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5 stages hiking the ZweiTälerSteig – discover Germany’s Black Forest

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5 stages hiking the ZweiTälerSteig – discover Germany’s Black Forest

Hiking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

5

Tours

33:23 h

67.1 mi

11,875 ft

The ZweiTälerSteig hiking trail takes you just over 60 miles (100 km) through the magical Black Forest in south-west Germany. You will discover pristine corners of the Elz and Simonswald valleys, wild gorges, thundering waterfalls and rugged rocks. It will come as no surprise to you that the ZweiTälerSteig hiking trail was named Germany’s most beautiful hiking trail 2019 by Wandermagazin, a hiking magazine.

collect a few vertical meters. Until you cross a landscape border at the Landwasser corner and immerse yourself in a gentle landscape with easy climbs, relaxed paths, and fantastic views. It was not for nothing that the ZweiTälerSteig was named „Germany's most beautiful hiking trail 2019“ by the hiking magazine.

The circular walk starts in Waldkirch in the Elztal, a small town whose name means ‘Forests Church’. You can reach this historic town, known for its mechanical organs, with public transport or by car.

From the town, you have a fair few vertical metres to climb. Ahead, lie over 13,100 feet (4,000 meters) of elevation gain so be prepared for some sweaty climbs. You will get a taste of what's to come on the first stage on the Kandel summit. However, your effort is rewarded with beautiful views over the Black Forest peaks from the Hornisgrinde to Belchen. After the Landwassereck, the route heads through more gentle landscapes with easy climbs, well-maintained paths, and wonderful panoramas.

At every stage destination, you will find accommodation to rest your legs for the night. You will also find plenty of opportunities to stop for regional cuisine en route. As the region has good public transport links, you can choose to only complete a few stages of this Collection – you can get to the start and endpoints by bus or train.

Let yourself be surprised by the varied landscape in the Black Forest on these five stages. The ZweiTälerSteig offers you an intensive insight into the region with its typical Black Forest courtyards, cozy inns, and views over the Rhine valley to the Vosges.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    03:45
    6.26 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,200 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The first stage on the ZweiTälerSteig goes straight to the top: you only run ten kilometers uphill. From the medieval town of Waldkirch in the Elztal it goes up to …

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  • Difficult
    07:57
    15.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,775 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage on the ZweiTälerSteig begins at the highest point of the long-distance hiking trail. That's why it's going down a lot today. From the Kandel you walk down …

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  • Difficult
    08:12
    16.1 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,425 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 of the ZweiTälerSteig is 1,000 meters up and then down again. But on the way there are postcard-compatible Black Forest panoramas. Today's program: the Rohrhardsberg, over 1,150 meters …

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  • Difficult
    07:00
    14.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,400 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fourth stage, the ZweiTälerSteig more than lives up to its name. On the almost 24 km long route you can clearly see the differences between the two valleys …

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  • Difficult
    06:28
    14.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,075 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth and last stage on the ZweiTälerSteig takes you from Höhenhäuser down to Waldkirch. On the 23-kilometer route, you can expect a lot of great views and the best Brägeli in the whole region.You will be spoiled for almost the entire route with fantastic views into the distance. Since you mainly hike downhill, you can take it easy and enjoy the great landscape again intensively. On the way you will always come across inviting rest areas.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    67.1 mi
  • Duration
    33:23 h
  • Elevation
    11,875 ft

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