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Exploring the Black Forest in Germany – fantastic trails & nature

Hiking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

Fantastic views over forests and hills, a perfect network of paths, cultural sites and great food – the quality hikes in the Black Forest in Germany make for a great adventure. With hidden witches’ cottages, gently rolling hills, tempting Schnapps fountains, and untouched nature, it is easy to understand why the routes here were given the “Wanderbares Deutschland” seal of approval by the German Ramblers’ Association.

The 16 varied routes in this Collection reveal the most beautiful corners of the Black Forest. You can hike along the Maisacher Tumsteig mountain ridge in the heart of the Black Forest, enjoy sweeping panoramas in the Krottenbachtal Valley in the south, and let your kids run wild in nature on the Wildcat Trail near the town of Bad Herrenalb in the north. For those of you who like a challenge, there are plenty of metres to climb on a summit hike in Simonswald.

As the trails are signposted throughout, you can leave your compass at home for all hikes. Some of the hikes are demanding at times, but you have plenty of opportunities to stop for a rest at an inn and tuck into a hearty schnitzel, freshly-caught trout, or delicious cake.

All that is left is to decide upon a hike whether you are looking for family fun, cultural exploration, or untouched nature. Whatever you decide, you can look forward to a care-free hike through the idyllic Black Forest.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    04:47
    9.64 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Hocus-pocus Fidibus, this climb goes high! Magical views and enchanted witch houses line this fabulous path around Lauterbach.Your magical journey on the Hexensteig begins at Lauterbach station with the ascent to the former vineyard. The Allerheiligensteig shows you that it is even steeper. Fortunately, a lovingly designed forest sofa with an oversized witch broom is waiting for you to take a breather. If you have reached the little witch's house at "Wander's Rest", you have almost reached the highest point of the tour. Nearby you can stop at the inn of the same name.If you have your own snack, you will swing a few steps further to the absolutely witch house on the legendary Sohlberg, which is absolutely in love with detail - a real gem!Over orchards you slowly descend from the mountain and enjoy the wonderful view over Lautenbach and the Renchtal from beautiful forest paths and ridges.

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    Intermediate
    04:41
    8.94 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A top-class tightrope walk with great views, narrow paths and some challenging passages awaits you on the Maisacher Turmsteig. Of course there are also great opportunities for a stop.This beautiful tour begins very close to the Maisacher Schule. After a short time you collect altitude and climb the Maisacher Ridge, which reveals wonderful views of the Maisach Valley. It keeps going up, but you can sweeten the ascent at a couple of schnapps fountains along the way. Keep a clear head anyway, because it gets a little steeper up to the highest point.On the Buchkopfturm you can marvel at the perfect panorama over Oppenau, the Black Forest heights, the Rhine Valley and the Vosges opposite.On the descent back to Maisach you can enjoy an original Black Forest snack and regional specialties in the rustic Renchtal hut.

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    7.15 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Krottenbach valley near Blumberg you can enjoy wide panoramic views down into the Achdorf valley as a nature lover. You also collect quite a few vertical meters on the way to Eichberg with the best view over the Wutach Gorge to the Black Forest Heights.At the rippling village fountain of Achdorf you start the first climb on the Geißhorn with a view of the Eichberg, which is still far ahead of you. Secured with chains, it goes up a path to the Scheffeu, after Eschach it is even a little steeper. But here, too, your efforts along the serpentines are supported by steel chains. Once you have reached the Sulzbach valley after a short descent from Eschach, the tour will take you just below Eichbergstutz. We have also planned a short detour to the Eichberghütte. The path is signposted and a wonderful view awaits you above.Up here you first get an overview of the highest elevations in the Black Forest - a 3.60 meter long panorama board with location, mountain, altitude and distance information supports you. After that, you always return to Achdorf downhill. Here you can reward yourself with a hearty meal for the strenuous ascent in the Gasthaus Scheffellinde.

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    Intermediate
    01:45
    3.68 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The exciting and lovingly designed wildcat forest adventure trail is a great trip for the whole family. Follow the tracks of the wild velvet paws over small paths and rivers for over six kilometers.At ten interactive adventure stations you will learn almost everything about the last big cats in Europe. Since they are very shy, they are unlikely to meet them. The Wildcats Trail brings you their way of life and their character in an exciting way and over hill and dale.As the icing on the cake, your kids can even get their very own wildcat diploma if they use the ten stations to find the right solution. And if you want to lie in wait at night, you can rent the airy tree house that hangs directly on the themed path.

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    Difficult
    05:04
    9.63 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The "dream tour" takes you into idyllic forest gorges and enchants you with unique views, natural highlights and the best places to stop for a bite to eat.At the start you walk through the archway in the heart of the town of Bad Herrenalb in the seven valleys and then follow the markings for the big round. The Quellenerlebnispfad takes you to the Albtalweg and the enchanted Teufelskammerfelsen. Take a little time to explore the overgrown caves extensively. We continue uphill along narrow, rocky paths to the Teufelsmühle.At the Hahnenfalz hut, you can enjoy yourself, then it goes steadily downhill. If you have your own stove or a few sausages in your backpack, you can also sizzle them over the fire pit at the Hirschwinkel hut. A successful end to this nature-loving tour.

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    Intermediate
    03:51
    8.18 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With the Oberkircher Brennersteig you really go on a scenic and culinary journey of discovery. In the gentle hills of the Hesselbach valley, numerous distilleries invite you to taste them - sometimes as tiny huts.It starts at the Hesselbach hiking car park. Between meadows you follow the Brennersteig to the edge of the forest and turn onto the Schnapslehrpfad. Pieces of forest and meadow alternate again and again and you can enjoy fruity fires at small distilleries and tasting boxes. After you've already climbed the highest point of the tour, you descend gently to the Geigerskopf tower. Magnificent views of the Rhine Valley to the opposite Vosges await you after you have climbed the spiral staircase.Through orchards and past farms you come back to the hiking parking lot, where you can stop off at one of the rustic inns.

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    Intermediate
    02:08
    4.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this smooth tour you will circle one of the main attractions of the two valleys: the summit of the majestic Kandel.You can walk around the Kandel summit on the Josef-Seger-Weg, named after a forestry official who knew the candle inside out. The path leads you across mountain meadows to the northern steep slope. Pay attention to where you put your foot, because it can be damp and slippery on the rocky trails. In contrast, the west side appears much brighter and friendlier. Walking past cool brooks you can watch the climbers with their hobby.Take a seat on the wooden bench at the Thomas hut and enjoy the magnificent panorama over the valley and the surrounding hilly landscape. At the Fensterliwirt at the Gummenhütte you are almost a round around the candelabra. With a cool drink, you can therefore look at the beautiful area again before heading to the final sprint.

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    Intermediate
    03:58
    7.09 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,025 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You want to know this tour - challenging narrow paths with neatly steep climbs are waiting for you. To do this, you will explore one of the wildest corners of the two valleys with magical names such as the Teichschlucht, Spitzer Stein and Hintereck.Right from the start, you can look forward to a hearty stop at the Vesperstube Hintereck, a former farmhouse that is over 200 years old. To get to this quaint highlight, you need to be sure-footed, because it goes through deep gorges, over stony paths and several meters in altitude. You'll sweat more than once, but you'll be rewarded with wonderful views, pretty valley meadows and wild streams.Until you arrive at the Vesperstube you will pass countless small waterfalls and man-sized boulders. Motivating sayings await you in the serpentines, so that the last meters in altitude are easier.Once you have strengthened and recovered enough in the rear corner, you descend a steep descent to Saulach and back to the starting point of the challenging hike.

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    Intermediate
    03:27
    6.34 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As an absolute highlight, you hike the Brend with its pretty lookout tower on this diverse tour. The hike is short, but still peppered with a number of vertical meters.It starts in the idyllic Nonnenbach valley. On an inconspicuous climb you climb steeply through the original mountain forest. At the height of the Kilpenhof, the forest opens in front of you and you walk up and over a large meadow. At Brendhof you finally see the goal, but there are still a few meters to master.If you stand on the lookout tower, you are also on the European watershed between the Danube and the Rhine. From here you can see the hilly Black Forest and the deeply grooved valleys. In the Naturfreundehaus Brend you can enjoy your meal.The way back is over the Günterfelsen with its mighty, moss-covered granite rocks and past long abandoned courtyards.

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    Difficult
    07:28
    13.7 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The summit tour in the Simonswald lives up to its name. Over 22 kilometers, a good 1,000 vertical meters await you on the climb - do you accept the challenge?You start off leisurely at Sägplatz in Simonswald. But that is deceptive, because it is going straight up. The path becomes narrower and winds up in a zigzag. Every now and then the great view with small wooden benches seduces you into short breaks. Wild nature welcomes you on a rocky ridge covered with roots that demands the greatest attention.Halfway you can relax from the exertions in a soft, fragrant grass bed and enjoy the view of the candelabra. On the Tafelbühl another break is waiting for you on a bench, then the way up to the Hörnleberg becomes challenging again. However, the view makes up for everything.Proud of what you have done, you go back downstairs and can look forward to a proper stop in one of the inns.

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    Difficult
    05:01
    10.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Pure nature and legendary - you get that and nothing less on this demanding hike with many steep climbs and narrow forest paths.In Gütenbach, on the edge of the ZweiTälerLand, your magical tour begins with a quiet climb. Across a narrowing ridge you come to the namesake of the hike: the Lord God of Balzer. The origin of the stone face, which looks down on you in the middle of a mighty willow, is still a mystery to this day. Over hill and dale it continues into the gorge of the Wilder Gutach and to the Hexenlochmühle. There you can fortify yourself and admire a world-famous photo motif with the mill wheel.At the Rappenfelsen you meet another legend and have reached the lowest point of the tour. Now the path winds steeply from Neukirch up to the forested Friedrichsfelsen and then down to Bregenbach and Gütenbach, where your hike ends.

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    Difficult
    05:12
    10.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this extended hike you will explore the bird stone hidden deep in the forest. There are some strong climbs, but worthwhile trails and wonderful views and expanses await you.If you are ready for a hike, shortly after the start at Gutach train station, you go straight into the forest and uphill. Your cycle really gets going when you climb over 300 meters. At the top of the bird stone you can take a breather and open up the story of the well-shaped rock. Then it goes down in two large turns towards Gscheid, past the lovingly decorated Jarwi hut.The inn "Zum Gscheid" beckons with delicious dishes. Now the more relaxed part of the day follows. You walk through magical landscapes over curved mountain meadows and past cherry and apple trees. Above the village of Kollnau you have the Elztal in view. It is not far from here to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    03:49
    7.48 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With the rock tour of Elzach you can leave everyday life far behind and look forward to a varied hike with the best views.You start in Oberprechtal and hike up a narrow meadow path on the edge of the forest to the northern slope. Soon the path becomes level and leads you across cow pastures and flowering meadows. Occasionally rocks appear in the grass, then you see it towering like a tower over the tree tops: the Huber rock. Once you have climbed up, you look westwards across the Wittenbach valley into the Elztal valley, and eastwards through the Steinenbach valley to the Gutach valley. Spicy air of the pine forest surrounds you and you continue walking towards the entrenchment. Over three hundred years ago, the people of Wuerttemberg built the dilapidated walls to protect them from the French troops.You can enjoy the most beautiful view of the Elztal from the Pfauenfelsen with its summit cross, then you descend back into the valley and past the Lampertshütte. If you like, you can take a last snack break and soak up the tranquility of the forest again.

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    Intermediate
    03:38
    7.34 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A happy up and down on a short route awaits you on the promising Golden Head Tour from idyllic Elzach.At Elzach train station you quickly leave civilization behind and immerse yourself in the green. A beautiful path takes you slowly up and over lush meadows into the valley of the Reichenbach. As you stroll along the Elzachweg, you listen to the soft rippling of the clear Elz. You leave the creek over open meadows and arable land and slowly climb back up. The Fischerhütte entices with delicious fish dishes and sweet cakes.You will soon stand on the cross on the golden head and look down on Elzach, then you will return to the train station. At the end of the day, you can stop off in one of the cozy inns or cafés in Elzach.

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    Intermediate
    03:21
    6.92 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The beautiful valley of the Biederbach lies hidden in the back two valleys. Here you can expect varied landscapes with lush meadows and fragrant forests on the Kreuzeckle tour.It starts in Biederbach Dorf, where you already master the first climb through cool mountain forest. Once at the top, the upper valley floor of the Braienbach spreads out in front of you and gives you a view of typical Black Forest farms. In the distance you can see the white church on the Hörnleberg and a little further behind the imposing candelabra.From the highest point of the tour, the Bäreneckle, you have a great view over meadows and fields. A hearty meal in the Bäreneckle inn takes care of your physical well-being. Then you walk across the gently undulating ridge between Braienbach and Spitzenbach. A final climb takes you from the stone mill up to the Illenberg. From there it goes back down to your starting point of the tour.

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    Intermediate
    03:41
    7.87 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this truly heavenly tour, dreamy panoramas alternate with narrow paths through fairytale forests.At the hiking car park “Gutenhöhe” your tour starts with the best view of the table mountains in the northern Black Forest. Look forward to typical Black Forest courtyards, some with their own chapels, as you climb the plateau near Schönwald. On the narrow forest path you can still see the course of the former bobsled run one of the first winter sports resorts in Germany. A detour takes you to a very special highlight: the Triberg Waterfalls, the highest waterfalls in Germany. You plan a detour of around two kilometers for the detour.Passing the Prisenhäusle, you go back over a few moderate climbs to the Geutsche and the Mosenberg. It is advisable to pack a backpack, a snack in nature is the perfect break on this hike.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    129 mi
  • Duration
    65:32 h
  • Elevation
    25,425 ft

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