When I remember my favorite destinations so far, one for sure I can think of is the area of the very well known mountain range Black Forest (Schwarzwald), well known for the world famous cuckoo clocks and located in south west Germany, with France bordering to the west and Switzerland to the south.
It is a beautiful area, packed with thousands and thousands (probably millions) of trees, mainly pines and firs, growing in many, many parts closely together and therefore often not letting much light through between their branches and leaves. That is why it is called the Black Forest, and whose name comes from the Romans.
If you love nature, you should visit these forests, mountains, rivers, such as the Rhine to the west and south and even some of the many charming villages throughout the area.
The capital, the university city of Freiburg, is bigger though with aprox. 230 thousand inhabitants, but nevertheless a charming place to discover and spend some time.
Worthwile seeing in Freiburg is among other, the pedestrian area of the old town including the famous, medieval minster (Freiburg Münster), the historical Merchants Hall and also the Martinstor, one of the original city gates.
From Freiburg, located in the heart of a big wine-growing region (Riesling, Traminer, Spätburgunder), you can take one of the many trains or buses or take your own or rented car to discover the surrounding villages (for example in the North the international thermal spa resort Baden Baden or Calw, being the birthplace of the German writer Hermann Hesse, to the south Staufen (all with a nice old town) or visit Triberg with the highest cascades in Germany, or lakes, such as the Schluchsee, where you can sail, windsurf or scuba-dive, or Titisee (all kind of watersports and with the oldest spa in the area).
The train from Freiburg to Titisee passes through the scenic, deep Höllental (Hell´s Valley) and is worth a trip on a nice day.
Lovers of hiking, Nordic walking or cycling have almost endless possibilities as the Black Forest has a length of aprox. 160 km and a width of 50 km.
If you don´t like fancy hotels, you can choose from a wide variety of Bed & Breakfast or rooms in a private accommodation (with the sign “Zimmer frei”) in almost any of the towns.
Regarding the local gastronomy you can find specialities such as smoked ham and smoked pork shoulder, trout or Sauerkraut (sour cabbage) and of course the Black Forest gâteau (cake) (Schwarwälder Kirschtorte).