Your rucksack is packed and your hiking boots are tied. You are ready for a few days away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Baiersbronn Seensteig Lake Trail is the perfect destination to find peace and quiet. You will walk through Germany’s sprawling Black Forest, discovering karst lakes, mountain peaks, and stunning nature. Most of all, you will find solitude once more.
This long-distance hiking trail leads you through the walkers’ paradise that is Baiersbronn region in 5 stages. The trail leads you along forest streams and through high moorland meadows that characterise the Northern Black Forest landscape. The route is a designated Quality High Trail, a title given to only the best paths in the country. As you walk along completely untouched, natural paths, it is easy to see why. You will lose yourself in the beautiful nature here.
The region is not just rich in diverse nature, but history too. The educational trail illustrates how Hurricane Lothar devastated the Black Forest in 1999. Look out for hidden waterfalls and corrie lakes found where glaciers would once have lain. To enjoy the lofty heights and idyllic mountain summits en route, you should be in good shape.
Located in the border triangle to Switzerland and France in the southwest of Germany, the Black Forest is easy to reach from all over Europe by car or public transport. You should also book your accommodation in the region in advance. You can find comfortable accommodation options in the villages on or near the route. For more information, visit: schwarzwald-tourismus.info/planen-buchen/uebernachten (there’s an option to translate the page into English).
Get ready for a few days in the peaceful surrounding of the Black Forest which will be a refreshing break for the soul too.
The time has come: The gates to the Baiersbronn hiking sky open and you get ready for your adventure on the Seensteig. Hopefully you have good shoes and some provisions with you. Then it can actually start.The first of the five stages of the Seensteig takes you from the heart of Baiersbronn to Mitteltal. On the almost 14.5 kilometers of this tour you get a first impression of the fabulous nature that the Black Forest has to offer. And of course you can also pass a little bit of water on the way.Always following the well-known sign (rhombus with landscape and curved "S"), you initially follow the course of the Sankenbach, past a playground and game reserve. Upwards along a narrow path you finally reach the idyllic Sankenbachsee, which you - if you like after a short break - half-round in a clockwise direction. Then the more alpine part of this stage begins: In the steep Karwand, along the Sankenbach waterfall, you climb up to the waterfall hut. And suddenly you find yourself at over 900 meters.And so you hike on, pass the village of Kniebis and stroll along a part of the home path to the beautiful Ellbachsee view. You can see it from a distance from the barrier-free viewing platform, and after the steep descent down to its bank, it is suddenly within your grasp.After you have marveled at it for a while, you are given the choice: either you follow the classic route along the Ellbach Valley towards the Mitteltal, or you decide on the adventurous variant - the adventure path, as in this route. The two paths meet at the mighty Ellbach fir and finally lead you - always along the Ellbach - to your first stage destination in Mitteltal.
Well recovered? We hope so. Because the second stage of the Seensteig already has a few more kilometers in store for you. Just under 19, to be exact. You will master them thanks to the wonderful natural spectacles that await you on the way, but with a smile on your face.It starts at the game reserve Mitteltal, from where the path leads over the Ellbachkopfhütte to the Grubensattel. Accompanied by a fantastic view, it continues to the Sauerbrunnen and then across a large area on which Hurricane Lothar left its mark in 1999. Passing several huts, twice on the Black Forest High Road and finally on a stony, sloping path you reach the Buhlbachsee.It is worth taking a little rest at the lake before you start your ascent towards the Schliffkopf. You will soon reach the famous Lothar path through the Hahnmisse nature reserve. And what awaits you here is what some hikers call the most beautiful part of the stage: the nature trail lets you walk over sturdy wooden walkways and forget about it in the wonderful natural world. And if you have to leave it, the next beautiful section - part of the Westweg - is waiting for you. Here you can enjoy the views above the Rhine Valley 850 meters below and when the weather is nice you can even see the Alps.But everything has an end. This stage too. And this time it's in the shape of a hotel. The National Park Hotel Schliffkopf will be happy to accommodate you for the night. Otherwise you will find a bus stop directly below, from which you can take a short trip to one of the neighboring villages.
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New day New luck. You can find yours on stage 3 of the Baiersbronner Seensteig: You walk about twelve and a half kilometers over the Schliffkopf to Mummelsee.Depending on where you stayed, you start either directly at the National Park Hotel Schliffkopf or a few meters further at the bus stop. You hike over another part of the Westweg - including fantastic views - to the Ruhestein. Once there, you have the opportunity to recharge your energy reserves with lunch. On the other hand, the National Park Center can tell you interesting facts about the region.Then you pack your backpack again and hike up serpentines up the Ruhestein ski slope. Passing the Eutinggrab you will soon reach a viewpoint that will let you marvel at the Wilder See and the Langenbachtal. If at this point you feel like extending the hike a little, take a detour through the spell forest to the lake and over the former Falzhütte. If that was enough effort for you today, come to the Darmstädter Hütte, which opens up just a few hundred meters after the lake view.A natural path above the Black Forest High Road continues to Seibelseckle and then via the Westweg to Mummelsee. The small lake forms the third stage destination of the Seensteig and a great place to relax.For the night you can either check in at the Berghotel Mummelsee or take a bus to one of the surrounding towns.
Stage 4 of your Seensteig adventure is pending. And it follows the motto: "Take another breath before the grand finale." Over 20 kilometers you don't have to master too many vertical meters. Instead, dreamy forest paths, an unforgettable high moor path, several breathtaking viewpoints and - of course - a wonderfully natural lake await you.Let's go. The tour - and its first climb - start directly at Lake Mummelsee. From here it goes up to the Hornigsrinde, the highest mountain (1,164 meters) in the Northern Black Forest. A tower perched on the summit gives you an even wider view. If you like - and are on the go between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. - feel free to make a detour and climb it. Otherwise you make your way over the sturdy wooden walkways at the wonderfully beautiful high moor, past the 1,153 meter high Dreifürstenstein and further and further there at a proud height and surrounded by beautiful nature.A natural path leads you past the Blindsee to the unique Schurmsee view. Here, at the latest a little steeper jump from the lake shore, you can take a relaxed breather. In any case, the idyll here is hard to believe. When you are ready, the Schurmweg will lead you down to Schönmünzach, today's stage destination.
Time for the fifth and final stage of your lakeside adventure. Sleep well, you start it in the heart of Schönmünzach. On a total length of almost 20.5 kilometers, you can soak up the beauty of the Black Forest one last time.On a slope along the Stuhlberg and the Blockhaushof you hike towards Huzenbacher See. After a short break at the small lake house or on one of the lovingly placed benches, get ready for the demanding (but fantastically beautiful) rock path up to the Hunzenbach lake view. Here, too, you can stretch your legs again on the sky lounger or in the pavilion.Then the path leads you over the Kleemisse and the Hinterer Plon to the Überzwercher Berg. Maybe you came across a waterfall on the way? Then you are probably on the go in times of snow melt or shortly after heavy rains. Only then will the Seltenbach waterfall be revealed to you, only a short time after the Huzenbacher See.Once you have reached the Überzwercher Berg, the descent into the idyllic Tonbach Valley follows. Past an old ointment oven and over a rustic bridge you will find yourself below the Kohlwald. Here you have the choice: either get on the bus back to Baiersbronn or go on the opposite side of the valley on wonderful paths and a panoramic path around the Rinkenberg on foot. You have already reached the fifth stage goal.