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More west than the Westweg – 5 stages on the Kandelhöhenweg

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More west than the Westweg – 5 stages on the Kandelhöhenweg

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5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

70.5 mi

10,975 ft

10,675 ft

Powerful, mystical and with a fantastic view – the Kandel is a very special Black Forest mountain. The witches were supposed to have danced on the 4.071-feet-high summit, today the Kandel is popular with outdoor athletes and nature lovers. In this collection, you will get to know Kandel intensively on your five-day tour: You will approach the Renchtal valley, get denser on picturesque Black Forest heights, then wander over the back of the exposed mountain and finally into relaxed Freiburg im Breisgau. You do almost 70 miles (110 kilometers) and over 10.830 feet (about 3.300 meters) elevantion in the five stages on the Kandelhöhenweg back – a wonderful hike with lots of nature and hiking enjoyment.

In 1935, the varied trail was created by the Black Forest Club. The goal: to make the Kandel and the Black Forest heights, which are still west than the popular Westweg, make known. The track is consistently signposted, just follow the red diamond with the white „K“. At the respective endpoints of the stages you will find opportunities to stop in and stay. In the high season, it is worth reserving in advance. On your tours, you can fortify yourself in rustic huts with regional dishes, or you can provide yourself in the villages with their own food and look for the best places to eat. Every now and then you come to sources, where you can fill up your drinking bottle with fresh Black Forest water.

Whether you run the route from North to South, or rather the other way around, as suggested in this collection, does not matter. You can reach Oberkirch from Offenburg by train, in Freiburg you have access to the long-distance traffic from the main station. If you are five days too long, you can easily shorten the hike or divide it into day trips. In Gengenbach and Waldkirch you will find train stations, from Höhenhäuser the bus will take you to the next train connection.

Look forward to five days of pure Black Forest enjoyment, idyllic towns, picturesque river valleys and unique views, because the name Höhenweg is the program.

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    Difficult
    07:48
    16.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Start your multi-day hike on the Kandelhöhenweg in Oberkirch. With the Ortenau S-Bahn you come in 15 minutes from Offenburg to the starting point. The first stage has a good …

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  • Difficult
    08:25
    17.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    3,350 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage of the Kandelhöhenweg takes you further and further into the typical idyll of the Black Forest. You walk along lush meadows and enjoy great views over the …

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  • Difficult
    06:20
    14.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage on the Kandelhöhenweg is relaxed with almost 23 kilometers and less than 300 meters altitude - so you can fully enjoy the fantastic views of the Black …

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  • Difficult
    05:52
    11.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,275 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's stage takes you high out to the 1,241-meter-high summit of the Kandel. It is considered a local mountain of Waldkirch, your starting point for the almost 18-kilometer hike. Well …

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    11.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifth stage of the Kandelhöhenweg is the shortest at 18 kilometers. In addition, you have only a few vertical meters in front of you, look forward to a relaxing …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    70.5 mi
  • Duration
    33:38 h
  • Elevation
    10,975 ft10,675 ft

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More west than the Westweg – 5 stages on the Kandelhöhenweg