Holidays for the soul — epicurean trails in the Black Forest
© Schwarzwald Tourismus | Klaus Hansen
Crystal-clear mountain lakes, fairytale valleys, thundering waterfalls and magnificent vantage points – the Black Forest has it all. So that you can experience this glory right from the start of your hiking holiday, we’ve selected 22 particularly beautiful hikes in Germany's largest low mountain range. From Calw in the north to Feldberg in the south, you can expect wonderful hiking trails, impressive landscapes and lots of Black Forest hospitality – all the characteristics that make up a gourmet trail.
In this region, there are a total of 46 such epicurean trails, all of which take up a specific epicurean theme. Each has been designated as a premium hiking trail and promises you enjoyment on exciting paths, far away from roads and hustle and bustle of life.
Aside from the vibrant outdoor experience, extra treats lie in wait, such as sky loungers with a view, refreshing drink stops or tasty fruit stations. The 22 hikes in this Collection also focus on water: the routes take you to the most beautiful lakes, bodies of water, waterfalls and rivers in the Black Forest. So, on a hot summer's day, it's worth packing your swimming trunks for one or two of the routes. Fantastic views, historic castles and idyllic forests are all part and parcel: you get the complete Black Forest package.
These trails are designed as half-day or day Tours and are usually planned as circular routes. If not, you can get back to the starting point quickly using public transport. And as befits a real Black Forest hike, you can reward yourself during or at the end with the culinary delights of the region: from hearty roast onion and hand-scraped spaetzle (local pasta) to creamy Black Forest gateau. Don't forget your schnapps afterwards!
Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and diversity of the Black Forest, breathe in the wonderfully fresh forest air and listen to the rushing rivers and waterfalls.
You can find the rest of the trails here: komoot.de/collection/1107025
More and more people want to explore and experience the impressive landscape in the Black Forest, whether on foot, by bike or on a mountain bike. But we as humans are only guests here in the Black Forest and the animals and plants are our hosts. That's why it's #respectfornature for all visitors, because only with respect can we preserve the beauty of the Black Forest for our descendants.
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The nearly tree-free heathland - the "Grinden" around the Hornisgrinde in the northern Black Forest are widely protected. The Mummelsee-Hornisgrindepfad takes you seven kilometers through this unique and ecologically valuable landscape. The tour combines numerous highlights on an attractive, sometimes demanding route. In addition to magnificent views of the Black Forest, the Grindenpfad and the boardwalk through the moor, the legendary Mummelsee in particular makes an outstanding attraction.
The Alde God Panorama Tour in Sasbachwalden takes you on 9.7 kilometers through the vineyards of the Ortenau around the charming flower, wine and half-timbered village in the middle Black Forest. Vineyards, meadows, waterfalls and forests as well as the changing views of the white-black framework of the village shape the image of this hike.
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On demanding trails, the Rötenbachschlucht gourmet path takes you into the unspoilt Rötenbachschlucht to the mouth of the Wutach. A small climb takes you to the lookout point "Am Hörnle", from where you can enjoy a great view to the Feldberg and far beyond the gorge landscape. A perfect panorama for a rest. Then the path leads through the fairytale Cancer Trench back to Rötenbach.
The 16-kilometer gourmet trail Durbacher Weinpanorama is a challenging but fantastic hike. It leads through the Ortenauer Rebland with views of the Rhine Valley and 42 side valleys of the village. A highlight of your tour is a glass of wine on the pinnacle of Schloss Staufenberg.
The 14-kilometer gourmet trail Baiersbronner Sankenbachsteig leads you on natural paths to the Sankenbachsee and the Sankenbacher waterfalls. Definitely recommendable: A stop in the rustic, serviced Glasmännlehütte at 777 meters altitude with panoramic views over Baiersbronn.
The Waterfall Trail in the mountains of the Black Forest especially accentuates the enjoyment of nature: on the 11.3-kilometer tour, you hike through a narrow stream valley and through the Wolfsschlucht gorge. You reach the idyllic Fahler waterfall and the 98 meter high Todtnauer waterfall.
The Kniebiser home path takes you on a length of about 10 km through forest, heath moor, meadow and populated area around the village. Start and finish is at the visitor center Kniebis. In clear weather you have beautiful views over the Black Forest High Road and the valleys on Ellbachseeblick. On the information boards along the way, young and old hikers will learn interesting facts about history, biology, ecology and forest management.
The Wiesensteig in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach leads you eleven kilometers through the wildly romantic Gorge of the Rench, over mountain meadows with comfortable loungers, water and fruit stations. The Höhengasthaus Hochwasen and above all the Renchtalhütte await you for a cozy retreat.
A head for heights, surefootedness and sturdy footwear are required on the Black Forest pleasure trail, Karlsruher Grat. The highlight of this approximately twelve kilometer long tour through a wild and romantic waterfall valley is the 700 meter long alpine path over the rugged rock ridge. Above you can expect an adventurous view down into the valley. After walking the tightrope, a leisurely stop at Gasthaus Bosenstein is worthwhile.
The ten-kilometer Geissen path in Menzenschwand in the southern Black Forest entices you with wonderful views of the Menzenschwander valley. The "Klusenmoräne" of the former glacier and the Menzenschwander waterfalls provide a unique experience of nature.
The Gauchach Gorge is the "little sister" of the Wutachschlucht gorge and one of the oldest nature reserves in Baden-Wuerttemberg. On the gourmet trail Paradise Gauchach Gorge in the southern Black Forest, you can discover the unspoilt nature and numerous waterfalls at about six kilometers.
On the water, forest and meadow path around Calw, nature lovers pass colorful sandstone cliffs, orchards and a wild boar enclosure. The 13 kilometer gourmet trail through the northern Black Forest will also take you past the Zavelstein castle ruins and even past a stone scaffold in the forest, where witch burnings and executions were carried out until the 19th century.
The Sauschwänzle path leads you from Blumberg-Zollhaus to Grimmelshofen through the unspoilt natural landscape of the Wutachflühen. The twelve-kilometer route is rewarded with a panoramic view of the Swiss Alps. A steam train ride on the historic Sauschwänzlebahn takes you back to the starting point of the tour, especially in proper style.
An exciting past, idyllic valleys, pristine nature and beautiful views form the framework of the Black Forest gourmet path "Der Teinacher". The namesake is the river Teinach and the well-known mineral water from Bad Teinach. One of the highlights of your twelve-kilometer tour in the northern Black Forest is climbing the Mathildenstaffeln over 600 steps.
On idyllic paths you hike on the healing climate trail around the climatic health resort of Schönwald in the middle Black Forest. On eleven kilometers it goes without great slope over mountains and through valleys, always along the climatic zones. The clear black forest air makes your body feel like new.
The Klösterle Loop winds its way through the Wolfsschlucht at Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach in the northern Black Forest on natural paths and paths. The eight-kilometer circular path is lined with refreshing mountain water springs and leads you to the Burgbach waterfall: at 32 meters, it is one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Baden-Württemberg.
The Himmelssteig near Bad Peterstal-Griesbach in the central Black Forest awakens a thirst for adventure: it takes eleven kilometers to walk up meadows and forest paths up to the Himmelsfels. Several cool beverage fountains along the way provide the necessary refreshment.