Hiking with a view – insider tips for the Hochschwarzwald

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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, we 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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Tours & Highlights

  • 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.

    You are looking for peace, fresh forest air and great views? Then string your hiking boots and start this 12-kilometer round trip. It starts in Hinterzarten. The gentle ascent leads you through dense forests on Zartenbach over to the Mathisleweiher. Up to the highest point of the tour, the Windeckkopf, you leave a few vertical meters behind you. After about eight kilometers, you can enjoy the view from an altitude of 1,209 meters, before you hike back down into the valley. The beauty of this hike: you can enjoy great views, but you have no steep climbs to master.You will find possibilities to stop off on this tour until the end. But the Mathisleweiher is a perfect place to have a snack break. In Hinterzarten you have a large selection of restaurants.Hinterzarten is known for ski jumping, the four ski jumps in the Eagle Ski Stadium are the Olympic training base for ski jumpers and combiners in the Black Forest. There is training here 170 days a year. Since 1982 the Summer Ski Jumping takes place in Hinterzarten, where the world elite of ski jumping is represented. Visitors can visit the ski stadium. You can get more information at the tourist information office in Freiburger Straße 1 (closed on Sundays).From Freiburg every half hour the Höllentalbahn goes to Hinterzarten. The train ride into the Black Forest is a great start for the hike.

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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 good 15 kilometer route you experience the Black Forest from its wild side. Start is in the small town Staufen. From here you hike down through the forest until you discover the chamois located here on the scree slopes near Kuchelfelsen. Continue with a side trip to the Schwarza lake. Then you follow the bank of the Schwarza before the ascent to the Rappenfelsen begins. A small, natural path leads you up through the spell forest. The higher you get, the narrower the way becomes. Steep cliffs and the originally growing forest offer you a fantastic backdrop. From the highest point, the Wartbuck, the path leads you back to Staufen.Sure-footedness is required for the section of the Rappenfelsensteig. The path leads partly along steep canyons along. You definitely need good footwear for the track.At the reservoir of the Schwarzabach dam, you will find nice places for a break on the shore. Along the Schwarza you will pass other resting places. Rest stops are only in Staufen again, so pack enough provisions.At the starting point of the hike you come from Seebrugg with the bus 7342 in the direction of Schönenbach. You can reach Seebrugg by train from Freiburg. A tip, if you are looking for a connection in Freiburg: In Breisgau there is also a Staufen. If you are traveling by car, you will find plenty of parking in the center.

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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 Blößling. At a height of 1,310 meters, it lies between Herzogenhorn and the Hochkopf and offers a fantastic view over the Bernauer Hochtal to the peaks in the Black Forest.The 19-kilometer hike starts at the Hochkopfhaus in Herrenschwand. Right at the beginning you master the first altitude meters on the way to the Hochkopf tower. After seven kilometers you will have the challenging part of the track behind you and can recharge your batteries on the Blößling with a great view. Then the path leads you down serpentines, always surrounded by the dense Black Forest. On beautiful trails it goes relatively straight through forests and pastures to Hasenhorn.The last few meters to Todtnau you go back in no time: Here you can change to the toboggan run and rush on the 2.9-kilometer route into the valley. If that's too fast for you, you can of course also go to Todtnau or choose the slower version with the Hasenhorn chairlift.Pack for this hike provisions. You will find restaurants only on and around the Hasenhorn. There are other restaurants in Todtnau.To start point Herrenschwand Hochkopfhaus you come from Todtnau by bus. The line 7321 departs every two hours from the bus station in Todtnau (for example at 9.10 and 11.10). The journey takes 24 minutes, a journey costs 2.50 euros.

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  • Intermediate
    04:04
    7.78 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Feldberg is the leader in the Black Forest. At 1,493 meters, it is the highest mountain in the region and is popular with hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. On this nearly 13-kilometer circular walk you will experience the Feldberg from different perspectives.The tour starts at the Haus der Natur in Feldberg. Right at the beginning you leave the first altitude difference to the Bismarck monument behind you. Stop and enjoy the view, which gets better with each altitude difference. It continues on the fairly flat, unbewaldeten summit of the mountain to the Feldberg tower and the actual summit. Then the path leads you gently downhill, passing two huts and along narrow forest trails along the northeast slope of the mountain. Shortly before the end you reach the idyllic Feldsee. Refuel here again energy for the last meters to the finish.The Feldberg is always a great destination and worthwhile in every season. In spring, summer and autumn, the great views of the Black Forest and the well signposted road network attract. In winter, you can walk here with snowshoes on your feet. If you do not want to get in the way of the skiers, let us advise you before your tour in the tourist information about possible way alternatives.In the house of nature is next to the tourist information and an interactive exhibition on the worlds of life in the nature reserve Feldberg. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday always from 10 o'clock. Admission to the exhibition costs 4 euros.The town of Feldberg can be easily reached by public transport. From Freiburg, the train runs every half hour to Feldberg-Bärental, from there it is ten minutes by bus 7300 to Feldberger Hof. Motorists will find a parking garage on Feldberg.

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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 join the Italian churches, but he stands in an idyllic setting in the tranquil town of St. Blaise. During the 13 kilometer hike, a visit to the cathedral is planned.Let's start the tour in houses. From there, the path leads you into the Windberg Gorge. You follow the waterfalls on narrow paths and over bridges down to St. Blasien. The dome of the cathedral greets you from afar. It continues on the banks of the Albstausees. Then you have a lot of height to gain in the Albtal. As a reward, bubbling spring water awaits you at Wolfsbrunnen. From here it is only two kilometers, until you arrive back in houses.Allow sufficient time for a tour of the St. Blasien Cathedral on this tour. As you stroll through town, you will find restaurants and cafes. There are more rest stops in houses. If you have your own food with you, you can make yourself comfortable on the banks of the Albstausee.From Freiburg you can reach houses well by bus and train. Take the train to Seebrugg, where you change to bus 7319 in the direction of St. Blasien. After ten minutes you get out in houses. If you are traveling by car, then you can park at the Kurhaus and Sporthaus.

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    9.25 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,350 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bizarre rock formations and thunderous waterfalls await you on this 15-kilometer hike through the Wutach Gorge. It counts as the largest canyon in Germany, surrounded by unspoiled forests. This hike will take you from beginning to end along the wild river and past the naturally formed rock galleries to the Hotel Schattenmühle. Starting point is at the Wutachmühle. The trail is steadily rising, but becomes steeper only on the last two kilometers.Surefootedness is required on this hike. Be sure to wear good footwear. If you want to do the hike in winter, inform yourself beforehand about the current road conditions. On this page you will find all contact details and information: wutachschlucht.de.In the hotel shadow mill you get daily from 11.30 o'clock to 20 o'clock warm meals. In the beer garden you can relax in the shade of the trees and enjoy the view of the Wutach. The restaurant will ring in the new season in April.For a quiet hiking experience, it is worthwhile not to make the tour in the main season. Because the impressive nature attracts many hikers in good weather. If you are traveling during the holiday season, just start the hike early.From the end of April to the beginning of October, a bus will take you to the Wutachmühle and from the shadow mill back to the entrance to the gorge. The hiking bus also takes you to the train station in Löffingen, from where you have good connections to the surrounding cities. If you arrive by car, you will find a trail parking lot at the beginning of the tour.

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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 - and that nearly 16 kilometers long. On this circular walk you will be accompanied by an impressive panorama. In the distance you can see the Feldberg, Schauinsland and Kandel, in good weather you can see the Vosges on the horizon. The tour starts in St. Märgen. A gentle climb takes you to the Kapfenkapelle. You continue hiking along the edge of the forest and past the Vogesenkapelle. Even from afar, you can see the two towers of the baroque church in St. Peter. Via meadow paths you hike with short ascents back to St. Märgen.Prospective rest areas can be found on this tour. In St. Peter and St. Märgen there are also plenty of restaurants and cafes. In St. Märgen, a coffee and cake break in the Café Goldene Krone (Wagensteigstraße 10) is worthwhile. The home-made cake is a great reward for completing the hike.After St. Märgen you come with the bus 7216 from Hinterzarten, from there the Höllentalbahn regularly goes to Freiburg. If you are traveling by car, you will find parking in the center of St. Märgen.

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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 the town of Schluchsee. From there, you will always hike slightly uphill until you enter the Jägersteig through the wooden portal. The narrow trail leads you through the dense spell forest. The path continues to rise slightly and offers you always great views. After about five kilometers you have reached the highest point of the hike. Forest roads lead you back down to the lakeshore to Aha (the place actually means so). From there you follow the lakeshore until you reach Schluchsee after just under twelve kilometers.Pack the best provisions for the hike, so you can insert at the lookouts Vesperpausen. Restaurants can be found on the lakeshore in Aha and in the town of Schluchsee. If it is warm enough, it is worth packing the bathing suit. Along the way along the lakeshore, you will pass many bathing spots and can hop into the water to cool down.After Schluchsee you come by train, the three-way train from Freiburg stops right in place. Parking for hikers are signposted.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    71.5 mi
  • Duration
    34:52 h
  • Elevation
    11,525 ft

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