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Hike along the River Alb through the Black Forest in Germany

Hike along the River Alb through the Black Forest in Germany

Hiking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

7

Tours

25:16 h

52.0 mi

9,625 ft

Leading over 50 miles ( 80 km) and almost 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) of elevation gain, the Albsteig takes you through the Black Forest in Germany from the High Rhine River to Feldberg, a popular winter resort. Along the way, you will discover wild gorges, dense fir forests, panoramic views and unrivalled tranquility as you hike the narrow paths and dirt roads through the forest. You will walk along the banks of the River Alb and up to vantage points overlooking the magnificent Black Forest. The Albsteig is a wonderful hiking destination in southwest Germany that will take you away from any crowds.

Your adventure begins in the village of Albbruck on the Upper Rhine which lies directly on the Swiss border. Allbruck is easy to reach by train. Following pretty hiking trails, the first three stages take you to the small town of St. Blasien past roaring waterfalls and panormas of the Swiss Alps Shortly after St. Blasien, the Alb splits into two arms: the Menzenschwand Alb and the Bernau Alb. It’s up to you to decide which arm of the river you follow; both routes rejoin each other in Feldberg in five days time. If you can’t make up your mind, you can also hike both routes: one to Feldberg and the other back to St. Bastian. This lets you enjoy all of the hiking trails, adding two days to your trip. On the east route, you will visit picturesque waterfalls whilst the west route reveals great views over the Herzogenhorn, the highest point of the Albsteig.

At the end of every stage, you will find comfortable accommodation and there are also plenty of places to stop for refreshments en route. If you don’t want to hike the entire trail in one go, you can walk individual stages. The start and finish pints are well-connected to public transport. Many towns en route also have a tourist information office. All that is left is to set foot in this picturesque landscape, follow the meandering Alb and enjoy the stunning nature in the Black Forest.

More and more people want to explore and experience the impressive nature in the Black Forest — whether by hiking, by cycling or on a mountain bike. But we as humans are only guests here in the Black Forest — and the animals and plants are our hosts. That's why #RespectForNature is mandatory for all nature lovers, because only with respect we'll preserve the Black Forest in its beauty for our descendants.

You can find out more about the #respectfornature initiative on our profile page komoot.com/user/schwarzwaldtourismus or at respekt-schwarzwald.info.

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Der Albsteig (Westroute)

39.7 mi

7,450 ft

4,425 ft

Last updated: December 21, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 1: Von Albbruck nach Görwihl – Albsteig im Schwarzwald

    Intermediate
    03:37
    7.50 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,650 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your hiking adventure starts in the Black Forest in Albbruck on the Upper Rhine. On the twelve-kilometer tour, you hike up to Görwihl on the edge of the deep Albschlucht.

    

    The starting point of the 80 kilometer Albsteig is at the train station in Albbruck. The path climbs gently and will soon offer you

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  • Difficult
    04:43
    9.32 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,850 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the second stage on the Albsteig, great views up to the Swiss Alps and natural hiking trails await you. The 15-kilometer tour to Wittenschwand starts in Görwihl. At the beginning of the Höllbach it is a bit back to the Alb.

    

    You hike on a flat route through the forest and soon reach the branch to the

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  • Intermediate
    04:53
    10.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 of the Albsteig through the Black Forest takes you along the 16 km route from Wittenschwand to St. Blasien. Exciting hiking trails, great views and idyllic resting places await you.

    

    You leave Wittenschwand and dive into the forest. You hike to Höll on an old smuggler path. The path then leads

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    5.99 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fourth stage of the Albsteig you get to know the Menzenschwandertal. No steep climbs await you on the ten kilometer stage, so you can take a relaxed start to today's hiking day.

    

    You leave St. Blasien and walk along a wide forest path along the banks of the Alb to the Glashofsäge. Both the Alb and

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    6.21 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,550 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 5 of the east route on the Albsteig leads you from Menzenschwand up to the Feldberg pass. The ten-kilometer hike rises continuously, on the way you can expect natural spectacles such as the Menzenschwander waterfalls or the Klusen moraine.

    

    You hike from Vorderdorf in Menzenschwand through Hinterdorf

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    6.49 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Section 4 of the western route on the Albsteig leads you along the banks of the Bernauer Alb and further through the Bernauer Hochtal. Only a few meters of altitude await you on the ten-kilometer hike, so you can start the day in a relaxed manner and take several breaks in the beautiful landscape.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:22
    6.31 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,000 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 5 of the western route of the Albsteig leads you on narrow paths to the highest point of the long-distance hiking trail, the Herzogenhorn. From the more than 1,400 meter high mountain in the southern Black Forest you have a wonderful view over the surrounding mountains and up to the Alps.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    52.0 mi
  • Duration
    25:16 h
  • Elevation
    9,625 ft

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