When people think of the Black Forest, most people think of cherry pie, cuckoo clocks and bobble hats. But Germany's highest mountains outside of the Alps have much more to offer: In addition to fantastic summit hikes and rustic mountain huts, you will find steep gorges, sparkling streams, mystical forests and forgotten alpine trails.
The Hochschwarzwald (High Black Forest) in the south of Baden-Württemberg, with its high mountains and extensive glacial valleys, has almost alpine features. In addition to the trough-like valleys, you will also find gorges and canyons cut deep into the rock by the rivers. We have put together six day-trips that will take you to the highest peaks, the most ancient forests and the most exciting trails. The whole package is rounded off with three great multi-day hikes. You can climb up to the two highest mountains of the Black Forest in two days, hike up the river Alb from the Rhine to its two springs in four challenging stages or conquer the roughest valleys of the Black Forest in six days on the Schluchtensteig (canyon trail).
Lace up your hiking boots, grab your backpack and get to know the wild side of the Black Forest. And when you're sitting on the terrace of a mountain hut after a successful summit ascent, don't forget to reward yourself with a slice of Black Forest cherry pie.
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At 1,493 meters, the Feldberg is not only the highest mountain in the Black Forest and Baden-Württemberg, it is also the highest peak in Germany outside the Alps. This of course allows a spectacular view. Plus, it's a great feeling when you realize there's only the sky over you right now.The summit of the Feldberg can be reached via several routes or even by cable car. If you are not only concerned about the summit, but a challenging hike through magnificent scenery, then this tour is just the ticket.The tour starts and ends in Brandenberg. You can reach the starting point both by car and by bus 7300 from Titisee station. The trail meanders steadily upwards through extensive spruce forest. After about two hours, the forest clears and when you finally step out of the forest on the mountain meadows of the Feldberg, the St. Wilhelmer Hütte awaits you for a cozy rest.Shortly after you reach the summit and wander from there to the Seebuck. When you are fed up with the phenomenal panorama, you begin the descent. You pass the Feldberghof and the Hebelhof before you walk back to the starting point on the wildly romantic Waterfall Trail along the Bach Meadow.
The Herzogenhorn is with a height of 1,415 meters, the second highest mountain in the Black Forest. There are no trees on the expansive summit plateau and so a phenomenal foresight is guaranteed. The mountain ranges of the Black Forest line up and the neighboring Feldberg is within reach. On the horizon, the peaks of the Alps rise into the sky and your gaze wanders from the Zugspitze in the southeast to Mont Blanc in the southwest.Various hiking trails lead up to the summit and this varied round trip starts in Hebelhof. The starting point can easily be reached by car or by bus 7300 from the train stations Titisee or Feldberg Bärental.The ascent is via the ski area Grafenmatt. The trail climbs steadily and leads through light forest areas and mountain meadows. At the top of the summit, the fantastic panorama awaits you, before you make your way back down. The path leads through dense spruce forest and over idyllic meadows around the Finsterbühl around to the viewpoint Rabenfelsen. After enjoying the view of Menzenschwand, you walk on forest paths back to the starting point.
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The Schluchsee is the largest lake in the Black Forest and you can walk around it on a hiking trail. But this tour takes you from its shores to the towering Bildstein. From up here you have the whole lake in view, which is picturesquely situated between the wooded mountains.The tour starts at the Aha train station, which you can easily reach by tram 728. If you plan to arrive by car, paid parking is available at the train station.On the picture stone lead many trails and you take the steep serpentine climb. At almost one and a half kilometer route, it goes 200 meters upwards. The last section on the rocky summit leads over some concrete steps before you are rewarded with the view.From the Bildstein it goes in a big round about forest paths and mountain meadows to the Urseetal. There, the tour takes you with great views of the valley on the shepherd path in the direction of Windgfällweiher. At the cozy Gasthaus Seehof you can take a break and enjoy the view before you hike back to the starting point.
In the last 200 years, the original mixed forest of the Black Forest has been almost completely cut down and gradually reforested with today's typical spruce forests. However, in specially selected areas bann forests were established. Here the forest is no longer used and nature takes its natural course again. Dead and fallen trees are not removed, the paths are only sporadically maintained. Here again, jungle-like landscapes develop that have a very special charm.The tour starts at the monastery in St. Peter. The starting point can be reached by car or by bus 7216 from the station Kirchzarten. The path leads you up to the plate with its vast, wide mountain pastures. After a short wooded area you reach the Plattenhof. Here you can take a rest before you go into the adventurous spell forest.On rustic, natural paths, you'll walk along dreamlike waterfalls, climb over mossy tree trunks and enjoy the unique atmosphere. In the Bannwald solid shoes are mandatory in any case, the way is rocky and sometimes slippery.If you leave the forest, the trail will lead you back to the forest and then along meadows and fields to the destination in St. Märgen. From there, take bus 7216 back to the starting point in St. Peter.
The Bannwald Schwarzahalde is the largest spell forest in Baden-Württemberg. Around the Rappenfelsen the dense forest thrives without human influence and has formed a unique jungle landscape in time. The biodiversity of plants and animals is even greater here than in the rest of the Black Forest.Your tour begins in the small village of Brenden. The starting point is best reached by car, the bus with bus 7342 from Waldshut bus station is both weekdays and weekends quite limited.You leave Brenden and then climb steeply into the Schwarzatal. About rustic and natural paths you wander through the impressive Bannwald to the Rappenfelsensteig. There it goes up and from the top you have a great panoramic view of the valley.Through the forest we continue to Schwarza lake. After you have turned around the reservoir, it is now on comfortable forest and forest roads back to the starting point.
The Alpine path is by far one of the most adventurous tours in the Black Forest. The old hiking trail meanders along the steep western slopes of the Feldberg through a rustic spell forest. The section is not very long, but it is a real treat even for experienced hikers. You scramble over rocks, duck under fallen trees and wander over a narrow, overgrown path.Start at the Todtnauer hut, which you can reach on foot from the trail car park Todtnauer Hütte (about 2.6 kilometers one way). The bus 7300 also stops at the hiking car park, stop Fahl Todtnauerhütte. From the hut Todtnauer hut you go over wide meadows up to the St. Wilhelmer hut. With a great view of the summit of the Feldberg, you hike on and finally arrive in a dense spruce forest.There, an unassuming path soon branches off to the left. Even the two signs 'Bannwald' and 'Dangerous path section - Enter at your own risk' make clear, here we are thrilling. On the Alpine path you meander through the magical spell forest. Time flies by and at a fork in the road you keep left. The path becomes more comfortable and shortly thereafter you reach the Todtnauer hut, where you can take a comfortable rest after your adventure.
A whole weekend up in the mountains, high up on the two highest peaks in the Black Forest. In between, an overnight stay on the quaint Krunkelbach hut and always dreamlike views to the Alps. This two day tour will fulfill all these wishes. The tour is mainly on well-developed trails and the altitude to be managed spread well on both days. This makes the tour not only suitable for professionals. Divide the routes with several breaks, then you can enjoy the tour to the fullest.Day 1: 6 hours walk - 19 km route
730 meters ascent - 300 meters descentThe first stage starts at the station Schluchsee. From there it is comfortable and promising along the north shore of the lake. Then it gets steeper. In Menzenschwand you can take a break before you visit the impressive waterfalls. Then it goes over mountain meadows and through spruce forests up to Krunkelbachhütte, where you spend your night.Day 2: 6 hours - 18.3 kilometers
750 meters ascent - 1065 meters descentAfter a restful night at the Krunkelbachhütte, we head straight up to the Herzogenhorn, the second highest mountain in the Black Forest. From there you hike across alpine meadows and through sparse forests through the Grafenmatt ski area in the direction of Feldberg. From Hebelhof begins the climb and soon you are standing on the Seebuck, the side summit of the Feldberg. From there it goes over a rocky path down to the picturesque Feldsee. Here it is worth a detour to the Raimartihof, where you can take a leisurely break. Then you hike through picturesque forest areas down to the stage destination Bärental.
The Alb rises as Bernauer Alb and Menzenschwander Alb below the two highest mountains of the Black Forest, before they flow together before St. Blasien to Alb. From there, the river rushes through valleys and gorges down to the Rhine. On the Albsteig it goes over 87 kilometers from the confluence with the Rhine up to the two sources. The tour can be wonderfully divided into seven cozy days, but here we present you the sporty 4-day variant. In this variant, the tour is especially suitable for experienced hikers with very good condition.Day 1: From Albbruck to Görwihl
11.9 kilometers route - 3.5 hoursThe first stage starts at the station in Albbruck. From there it goes over flat meadows to Schachen and from there steepening through the wild and romantic Alb gorge. Again and again great views await you, until you turn into Höllbachtal. At the end of the valley, you leave the Albsteig to reach the stage destination Görwihl.Day 2: From Görwihl to houses near St. Blasien
27 kilometers of track - 9 hoursThe second stage is the hardest tour on the Albsteig with a distance of 27 kilometers and a climb of around 1,000 meters in altitude. On the way you will be rewarded with incomparable impressions and breathtaking views of the Albtal, the Black Forest and even the Alps. The tour takes you from Görwihl through the Albtal to Immeneich. From there it goes over the Dachsberg to the Bildsteinfelsen and back to the Alb gorge. After a visit to the Albstausee you reach the stage destination houses.Day 3: From houses to Feldberg Pass
23.7 kilometers route - 7 hoursThe third stage makes it a bit quieter again. You start in houses and walk upstream on the Alb up to Windbergschlucht. After the detour we continue along the river to the confluence of the Menzenschwander and the Bernauer Alb. You follow the path to Menzenschwand and walk along the waterfalls to the picturesque Menzenschwander high valley with its glacier trails. From there it is only a short but steep climb up to the Feldberg Pass. If you still have desire and energy, then worth a detour to the Feldberg summit. Thanks to the cable car that goes without any climb.Day 4: From the Feldberg pass to St. Blasien
24.8 kilometers route - 8 hoursOn the last stage, it goes up to the highest point of the tour. Starting from the Feldberg pass, you hike across the Grafenmatt ski area up to the Herzogenhorn, the second highest mountain in the Black Forest. From there it goes over the Krunkelbach hut down to the picturesque mountain village of Bernau. Over wide mountain meadows and through small villages, the Albsteig leads you down to the stage destination St. Blasien with its impressive cathedral.At regular intervals from the bus station in St. Blasien a bus to Albbruck (change in Waldshut in the train or bus).
Probably there is no better and more adventurous hike to get to know the wild side of the Black Forest. The Schluchtensteig snakes its way over 6 daily stages over 118 kilometers through the most dramatic valleys of the Black Forest. The trail is often narrow, rocky and slippery due to moisture - a paradise for experienced hikers with a penchant for adventure. Sturdy footwear, endurance, sure-footedness and a head for heights are definitely required on this challenging tour.Day 1: From Stühlingen to Blumberg
5.5 hours walking time - 19 kilometersThe tour starts at Stühlingen station. Follow the signposted Schluchtensteig trail and hike along the Wutach river upstream to Grimmelshofen. From there it gets steeper into the famous Wutachschlucht. After reaching the lookout point Wutachflühen, you leave the gorge and descend over the Buchberg down to the first stage destination Blumberg.Day 2: From Blumberg to the shadow mill
6 hours walking time - 20 kilometersYou leave Blumberg and follow the loop stream back to Wutach. There it goes again directly into the gorge. Picturesque the river winds through the valley and the Schluchtensteig leads you through the wild and romantic landscape. At the end of the stage the Gasthaus Schattenmühle awaits you.Day 3: From the Schattenmühle to the Schluchsee
6 hours walking time - 18 kilometersYou start at the shadow mill and walk steadily ascending through the Wutachschlucht up to Hölllochfelsen. There you leave the gorge and follow the Schluchtensteig over meadows and through forests to Lenzkirch and on through the quiet Schwendetal to the mountain village Fischbach.Day 4: From Schluchsee to St. Blasien
5.5 hours walking time - 20 kilometersFrom Fischbach it goes up to the scenic Bildstein and from there over serpentines down to the shore of the Schluchsee. You wander halfway around the lake and climb on the other bank through spruce forests up to the hamlet Altenhütte. From there it goes noticeably downhill again and after crossing the Windbergschlucht you reach well-deserved today's stage destination St. Blasien.Day 5: From St. Blaise to Todtmoos
6 hours walking time - 20 kilometersYou start in St-Blasien and climb up to Lehenkopf with its lookout tower. Afterwards the Schluchtensteig will lead you through dense spruce forests, but soon the trees will become lighter and you will wander across wide mountain meadows. From Oberibach it finally goes in serpentines through the Hohwehraschlucht down to your destination Todtmoos.Day 6: From Todtmoos to Wehr
7.5 hours walk - 22 kilometersStarting in Todtmoos, it's only about idyllic mountain meadows, but soon you descend into the narrow and breathtaking Wehraschlucht. The Schluchtensteig winds along the steep slopes of the valley and offers you spectacular views over and over again. Shortly before the end you reach the Wehra reservoir and then walk the last piece along the road to Wehr.