Autumnal hikes with a view in the northern Black Forest

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What could be more pleasant than a gentle hike on a sunny autumn day? If this question’s got you scratching your head, our Collection of eight walking Tours through the northern Black Forest will prove the perfect outdoor experience for you this fall. Offering incredibly accessible adventure, you’ll trek past renowned World Heritage Sites; mystic, natural monuments; historic border markings and incredible viewing points high above the Black Forest. Once you’ve had enough fun on the trails, you’ll also find cosy restaurants with hearty, authentic, local fare—perfect for re-energizing after a day in the wild. So, are you ready to make the most out of this season? If so, carpe autumni—enjoy the autumn!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:54
    12.3 km
    3.1 km/h
    410 m
    410 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This short but crisp tour offers a spectacular panorama of the ridge of Hornisgrinde over the Rhine Valley.You start at the station Unterstmatt and follow the right way direction Hornisgrinde, past the ski slopes, through the coniferous forest, always steeply up the hill, to the small grinde. This part of the ridge is already part of the two kilometer long Hornisgrinde, which is the highest mountain in the northern Black Forest with its 1163 m.On the way to the Hornisgrindenturm you will cross bogs that shine in all colors, especially in autumn. From the lookout tower you have a fantastic panoramic view over the Black Forest, the Rhine Valley and even to the Vosges.A few hundred meters further you pass the highest point in Württemberg at the Dreifürstenstein, before the path leads down to the mystical Mummelsee with the enchanting St. Michaelskappele.On the other side of the lake you climb back up to the Hornisgrinde and once again enjoy the view from the ridge, before you hike around the dog back on the Hans Reymann way back to the valley.At the foot of the Muhrkopf ski lift, you can also enjoy a wonderful meal at the Großer Tanne and let the day fade away.

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  • Intermediate
    04:10
    13.6 km
    3.3 km/h
    450 m
    450 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Bad Wildbad has much to offer not only for its spa guests, but also for pleasure hikers who like to have a little variety on the way.Let's go to the train station in Bad Wildbad. The first climb goes over the so-called Himmelsleiter - 365 stone steps that reward you with a beautiful view over Bad Wildbad.The steps are followed by the ascent to the Wetterfahnenhütte. From the clearing below the Wildbader Kopf you have a great view of the Enztal and the surrounding wooded ridges of the Black Forest.A little less steep it goes up to the soldiers well uphill. Here is a short break. The fountain was already used by soldiers in the 17th century as a source of fresh water and today is a popular resting place for hikers and mountain bikers.You stay on the ridge of the ridge and continue hiking to the Great Wendenstein, an impressive geological natural monument made of colorful sandstone.Before going back down to the valley, make a detour along the Glasmännleinpfad. From here you come to the new vantage point, from which you can enjoy the magnificent view down to the Enztal.The way back zigzags down the mountain to Bad Wildbad and ends directly in the spa park, through which you can walk back to the train station.If you still have some time (or your knees do not join the steep descent) you can stop at Sommerberg and from there take the train back to the valley.bad-wildbad.de/sommerbergbahn/gastronomie-sommerberg

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    17.3 km
    3.8 km/h
    180 m
    180 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Rich in history, Maulbronn presents itself as the northernmost corner of the Northern Black Forest region. The leisurely day trip starts at the station of Mühlacker and leads you after a small piece through farmland into the tub forest.In the Wannenwald you follow the historical "Landesdefensionslinie" which was supposed to prevent French raids during the Palatinate War of Succession. The view from the rebuilt defensive towers over Baden and the Palatinate shows the strategically advantageous location on the natural wall.From the south you can now reach the tranquil town of Maulbronn, whose beautiful historic abbey is well deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Maulbronn Monastery is considered the best preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps. The old-venerable halls even impress Geschichtsmuffel and look particularly beautiful in the autumn light.When you've had enough, hit the way back over Lienzigen. Another historic highlight in the Enzkreis, which you reach after the tour section below the Eichelberg. The special feature of Lienzigen is next to its elaborately restored half-timbered houses, the center, which consists of an almost completely closed barn ring. Take a tour through the Scheunenring and take a break in the pub "Zum Nachtwächter" before heading back to Mühlacker.

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  • Difficult
    06:16
    20.1 km
    3.2 km/h
    700 m
    700 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tour around the hiking paradise Baiersbronn starts at the Baiersbronn train station and climbs the ridge above the Tonbachtal over 800 m. Once at the top, old landmarks from the 16th century greet you and a kilometer further you can visit a still well-preserved ointment oven.After so much culture and history, there will also be time for a break at the halfway point of the tour. The best place for this is the Genussplatz on the upper tines. Here you can relax on a sunbed and enjoy a lot of nature and tranquility around it.On the way back you slowly descend again towards Baiersbronn, past the Hasengrundbrunnen to the hiking hut Sattelei. After the long tour you have earned a treat here!Strengthened it goes again a little bit uphill to Rinkenkopf at 759 m. From the observation tower you have a wonderful view over the Murgtal, Baiersbronn and Tonbachtal.The last part leads steeply down to Baiersbronn, over the Murg and back to the station.

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  • Difficult
    03:34
    10.2 km
    2.9 km/h
    500 m
    500 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You should not miss out on this panoramic tour with the only via ferrata in the Northern Black Forest. By train you can reach Ottenhöfen, the starting point of this day tour. The majority of the way is signposted as "Genießerpfad Karlsruher Grat".From Ottenhöfen it is always easy uphill, past the beautiful noble grave grave waterfalls. They take their name from a dark legend that once a cruel mistress was immured in a water-washed cave and died there. Today the waterfalls offer a beautiful natural spectacle on the ascent to the Karlsruher ridge.A bit further, the first panoramic view towards the ridge and down to the Gottschlägenal valley opens up at Herrenschrofen.Arriving at the Karlsruher ridge, sure-footedness and a head for heights are needed. Unlike alpine via ferrata, this exposed game is not secured by wire ropes or the like and should therefore only be practiced in dry conditions. Climbing the ridge along the "climb" signage is well worth the while - the view from up here is fantastic.The descent leads past the hiking center Achern again to a great viewing platform at Brennte Schrofen. For the last time, the Black Forest and the Achern Valley stretch at your feet before you climb the 500+ meters down to Ottenhöfen.Attention: Dry weather, sure-footedness and a head for heights are required for this tour. The ridge is not secured by wire ropes or climbing aids.

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  • Difficult
    06:55
    21.1 km
    3.1 km/h
    850 m
    850 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The day tour takes you along the third leg of the Westweg, a long-distance hiking trail across the Black Forest.Start is the station in Forbach, from where it is only once steep uphill and over bumpy paths until the small tranquil Herrenwieser lake is reached.A last climb leads past the Bussemer Stein on the Badener height, which forms with 1002 m the highest point of the Baden-Baden urban area. From the observation tower you have the perfect view over the northern Black Forest.The way back leads you to the Schwarzenbachtalsperre, a large reservoir above Forbach. Already during the descent you can catch a glimpse of it before the path leads you along the shore back to Lorbach.

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  • Difficult
    05:53
    17.6 km
    3.0 km/h
    840 m
    840 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    High above the Murg Valley are the Dachsstein, the Lautenfelsen and the Teufelsmühle. Three literal highlights in the hiking region around Gernsbach.The tour takes you from Hilpertsau station initially uphill to the first lookout point on Dachsstein at 646 m. Not two kilometers further, the next vantage point, the Lautenfelsen at 610 m, awaits you. On the way, around 300 million year old granite humps line the way. According to legend, the devil once threw the large granite boulders of the block dump in his anger from the devil mill.The Teufelsmühle is also the next stop of the tour. At the Höhengasthaus Teufelsmühle at 906 m you can take a break, enjoy the view from the highest point of today's hike.On the way back you follow the zigzag path from the Teufelsmühle down to the Michelsrankhütte, where once again a wonderful view of the Murg Valley opens up.Once around Lautenbach (or as an abbreviation once), the path always leads downhill to the starting point.

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  • Difficult
    04:31
    14.3 km
    3.2 km/h
    560 m
    560 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Less than 40 minutes by train from Karlsruhe, the spa town of Bad Herrenalb, not only with wellness and good food, but especially with the wild nature of the Black Forest.From the train station, head southwest to the ascent to Bernsteinfels at 693m. On the way there you circle the Botten, Renn- and Bauzenberg until the observation deck of the Amber Rock comes into view. From here you have a fantastic view over the northern Black Forest.Continue past a small fountain to the Wasenhütte, which marks the historic border between Baden and Württemberg and invites you to take a break.Once again it goes uphill and once again you can enjoy the view over the Albtal before you get back on the north side of the mountain range back to the starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    126 km
  • Duration
    39:48 h
  • Elevation
    4,500 m

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