Through deep forests and bright heights - 7 stages through the Black Forest

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The Black Forest has always been a place shrouded in myth and legend. The deep, dense, expanse of the forest has inspired many a tale over millennia, with the forest’s mysteries feeding the fantasies of all who visit. Christened Silva Nigra (the Black Forest) by the Romans who wandered these woods long before us, the region is perhaps more notorious today for its beautiful hiking landscapes than the terrors that may have once laid in wait.

From the Alexanderschanze in the middle of the Black Forest, right the way across to the southern Kandern, this 7-day high-altitude hike winds you through the most beautiful areas of the Forest. Throughout the duration of the trek, you’ll wander over wind-kissed peaks, through rustic forest, across wild, high moors and alongside pristine lakes. And always with a smile on your face as the varied landscape reveals its beautiful secrets.

All you need for this 7-day hike is a pair of comfy, worn-in hiking boots, enough food for the day and a reservation at one of the numerous hotels en route, especially during the busy season.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    10.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    1,750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start directly at the parking lot of Alexanderschanze. From there, the path leads you into the deep, dense forest. There you will find one of the most original and quiet bann forests of the middle Black Forest. Ancient and gnarled giant trees line your way over the lonely, wooded ridge and leave you amazed.Through the aisles left by the storm "Lothar", you have magnificent views over the Black Forest. Continue on high ridges the path leads to the Vesperstube Harkhofes. Here you can end the day with delicious Black Forest specialties.Look forward to a day in one of the most beautiful forest areas of the middle Black Forest!

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  • Difficult
    12.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage takes you to the heart of the Black Forest. After ascending to the windswept Brandenkopf you have on the Brandenkopfturm in clear weather clear view of the majestic Alpine panorama.On the way you expect lush meadows, old Black Forest farmhouses, breathtaking views and always forest, forest, forest. Continue on narrow paths over stony, rooty paths, the path leads you down to Hausach. The long descent has it all and brings your knees and shanks to smolder.On this tour you can relax and let the quiet landscape work on you.

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  • Difficult
    12.6 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,600 ft
    1,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this long and varied stage, you will conquer a total of over 1400 vertical meters - a tour for the most seasoned forest lovers. The first ascent to the Farrenkopf will make you sweat. But it's worth it, because the wonderful view over the wide valleys makes you want more.Past bizarre rocks and dark forests, the path leads you over very steep and tiring climbs on narrow ridges in the direction of the Karlsstein. Once there, the path remains at its height and finally leads you to the Wilhelmshöhe.Tip: If you still have energy after this tour, you can descend to neighboring Schonach and indulge in the Black Forest flair: the world's first cuckoo clock awaits you!

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  • Difficult
    14.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage takes you through one of the most beautiful and mythical landscapes of the Black Forest: in the direction of the legendary Blindensees, you pass through an old moor and you walk past mighty rock formations through one of the most beautiful forests in the Black Forest.In the midst of the deep and dark forests around Brendt, you can guess why there are so many horror stories and legends from the Black Forest. Look forward to one of the most beautiful tours in the Black Forest - with forest, rock and moorland!

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  • Difficult
    15.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the cold hostel, the path leads you through dense spruce forest up to Lachenhäusle. You walk varied between forest and meadows over fairytale root paths and soon reach the sublime white fir height. From here you can already see the impressive Feldberg massif.Enjoy the fantastic forest world and the wonderful tranquility in the Hochwald before passing the famous Titisee and reaching its destination, Hinterzarten.

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  • Difficult
    17.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,075 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today, no doubt, the king's stage of every Black Forest tour awaits you: the Feldberg crossing. Storm the highest peak of the German low mountain range.Passing the idyllic nature paradise Feldsee, the route climbs steeply up to the windy top of the Feldberg. On the ascent, you'll start to sweat, on top you can enjoy the overwhelming view on the summit. After the ascent you will need some reserves: the way to the Wiedener Eck is long. However, you will be rewarded with beautiful alpine flora and fauna.

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  • Difficult
    19.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    5,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this long tour you will become a mountain climber. With the Belchen and the Blauen you expect two of the highest Black Forest peaks. With the ascent to Belchen you can prove your skills: the Belchen is considered the alpine summit in the Black Forest. It is not for nothing that it has always been a mythical place that Celtic Druids worshiped as a sacred mountain.After you've climbed the blue, it's just downhill: with the descent into the Markgräfler country in the direction of Kandern, it is time to say goodbye to the fabled Black Forest.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    103 mi
  • Duration
    49:12 h
  • Elevation
    14,925 ft16,875 ft

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