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Experience the diverse Murg Valley in 5 stages – Murgleiter Trail

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Experience the diverse Murg Valley in 5 stages – Murgleiter Trail

Hiking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

68.9 mi

14,050 ft

11,225 ft

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.

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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Die Murgleiter

68.5 mi

14,200 ft

11,200 ft

Last updated: November 21, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Gaggenau nach Gernsbach – Murgleiter

    Difficult
    07:18
    14.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    07:48
    15.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    10.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,475 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    07:10
    14.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    13.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,700 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    68.9 mi
  • Duration
    34:13 h
  • Elevation
    14,050 ft11,225 ft

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