David Schultheiß

Mountains, lakes & trails – the most beautiful mountain bike tours in the Upper Black Forest

Mountain Biking Collection by
Hochschwarzwald

Demanding climbs and rapid descents on steep mountain slopes surrounded by idyllic mountain lakes. The Black Forest is the perfect playground for mountain bikers and a paradise for nature lovers. The nine routes in this Collection take you along narrow single trails, through green forests and across colourful meadows. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain panorama, take a dip in shimmering mountain lakes and strengthen yourself with delicious Black Forest specialities. Whether you are an ambitious biker or going away with the whole family – the Black Forest welcomes you and your bike!

The nine routes in this Collection are totally different and offer the right level of difficulty for every taste. We have worked out various challenging half-day rides for you which allow you to up your elevation meters and get to know action-packed trails. The "summit trail", on the other hand, is perfect for a multi-day adventure spread out over several days, with plenty of cosy refreshments along the way. Our "Family Tour on the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route" is perfect for an active holiday with the whole family. Action and adventure – your kids will love it!

You can easily reach the Upper Black Forest by car or train. Freiburg is a great starting point for a stay in the area. Here urban flair, a great old town and many friendly accommodation options await you. From Freiburg, you can reach Titisee, Hinterzarten or Schluchsee with the regional train in no time, taking your bicycle with you. The train takes you directly to the start of many of the routes. In summer there are also cycle bus lines to Todtnau or Todtmoos, which will gladly take you and your bike. And of course, there are also many places to stay in the towns and cities of the Upper Black Forest. If you are looking for a quiet and tranquil getaway, you can set up your Black Forest base camp here.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:50
    24.5 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,200 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The ski jumpers have their 4-Hills-Tournament, for bikers the Black Forest holds the 2-jump tour ready. This is a bit more compact than the original winter, but it is possible throughout the year and offers, especially in summer, a wonderful nature experience, a lot of variety and of course one or the other impressive foresight.Starting point of the tour is on the banks of the Titisee in the same place. To warm up, you follow the Gutach for a while, before going up the steep and steep climb to the highest point of the tour. From the 1,190-meter Hochfirst you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Titisee and in the mountain inn a little break.The most demanding part of the tour you have already done. Now follows a varied ups and downs and an entertaining mix of quiet, unpaved roads and small side roads. Again and again, the view opens onto the Titisee, which you finally leave and set course for Feldberg Bärental - a stop in the large bakery offers here.Then it is again wonderfully quiet and close to nature. The idyllic highlight of the tour is the Mathisleweiher in the middle of a nature reserve and away from the hustle and bustle. It's best to grab a picnic lunch and enjoy it quietly in this wonderful spot before you go on the rest of the tour.Another highlight awaits you at the ski jumping hill Hinterzarten. The tour takes you past the top of the jumps, a look from up here is quite impressive. A detour to the ski jumping facility is well worth it, but then still waiting for a crisp rise on you. After that, the reward is only downhill until you finally reach the starting point of the tour in Titisee.

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  • Difficult
    14:06
    87.6 mi
    6.2 mph
    12,850 ft
    12,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour is a real board at first glance - but who said you had to drive it in one go? Luckily there are many great breaks along the way. From the restaurant for a short stop over the inn to stay overnight to the refuge for bike-packing adventure: just enter the 141 kilometers, as you wish and enjoy a Black Forest adventure at its best. For example, a three-day tour with overnight stays in Todtnau and Schluchsee would be conceivable.This tour starts in Hinterzarten. But you might as well set off in Titisee, Schluchsee, Todtnau or Feldberg - all these places are excellent starting points for this round through the Black Forest.We do not want to go into too much detail, because you can get past great highlights almost without interruption. Impressive ski jumps, sparkling lakes, breathtaking views and cozy dining rooms - it is guaranteed not to be boring. Above all, you will enjoy the beautiful nature of the Black Forest. You drive mostly on good mobile forest and farm roads, rarely on a quiet side street. Busy roads save this tour with very few exceptions. Peace, relaxation and a great nature experience are so safe.You should not miss a very special highlight - at least not if you want to get to know the Baden culture and its cult drink closer: the "Zäpfle" from Rothaus. In the brewery you can learn all about the refreshing brew, in the brewery inn there's a practical lesson. In the end, when it gets too exhausting, guest rooms invite you to just stay overnight.No matter how much time you take for this round, it's the perfect way to get to know the Black Forest in all its facets on the bike!

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    14.3 mi
    5.4 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,550 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Todtmoos is a cozy place in the southern Black Forest, which is located in the upper Wehratal at over 700 meters altitude. If you go on holiday here, you get a lot of peace, nature and the best conditions for mountain biking!In the summer of 2019 Todtmoos was enriched by an attraction for mountain bikers: The new "Todtmoos Trail" is ready and exactly this describes the tour. The circular route leads around the beautiful place in two loops. Altogether you collect about 23 kilometers and at least 770 meters in altitude. Beautiful trails ensure that even experienced bikers have their fun, but here are really drivers of all levels at their expense. Wonderful views of the Black Forest and cozy rest stops complete this tour.Incidentally, the trail was built by the MTB group of the ski club Todtmoos in much personal effort with love and dedication. In September 2019 he was officially inaugurated together with mountain bike pro Sabine Spitz.

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  • Difficult
    13:57
    136 mi
    9.8 mph
    5,175 ft
    7,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    A family tour with 218 kilometers in length? But yes: divided into several stages, this bike tour is also good to master with the offspring. The conditions could not be better: Little slopes, a low-traffic route, many breaks and all sorts of beautiful highlights make even small cyclists a lot of mood.The tour begins in Hinterzarten, the starting point is from Freiburg quickly and easily with the Höllentalbahn to reach. Look forward to an unforgettable bike ride with your loved ones, which you can garnish with little highlights again and again. How about a small pedal boat tour over the beautiful Titisee, with a train ride in the historic Sauschwänzlebahn, a stroll through beautiful historic villages or a picnic in one of the farmers' shops along the way?On a stage trip, it must not be missing at cozy accommodation. Along the way you will find all sorts of hosts for every taste. Whether hotel, rustic roadhouse or completely nature-bound on the campsite - here everyone will find something. As the route follows the Southern Black Forest Cycle Path, there are even some "bed & bike" hosts who have been particularly attuned to cyclists.Back in Freiburg you can end the tour very comfortably, stroll through the Gässle with your Bächle and strengthen yourself in peace. An unforgettable bike ride with the whole family is behind you - you can be proud of it!

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  • Difficult
    04:18
    31.4 mi
    7.3 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The name is on this tour program: Three lakes, two mountains - the short version. A bit longer, you can expect a lot of altitude, breathtaking views, but also beautiful places for idyllic and refreshing breaks. At the end of the tour, after about 50 kilometers you can sit back on the beach of the Schluchsee and look back on your day's work.Starting point of the tour is Schluchsee and initially the round starts quite enjoyably on the shore of the lake of the same name, which later represents the equally relaxed cooldown program. In between, there's plenty of action for the calves. It's an up and down, with the up in the first half of the tour predominates. After all, you also button out two Black Forest mountains: the 1,400-foot-high Herzogenhorn and the Feldberg, which you only graze though. If you want to go all the way up, you could cheat a bit with the Feldberg lift. Why not - the view from the top is worthwhile in any case! But it should not be lacking in beautiful views ...A break at the idyllic Raimartihof is also recommended, as a trip to the small Feldsee or a refreshing break in the natural outdoor pool on the banks of Windgfällweihers. Two mountains and three lakes you will definitely be sure: Mountain biking in the Black Forest, that's really good!

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    15.6 mi
    6.4 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The compact Black Forest program: Crispy climbs, great trails, beautiful views and an idyllic forest lake - all packed in about 25 kilometers. A great bike tour through the Black Forest, which you also manage when the time is short.Let's go to Hinterzarten, from where you drive directly to nature and tranquility - you will not ride many roads on this tour. Instead, you roll over good drivable gravel and gravel roads and one or the other rapid single trail.Immediately after the first ascent you will enjoy the beautiful view back to Hinterzarten, before going up a good climb again, at the end of which the cozy Raimartihof is waiting for you. A break here is very worthwhile. If you would prefer to enjoy the picnic you have brought, we recommend you to roll a few more meters to the idyllic Feldsee.It continues, the area lives up to its name: you drive mostly through dense forest. Until it suddenly clears and you reach the Hinterwaldkopfhütte - another refreshment with great views. Strengthened you can look forward to the rest of the tour: From now on, it's mostly downhill, until you finally arrive back in Hinterzarten.

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    18.1 mi
    6.2 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Todtnau is something of the epicenter of mountain biking in the Black Forest. Because here, one of the oldest German bike parks since the early days of mountain biking attracts especially downhillers in the tranquil resort in the heart of the Southern Black Forest Nature Park. But Todtnau also has a lot to offer for nature-loving bikers, as this tour impressively proves.The almost 30-kilometer round starts on the edge of the small Black Forest town, where you can relax your car or arrive by bus. Quickly go up and down the helmet!At the beginning of the tour, you drive gently for a while, sometimes a bit steeper uphill, until you finally enjoy a fantastic view of the Schauinslandstraße and the small Todtnauer district Muggenbrunn. Up here, it's worth taking a break. If you have not brought any food yourself, you can visit the campsite's restaurant, where you'll find yourself just before crossing the road.Now you have reached your travel altitude, so to speak: At around 1,100 meters, it goes up and down and again and again you have breathtaking views of the idyllic landscape of the Black Forest. There is not much here, except vast forest areas, picturesque meadows and happy babbling brooks. And that is just one highlight!After almost 25 kilometers, you will reach the pass road that leads up to the Feldberg and the small river Wiese, which runs parallel. A path along the road brings you back to Todtnau, where a stop at the bike park is worthwhile to watch the action-packed bustle of the Downhillers. Then lure delicious Black Forest specialties in the cozy village.Tip: In the summer, cycle buses with trailers run in the Black Forest. All information can be found here: suedbadenbus.de.

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    27.3 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,675 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Anticipation is, as everyone knows, the greatest pleasure. And they are on this nearly 44-kilometer round through the Black Forest equal in multiple execution.First, of course, you can look forward to the round itself: even the start on the idyllic Schluchsee provides many reasons for this. Look forward to a quiet tour through the picturesque Black Forest, to a lot of peace, lots of nature, beautiful views and cozy rest stations. Look forward to quiet forest trails, narrow trails and only a few paved passages on quiet side roads.Along the way, there are some highlights waiting for you to refresh the anticipation on the way. Look forward to cozy huts and rustic restaurants. Look forward to an enchanted castle keep in the middle of the forest and the idyllic Schlüchtsee, which invites you for a little refreshment.As you know, the best comes last and thus the anticipation remains to the climax of the tour: In the Rothaus brewery you get in touch with the cult brew of the Black Forest. Here you can learn all about the world-famous Zäpfle, of course, taste for yourself and just enjoy a sociable time. Then it is only a few kilometers back to the starting point, where you can leave all the great impressions on the shores of Lake Schluchsee.

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    25.6 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This round is a good 41 kilometers long and quite a demanding business. After all, you work out about 900 altitude difference. The three most beautiful lakes of the Black Forest as well as numerous viewpoints and cozy refreshments reward you but plenty.Our round starts in Neustadt, but you might as well start from Titisee or Schluchsee, depending on where you set up your Black Forest Base Camp. If you want to save a few grains, you can also go by train from Titisee to Feldberg-Bärental and thus experience Germany's highest station befitting befitting.But now to the trails and paths that await you on the way. From the Bärental train station, you start off pretty steeply until you reach the highest point of the tour. On the approximately 1,200 meters high Hochkopf invites you a small refuge for a short rest. The most demanding part of the tour you have left behind. From now on, a varied up and down waiting for you, the downhill portion is now significantly larger.Over the Hochkopfweg you roll now comfortably and enjoys again and again a great view of the Schluchsee and the spa Menzenschwand. At the Schluchsee then offers a longer break. There are numerous restaurants and many swimming areas where you can cool off. If you like it a little quieter, you just drive a little further and let you down in the lakeshore pond Windgfällweihers. A small beach bar provides the appropriate refreshment.On the way back, you will again visit the Titisee before a nice trail brings you back to Neustadt.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    381 mi
  • Duration
    51:34 h
  • Elevation
    37,575 ft

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