Up close to nature – hikes around Bad Peterstal-Griesbach in Germany
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Dense treetops sway in the gentle wind, the sun warms the forest floor and a wonderful scent of warm pine needles is in the air – hiking around Bad Peterstal-Griesbach in the heart of the Black Forest offer dreamy nature far away from hectic daily life. Here, you can marvel at impressive red sandstone rock formations, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. Grow-ups can enjoy the schnapps and drinking fountains en route, whilst the little ones can let off steam of the discovery trails. To ensure that your feet are comfortable, there is a LOWA test centre offering free hiking book rental. You can borrow all the outdoor equipment you may need here. Hiking doesn’t get more comfortable than this!
In this Collection, we present the four trails of the Black Forest Hiking Symphony, peppered with six additional intermezzos that take you to unique places in the Renchtal valley. Discover fabulous mountain lakes, hike along romantic paths, rest your tired legs on a sky lounger and refresh yourself at the numerous fountains in the region. There is plenty of idyll to look forward to in the Black Forest.
You can hike in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach all year round. It’s especially beautiful during the warmer months, when nature blooms in colour. In summer, the charming drink stations dotted along the way are always well filled. However, the Black Forest also has its charms in winter when it’s blanketed in snow. The hiking trails through the Renchtal valley are well developed and signposted. You’ll be surprised by how varied the trails here are.
You can easily reach Bad Peterstal-Griesbach by train from Offenburg. There’s a large selection of accommodations and restaurants in the town. If you have any questions about the region, head to the tourist information centre near the town hall in Bad Peterstal. If you want to really slow down, we have a special tip for you: Meditation hiking – to experience nature in a completely ‘adagio’ way.
A gentle ups and downs and beautiful views await you on this walk. The panorama trail around Bad Griesbach meanders for about four kilometers. It starts in the parking lot opposite the church of St. Anthony in the center. You gently wander up the mountain and below the ski jump on a meadow path until you come to St. Anthony's Chapel.A small dirt road leads you down to the former St. Anna Clinic. There you cross the road and wander through the forest up to the Magdalenenfelsen. Over a wooden bridge you cross the "Wild Rench" and climb up again on the other side of the river. In the following section, the Panoramawegle lives up to its name: you will be accompanied by great views of Bad Griesbach, the Habererturm and the ski jump. On a zigzag path you come back down to the church and to the starting point of the tour.How about a short detour to the production site of Schwarzwald Sprudel in the village? There you will find a pavilion where you can tap the local mineral water for free. Just the thing after a hike.This relaxed route is well feasible for everyone. You have little ascents to master and are still rewarded with beautiful views. In Bad Griesbach you can enjoy it in one of the restaurants.After Bad Griesbach you come super easy from Offenburg by train. Motorists find in the city enough opportunities to park their car.
Immerse yourself in the fairytale Black Forest landscape in the valley of the Wild Rench. This short hike is perfect for a family outing: as you walk along the banks of the river, there are eight well-known fairy tales to guess. And as befits a treasure hunt, a reward awaits you at the end.The fairytale treasure hunt begins at Weiherplatz in Bad Griesbach. You can get the flyer you need for the puzzle fun at the Bad Peterstal Tourist Information Office. The path now leads you over a kilometer through the idyllic landscape, on the banks of the Wild Rench you will always find beautiful resting places. On the way you have to guess the legendary stories and collect numbers.Adventurous treasure hunters can look forward to a special fairy tale menu at Gasthaus Herbstwasen. You can then pick up your reward at the tourist information office. Because with the right number code, the mysterious fairy tale treasure chest can be opened there.
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Magnificent views, hidden rock formations, delicate waterfalls and pristine nature - there is a lot to discover on this almost seven-kilometer tour. So it's worth taking a break every now and then to enjoy the little beauties along the way.You start at the hiking car park at Kreuzkopfschanze. To get the circulation going, you have to go uphill for a few kilometers. The gently spraying Griesbacher waterfalls, which cascade over the boulders, sweeten the effort. They are also a welcome invitation to take a breather on the adventurous wooden stairs from time to time. And it continues adventurously: The path is getting narrower and wilder. Moss-covered stone steps and wooden staircases take you to the legendary Devil's Pulpit, where the incarnate is said to have preached.You have now mastered the challenging part of the tour, for which you will be rewarded at the Marienruhe with a wonderful view of the Renchtal. Then you hike gently downhill through the forest. Shortly before the end, another highlight awaits you: From the 16 meter high Haberer Tower you have a great view of the deep green Renchtal and Bad Griesbach - the perfect end to your hike.
Water, forest and meadows: on this almost 14 kilometer long hike you can expect a lot of variety around the valley of the "Wild Rench". The starting point is the hiking car park "Weiherplatz" in Bad Griesbach. You walk along the banks of the rushing rench, past small waterfalls and idyllic rest areas to the Fischfelsenhütte. You continue to hike through the forest, after a good four kilometers you will pass the Renchtalhütte. How about a break on the terrace with coffee and cake?The path continues over the Kirchberg and Breitenberg down to the Griesbach mineral water station. When you descend over the green meadows, you always have great views of the valley. At the Alpirsbacher Bierbrunnen you can fortify yourself for the last crisp climbThe path takes you alternately through the forest and along the edge of the forest. You cross the Maierslochbächle and soon you will see the Gasthaus Herbstwasen in front of you. You walk the last kilometer along the riverside of the "Wild Rench" until you arrive at the hiking car park again.On this circuit you will pass numerous wonderful and promising rest areas - many equipped with great wooden loungers or bubbling fountains. If you prefer an inn to your snack, you have a wide choice on the route.Would you like to start the tour right now? Then stop your wanderlust with wanderlust for now:
Fox, badger and capercaillie, splashing water and there's something to discover everywhere! Embark on an exciting search for traces of the local flora and fauna with your kids on the almost one kilometer long game walk.Before you disappear into the forest, a short detour to the Tourist Information Bad Peterstal is worthwhile. There are cool discovery vests, which are equipped with a magnifying glass, compass, insect vacuum cleaner and much more. So you become a real natural scientist and can even look at the tiniest forest inhabitants.The exciting stealth trail starts at the hiking car park in Weiherplatz. Here you have arrived in the middle of the wild and romantic Renchtal. You follow the green sign with the deer's footprint. On its track you will meet ten life-size displays of various forest inhabitants, sometimes on the side of the path, sometimes hidden behind a tree. Educational information boards answer all your questions about foxes, rabbits and deer. Look closely, because there is still a puzzle to solve!Once you have successfully completed your exciting journey of discovery, a cozy barbecue hut awaits you at the hiking car park. There you can either sizzle the food you have brought with you or simply enjoy your snack. Little researchers are hungry after all!If you can't wait to go on a discovery tour, you can have a look here:
What a heavenly hike: on root paths, over green meadows and soft moss to magnificent views, unique resting places and a lot of Black Forest. The Himmelsteig takes you on ten varied kilometers through the area around Bad Peterstal.Let's start the round at the outdoor pool in town. The path climbs steeply, but you are distracted with great views of the valley and get the shade of the spruce and beech donated. After the first ascent you will be rewarded with a wooden bar in the middle of the forest.Relatively flat, it continues until you hear the noise of Holchenwasserfalls after about five kilometers. At halftime you can take a refreshing break here and gather strength for the next climb. About one kilometer, it goes on soft forest roads again uphill.Once at the top, you can be proud of the altitude of 480 meters. On beautiful, rooted forest paths you walk down the valley again. Every now and then a rippling stream accompanies you on your way. Green ferns, mosses or berry bushes you pass by the wayside. The further you wander into the valley, the more the mountains move together again. You'll pass a water fountain before you're back in Bad Peterstal.On this tour you hardly have a chance to get thirsty. Again and again you will find refreshing drink stations along the way. Luckily, because the climbs are partly steep. Pack a snack in your backpack for the tour and use the nice rest areas along the way. At the end of the day you can reward yourself with a dip in the cool water in the outdoor pool.After Bad Peterstal you come by train from Offenburg. From the train station you can walk to the outdoor swimming pool in 15 minutes. If you are traveling by car then you can park it at the outdoor pool.Here's a sneak preview of the upcoming hike:
Black Forest as if from a picture book: During this eleven-kilometer hike, you will get to know the Black Forest Trail starting in Bad Peterstal. The tour starts at the station. You walk along the streambed of the Rench until you start the ascent to the forest via a staircase. The leaves of the trees give you shade, again and again you have a great view of Bad Peterstal and the surrounding region.You continue on beautiful forest trails and meadows up the mountain on the Braunberg. On the way, drink stations like the Holderstanzenhof and sky loungers invite you to take a breather. After a good five kilometers, you have mastered the challenging part and can look back on 440 vertical meters.The varied hike will take you over heather and later along the red rocks of Ibacher Schliff. A beautiful route, which is characterized by rugged rocks and fantastic views of the surrounding Black Forest valleys.Then you gently descend on forest and meadow paths. The great view of the valley keeps you pausing and enjoying the idyll. Shortly before the end of the tour you will pass a Kneipp basin. With refreshed legs, it is only a stone's throw to the starting point.On this hike, you will always find rest stations, where you can provide you with drinks. Payment is based on trust. In the Braunbergstüble you get daily from 12 o'clock something warm to eat (Monday is day off). In Bad Peterstal you will also find other restaurants.To the starting point you can arrive stress-free by train. The Ortenaubahn travels regularly from Offenburg in the direction of Bad Peterstal (journey time 40 minutes). If you arrive by car, you will find parking in the village.How about a small appetizer at the end:
This almost four-kilometer walk connects the two baths Peterstal and Greisbach in a wonderful way: you stroll through the tranquil town centers and along the banks of the idyllic Rench. A nice way to get to know the two spas in the middle of the Black Forest national park region.The tour starts at the train station in Bad Peterstal. You stroll through the village, past the Narrenbrunnen and the bubbling Sophienquelle, always along the banks of the Rench. The two therapeutic baths Peterstal and Griesbach are picturesquely located in the green Renchtal and are surrounded by wooded mountains that rise up to 900 meters in height. Pure Black Forest idyll!You wander through the wonderful landscape and are accompanied by the gentle babbling of the Rench. The shady path gives you cooling off on a hot summer day, you can get that extra fresh kick either in the Kneipp pool or of course directly in the Rench. From Bad Griesbach you can either take the train back to Bad Peterstal or, after a break, you can walk back to the starting point on the familiar path.
This six-kilometer hike takes you over the tops of the Black Forest firs. Starting point is at the Renchtalhütte. The first section you hike on the Renchtalsteig on narrow trails uphill. It goes on and on up on untreated forest roads until you stand after almost two kilometers in front of the Buchkopfturm. Here you can take a break and enjoy the fabulous Black Forest panorama from the observation deck of the 29 meter high tower.You still have to master some incline before you walk downhill again. The round closes, you meet the already known way and run back until you are again in front of the Renchtalhütte.There are no steep climbs on this route, but it still offers beautiful views and a Black Forest idyll. The tour is very suitable for children.At the end of the hike, you can have a good time with coffee and cake or a hearty snack in the Renchtalhütte. Parking is available at the cabin.
This four kilometer long tour takes you to the Glaswaldsee, one of the most beautiful karseen in the Black Forest. The hike starts at the parking lot on the Freiersberg, clearly recognizable by the stone archway. The first two kilometers you hike uphill through the forest. After just under a kilometer, fresh spring water bubbles at the Julius Fountain for your refreshment.After you have mastered the ascent, the Glaswaldsee is at your feet. It is also called the "blue eye" in the central northern Black Forest - easy to understand why from the vantage point. You have a great view of the dark water of the lake, the surrounding dense Black Forest and the surrounding mountains. The path leads you down to the lake and finally along the shore. Here you will find beautiful places where you can make yourself comfortable and enjoy the wild and romantic landscape.Pack provisions and a seat cover for this hike, there are no refreshments at the lake. You can fill your water bottle at the Julius fountain. Do not be irritated by the color of the glass forest lake, the water is extremely low in lime and base and therefore very acidic and low in nutrients. This makes the water look so brown.If you have enough time, a short detour to the Klagstein is worthwhile. The path branches off to the right at the Julius Fountain. From the 907 meter high rock you have a great view over the surrounding Black Forest heights and with good visibility to the Swabian Jura.