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Hiking with a view – day trips in the Hochschwarzwald

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Hiking with a view – day trips in the Hochschwarzwald

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

8

Tours

35:46 h

72.9 mi

11,900 ft

Feel the air at an altitude of over 3,280 feet (about 1,000 meters), hike through rugged gorges, listen to wildly romantic waterfalls and enjoy fabulous views again and again. You can experience all this in the Hochschwarzwald – a dream landscape for hikers. The excellent network of paths guide you through the dense forests, across green meadows and the region’s high mountains – you will be enchanted by the wild scenery of the Hochschwarzwald. Along the way, you can learn more about each of the high peaks and their peculiarities, whilst admiring nature’s surprises along the way.

In this Collection, I show you eight different day hikes that will reveal new corners of the Hochschwarzwald: the romantic Mathisle pond near Kirchzarten, the often underestimated Blößling or the adventurous path to the Rappenfelsen. There’s something to suit every type of hiker, regardless of how much time you have. You may have seen the Feldberg many times before – but have you also hiked along the north-eastern slope of the mountain? You always swim at Schluchsee – but have you already enjoyed the view of the highest lake in Germany from the Bildstein? Is the Wutach gorge is too touristy for you? Then start this unique hike along the wild river when the day has just begun and most hikers are still asleep.

The landscape in the Hochschwarzwald is enchanting all year round. Admire the awakening of nature in spring or enjoy the shady hiking trails and airy breeze on hot summer days. In autumn, the orange-red deciduous trees contrast to the dark evergreen fir trees and in the cold months, you can walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy the spectacular view from the mountain tops. On some hikes, however, surefootedness is important and please bear in mind that these tours are better in dry conditions as rain makes the rocks slippery whilst ice and snow also make hiking more difficult. If you want to find out about the condition of the trails in advance, just call the tourist information Hochschwarzwald: 00497652/12060.

You can reach all the starting points of the hike by public transport. The region is well developed for tourism so the public transport runs well. Hinterzarten or Schluchsee are great starting points for your day trips. In both towns, you will find several accommodation options and a good train connection to Freiburg. In many towns in the region, you will find information centers that will help you with all your needs. An overview can be found here: hochschwarzwald.de. Otherwise, put on your hiking boots, open your eyes and leave everyday life behind for a few hours in the valley.

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    7.49 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Are you looking for peace, fresh forest air and great views? Then lace up your hiking boots and set off on this twelve-kilometer circular tour. It starts in Hinterzarten. The gentle ascent takes you through dense forests past the Zartenbach to the Mathisleweiher. Up to the highest point of the tour

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    9.67 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Narrow paths, steep slopes, deep gorges and clear rivers: on this 15-kilometer route you will experience the Black Forest from its wild side. Home is in the small town of Staufen. From here you hike down through the forest until you discover the chamois that have settled here on the scree near the Kuchelfelsen

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    11.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Often overlooked and underestimated: the Blossling. At an altitude of 1,310 meters, it lies between the Herzogenhorn and the Hochkopf and offers a fantastic view over the Bernau high valley to the peaks of the Upper Black Forest.

    

    The 19-kilometer hike starts at the Hochkopfhaus in Herrenschwand. Right

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    7.74 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Feldberg is the front runner in the Upper Black Forest. At 1,493 meters it is the highest mountain in the region and popular with hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. On this almost 13-kilometer circular hike you will experience the Feldberg from different perspectives.

    

    The tour starts

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  • Difficult
    04:02
    8.26 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Not Rome, but St. Blaise. The so-called "Black Forest Cathedral" could easily rank among the Italian churches, but it is in an idyllic setting in the tranquil town of St. Blasien. A visit to the cathedral is planned for the 13-kilometer hike.

    

    The tour starts in houses. From there the path leads you into

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    10.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bizarre rock formations and thundering waterfalls await you on this 15-kilometer hike through the Wutach Gorge. It is the largest canyon in Germany, surrounded by unspoilt forests. From beginning to end, this hike takes you along the wild river and past naturally formed rock galleries to the Hotel Schattenm

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    10.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Enjoy the view - almost 16 kilometers long. On this circular hike you will be accompanied by an impressive panorama. In the distance you can see the Feldberg, Schauinsland and Kandel, with good visibility you can see the Vosges on the horizon. The tour starts in St. Märgen. A gentle climb takes you to

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    7.18 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Schluchsee is the largest lake in the Black Forest. Reason enough to look at it from different perspectives. The tour starts in Schluchsee. From there you walk slightly uphill until you enter the Jägersteig through the wooden portal. The narrow hiking trail leads you through the dense forest. The

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    72.9 mi
  • Duration
    35:46 h
  • Elevation
    11,900 ft

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