Five days, 68 miles (110 km), and countless breathtaking views – hiking in the Murg Valley in the North of the Black Forest in Germany is a wonderful experience. Nature lovers have been enjoying the Murgleiter Trail from the town of Gaggenau to the Schliffkopf Mountain since the route’s opening in 2011. This long-distance hike was awarded the title of "Premium Trail" for good reason. Get ready for an adventure through the spectacular Black Forest nature.
In this Collection, you will hike the Murgleiter Trail in five stages. Following rooty paths that lead deep into the forest, through thick greenery, you will witness the diversity of nature in the region. Varying in length from 10.5 to 15.5 miles (17 - 25 km), each stage includes a good amount of climbing. The Black Forest is Germany’s highest low mountain range and, as such, the trail often heads uphill. You can expect to climb at least 2,296 feet (700 m) each day through almost Alpine conditions in places.
Does this sound like a lot to you? Well, it is. You can be very proud of yourself even if you only complete one stage of this long-distance hike. But, you probably won’t notice your aching legs as you power up almost 12,500 feet (3,805 m) over the five days. There’s simply far too much spectacular nature to discover along the way.
As you hike, you will find small huts serving regional delicacies and impressive lakes that are perfect to stop for a break. You can expect breath-taking views over wild valleys, as well as historic villages alive with culture. You will roam mystical gorges, windy moors, and rocky peaks. The Black Forest is known for its incredible diversity which you will find in abundance along the Murgleiter Trail.
Located in the border triangle with Switzerland and France in southwest Germany, the Black Forest is easily accessible from all over Europe, whether you are travelling by car or public transport. You also have plenty of accommodation choices such as holiday rentals and hotels in each of the stage destinations.
here are also accommodation possibilities between your daily stages. Several pensions and hotels in the individual stage towns will gladly accommodate you. For more information, visit schwarzwald-tourismus.info/planen-buchen/uebernachten (you can translate the page into English, click the ‘translate’ button on the top-left). You can take a bus to the nearest train station from Schliffkopf, the end destination.
Over natural paths and meadows, through impressive forests and up to proud heights: The first stage of the Murgleiter has more than 23 varied kilometers ready for you.You start your journey through the multifaceted Murgtal at the Unimog Museum in Gaggenau. Past the Bad Rotenfels Castle and the Luisenbrunnen, you walk steadily uphill to the Ebersteinburg ruins. From up here you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view before continuing on the Eberstein circular route.The grandiose views are far from over - the Lukashütte on the Burnt Rock also shows you that. You will reach both of them a little later. The white summit cross also proves real photogenicity time and time again. Via the Wolfsschlucht, littered with moss and fern, a quick road crossing and a few meters later, you finally reach the 668-meter-high Mercury.You are now a few kilometers away, which is why you deserve a refreshment up here at the latest. Either you go to the restaurant by the Mercury Tower or - with a fantastic view of Baden-Baden - you can get your provisions. Then the Murgleiter will guide you a few meters downhill and through a mixed forest to the paper-making town of Gernsbach, the end point of your first Murgleiter stage.Find cozy accommodation and make yourself comfortable. Because tomorrow is the next section of your hike.You can easily reach Gaggenau by train or of course with your own car.
Time for part two of your Murgleiter adventure. In this section, you can expect a little over 24 kilometers of wonderful forests, magnificent views, but also demanding meters in altitude.It starts after a good portion of sleep in Gernsbach. First you hike the somewhat steeper climb to the Gernsbach portal - then you go through a beautiful mixed forest and over the boar path to Eberstein Castle. Accompanied by over 300 different types of trees and grapevines, you make your way down to the district of Obertsrot and after crossing the Murg straight back up to the Rockertwald.You will be amazed by the bizarre rocks and fantastic views that this part of the stage offers and you will end up in the dreamy half-timbered village and Gernsbach's highest district, Reichental. Along its plateau, accompanied by great views, you walk comfortably for a while to the Latschigfelsen. And from there it goes downhill.You can reach the picturesque Kauersbach valley on partly steep and narrow paths. Then it continues over a short climb, past idyllic orchards, goat and cattle pastures and finally via a small path to Forbacher Bahnhof. From here you can reach the historic wooden bridge via a path along the Murg. And thus the end point of the second Murgleiter stage.
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A highlight rarely comes alone. That could be the motto of the third Murgleiter stage. Because in addition to the usual beautiful nature of the Black Forest, another spectacle awaits you here that will not leave you amazed at the power of water.But first things first. The tour, which is just over 17 kilometers long, begins in Forbach. So, where you rested well deserved after the last stage. Because the first climb is not long in coming. In order to make it easier, the marvelously beautiful Maria Hilf chapel opens in between. In addition to its beautiful interior, it also opens up a fantastic view.You hike a little further uphill, past the moated castle and the impressive pipe railway of the pumped-storage power plant, then via leisurely hiking trails to the Schwarzenbach dam. And if you now think that this is "just some reservoir", you are wrong. You are in front of the largest in the entire northern and central Black Forest. In addition, it is also really beautiful and takes you - if you like - on a boat tour.After a short section along the lake and a "visit" to the dam, you leave the two again. And make your way over forested slopes above the valley floor to shortly before Schönmünzach. The former border between Baden and Württemberg forms the end of the third Murgleiter day stage.
Isn't it beautiful - the idyll in and around Schönmünzach? Hopefully you haven't made yourself too comfortable, because the fourth stage of your Murgleiter hike is coming. It takes you along paths and through forests, through beautiful towns and past a wonderful lake.Let's go in the heart of Schönmünzach. Via the forest settlement and the Tierhalde site, where you can catch a magnificent view of the valley, you will reach the panorama hut after a little over one and a half kilometers. Your name says it all: from the terrace you can enjoy a great view and the regional products, which are processed into delicious dishes, you can hardly leave "untested".Then you walk over the Red Rain to the historic village of Schwarzenberg, located in one of the oldest populated regions in the Murgtal. Then on natural paths - sometimes steeper, sometimes flatter - and through deep forests into the Black Forest National Park.Either way, but especially for the pond rose bloom in June and July, the Huzenbacher Lake invites you to take a short break to let the beauty of the deepest karse lake in the northern Black Forest work for you for a moment.About a kilometer long, steep climb you then reach the lake view and hike over the Kleemisse, a raised bog area, to the Überzwercher Berg and then on narrow paths down to the Tonbach valley. It is not far from here: you only have to go once to the opposite side of the valley and take a panoramic path around the Rinkenberg - you have already reached your today's destination of Baiersbronn.
Time for the last section of your Murgleiter hike. It leads you along narrow paths and cozy forest and meadow paths and lets you experience the beauty of the Black Forest one last time.It starts at the Baiersbronn portal, from where you make your way up the Rinkenkopf and - when you reach the top - you will already find the first highlight, the Rinkenturm. From the top of the stone tower, you have a wonderful view. And maybe you can already smell the treats of your possible first stop from up there.The Sattelei hiking hut is just a short and easy descent later and invites you to a refreshment before you continue with fresh strength. On partly narrow, soft forest paths you get to Obertal, where you cross the state road and continue towards Buhlbach.Always along the Rechtmurg, you will reach its origin below the Schliffkopf after almost 20 kilometers. The idyllic spot in the beautiful forest makes for a short break, even if you have almost made it. Because from here it is not far to the Steinmäuerle with its panoramic plateau and a few hundred meters further to the Schliffkopf, which is the worthy end of the fifth and last Murgleiter stage.Not far away - right at the National Park Hotel Schliffkopf - you will find a bus stop from which you can get back to Baiersbronn or to one of the nearest train stations in Achern, Freudenstadt or, a little further away, Baden-Baden. Make sure to inquire about the departure times in advance, as the buses do not leave here regularly (especially in the off-season).