The wonder of nature
The Green Route is truly green: the forests of the Vosges and Black Forest mountains and the meadows of the foothills and the Rhine Valley are swathed in every imaginable verdant hue. The first splashes of other colour arrive in spring with the fruit tree blossom, which can be admired in its full glory in Lorraine, Alsace and in the Kaiserstuhl region, and the early-flowering plants such as the narcissi in Gérardmer. The Vosges and the Black Forest are sister mountain ranges, geologically separated by the Rhine. Most of the streams and little rivers flow into the Rhine, as they have done since the Ice Age, while waterfalls like those in Le Tholy crash down over high rock faces.
The Green Route winds its way around the mountains, through a number of tunnels, up to the heights of the Col de la Schlucht at 1,139m, and then on into the Black Forest, past the Hirschsprung (Stag's Leap) through Höllental (Hell Valley). On the way it passes the vineyards of Alsace, and in the regions of Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg with their characteristic terrain. This is also Germany's warmest region.
The Rhine Valley in particular is a fertile spot where crops and vines thrive especially well and inspire outstanding culinary achievements in both food and drink.
The Green Route has its conclusion on the South Baar Plateau with a natural diversity of the landscape, numerous springs, the flood plains of the Brigach and Breg rivers as well as the originating fens of the Danube, the „Donauried. Starting in Donaueschingen athletic people can accompany the Young Danube on its journey to the Black Sea.
The Green Route is rich in natural beauty and offers countless pleasures both to the active holidaymaker and those in search of a relaxing break.