Basel Black Forest Excursion Reviews

A Basel Black Forest excursion is a must for visitors interested in the region's culture and traditions. Typically, you'll get to learn a bit about the area's cuckoo clocks and Black Forest cakes, which are both known the world round.
The previous reviews are right, it takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there, and I believe we only ...
The previous reviews are right, it takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there, and I believe we only spent maybe 1 hour and 15-20 minutes there. I opted for the hike, which was a guided hike for the first 15 min and then your on your own to ... Read More
The previous reviews are right, it takes about 1 1/2 hours to get there, and I believe we only spent maybe 1 hour and 15-20 minutes there. I opted for the hike, which was a guided hike for the first 15 min and then your on your own to continue if you want for another 15 min. I only hiked for the 1st 15 min to make the most of my time and went to the cafeteria to eat Black Forest Cake which was very yummy ! My boyfriend wanted to do the cuckoo clock demonstration, which wasn't very long either, because he had enough time to also watch the cake making process... until he saw me in the cafeteria eating cake and he then helped me eat the large portion of cake which was perfect for sharing. We were pressed for time, so we quickly went to the shop to buy souvenirs. I really liked the motion sensor cuckoo clock magnets, which made a cuckoo noise upon motion. Very Cute ! There is an on/off switch, which is great, because after a while it can get annoying, but it is still a very cute gift idea. I just wish I had bought more while I was there, because I didn't see any of these specific solar magnets at the other German cities we stopped at. I've seen reviews that didn't think highly of this place, but I really enjoyed it. I think what some people have to realize is that the drive there is part of the adventure. I thought the views were beautiful. Note, the drive up does have a lot of turns. Luckily I read someone else's review that warned of this, so I wore a patch for motion sickness and I was fine. Unfortunately, there was one passenger who was so sick, she stayed on the bus and missed the whole tour. We also did the optional tour to Colmar. I've seen past reviews and have friends who said they didn't think much of this tour/city, but I think what made this little medieval town so charming for me is that I went during the holiday season. The whole region was preparing for the Christmas markets and so the town was beautifully decorated. Also, I saw a video on Facebook about "Little Venice" in Colmar, which was beautiful. Our guide pointed out where we could find "Little Venice". Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
A 1.5 hour bus ride to visit a shopping area.
A 1.5 hour bus ride to visit a shopping area. Missed all the interesting bits of the Black Forest.
A 1.5 hour bus ride to visit a shopping area. Missed all the interesting bits of the Black Forest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Not long enough!
Not long enough! Would have liked to been able to participate in the hike in the Black Forest too.
Not long enough! Would have liked to been able to participate in the hike in the Black Forest too. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We chose not to walk in the black forest & opted to shop instead.
We chose not to walk in the black forest & opted to shop instead. Absolutely Beautiful Cookoo clocks & Beer Steins.
We chose not to walk in the black forest & opted to shop instead. Absolutely Beautiful Cookoo clocks & Beer Steins. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Great country-side views.
Great country-side views. Neat village and hiking experience
Great country-side views. Neat village and hiking experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Very nice bus trip and walk.
Very nice bus trip and walk.
Very nice bus trip and walk. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
long bus ride to get to the location, but that is just how long it took....choice of hike, clock ...
long bus ride to get to the location, but that is just how long it took....choice of hike, clock demonstration, or black forest cake....we went for the hike. Very lovely.
long bus ride to get to the location, but that is just how long it took....choice of hike, clock demonstration, or black forest cake....we went for the hike. Very lovely. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We loved the Black Forest tour, but really wished we had more time to explore Basil.
We loved the Black Forest tour, but really wished we had more time to explore Basil. We did an afternoon walking tour with a guide, who was wonderful.
We loved the Black Forest tour, but really wished we had more time to explore Basil. We did an afternoon walking tour with a guide, who was wonderful. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
The German countryside was spectacular.
The German countryside was spectacular. Though it involved a moderately long bus ride, which I normally detest, the vistas and the informative and entertaining narrative by our tour guide made it well worth while
The German countryside was spectacular. Though it involved a moderately long bus ride, which I normally detest, the vistas and the informative and entertaining narrative by our tour guide made it well worth while Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Loved the coo-koo clock demonstration.
Loved the coo-koo clock demonstration.
Loved the coo-koo clock demonstration. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Amazing ride through the forest with views of churches and vineyards.
Amazing ride through the forest with views of churches and vineyards.
Amazing ride through the forest with views of churches and vineyards. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Fun exursion where you could watch cuckoo clock making or a black forest cake making class
Fun exursion where you could watch cuckoo clock making or a black forest cake making class
Fun exursion where you could watch cuckoo clock making or a black forest cake making class Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Went for a walk in the black forest and used the loo.
Went for a walk in the black forest and used the loo. Didn't visit the tourist village
Went for a walk in the black forest and used the loo. Didn't visit the tourist village Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
The drive through the Black Forest was beautiful.
The drive through the Black Forest was beautiful. I wish we would have had more time to explore.
The drive through the Black Forest was beautiful. I wish we would have had more time to explore. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Beautiful scenery!
Beautiful scenery!
Beautiful scenery! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Needed to take car sickness medicine before the bus ride.
Needed to take car sickness medicine before the bus ride.
Needed to take car sickness medicine before the bus ride. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Stunning countryside and spent lots at the glassblowing factory.
Stunning countryside and spent lots at the glassblowing factory. Watched a Black Forest cake being made. Unfortunately we were late getting to this as we were shopping and we were unable to see clearly at all. Disappointing.
Stunning countryside and spent lots at the glassblowing factory. Watched a Black Forest cake being made. Unfortunately we were late getting to this as we were shopping and we were unable to see clearly at all. Disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Great experience seeing how cuckoo clocks are made and the Black Forest Cake demo.
Great experience seeing how cuckoo clocks are made and the Black Forest Cake demo.
Great experience seeing how cuckoo clocks are made and the Black Forest Cake demo. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Great experience.
Great experience. Saw worlds largest coukoo clock.
Great experience. Saw worlds largest coukoo clock. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Beautiful countryside and interesting cuckoo clock factory
Beautiful countryside and interesting cuckoo clock factory
Beautiful countryside and interesting cuckoo clock factory Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Motor tour of the Black Forest and surrounding area with historical background.
Motor tour of the Black Forest and surrounding area with historical background. Sampled Black Forest cake and bought a beautiful cuckoo clock.
Motor tour of the Black Forest and surrounding area with historical background. Sampled Black Forest cake and bought a beautiful cuckoo clock. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We did not find the Black Forest excursion worthwhile.
We did not find the Black Forest excursion worthwhile. Seeing the area and perhaps one of the towns would have been good but going to the House of the Cuckoo and the open-air museum didn't appeal to us.
We did not find the Black Forest excursion worthwhile. Seeing the area and perhaps one of the towns would have been good but going to the House of the Cuckoo and the open-air museum didn't appeal to us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Coo Coo Clocks demo was very interesting and the ride to the black forest was beautiful even though ...
Coo Coo Clocks demo was very interesting and the ride to the black forest was beautiful even though it rained.
Coo Coo Clocks demo was very interesting and the ride to the black forest was beautiful even though it rained. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises