In this Collection, we introduce you to ten premium hiking trails that show you the unique region in southern Germany from its most beautiful side.
The ten hikes offer a lot of variety: you can choose between different difficulty levels and lengths depending on your mood. You will follow narrow paths and walk over small bridges, past refreshing waterfalls and idyllic lakes, through deep gorges and past quaint Black Forest farms. Despite the varied landscapes, they all have one thing in common: stunning views. A highlight – in the literal sense of the word – is the 4898 feet (1493 meter) high Feldberg ascent, the highest mountain in the Black Forest.
You can easily reach the starting points of the hikes by bus and train. If you are planning a longer stay in the Black Forest then you can set up your base camp in Todtnau or Hinterzarten. Along almost all hiking trails, you will find refreshment stops along the way, or at least at the end of your hike. If you prefer to take your own snacks with you, you'll find plenty of nice rest areas along the way. The infrastructure for hikers in the Black Forest is excellent.
This almost 13-kilometer hike takes you all the way up - at least as high as possible in the Black Forest. You hike over the 1,493 meter high summit of the Feldberg. Start of the circular hike is in Feldberg-Ort behind the house of nature.From there it goes straight uphill in the direction Panoramaweg. Once you have overcome the first few meters, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the Vosges and the Swiss Alps. At the Bismarck monument it is worthwhile to pause for a moment and enjoy. At the summit we continue past the Feldberg tower and through the Grüblesattel to the summit.Then you hike a short distance downhill to the St. Wilhelmer hut. How about a cozy and promising retreat? If you are not hungry, you can take a rest in the Zastler Hütte or the Baldenweger Hütte, the path will take you past all three possibilities.Soon then the right hiking fun begins: Narrow paths, small bridges and an adventurous nature experience make up the Feldbergsteig. The path leads you on to the idyllic, 300-year-old Raimartihof, which indulges you in its cozy Vesperstube with all sorts of local delicacies.Continue along the 300 meter steep slopes of the Feldberg to the shore of the Feldsee - a picturesque village in the middle of the idyllic Black Forest scenery. You wander through the spell forest and back uphill to your starting point, the house of nature.
The Schluchsee is the largest lake in the Black Forest - reason enough to look at the waters from different angles. On the almost twelve kilometers long Jägersteig the 70 square kilometer Schluchsee is in the center.Start of the round is on the trail parking lot "Im Wolfsgrund". The path rises right at the beginning, a total of 260 meters in altitude, it is important to master. An entrance portal tells you when you start on the actual Jägersteig. The narrow trail leads you through the dense spell forest and takes you uphill to the Stutz hut. From here you continue to Hanselefelsen and then turn left. Shortly thereafter, a fantastic view opens up over the Schluchsee - time for a breather.Over the Ahaberg the forest road leads you to the picture stone. From the vantage point you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake and, with a bit of luck, to the Swiss Alps. After a break, it goes down a narrow path to Unteraha.Once at the shore, you can walk along the Seerundweg and let your gaze wander over the blue water and the surrounding Black Forest mountains. If you still have enough time, you can sit on the shore of the lake and enjoy the scenery even better. Soon you will reach the Amalienruhe, a rocky outcrop with a romantic view.Now it is not far to Schluchsee-Ort. Here you can choose a café or a restaurant to dine in before you walk back to the trail parking lot.If you are not traveling by car, you can alternatively start this hike at the train station in Schluchsee-Aha.
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This circular walk takes you on narrow paths and over small bridges through the wildly romantic Rötenbachschlucht. Start of the nearly twelve-kilometer tour is on the trail parking lot Hardt, a bit outside of Rötenbach.The path leads you along the edge of the forest, then you dive into the forest and soon wander through the picturesque Rötenbachschlucht. In the narrow ravine with its many small waterfalls, you will pass the Rötenbachschluchthütte and, via numerous small bridges, you will reach the mouth of the Rötenbach in the Wutachschlucht. Time for a breather.The path leads you uphill in the direction of Hörnle through an unspoiled forest. Arrived on the Hörnle, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Black Forest, including a view of the striking Feldberg (clearly visible at the tower and the free top).Continue through the Krebsgraben to the nature reserve "Rötenbacher Wiesen". Especially in May and June you can expect a rich variety of rare plants and animals. Via the so-called ant path you will get back to your starting point. In Rötenbach you will find several ways to stop.
Through the dense Black Forest jungle up to lookout points with an Alpine view - on the nearly 13-kilometer Rappenfelsensteig you will find plenty of variety and a lot of Black Forest. The starting point of the Premium Trail is at the Heart of Jesus Chapel in the center of Grafenhausen-Staufen. Caution: Surefootedness and a head for heights are required for this hike!You walk across meadows and along the edge of the forest until the path leads you down into the Schwarzatal. At the Kuchelfelsen, the first scree slopes appear. Maybe you are lucky and can observe the chamois settled here.In the Muckenloch you will find a nice rest area right on the banks of the Schwarza. Here you can fortify yourself before you make the ascent to the Rappenfelsen. On the "Muckenlochpfad", a small, unspoilt trail in the Bannwaldgebiet, you hike uphill. Shortly before the Rappenfelsen the path becomes ever narrower and leads up steep slopes under rock walls. You follow the adventurous path, leave the forest and reach the highest point of the tour, the Wartbuck.On the upper Wartweg you continue past a barbecue area and soon cross the road between Brenden and Staufen. The path leads you further past the falcon deer park "Bündt". From here it is not far to your starting point. At the inn "Zum Hirschen" you can come to the end of the tour.You can reach Staufen from the train station in Waldshut by bus 7342. If you arrive by car, you will find parking in the town center.
All good things come in threes, so expect three fantastic viewpoints on this hike. Look forward to lots of Black Forest as far as the eye can see. The 21 kilometer hike starts at the mountain station of the Hasenhornbahn. Get into the cable car in Todtnau and let yourself be gondolas up the mountain, there are still enough vertical meters waiting for you.Not far from the mountain station is the observation tower Hasenhorn. From the viewing platform at 15 meters, you have a clear all-round view. Continue past the Gisibodenalm over a pasture to the Brenntkopf and the Präger soils. You follow a small lane through the upper Prägtal before the trail leads you over the bridge of the Prägbach. If on the Gisiboden mother cows and their calves graze in the pasture, please follow the signpost "Turmsteige diversion", so as not to disturb the animals.Now begins the crisp rise on the Blössling. Good 300 meters of altitude are in front of you, which leaves you step by step in many serpentines behind you. You will be rewarded with a fantastic view and great resting places at 1,309 meters altitude.On the Westweg it goes back down to the promising Blößlingsattel and over the Präger Eck to the Hochkopf. Again, you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of the Black Forest peaks from the observation tower. Do you recognize Feldberg, Belchen and Co.? The last piece you hike downhill to the Hochkopfhaus. From there you can take bus 7321 back to Todtnau.
Rushing waterfalls and thunderous streams accompany you on this eleven-kilometer hike through the Black Forest. Start of the premium trail is at the hiking car park August-Euler-Platz on the Feldberg Pass. If you do not have a car, then you can easily reach the starting point by bus.At the Bergwachthütte you climb down the path to the meadow spring. After about 100 meters you leave this path and pass a meadow below the old ski jump. Soon you walk back into the forest and the character of the Bachtal changes rapidly to a wild and romantic gorge with steps and bridges. Not far, then you can already hear the Fahler waterfall - an impressive natural spectacle!Via flower meadows and pastures, you hike down the valley towards Brandenberg. A short distance behind the Hotel Waldeck you turn left onto a narrow path that leads you down the rustic Wolfsschlucht to Todtnau. You make a short dangling across the marketplace, a good opportunity for a long break with a stop.Strengthened, you walk up the mountain, past the forest kindergarten and on the ever steeper path, until you already hear the next waterfall roaring. Soon you are standing on the bridge of the largest cascade of the Todtnau waterfall and can feel the fine mist on your skin.Via steps, you hike the last part uphill to the small climatic spa Todtnauberg, where the waterfall path ends at the bus stop in front of the Hotel Sternen. Bus 7215 will take you back to Todtnau and from there take line 7300 back to the starting point.
In a relaxed up and down, the gingerbread trail near Todtmoos takes you through the Black Forest. Start of the nearly 14-kilometer circular walk is at the swimming pool in place. If you arrive by bus, you can get there from the bus station in the center.Right at the beginning of the tour, the path leads you through the pretty Rabenschlucht and on through the forests of Kirchberg. You hike up a pleasant slope, past several viewpoints above the Black Rock and the Rudolf Jordan Hut. Soon, the forest clears and you walk on meadow paths to the district fief - with magnificent views of the Todtmooser valley and the Hotzenwald.At Gasthaus Hochkopfhaus, you can fortify yourself before continuing on the scenic Panoramaweg. With good visibility, you can see up to the Alps - a wonderful view that can best be enjoyed on the sky loungers.On a rustic forest path you wander past the Liebfrauenbrunnen and soon you are standing in front of the Rüttepavillon, where the next great panorama awaits you. From there it goes over bridges and bridges through the small gorge down into the idyllic district Rütte and on to Todtmooser waterfall. Past the Stricker Chapel, you can stop in the Hotel-Restaurant Rößle shortly before the end of the hike.The Todtmooser are popularly called "Läbküechl'r" because the gingerbread has a long tradition in the place. Especially pilgrims packed the sweet specialty as a way to eat, as it is long lasting and good to eat while running. Even today, the spicy-sweet Pilgerproviant produced in Todtmoos. Maybe the right snack for your hike?
Idyllic paths and beautiful views await you on the ten-kilometer Menzenschwander Geissen path - including the ringing of goat bells. The starting point of the circular walk is at the Mösle parking lot in Menzenschwand Hinterdorf. Right at the beginning you walk past old Black Forest farms, a great start for a scenic hike.Halfway up the valley, the path leads you past various winners, such as the "Brändler" and "In the swine". Soon you will be standing at the ancient end moraines marking the ice edge of the former Feldberg Glacier. Right next door is the Rösser Rast, a beautiful place that was once used by the raftsmen for a break.Continue on a boardwalk into the Menzenschwander Alb with magnificent views of the Klusenbachtal. Past an old Köhler Square you walk down into the valley. Do you already hear the Menzenschwander waterfalls rushing? At a rest area you can take a break, watch the natural spectacle and refresh yourself on a hot summer day. If you are hungry, then you will find a refreshment in the café "Zum Kuckuck".With new energy we continue over the Weidberg to a particularly beautiful alder grove and the two radon and fluorite sources. The path leads you over the Krunkelbach. On meadow paths and over several watercourses you wander relaxed back to your starting point.
Namesake for this trail is the village policeman Thomas Steiert. He announced the latest news in Hinterzarten in the mid-19th century. And since he always carried a saber as a guardian, he was popularly called Saber Thoma. On this eleven kilometer long hiking trail you follow its tracks. The gourmet trail with starting point in Hinterzarten leads to worth seeing viewpoints. In addition, panels along the way tell village stories from ancient times, which probably already knew the saber-tom.At the beginning of the tour you walk through the spa gardens, along the Zartenbach to the playground in Wolfsgrund. Then it goes uphill to the Hotel Sonnenberg and from there on the Westweg along past the Kesslerhofweiher.Soon you will see the waters of the Mathisleweiher in the nature reserve glittering among the trees. The perfect place for a long break, so do not forget Vespers. With renewed energy you continue hiking up to the Häuslebauernhof. From here you can enjoy a fantastic view of the striking Feldberg massif.Continue past Milchhisli, where chilled drinks await you to refresh. Through the dense fir forest you continue hiking up to the Windeckkopf. At the top station of the Thoma ski lifts, you can enjoy a fantastic view, this time across Hinterzarten to Hochfirst and Weißtannenhöhe.Over the meadow and the dense forest you hike to Vincenz-Zahn-Felsen and from there back down to Hinterzarten. In the village you will find a good selection of restaurants.
Original hiking trails and idyllic views - the Hochschwarzwälder Hirtenpfad promises you a lot of hiking enjoyment. Let's start the almost ten-kilometer circular walk on the Wanderparkplatz in Raitenbuch. To get you in the right mood, you will be greeted with a beautiful view over the town and north to Hochfirst.A meadow path, your entrance, unimpressively branches off the road on the right Schopf. The path leads you across meadows and through the forest. After a good two kilometers you will have a wonderful view over the Urseetal to Lenzkirch.Continue down the valley to the Möslehof. Then you cross the Stoffelbächle and continue on a particularly beautiful section of the path. Bit by bit you climb uphill until you reach the Zinsmoos.On the old local connection between mountain and Raitenbuch the path leads you to the rest area at the Old Maple. How about a snack break? Through the forest, it then continues on a level track. Again and again you can enjoy great views of the Raitenbucher high valley - and in good weather, maybe even to the Alps. Shortly before the end of your hike the path leads you past the chapel of the Wildenhof.Pack some food for this tour. After the hike you will find opportunities to dine in Altglashütten or in Lenzkirchen.