Dense forests, quiet valleys and open mountain meadows - that is the Black Forest. The largest German low mountain range lures you with its extraordinary scenic diversity and untouched nature. Sometimes you hike through ancient forests and sometimes you walk along narrow rivers through deep gorges. On the highest mountains you enjoy the view as far as the Alps and the numerous mountain lakes attract especially in summer with the refreshing water. Here you hike through the picturesque landscape on mostly natural hiking trails. Pure enjoyment of nature.
No wonder then that the Black Forest is repeatedly called 'Germany's most beautiful gourmet corner'. But on the official Black Forest gourmet trails you will discover even more than picturesque nature. Tradition, regional wines and beers and above all the excellent Black Forest cuisine come into your focus on these tours. On your forays through the woods and over the mountains you can expect 'Schnapsbrünnle', inns, panorama benches and cultural highlights. All in all, you will find 37 gourmet trails throughout the Black Forest. The excellently signposted hiking trails are available in all levels of difficulty, so you can find your very own personal favourite hike.
The 14-kilometer gourmet trail Baiersbronner Sankenbachsteig leads you on natural paths to the Sankenbachsee and the Sankenbacher waterfalls. Definitely recommendable: A stop in the rustic, serviced Glasmännlehütte at 777 meters altitude with panoramic views over Baiersbronn.
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On the gourmet trail to the log cabin of the Hotel Traube-Tonbach, the pause seduction is especially sweet: Black Forest cake from the in-house patisserie. The scenic trail leads you 12.5 kilometers on old Holzmacherpfaden and with beautiful views around the Tonbachtal around.
Passing by schnapps and wine fountains, the gourmet trail Baiersbronner Panoramasteig takes you 14 kilometers across the sun terrace of the Murgtal. In the hiking hut Panoramastüble of the Hotel Löwen in Schwarzenberg there is a regional Vesper, coffee and cake.
The Waterfall Trail in the mountains of the Black Forest especially accentuates the enjoyment of nature: on the 11.3-kilometer tour, you hike through a narrow stream valley and through the Wolfsschlucht gorge. You reach the idyllic Fahler waterfall and the 98 meter high Todtnauer waterfall.
The Kniebiser home path takes you on a length of about 10 km through forest, heath moor, meadow and populated area around the village. Start and finish is at the visitor center Kniebis. In clear weather you have beautiful views over the Black Forest High Road and the valleys on Ellbachseeblick. On the information boards along the way, young and old hikers will learn interesting facts about history, biology, ecology and forest management.
On the Gernsbach legend trail you follow the ancient Black Forest legends and myths. It leads to 5.3 kilometers across five legendary stations around the historic center of the lower Murg Valley in the northern Black Forest. The highlight of your tour is Schloss Eberstein with views over the vineyards into the Rhine Valley and into the middle Murg Valley.
The Wiesensteig in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach leads you eleven kilometers through the wildly romantic Gorge of the Rench, over mountain meadows with comfortable loungers, water and fruit stations. The Höhengasthaus Hochwasen and above all the Renchtalhütte await you for a cozy retreat.
On the Hochschwarzwälder Hirtenpfad near Lenzkirch you hike along the eight-kilometer circular trail along forest edges and blooming meadows. Expect wide views of the Gletscherhochtal and the southern Black Forest, with good visibility even into the Alps.
The Bernauer Hochtal Steig offers challenging trails in the Bernauer Hochtal with impressive Black Forest and Alpine panoramas over a distance of 16 kilometers. For a rustic break the Krunkelbach hut under Herzogenhorn offers. The highest point of the climb, however, is the 1349 meter high Spießhorn. There you can enjoy the great view during a break on the original bench.
On the Peterstaler Black Forest Trail you walk 10.8 kilometers through the Renchtal. The moderate altitudes up to 745 meters offer you beautiful long-distance views. The river valley of Rench, mountain meadows with sky beds and spicy conifer forests provide additional variety on the medium-difficult tour.
The 16-kilometer gourmet trail Durbacher Weinpanorama is a challenging but fantastic hike. It leads through the Ortenauer Rebland with views of the Rhine Valley and 42 side valleys of the village. A highlight of your tour is a glass of wine on the pinnacle of Schloss Staufenberg.
The Turmsteig got its name right. Although you expect some altitude, but again and again rewarded with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and valleys in the southern Black Forest. Highlights on the tour are the views from the two observation towers on the Hasenhorn and Hochkopf, but the view from the treeless summit plateau of the Blöß rewards you with a fantastic Black Forest panorama. In addition to the scenic features, you can expect culinary specialties in the mountain inns Hasenhorn, Gisiboden, Präger Böden and in the Hochkopfhaus.
The Alde God Panorama Tour in Sasbachwalden takes you on 9.7 kilometers through the vineyards of the Ortenau around the charming flower, wine and half-timbered village in the middle Black Forest. Vineyards, meadows, waterfalls and forests as well as the changing views of the white-black framework of the village shape the image of this hike.
From the Ruhestein near Seebach, you hike along the Bosensteiner Almpfad (alpine path) for ten kilometers through pristine forests and over panoramic meadows and pastures. The distance views can be enjoyed particularly well from the sky chairs. As befits an alpine path, three beautiful mountain inns await you at the roadside for a stop.
The nearly tree-free heathland - the "Grinden" around the Hornisgrinde in the northern Black Forest are widely protected. The Mummelsee-Hornisgrindepfad takes you seven kilometers through this unique and ecologically valuable landscape. The tour combines numerous highlights on an attractive, sometimes demanding route. In addition to magnificent views of the Black Forest, the Grindenpfad and the boardwalk through the moor, the legendary Mummelsee in particular makes an outstanding attraction.
The ten-kilometer Geissen path in Menzenschwand in the southern Black Forest entices you with wonderful views of the Menzenschwander valley. The "Klusenmoräne" of the former glacier and the Menzenschwander waterfalls provide a unique experience of nature.
In the middle of the home of the Bollenhut the Gutacher Tälersteig leads you. Around Gutach in the central Black Forest, you hike on the circular trail for 14 kilometers over mountains and valleys. The open coniferous and mixed forests give you again and again beautiful views of the valley landscape.
The Gauchach Gorge is the "little sister" of the Wutachschlucht gorge and one of the oldest nature reserves in Baden-Wuerttemberg. On the gourmet trail Paradise Gauchach Gorge in the southern Black Forest, you can discover the unspoilt nature and numerous waterfalls at about six kilometers.
On the water, forest and meadow path around Calw, nature lovers pass colorful sandstone cliffs, orchards and a wild boar enclosure. The 13 kilometer gourmet trail through the northern Black Forest will also take you past the Zavelstein castle ruins and even past a stone scaffold in the forest, where witch burnings and executions were carried out until the 19th century.