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Hike Germany’s first long-distance trail through the Black Forest – Westweg

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Hike Germany’s first long-distance trail through the Black Forest – Westweg

Hiking Collection by Top Trails of Germany

13-28

days

3-6 h

/ day

179 mi

25,725 ft

25,925 ft

The Westweg is one of the great classics of long-distance hiking trails in Germany. Established in 1900 by the Black Forest Association, the route is also the first long-distance trail to be created in Germany. For over 120 years, the trail has guided hikers 285 kilometres (177 miles) from the city of Pforzheim in the north to Basel in the south. As the name suggests, the Westweg runs mostly through the western side of the mountains, leading through the entire Black Forest.

The Westweg reveals the diverse landscapes of Germany’s largest low mountain range: the dense fir and spruce forests that give the Black Forest its name, the treeless ridges in the northern Black Forest, quiet mountain lakes, rocky peaks with great views, and glacial valleys and mountains in the southern Black Forest. In between, you climb many of the region’s highest peaks. You hike across the Hornisgrinde plateau, experience the Belchen and Hochblauen peaks, admire the view from the Schliffkopf, and roam the high moor around the Hohloh. A highlight is the ascent of the Feldberg, the highest mountain in the Black Forest.

We have divided the Westweg into twelve stages for you. The 285-kilometre (177 mile) route take you up almost 8,000 metres (26,246 feet) in altitude – quite a lot for a hike outside the Alps. Due to the elevation gain and long distances, the Westweg is not a beginner hike. Experienced hikers, however, will lvoe the remoteness of the forests and mountains. The Westweg leads away from tourist hotspots through quiet forests and across lonely high plateaus. The Way is signposted by the red rhombus, the symbol of the Black Forest Association. We planned each stage to end in a place where you can easily find a hotel or a guest house. It’s still worth reserving in advance, however, as sometimes there are only a few rooms available. With your accommodation booked and komoot in your pocket, you are will be ready for your adventure on the Westweg.

From Titisee lake onwards, the Westweg splits into two variants: West and East. In this Collection, we show you the western route. Both variants end in Basel. If you prefer to take the eastern route, you need one more day. You can find the individual stages, here:

Stage 9 (east): komoot.de/tour/161040978,
Stage 10 (east): komoot.de/tour/161041479,
Stage 11 (east): komoot.de/tour/161041794,
Stage 12 (east): komoot.de/tour/161042251,
Stage 13 (east): komoot.de/tour/161042468.

If you don't have time to walk the Westweg in one go, then you can hike the entire route bit by bit. It’s easy to reach the starting and finishing points of the stages with public transport. This way, you can plan your hiking adventure how you like.

If you want to hike even more comfortably, you can arrange a luggage service. Your suitcase (up to 20 kilograms per person) will then be delivered to your destination. You can book additional luggage if you would like too. Whilst you enjoy the beauty of the Black Forest, your luggage is dropped off at your accommodation by 6pm. There are also various packages that include accommodation and detail Tour description for the Westweg – whether you choose the East of West variant or just plan a short trip. If your dog enjoys hiking as much as you do, then you can also book a dog Tour that is specially adapted to hikers and their four-legged friends.

Along the Westweg, you’ll spot 12 gates where you can collect stamps and also take a great photo. You can pick up a stamp card in the tourist information in Pforzheim before you set off. Once you’ve collected nine stamps, you can pick up a small gift. Although your journey through the wonderful Black Forest is a gift in itself.



The Top Trails of Germany are a collection of 12 unique trails that lead more than 3,700 kilometres (2,299 miles) through some of Germany’s most spectacular landscapes. Each trail has its own ecxting story and special character. No matter which trail you choose, you can expect a great adventure. Take a look at the trails here: komoot.de/user/toptrailsofgermany/collections

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Westweg (West)

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25,400 ft

25,450 ft

Last updated: December 13, 2021

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  • Difficult
    07:34
    16.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,450 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Westweg leads you steadily from Pforzheim on the northern edge of the Black Forest to the climatic health resort of Dobel. The north of the Black Forest is still relatively densely populated - that's why the Westweg leads you today not only through quiet, dense forests, but also

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  • Difficult
    07:33
    16.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage follows an elongated mountain range and leads you up to the Hohloh. On the 988 meter high mountain there is a lookout tower that offers you a fabulous view of the northern Black Forest. But already on the way there you always have great panoramas.

    

    You start your tour full of energy in

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    12.3 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,375 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The third tour on the Westweg runs over a long summit chain and leads you up to the Unterstmatt pass. It is located on the famous Black Forest High Road, the oldest holiday road in Germany. On the way there you hike through dense forests and past idyllic lakes.

    

    From the starting point in Forbach it goes

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  • Difficult
    07:13
    15.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fourth stage has a very special highlight for you - in the truest sense of the word. With a height of 1,163 meters, the Hornisgrinde is the highest peak in the Northern Black Forest. From the summit, you then hike roughly parallel to the Black Forest high road via comfortable forest paths to the

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    12.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fifth stage you hike from the Naturhotel Zuflucht to the Vesperhof Hark, which lies in the middle of wide alpine meadows. You hike most of the time at a constant height over densely forested ridges and finally evenly downhill to the stage goal. Overall, there are more vertical meters in the descent

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    10.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,025 ft
    2,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With a distance of just 16 kilometers, only 300 vertical meters in the ascent and almost 800 meters in the descent, the sixth stage is one of the gourmet tours of the Westweg. The hiking trail winds gently downhill over a long mountain range to Hausach. Your milestone is in the broad Kinzig valley, which

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  • Difficult
    06:41
    13.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,600 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The seventh stage leads you up to the southern Black Forest, where the highest elevations of the entire Black Forest are located. You will notice this immediately on today's tour, because on your way to the stage destination Wilhelmshöhe it is a total of 1,100 meters uphill. As a reward for this challenge

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eighth stage, the Westweg winds its way up and down over the mountains of the southern Black Forest. The highest point of today's stage is the bald summit of Brends with 1,150 meters. From up here you have a fantastic view of the highest peaks in the Black Forest: Feldberg, Belchen, Hochfirst

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  • Difficult
    07:23
    16.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,750 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the ninth day stage, too, you will be pampered with easy hiking trails across almost endless mountain pastures. As you stroll along, you are accompanied by a fantastic view of the mountains of the southern Black Forest.

    

    The Gasthof Kalte Herberge, the starting point of your stage today, is located

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  • Difficult
    07:47
    16.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the tenth stage it goes very high, because today you climb the highest mountain in the Black Forest. At 1,493 meters, the famous Feldberg is not only the king of the Black Forest, but also the highest German mountain outside the Alps. After your summit storm, the Westweg leads you through dense forests

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  • Difficult
    10:05
    20.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    5,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The eleventh stage takes you down 33 kilometers and over 1,500 meters in altitude, descending from the highest peaks in the southern Black Forest. Before that, however, you will visit the Belchen, which is the fourth highest mountain in the Black Forest with a height of 1,414 meters. Take enough time

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  • Difficult
    07:16
    16.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The twelfth and last stage leads you through the last foothills of the southern Black Forest. In many places you have fantastic views of the Rhine valley, to France and of course to Switzerland. This is where your milestone lies: at the end of your tour you cross the German-Swiss border and end your

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    179 mi
  • Duration
    84:56 h
  • Elevation
    25,725 ft25,925 ft

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