiting its covered wooden bridge over the Murg River. Aren’t they just so romantic looking? I’m not sure why though — anyone know?

You can ponder that question while you’re off looking at any of Forbach’s 40 or so fountains. Come get your picture taken while sitting beside the Saubrunnen (it’s a pig), or over by the Ziehharmonikaspieler (a guy playing the accordion).

And to go back to the Murg, that fabulous river running through town, you’re always free to travel along the Tour de Murg Radwanderweg. Hiking and cycling is often the best way to experience the smaller towns and villages in Germany, as is Nordic Walking — with trails in length from a paltry 2.5km to a more “grueling” 5.8km.

Dedicated hikers through Germany might be traveling on the Westweg, which funny enough runs north and south through town. Actually, Forbach is the end of segment two, and the beginning of segment three.

It’s probably best to come see the town’s Murgtal Museum before you run off, though. And after seeing the very pretty Schwarzenbach-Talsperre — you’ll want to swim, fish, or windsurf before hitting the road again.

Ooh, you could try rock climbing or mountain biking, too.

Too strenuous? Don’t worry, Forbach’s got something for those of you out there who aren’t into the whole outdoorsy thing. Come over to the St. Bernhardus Church to see its magnificent stained glass windows, or marvel at the 15th century architecture of the St. Valentin Church in the village of Langenbrand. Others might appreciate seeing the twin 50 meter high towers over at the St. John the Baptist Church. I know I did.

I’ve probably missed something at this point, so I’ll tell you to visit the folks over at Forbach’s Tourist Information Center (at Landstra├če 27). Chances are they’ll fill you in on all the other wonders within the Black Forest area — and I don’t think they got one of those in France. ;-)

 

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