Hiking meets wellness in the Northern Black Forest in Germany
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If you believe that active holidays and relaxation belong together like two peas in a pod, then this three-day wellness hike in the Northern Black Forest is just right for you. This circular route leads from the spa town of Bad Liebenzell to Bad Wildbad and on to Bad Teinach. The focus is wellness, hiking and culinary pleasures.
During the day, you discover the beautiful nature of the Northern Black Forest as you hike 15 to 20 kilometres (9.3 to 12.4 miles) per hike. You follow lovely paths with just a few metres of altitude gain. In the evening, you can reward yourself with a relaxing thermal bath or sauna. After a day hiking in nature, you’ll enjoy a wellness evening even more – we promise. The warm hospitality and typical specialties of the region are the icing on the Black Forest cake. Forget your everyday stress and just enjoy yourself for three days.
A good 50 kilometres (31 miles) long, the wellness hike through the Northern Black Forest is divided into three stages. The hiking trail is laid out as a loop, so you can start at any of the three stage destinations. In this Collection, Bad Liebenzell is your starting point. You hike through the varied nature and the dense fir forest along narrow paths and wide forest trails.
Along the way, you can expect wonderful views, beautiful resting places and historical sites. You can find cosy accommodation in the three spa towns en route – Bad Wildbad, Bad Teinach, and Bad Liebenzell. Your evening wellness programme is also well catered for as all three towns offer a thermal bath with pleasantly warm water – a great place for tired hikers to relax. That’s a good way to live, right?
You can reach the starting point of the Tour comfortably by train. Bad Liebenzell has rail connections to Pforzheim, from where you can travel to Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. If you only want to do part of the wellness hike, you can also travel from the individual stage destinations back to Pforzheim with public transport. For utmost convenience, you can book our complete package so you don’t have to worry about individual accommodation and can fully concentrate on your short wellness break. Look forward to three relaxing days in the Northern Black Forest – forest pool and whirlpool included!
The first stage of your wellness hike takes you from Bad Liebenzell to Bad Wildbad. On the almost 19 kilometer long hike you will dive deep into the Northern Black Forest, leave a few meters behind you and look forward to a unique bathing experience in the thermal baths at the end of your tour. You can easily reach the starting point from Pforzheim by train. And if you arrive the day before, you can get in the mood for the wellness hike in the Paracelsus Therme in Bad Liebenzell.You start at the train station in Bad Liebenzell, pass the pretty town lake and hike through the idyllic Lengenbachtal up to Schömberg. The so-called Glücksgemeinde in the Black Forest has set itself the goal of improving the quality of life in the village through sustainable improvements. How about a portion of happiness with onion roast beef or a piece of Black Forest cake? If you have the time and inclination, you can include a detour to the Himmelsglück lookout tower.It continues through the forest until you soon reach the former pulmonary hospital on the Charlottenhöhe. The building is in danger of collapsing and the site is therefore closed. The path leads you past the once stately buildings. We then continue on the Mittelweg, which is marked by a red diamond with a white line.You hike downhill, cross Calmbach and soon you will reach today's destination Bad Wildbad. In the thermal bath you can treat yourself to your promised wellness session. If you want to cover a few more meters in altitude, then a visit to the treetop path and the famous "Wildline" suspension bridge is worthwhile. You are guaranteed great views.In Bad Wildbad there is a good selection of restaurants for a successful end to your day of hiking. If the first stage is enough for you for the time being, you can get back on the train in Bad Wildbad.
Stage 2 of the wellness hike through the Northern Black Forest takes you almost 17 kilometers from Bad Wildbad to Bad Teinach. Thanks to a few meters of altitude that you master, you can always enjoy wonderful views of the treetops of the dense Black Forest and its deep valleys. With its mineral thermal baths, the Kursaal and its drinking temple, your stage destination Bad Teinach awaits you with the necessary portion of wellness after a long day of hiking.You leave Bad Wildbad and soon begin the ascent to the Riesenstein. On the way, the forest opens up again and again and offers you beautiful views. If you have passed the highest point, you can see the green Kleinenztal on the other side - time for a break on the inviting wooden lounger.You cross the valley and shortly afterwards button your way to the next meters in altitude. You wander through the shady, dense spruce forest and breathe in the fresh air. Wellness is also possible in the forest. The path continues relaxed until you step out of the forest again at Emberg. At the hexagonal church you can take another break and let your gaze wander into the distance.Now it is not far until you reach today's stage destination Bad Teinach. The climatic health resort is known for the Teinach mineral water, at the mineral fountain you can best taste the refreshing water right away. Then it goes over the Mathildenstaffeln - around 600 stone steps - down into the valley towards the stage destination. After heavy rainfall, you should take your steps here carefully, as the steps, which are partly covered with moss, can be quite slippery when wet.At the end of your hike you can - as it should be for wellness hikers - stay in the Hotel Therme and enjoy the amenities of the Mineral-Therme. If you want to end your hike here, you can take the train back to Bad Liebenzell from the nearby Bad Teinach-Neubulach train station. You can cover the three and a half kilometers to the train station either on foot or by bus.
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All good things come in threes - and so we come full circle with today's stage of your wellness hike. You hike back to Bad Liebenzell on the 16-kilometer route from Bad Teinach and can look forward to relaxation in the Paracelsus thermal baths at the end of your three-day tour. Best prospects, right?After a hearty breakfast, you leave Bad Teinach and get your circulation going on the ascent to the Zavelstein. On the relay you cover the way to the castle ruins and, when you arrive at the top, you can take a breather and look at the former fortress in peace. In addition, wonderful crocus meadows await you up here in spring.A few meters of altitude are still ahead of you before you go downhill again through the forest. At the Gimpelstein you can take a break and enjoy the great view over Calw and the surrounding area. Then you descend the last bit into the half-timbered town and you can look for a restaurant there to stop off at. If you have the time, a visit to the Hirsau Monastery is also worthwhile. The challenging part of the tour is already behind you.The route continues along the Nagold in a pleasant way. Sometimes right on the bank of the 90 kilometer long river, sometimes a little off the beaten track you meander through the landscape. At the height of Ernstmühl you take another dangling into the picturesque Wolfsschlucht, which is absolutely worth the additional meters in altitude. On a wildly romantic path you will discover the steep side valley of the Nagoldtal.When you arrive back down at the river, you walk the last bit along the Nagold to Bad Liebenzell. At the end of your three-day hike through the Northern Black Forest, you have more than earned a visit to the thermal baths - your tired legs will thank you for it. After all, there are more than 50 kilometers behind you.From Bad Liebenzell you can quickly take the train back to Pforzheim, where you then have a connection to Karlsruhe or Stuttgart.