Wonderful hiking – discover the Black Forest’s culture, history, and nature
@ Schwarzwald Tourismus
Magnificent views, fresh forest air, babbling brooks and excellent food – the Black Forest is a treat for all the senses. A variety of hiking trails and paths crisscross Germany's largest low mountain range and its unspoiled nature. You hike through dense forests to sunny vantage points or walk along narrow rivers through mystical gorges. You can jump into the cool water of a crystal-clear lake and admire the far-reaching views from the rocky peaks all the way to the Alps. The Black Forest is known for its dreamlike landscape in Germany and beyond for good reason.
In this Collection, we present 23 of the 46 Genießerpfade (themed enjoyment trails) in the Black Forest, all of which are certified as premium hiking trails. Far away from roads, you hike along soft, natural paths. The wonderful nature here is not the only thing you can look forward to. The Black Forest also has wonderful culinary specialties served in traditional inns, cozy cafes, small farm shops and ‘Schnapsbrünnele’ throughout the forest. You hike through pretty landscapes to cultural sights such as impressive castle ruins, well-known health resorts and half-timbered villages decorated with flowers.
Most of the Genießerpfade are laid out as circular routes. If not, you can easily return to the starting point with public transport. Each of the 46 hikes is well signposted and varies in length and difficulty – it’s easy to find your own personal favourite trail here.
By the way, you can find the rest of the Genießerpfade here: komoot.de/collection/1107030
More and more people are heading to the Black Forest to explore and experience its impressive nature – whether on foot, by bike or mountain bike. But, as humans, we are only guests in the Black Forest. The animals and plants are our hosts. All nature lovers should have #respectfornature as only then can we preserve the beauty of the Black Forest for future generations.
You can find out more about the #respectfornature initiative on our profile: komoot.de/user/schwarzwaldtourismus or at respekt-schwarzwald.info (website in German only).
The premium path leads you on lonely paths through light-flooded forests, over lush orchards and past rippling brooks with constantly changing perspectives on Baden's number one wine location. Enjoy the view of the expansive Rhine plain, behind which the Vosges tower. And marvel at the panoramic view of Durbach with its vineyards and the landmark Schloss Staufenberg up to the highest point in the Black Forest National Park, the Hornisgrinde.
In the mountain district of Durchbach, you will encounter stately Black Forest courtyards with centuries of family history, immerse yourself in dark forests and cross lush green orchards and deeply carved valleys - pure Black Postcard idyll! Let yourself be inspired by the diversity of the landscape, the views of the valley and the moss head and explore the stories of the seven farm estates characterized by hard work.
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On the Belchensteig you can enjoy panoramic views from the most beautiful panoramic mountain in the Black Forest. From Belchen you can see from the snow-covered Swiss alpine chain across the Rhine plain to the Vosges. Along the premium hiking trail you will always find seating and resting opportunities for your snack with first-class views.
On this gourmet path you hike along the Wolfsgrube circular tour, which takes you on the slopes of the Teinach and idyllic through deciduous and coniferous forests. You will also come across the wolf pit, which was actually used as a pit in the past to catch wolves. Enchanted paths take you to the fairy meadow, where you can linger and dream on the sky swing. Then it goes back over the imposing ax made of colored sandstone.
The Turmsteig got its name right. Although you expect some altitude, but again and again rewarded with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and valleys in the southern Black Forest. Highlights on the tour are the views from the two observation towers on the Hasenhorn and Hochkopf, but the view from the treeless summit plateau of the Blöß rewards you with a fantastic Black Forest panorama. In addition to the scenic features, you can expect culinary specialties in the mountain inns Hasenhorn, Gisiboden, Präger Böden and in the Hochkopfhaus.
On this promising premium hiking trail you dive deep into the Middle Ages. The tour takes you around the Schramberg valley town and past the Falkenstein and Hohenschramberg castle ruins. Also on the way is the Falkensteiner chapel, which contains one of the most beautiful lamentation groups in southern Germany. On Berneckstrand you can refresh your tired feet in the cool water of the Schiltach.
The Heidelbeerweg is an absolute gourmet path with moderate inclines and varied, different path conditions. Look forward to wild romance while crossing a moss-covered rocky landscape on narrow paths. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views from the blueberry swing and snack on blueberries on the way.
On the gourmet trail to the log cabin of the Hotel Traube-Tonbach, the pause seduction is especially sweet: Black Forest cake from the in-house patisserie. The scenic trail leads you 12.5 kilometers on old Holzmacherpfaden and with beautiful views around the Tonbachtal around.
Passing by schnapps and wine fountains, the gourmet trail Baiersbronner Panoramasteig takes you 14 kilometers across the sun terrace of the Murgtal. In the hiking hut Panoramastüble of the Hotel Löwen in Schwarzenberg there is a regional Vesper, coffee and cake.
On the Hochschwarzwälder Hirtenpfad near Lenzkirch you hike along the eight-kilometer circular trail along forest edges and blooming meadows. Expect wide views of the Gletscherhochtal and the southern Black Forest, with good visibility even into the Alps.
The Bernauer Hochtal Steig offers challenging trails in the Bernauer Hochtal with impressive Black Forest and Alpine panoramas over a distance of 16 kilometers. For a rustic break the Krunkelbach hut under Herzogenhorn offers. The highest point of the climb, however, is the 1349 meter high Spießhorn. There you can enjoy the great view during a break on the original bench.
From the Ruhestein near Seebach, you hike along the Bosensteiner Almpfad (alpine path) for ten kilometers through pristine forests and over panoramic meadows and pastures. The distance views can be enjoyed particularly well from the sky chairs. As befits an alpine path, three beautiful mountain inns await you at the roadside for a stop.
Without large differences in altitude, you hike along the forest trail Groppertal, passing tree giants, Black Forest farms and idyllic forest passages north of Villingen-Schwenningen. Vesperstuben and the rest area at the game reserve Salvest with playground and benches invite you to enjoy on the east side of the Black Forest.
The 14-kilometer Hahn-und-Henne-Runde in Zell am Harmersbach leads across meadow paths and sometimes through mossy, sometimes through light pine forests. Lovingly designed benches and rest areas in the well-known cock and hen look invite you to linger at the most beautiful vantage points.
The Himmelberg circuit around Bad Dürrheim's highest district, Öfingen, attracts visitors with a beautiful panoramic view to the Swabian Alb. For a good ten kilometers you first hike across wide meadows and then climb the wooded slope to the summit of the 941-meter-high Himmelberg. From the top you look over the Baar on the eastern side of the Black Forest to the distant Swiss Alps.
The interplay of enjoyment and hiking pleasure characterizes the Harmersbach Vesperweg. The circular route around Oberharmersbach in the central Black Forest takes you 14.5 kilometers.In “Danises Hofladen” the backpack can be filled with regional specialties - for gourmet breaks. Because the route has plenty of unusual resting places to offer: These include a 30-meter-long tree trunk, the Schmusehisli, a "tree cradle" and a Hollywood swing.
The Ibacher Panoramaweg in the southern Black Forest offers you great views of the Alpine panorama. The twelve-kilometer circular route takes you around the Ibach high valley formed by the Feldberg glacier and crosses the “Kohlhütte-Lampenschweine” nature reserve and the Klusenmoos. Along the tour, sky loungers invite you to relax.
On adventurous paths you walk on the Rappenfelsensteig past steep slopes, deep ravines and falling streams. The circular route takes you eleven kilometers through the Schwarzatal valley near Schönenbach in the southern Black Forest. From the Rappenfelsen you have an excellent view of the impressive rock scenery and the surrounding
On the Peterstaler Black Forest Trail you walk 10.8 kilometers through the Renchtal. The moderate altitudes up to 745 meters offer you beautiful long-distance views. The river valley of Rench, mountain meadows with sky beds and spicy conifer forests provide additional variety on the medium-difficult tour.
On the Gernsbach legend trail you follow the ancient Black Forest legends and myths. It leads to 5.3 kilometers across five legendary stations around the historic center of the lower Murg Valley in the northern Black Forest. The highlight of your tour is Schloss Eberstein with views over the vineyards into the Rhine Valley and into the middle Murg Valley.
The "Auerhahnweg" in the Schramberg district of Tennenbronn takes you over ten kilometers through beautiful forests and along idyllic meadow paths in the central Black Forest.At the beginning of the 20th century there was still a large capercaillie population. Installations and information bring the life of these special animals closer to the hiker.
The premium hiking trail is characterized by wonderful views of Wolfach including the castle, the Wolftal and the elongated Kinzig valley. From Wolfach train station, it goes up to the first lookout point Käpflefelsen with its golden ball. Past the Gesundheitsbrünnele you hike through the fragrant forest to the highest point of the tour, the viewing platform at the Berghexenlandeplatz.The pavilion, which is just a few minutes' walk away, also offers you wide panoramas over the hilly landscape. On footpaths partly carved into the rock you will reach the Sankt Jakobuskapelle, a historical pilgrimage church in quiet nature. At the end of your round tour, you will walk through the Jakobswald into the picturesque city center, where you can now view Wolfach Castle up close.