Schwarzwald Tourismus

Panoramas, trails and lake hopping – biking in the Black Forest

Schwarzwald Tourismus

Panoramas, trails and lake hopping – biking in the Black Forest

Mountain Biking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

Tough climbs to blustery heights and flowy descents excite every mountain biker. The Black Forest, Germany’s highest low mountain range, has a lot to offer. Whether you fancy magnificent views, ingenious trails or jumping into a cold mountain lake – you’ll find what you’re looking for here. A day of biking in the Black Forest is finished off with a bite to eat in a rustic inn where you can replenish your energy reserves with delicious Black Forest specialties.

In this Collection, we’ve put together a fine selection of 20 mountain bike Tours for you. As the needs of mountain bikers are as varied as the sport itself our Tours are geared to three different wishes. The first 10 are panoramic Tours with particularly beautiful views of the Black Forest. Most of the Tours take you through the countryside on easy-to-navigate paths, which can sometimes be quite steep. Speaking of steep, five of our trail routes, which are primarily aimed at sporty and experienced mountain bikers, are steep and fun downhill rides.

After you’ve tired yourself out, you also need to relax. That’s where the last five Tours come into play. Here, we take you to the most beautiful swimming lakes in the Black Forest. Crystal-clear water under a blue sky – you can hardly wish for more after a sweaty MTB tour.

In the Tour descriptions, we give you tips on how to get to the various starting points and tell you where it’s worth stopping for a bite to eat along the way. With the Tours in this Collection, you could easily fill a several-week stay in the Black Forest. There are many hotels and guesthouses geared towards mountain bikers in the various towns and villages who will be happy to sweeten your stay. The rest is up to you – grab your bike and enjoy the trails.

More and more people want to explore and experience the impressive nature in the Black Forest – whether on foot, by bike or on a mountain bike. But, as humans, we are only guests here – the animals and plants are our hosts. That’s why we should all have #respectfornature. Only with respect can we preserve the Black Forests’ beauty for generations to come.

You can find out more about the #respectfornature initiative on our profile komoot.de/user/schwarzwaldtourismus or at respekt-schwarzwald.info.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:19
    32.4 mi
    6.1 mph
    5,200 ft
    5,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This panorama tour has it all: 1,580 meters in altitude over 52 kilometers are a clear message. Your heart rate won't just skyrocket because of the exertion, however. After all, every climb holds a reward. Breathtaking views await you that are only available in the Black Forest.It’s all about the Achertal. You climb from the vineyards to the Black Forest National Park and visit the Mummelsee and the summit of the Hornisgrinde, the highest mountain in the northern Black Forest. On your way into the valley, you will then return to your starting point via flowing trails.The starting point is at the train station in Kappelrodeck and can therefore be easily reached by train. But you can also get on in Ottenhöfen, Seebach or Sasbachwalden. The entire tour is marked with yellow signs in both directions. If you want to take the built Sasbachwalden trails with you, we recommend that you ride the tour counter-clockwise.

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    Intermediate
    02:17
    18.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Why look into the distance? This tour is pure enjoyment. No technical difficulties await you. It's just about enjoying the beauty of the Black Forest from the saddle of your bike.The tour starts in Furtwangen. On easy-to-drive forest and farm roads and asphalt, you climb into the mountains north of the village and circle around Schönwald in a large arc. The name says it all, because what could be nicer than a mountain bike tour in such forests?Among other things, you pass the source of the Gutach, the Reinertonishof and a small, hidden lake in the middle of the forest, before you roll back down to the starting point in Furtwangen.

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    20.5 mi
    6.7 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,950 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    You will not soon forget this panoramic tour over the Herrenschwand high plateau to Ehrsberg. From the Holzer Kreuz you can enjoy a fantastic view over Schönau over to the Belchen. But also in many other places you have fantastic views over the Black Forest.Whether from Freiburg, Donaueschingen or Lörrach, the Schönau starting point can be easily reached from many directions by regional train. First, you relax and follow the valley of the meadow. From Geschwend it gets steeper. You have reached the climax at the Tiergrüblehütte. If you want to shorten the tour, turn right here and come straight down to the last descent to Schönau.In this case, however, you will miss the fantastic paths and views in the southern part of the route. Great difficulties no longer await you there. You cross the valley at Hinterholz again and climb the slope of the Schneckenkopf on the other side. Then it's fast down to Schönau.

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    Difficult
    06:15
    35.5 mi
    5.7 mph
    5,875 ft
    5,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This panorama tour in the southern Black Forest is recommended for persistent cyclists who are looking for a good dose of vertical meters. You will be rewarded with fantastic views and summit happiness, because enjoyment is very important in the Black Forest.After just two kilometers you are standing on the sky meadow and enjoying the first panorama. And so it goes on - in the Black Forest there are picturesque views in abundance. The first 20 kilometers you move on the western edge of the Black Forest, then it goes directly into the forest and then up high. You can enjoy a stop at the Kälbelescheuer.The highlight of the tour is then, in the truest sense of the word, the summit of the Hochblauen. The view is unrivaled and the best: From up here, it's seven kilometers downhill to the finish in Badenweiler. You can also get to the destination or starting point in Badenweiler by public transport, using the 111 bus from Müllheim.

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    Difficult
    04:29
    29.4 mi
    6.6 mph
    4,300 ft
    4,300 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Kandel is one of the most famous mountains in the Black Forest. From its 1,241-meter-high summit, you can see for kilometers over the Rhine Valley to the Vosges. The sweaty Kandel tour is one of the most demanding you can do in the Black Forest.You start in Simonswald and drive steadily uphill for more than 20 kilometers. At the Kandel-Passhöhe you can take a break to watch the hang-gliders and paragliders and, above all, to enjoy the panorama. The long descent is the icing on the cake.If you have enough after the descent in Gutach and want to save yourself the last climb, you can easily follow the Wild Gutach back to Simonswald. Otherwise, you crank another three kilometers up the mountain to enjoy one last descent.

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    Difficult
    02:30
    18.5 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The Finkenberg tour is the most varied and panoramic connection between Kniebis and Freudenstadt for mountain bikers with an affinity for altitude. It goes over many forest paths and one or the other single trail through the dense forest on both sides of the Forbachtal.Incidentally, the round can be easily extended with the Lauterbad tour from the Lauferbrunnen car park. Kniebis and Freudenstadt are the best options for a stop. You can of course also start in Freudenstadt, which has good train connections.Be careful when it is wet, as the trails can become slippery in places. Please also always pay attention to hikers and other trail users. Mutual consideration ensures that everyone can enjoy their stay in the Black Forest.

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    Intermediate
    01:53
    11.8 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Don't be fooled by the relatively short distance, this after-work lap has it all. Above all, there is no lack of panoramic views, so you will definitely want to stop here and there to enjoy the view.You can get to Oberkirch, for example, with the S-Bahn from Offenburg. At the beginning of the round you leave the place and pedal almost 12 kilometers only uphill. At the eponymous Schwender beech you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Rhine plain. You continue cycling up the mountain until you finally have reached the peak at 672 meters above sea level.Now the long descent back to Oberkirch follows, which you can really enjoy. This tour is a real panoramic tour - there is no shortage of wonderful views on the way back into the valley. After the Münsterplatzhütte there are still a few serpentines downhill to drive before you drive back to Oberkirch.

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    Difficult
    03:06
    20.9 mi
    6.8 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Follow in the footsteps of the legendary Black Forest Ultra Bike Marathon. The ascent of around 700 meters from Kirchzarten up to the Hinterwaldkopf separates the wheat from the chaff in this famous mountain bike race.Fortunately, you don't have to rush like the race participants, but can enjoy the panorama upstairs and stop off at the Höfener Hütte. The fantastic view of the Dreisamtal can be enjoyed even better with a snack.For dessert there is a hearty descent with a view of the Feldberg. You roll down through the idyll of the Zastlertal back to Kirchzarten. The best way to get to the starting and finishing point in Kirchzarten is by train from Freiburg or Villingen.

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    Difficult
    04:20
    26.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    3,950 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This varied panorama tour takes you from Gengenbach up to the Moosgebirge, which separates the Rech Valley from the Kinzig Valley. According to legend, this vast forest area is home to the Moospfaff - a devious forest spirit who likes to mislead hikers.The climb is long and demanding. On the last two kilometers before the summit, the gradient percent no longer drops below 10 percent. Once at the top, you can enjoy a fantastic view down into the Rhine valley as far as Strasbourg in Alsace. The long descent back into the valley begins at the Geißschleifsattel hut.29 kilometers after the start you are back in the Kinzig valley and can easily shorten to the starting point, or you simply continue to follow the route and take the shorter, second loop up to the Gutta hut. Then a crisp ascent and a nice descent are waiting for you.

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    Difficult
    04:43
    30.7 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The tour begins at the Bad Wildbad train station. You can reach the place, for example, with the Enztalbahn (tram line 6) from Pforzheim. Almost 50 kilometers in the wonderful nature around the Enz Valley in the Black Forest await you.A first crisp ascent leads you to the Meisternkopf. It continues at the top through the tranquil towns of Meistern, Hünerberg and Aichelberg. Finally you will reach Enzklösterle. The place is beautifully embedded in the upper Enz Valley and is also known as the blueberry village. Here is a good place to stop.Now the second long ascent of the tour follows. You reach the beautiful nature reserve and moorland at Hohlohsee. Then you will pass the Hohlohturm, its ascent rewards you with an impressive view. Back to Bad Wildbad, the trail is always slightly downhill through the Kaltenbronn nature reserve.

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    Difficult
    03:42
    21.4 mi
    5.8 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The name already gives it away: The tour over the Hirschkopf has a high proportion of trails. There are an abundance of narrow paths here. So grab your bike and off you go!It starts in Klosterreichenbach, very close to the train station. Right at the beginning you crank up a steep ascent to the Zimmerplatzhütte, then the trails already begin. Sometimes blocked and technical, sometimes more flowing and always with a lot of ups and downs - there is something for every biker. Shortly after the turning point near Freudenstadt, a downhill route with a few switchbacks awaits you.When you are back above Klosterreichenbach and have enough of the many trails, you can easily take a shortcut at the Roßhalde. This saves you the last climb, but you also miss a beautiful trail in Reichenbachtal.You can stop for a break, for example, in Freudenstadt on the largest market square in Germany, at the Fischerhütte in Friedrichstal or at the end of the tour in Klosterreichenbach.

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    Intermediate
    02:29
    14.3 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After work, do you fancy crisp trails and fantastic views? Then we have something for you. This tour starts at the Platz der Verfassungsfreunde in Offenburg and takes you up to the Brandeckturm with a fantastic view.You leave Offenburg and climb first through the vineyards, then through the forest. Over narrow paths, roots and the pine needles so typical of the Black Forest, it goes past the Hohe Horn and on to the summit of the Brandeckkopf.Then you plunge into the rapid descent over the Eschholzkopf back to Offenburg. Sweaty climbs, tired trails and fantastic views - what more could you want after work? In Offenburg you can stop for a piece of cherry cake or a cold drink to make the short trip perfect.

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    Difficult
    03:33
    18.6 mi
    5.2 mph
    3,925 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The trail tour from Freiburg up to the Schauinsland has everything a biker's heart desires - lots of vertical meters, fantastic views and, above all, trails, trails and even more trails.The tour begins rather harmlessly. You drive along above the valley and the slope is still very limited. If you want to save yourself the strenuous climb and want to hit the trails straight away, turn right after eight kilometers on Schauinlandstraße and let the cable car shuttle you up the mountain.Mountain bikers continue to follow the route and continue to crank, while the gradient percent increases slowly. It gets really steep at the Geiersnest. If you persevere, you will be rewarded with fantastic views, including the famous Feldberg. From the summit of the Schauinsland, it's off to the trails.The combination of Badish Moon Rising and Canadian Trail promises sheer driving pleasure. The Badish Moon Rising is flowing and leads to the Kybfelsen, where you can take a break with a breathtaking view. Then it goes to the technical Canadian Trail. Warning, this section is not suitable for beginners. Technical skills and, last but not least, courage are required to enjoy this creamy trail. But don't worry: If in doubt, you can always use the wider, parallel paths if it gets too hard for you. Either way, the route reliably brings you back to Freiburg, where you can end the day properly.

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    Intermediate
    02:36
    14.3 mi
    5.5 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,525 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The trail tour around Todtmoos consists of two loops. After almost ten kilometers you will come back to the starting point in the valley village. So you can spontaneously decide to only drive one of the two loops.The southern loop leads you up a moderate ascent on the historic Glaträgerweg on the Glaserberg. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the Wehratal and then shred down flowing trails back down to Todtmoos.The northern loop runs over the St. Antoni Pass to the Hochkopfhaus, where you can stop off at the “Auerhahn” before heading back down into the valley via some fun trails.

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    Intermediate
    01:02
    5.17 mi
    5.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The Alpirsbacher Trail is a real icing on the cake for all mountain bikers in the Black Forest. Technically savvy drivers can really let off steam on the enduro track, but beginners will also feel at home here. They can improve their technique and simply avoid obstacles that are too severe for them. The trail was built by the Bikesport Sasbachwalden association and it is not for nothing that it enjoys a reputation beyond the borders of the region. Here you get your money's worth with at least 140 millimeters of suspension travel.But first you have to earn the descent: you pedal up to almost five kilometers and 330 meters in altitude until you get to the trails. Then the so-called “Path Two” really starts to take off. Fast residents, tables and jumps alternate at high frequency. Good driving technique is rewarded with plenty of airtime. But even beginners will get along well here, because the speed determines the difficulty and all obstacles can also be easily unrolled.After a short connection, the actual Alpirsbach Black Forest Trail awaits - with a length of four kilometers, one of the longest built mountain bike trails in Germany. Lots of waves, drops, flow sections and of course jumps ensure that you want to ride the trail over and over again. For this reason, you will also be pleased that there is a regular shuttle service on weekends that will take you to the start of the trails without any effort.After a long and exciting day on the trails, we recommend that you stop at the Spinnerhof. For example, you can get an extra large piece of Black Forest cake served here.

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    Intermediate
    02:13
    17.3 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 2-lake tour is the classic start of the season in the Black Forest. It leads around the beautiful Schluchsee without great technical difficulties. At the lake you will find several bathing places if you want to cool off in between on the tour.The traditional Schluchsee circuit also includes a stop for Vespers in the Unterkrummenhof. The listed building has been a popular destination for hikers and mountain bikers for decades.After circumnavigating the lake, you can simply end the tour in Aha if you run out of time. Otherwise you take the second loop with you, which leads you with two short climbs past the Windgälleweiher to Falkau.

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    Difficult
    05:57
    41.0 mi
    6.9 mph
    4,625 ft
    4,625 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This day tour takes you on some of the most beautiful sections of the summit trail. The focus is on the wonderful bathing lakes of the Black Forest. So it's best to take your swimming trunks with you, because there are several lakes waiting for you.From the train station in Neustadt you can quickly get to the famous Titisee. Via Altglashütten and past the Windgälleweiher you will soon reach the banks of the Schluchsee at Aha. You drive along its entire south bank, enjoy the view of the water and maybe even dare to jump into the cool water. There are enough bathing places here. You can find refreshment, for example, in the Unterkrummenhof or at the Müller at the dam.The second half of the route is a bit more challenging in terms of climbing. You pass the famous Rothaus brewery and climb higher and higher over one or the other trail. After a short descent and passing through Lenzkirch, it then goes seriously up the Hochfirst over a longer route. Once at the top, it is worth taking a detour to the observation tower. The climb to the tower is worth it. At the end of the tour, you can look forward to an enjoyable descent down to the starting point of Neustadt.

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    Difficult
    04:51
    34.1 mi
    7.0 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Pack your swimming trunks! Biking and swimming is an unbeatable combination in summer. You can wonderfully combine both on this tour around Forbach. To get to the start in Langenbach, for example, you can take the S8 or S81 from Karlsruhe or Freudenstadt. Alternatively, you can also start in Forbach.At the beginning you roll along the Murg to Gausbach and enjoy the wonderful nature in the Black Forest. It goes on and on along the river, where you come across inviting bathing spots every now and then. At the mouth of the Raumünzach you cross the Murg and follow the smaller river into the mountains. The slope increases and it goes up higher and higher. As soon as you cross Hundseckstraße, you have survived the worst.Now it goes for a while over the high plateau in the direction of Schwarzenbach dam. Here at the latest you should take the opportunity on a hot day and take a refreshing bath. From here you can only expect a small, wavy piece over the plateau before the last descent takes you back to Langenbrand.

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    Intermediate
    03:39
    27.9 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can combine biking in an idyllic setting, a stop in one of the rustic inns along the way and a dip in the cool water of a real mountain lake on this tour and spend an unforgettable day in the Black Forest.The Kirnbergsee is ideal for swimming. To reach its bank, you simply drive straight ahead in Unterbrand instead of turning right. Alternatively, you can also visit the outdoor pool in Dittingen, shortly before the end of the tour, to swim your laps in the cool water.The best way to get to the starting point in Löffingen is by train from Villingen or Freiburg. From the train station in Löffingen it is only a few meters to the start of the tour. The Maienländer Tor is easy to find, you can hardly miss it. From here a great day on the bike in the Black Forest is waiting for you.

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    Difficult
    07:59
    54.3 mi
    6.8 mph
    7,275 ft
    7,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This day tour for fit mountain bikers takes you from Freiburg to the banks of the Schluchsee and back again. Thereby, 2,200 vertical meters are collected. The longest ascent of the day begins shortly after Kirchzarten - known among other things as the venue for the Black Forest Ultra Bike.Passing Feldsee and Windgfallweiher you reach the Schluchsee, which has swimming spots and great places to stop for a break - the ideal place for a break before you set off on the strenuous way back. During the last few kilometers, the tour is crowned by the flowing descent on the built trails Badish Moon Rising and Canadian Trail. Here you can really let it rip again. If the trails are too tough for you, you can simply bypass them and roll into the valley on easier paths.If you want to swim in the Schluchsee as well as ride the trails, but the tour is simply too long for you, you can also conveniently shorten it by taking the train between Freiburg and Aha.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    20
  • Distance
    493 mi
  • Duration
    75:56 h
  • Elevation
    65,900 ft
Schwarzwald Tourismus

Panoramas, trails and lake hopping – biking in the Black Forest