To the Swabian Sea — the Querweg Freiburg–Lake Constance

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The Querweg from Freiburg to Lake Constance has been considered an insider tip among German long-distance hiking trails since it first opened in 1934. And it should come as no surprise, especially considering that few other long-distance hiking trails offer such a varied experience of nature. When you hike the Querweg, you'll cross the wooded mountain ridges of the Black Forest and enjoy some summit-satisfaction up on the Hochfirst. In the Wutach Gorge, you'll hike in one of the most exciting river valleys in Germany and you'll visit the wide hilly landscape of the 'Swabian Sea' with its volcanic cones and exciting castle ruins. At the end of your hike, the lively Konstanz awaits you with its unique southern charm.

The starting point of the trail is Freiburg im Breisgau, the unofficial capital of the Black Forest. From here, you will cover about 111 miles (180 kilometers) on your journey through the Black Forest and Hegau in eight days. As the crosswalk winds its way through picturesque valleys and gorges, you'll ascend a total of over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) — making the Querweg also suitable for ambitious beginners.

If you want something a little more strenuous, you can also combine the first three stages into two Tours and plan an overnight stay in Hinterzarten. Then, you'll have a total of seven stages.

Both Freiburg and Konstanz can easily be reached with the trains of the Deutsche Bahn or with the long-distance bus. In each of the eight stage-destinations, you will find a good selection of cozy hotels and guesthouses. Nevertheless, it's worth booking your accommodation in advance, so you can relax properly after each individual stage.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:07
    18.2 km
    3.6 km/h
    410 m
    250 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Querweg Freiburg-Bodensee takes you from Freiburg, the unofficial capital of the Black Forest, through wide valleys to the tranquil Buchenbach. Today there are still some kilometers on paved roads and dirt roads - a perfect start for a multi-day hike.Your trip to the Swabian Sea begins appropriately at the Schwabentor in Freiburg im Breisgau. From here it goes first in serpentines up to the Ludwigshöhe, which offers you a great view of the city. After saying goodbye to beautiful Freiburg, you walk along wide forest trails along the slopes of the Schlossberg.The path winds through the forest and leads you evenly up to the pilgrimage site of St. Ottilien. After a visit to the ancient chapel worth a stop in the same forest inn. Afterwards it goes quite steeply up to the small Rosskopf, the highest point of today's stage.From the wooded hilltop the trail leads in some hairpin bends down into the sprawling Dreisamtal. At the edge of the forest below the ridge, you wander through the valley and enjoy the view over meadows and fields. The path runs roughly parallel to the Eschbach, a tributary of the Dreisam. Shortly before Stegen you cross the stream and then walk through the village. Several cafes are perfect for a break.After a refreshing walk, you will hike along Wagensteinbach, a tributary of the Dreisam, to Burg am Wald. Below the wooded slopes of the Black Forest, it's a bit over meadows, until you reach Buchenbach, your destination today.

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    20.7 km
    3.2 km/h
    900 m
    480 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With just under 900 meters in the climb, the second day tour is a real mountain stage. In return, some first-class panoramic views await you on the ridge above the Höllenbachtal.Freshly rested and full of energy, you start your second stage in Buchenbach. Right at the beginning is the ascent to Nesselachen. The hilltop marks the westernmost point of the ridge above the Höllenbachtal and is about 1,000 meters high. Until then, it is necessary to overcome almost 600 vertical meters.But after your ascent, you have made almost the entire ascent of today's stage, because the other vertical meters spread evenly over the rest of the route. Just a few meters from the Nesselachen you can already expect a first vantage point. The view to the west over the mountains and into the Rhine plain is just great.On a wonderful hiking trail, continue on the ridge in the direction of Titisee. Most of the time you wander through dense spruce forest, but at several viewpoints, the crossroads reward you with picturesque views of the Höllenbachtal. With the most beautiful panoramas you will find at the post-bank and especially on the Piquetfelsen.A short distance behind the Piquetfelsen the crossroads roams the Ravenna gorge. If you still have energy, you can still make a detour here. Otherwise, you will continue hiking to Birklehof and Hinterzarten. Especially Hinterzarten awaits you with a good selection of refreshments.Now only a wooded ridge separates you from Lake Titisee. On forest trails it goes over the hilltop and then in serpentines a little downhill. The crossroads will take you along the southern shore of Lake Titisee to the town of the same name, today's destination.

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  • Difficult
    06:04
    20.6 km
    3.4 km/h
    430 m
    620 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Only a moderate ascent and yet a real summit feeling: the third stage on the crossroads leads you up to Hochfirst, the highest point of the entire hike. Thanks to the 25-meter-high observation tower, you can enjoy a fantastic view over the Black Forest up here. The second highlight of today's stage is the hike through the famous Wutach Gorge.Just over 400 meters separate Titisee, the starting point of the hike, from Hochfirst. The mountain is the first highlight of today's stage and a beautiful forest path takes you up to the summit. After a short breather, it is definitely worth the ascent to the observation tower, because from the platform you have a phenomenal distant view.From the Hochfirst, the rest of the stage is only downhill - very comfortable after the second stage and the morning summit climb. Forest paths and forest roads alternate, until you reach the small village Kappel.A little later, the trail leads you into the wild and romantic gorge of the Haslach, a source river of the famous Wutach. You follow the trail into the gorge, past Höllochfelsen and Rechenfelsen. Soon the Gutach flows into the Haslach and together the two rivers continue their journey as Wutach.On the banks of the Wutach, it goes through the narrow, untouched valley. The trail always runs close to the shore until you finally reach the Gasthaus Schattenmühle, your destination today.

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    21.6 km
    3.4 km/h
    460 m
    430 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wutachschlucht is a real gem among the natural landscapes in the Black Forest and therefore runs the fourth stage through the wild and romantic river valley. Only at the end of the stage do you leave the gorge and head for your stage destination Blumberg.At the Gasthaus Schattenmühle in the middle of the Wutachschlucht begins your fourth day's stage. On the north bank of the Wutach, the crossroad meanders right through the narrow river valley. Here the crossroads follow the same path as the famous Schluchtensteig.Originally, the two long-distance trails on this stretch ran along the south bank of the Wutach, but a huge landslide made the way 2017 impassable. Therefore, you walk on the official detour along the north shore.Only after the landslide you change the shore side and follow the trail further through the gorge. In several places steep cliffs rise above the water on the shore, where the trail leads directly along - a great nature experience.At the sawmill Wutachmühle worth a short detour to the other shore. Here you will find a small kiosk where you can provide you with drinks and snacks. From this point the Wutachschlucht continues slowly and opens to a peaceful valley landscape.At Achdorf you cross the Wutach and climb steeply in some serpentines to Blumberg, the destination of today's hike.

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  • Difficult
    07:13
    25.6 km
    3.6 km/h
    480 m
    640 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifth stage on the crossroad takes you out of the Black Forest and into neighboring Hegau. Its landscape was significantly influenced by volcanism. The cones of extinct volcanoes still stand out prominently from wide meadow landscapes, and exciting rocks of volcanic rock can be found along the way.From the starting point Blumberg you first walk up to the Ottilienhöhe. Up here you can take a first look at your current hiking area with the wide hilly landscape. In the constant up and down you wander on today's stage over hills and hills - long ascents or descents are not there.At the beginning, the trail leads you through some quiet forests, but soon you follow the trail with magnificent views over vast meadows and fields. The crossroads runs on an old postal route over an elongated ridge. While you walk here, you will be spoiled with almost every step with a magnificent view. On a clear day you can even discover Lake Constance and the Alps on the horizon.At the end of today's stage, the cozy town of Engen awaits you.The fifth stage leads most of the time away from villages and towns surrounded by nature. Therefore, you will not find inns along the route. Only in the village Riedöschingen can be found with the Schabelhof a refreshment. It's best to pack a backpack veil in the morning and use one of the rest areas.

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  • Difficult
    07:25
    26.1 km
    3.5 km/h
    540 m
    640 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the sixth stage, the landscape of the Hegau shows its most beautiful side. Not only do you hike over rolling meadow hills, but also visit two castles on steep volcanic cones.In Engen begins your sixth tour on the crossroads Freiburg - Lake Constance. You follow the path out of the city and then wander across the wooded slopes of the Hohenhewen further south. After passing the village of Welschingen, you will continue on the crossroads through endless fields and meadows.On a loop it goes around Weiterdingen and then up to the view at Hegaukreuz. Take a break here and enjoy the scenic view.Next stop is the castle ruin on the conical Mägdeberg. From the wall you also have a great view of the surrounding landscape - especially on the Hohenkrähen, on which there is also a ruin. The crossroad leads you directly to the neighboring Hohenkrähen and if you like, you can also climb up to the castle here.Afterwards you cross a wooded ridge and surround the mountain of the fortress ruin Hohentwiel. If you can not get enough of castle ruins, then visit the fortress here.Otherwise, you just continue your hike directly and reach your stage goal singing a little later.Just like on the fifth stage, today's hike makes it hard to stop. Pick up some food and pick your favorite place to rest along the way.

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    18.5 km
    3.5 km/h
    390 m
    390 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It is getting closer and closer to Lake Constance. You wander over wooded hills and through small tranquil towns. From the wall of the castle ruins Hornburg you then have a fantastic view of Lake Constance. From the ruin, there are only a few kilometers to today's milestone.You leave singing to the northwest and wander here through a quiet forest. Above Friedingen you pass the castle Hohenfriedingen, which is actually known only as Friedinger Schlössle. On Sundays, a visit is worthwhile, because then opens in the castle courtyard, a cozy beer garden.A little later, it goes through a tunnel under the federal highway 33 and then back into the forest. The crossroad takes you on to Steißlingen and the lake of the same name. Especially in summer, the lake is worth a detour, because the water lures you to jump into the cold water. In Steißlingen you can also take a break in one of the cafés or restaurants.Through a wooded area and across fields you then hike up to Hornburg. It is located on a ridge that rises steeply from the surrounding landscape and so you will be rewarded here with a fantastic view.If you've had enough, you get off to Stahringen and put the last piece back to today's stage destination Möggingen.

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  • Difficult
    07:37
    28.1 km
    3.7 km/h
    360 m
    400 m
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eighth stage, the grand finale is now on. After wandering through dense forests for the first half of the stage, you can already see Lake Constance north of you. In picturesque Konstanz you finally stand on the shores of the Swabian Sea and reward yourself at the end of your hike with the view of Germany's largest lake.From Möggingen the trail leads you first to the Mindelsee. Here you wander on boardwalks through the wide reed belt on the north shore of the lake. Over a ridge, we continue in the direction of Lake Constance.Originally, the crossroads led directly along the shore of Lake Constance, but after a terrible crash in the area around Marienschlucht, the sea route is closed indefinitely. Therefore, you wander through the dense forests above the tree-lined steep bank and catch a glimpse of the water.At the inn Burghof you have earned a break before you continue your hike and leave the forest. From Wallhausen you wander across fields and finally have an undisturbed view of Lake Constance.On your way to Constance field and forest sections alternate. The crossroad will soon lead you into Konstanz and over the old bridge over the Rhine. On the waterfront of the Konstanzer Stadtgarten, you will not only enjoy the magnificent view of Lake Constance, but also southern charm.After a well-deserved break with a lake view you can then stroll through the friendly city center, strengthen yourself in a restaurant and review your hike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    179 km
  • Duration
    51:25 h
  • Elevation
    3,960 m

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