Treetop Walk

Over the Fall Break in October, we decided to take a trip down to the Black Forest Region of Germany. It was a major area we hadn’t visited yet and it was an area that promised lots of outdoor activities and hikes. One of our favorite stops during our little road trip was Baumwipfelpfade in Bad Wildbad.

The Treetop Walk is a great family activity. It is a 3/4 mile walk to an observation tower on a smooth wooden platform (yes it is stroller friendly). 

To keep everyone entertained, they have sprinkled different activities along the way. Some are educational stops and some are fun balance activities. 

Some activities are harder than others 🙂

After a fun walk along the elevated platform you will gradually reach the tower. The tower, which appears to be a wooden tornado supported by steel, stands over 130 ft and provides stunning views of the Black Forest from the top. You may even catch a peek of the Stuttgart TV tower or the Swiss Alps. 

On the way down, you have the option of walking to the bottom or taking the slide.

O loves a good slide but wasn’t yet ready for this one 😛 

The exit at the bottom of the tower leads you directly to the entrance to the Sommerberg Adventure Forest. The Adventure Forest is a lovely outdoor playground for children with climbing towers, swings, big bouncy jump pillows and much more. However, this is an additional cost. So be aware as your kids will beg you to go here after the walk. Of course we ended up going here.

Once you are done, there is a nice walk along the forest floor that will return you to the entrance.

This photo from the walk back reminds me of the John Muir quote: “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

Information for your trip:

Getting There:

This treetop walk is 2.5 hr from Wiesbaden. There is a paid parking lot at the base of the entrance path. However, this fills up quickly particularly during the summer months. The other option is parking down in the town and taking the funicular train up to the entrance. The website (baumwipfelpfade.de/schwarzwald/) has excellent information on all transportation and driving options. 

Other activities near by:

In addition to the Treetop walk and the Adventure Forest that is mentioned above, there are other fun activities in the area. The Wildline Suspension bridge is very close to the entrance of the Treetop walk and you can see this pedestrian bridge from the top of the observation tower. Mountain biking is also hugely popular in this area and you will walk by the downhill mountain bike course as you return to the entrance. In the winter, this transforms to a ski slope. There are also many thermal baths in the region. No matter your interest, you will sure to have a good time in the Bad Wildbad area. 

Where we stayed:

We stayed at the KleinEnzhof Family Resort in Bad Wildbad.  www.kleinenzhof.de/en/  This was a really nice family owned camping area. Very kid friendly with fun playgrounds, petting zoo, and indoor and outdoor pools. There was also a very large indoor recreation facility that had a small children’s play area, fitness room, games and a large soccer/basketball court.. It had a restaurant and a small store that also provided fresh baked goods in the morning. There were all different forms of accommodations including sleeping in a wine barrel. We rented the mobile home and enjoyed having our own kitchen. We felt it was very reasonably priced and would recommend.

Blühendes Barock in Ludwigsburg

The Pumpkin Festival is one of those events that is always suggested to us every Fall yet somehow we have never made it down there to see the event. That changed this year when we swung by the Blühendes Barock in Ludwigsburg on our trip down to the Black Forest. 

The Pumpkin Festival is held in the gardens surrounding the Ludwigsburg Residence. Usually there are multiple events throughout the August-November opening dates, but due to COVID almost all of these events were cancelled. We were able to see the largest pumpkin contest but missed out on the pumpkin canoe regatta.

The pumpkin festival is held mostly in the northern part of the gardens. The theme this year was music.

There were booths selling everything pumpkin from sausages to soup to soap. Even pumpkin prosecco was available. While the world’s biggest pumpkin exhibition was interesting, the true hidden gem is the dream like Fairytale Garden that is tucked in the back.

There are over 40 different fairytales that are told throughout this area. All are told in German but since they were all traditional stories it was easy for the kids to identify and understand each story. We were able to take a boat ride down the fairy stream, ask Rapunzel to lower her hair, and we found the witch in the house of sweets. Don’t worry Hansel and Gretel were safe. 

There were so many fun adventures around every corner. There was even a goose that laid golden eggs! (With tiny trinkets inside of course) 

Honestly I feel that the Fairytale garden alone is worth the trip or at least a stop over on your way to Stuttgart or other adventures. So mark this one down as another hidden gem to add to your next trip. Blühendes Barock: come for the pumpkins, stay for the stories.