Schwarzwald Tourismus

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.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Collection Stats

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

Hike along the River Alb through the Black Forest in Germany