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Snowy winter hikes in the Black Forest

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Winter in the Black Forest offers snow-covered natural experiences in a class of their own. Whether you climb up to the Herzogenhorn on snowshoes, explore winter spruce forests on forest paths, enjoy the view over snow-covered mountain meadows or warm up in a cozy mountain hut with a cup of mulled wine — in Germany's highest low mountain range, you will experience a winter like in a fairy tale.

We have selected five exciting snowshoe hikes and three wonderful winter hikes on which you can discover the sleepy nature of the Black Forest. The two two-day snowshoe hikes are a special Highlight because, with an overnight stay in the Krunkelbachhütte or a bivouac night on the summit of the Blößlings, you can get even closer to nature. If you want to take it easier, then stroll on the winter hikes on cleared paths, wander through snow-covered mountain forests and visit cozy huts.

On your snowshoe hikes, be sure to consider the following: The hikes take you off the beaten track across dense snow-covered mountain meadows and through deep forests. In addition to winterproof clothing, good orientation and weather knowledge are mandatory in any case. In addition, a charged mobile phone with offline maps and a GPS navigation device belong in your rucksack. Keep in mind that in winter, accumulators and batteries run out faster. Therefore, it is best to pack a power bank or sufficient spare batteries. If you're not an experienced snowshoe hiker but are still interested in this unique outdoor experience, you can also take part in a guided hike. Together with the experienced hiking guides, you can learn more about the nature and landscape of the Black Forest.

Just browse through our hikes and let yourself be inspired for your personal winter experience in the Black Forest. You can find even more winter hikes and snowshoe hikes at hochschwarzwald.de.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:10
    5.06 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour is the dream of every snowshoe hiker: parallel to the ski slope you climb over snowy mountain meadows up to the Feldberg plateau. Above you will not only find a breathtaking view over the highest peaks of the Black Forest, but also two warm huts for a stop.You can easily reach the starting point of the tour from the Titisee station with the bus line 7300. From the Haus der Natur on the edge of Feldberg Ort you start on your snowshoes parallel to the ski slope. The snowshoe hike over the Feldberg plateau is perfectly signposted and so you can easily explore the unique nature on your own. After a short section through the winter forest you reach the side summit Seebuck, on which stands the Feldberg tower. This is unfortunately closed in winter, but even without the climb to the tower, the view is great.The signposted path leads you from here to Feldberg. This is the highest mountain in the Black Forest and therefore also the highest German mountain outside the Alps. Speaking of the Alps, you can see the Swiss Alps clearly on the horizon in clear weather.A little further over the snowy mountain meadows and you are standing in front of the St. Wilhelmer Hütte. It is also open in winter and welcomes hikers, skiers and snowboarders. If you can not get a seat in the warm room, no problem. A little further downhill, the Todtnauer Hütte welcomes you. After a rest in one of the two huts, it then goes below the summit plateau back to the starting point at the house of nature.

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    5.06 mi
    2.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This cozy snowshoe tour takes you with fantastic views over the snowy mountain pastures around the village of Breitnau. Perfect stopover is the Naturfreundehaus Breitnau, which welcomes hikers and skiers in its warm dining room even in the dead of winter.Starting point of the snowshoe hike is the trail parking lot in Breitnau. If you are traveling without a car, then you can also take the bus 7216 to Breitnau from the Hinterzarten train station. From the parking lot, it goes along the small church and only after crossing the last road are snowshoes put on. Through dense snow, you will stomp along the edge of the forest and enjoy the magnificent view.Soon you cross the main road 500, which also bears the name Schwarzwaldhochstraße, and walk across open pastures past snowy Schwarzwald farms. Here you can enjoy the peace and quiet - apart from the sounds of your snowshoes and the crackling of your clothes, you can not hear anything.After you have crossed the national road 500 again, we continue towards Naturfreundehaus. If you arrive here, you will be really looking forward to the warm room and a hot drink, because the icy winter wind creeps up here sometime in the thickest clothes. Warm up, it's back to Breitnau. On the way back you have a fantastic view to the west and you can even see Freiburg in the distance.Please note that this snowshoe tour does not follow summer hiking trails. Therefore, the route usually leads away from paths and paths directly over the mountain pastures.

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    7.67 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hinterzarten is famous for its diverse ski slopes - but in the woods around the summit of the Windeckkopf it is also wonderful to hike. In winter, you are almost alone on the road here, and while most skate down the slopes on skis and snowboards, you can enjoy the sleeping winter forest. You do not need snowshoes for this tour, but winter-proof clothing is essential. Since you can not find any refreshments along the way, it's best to bring a large thermos of tea with you.At the Hinterzarten railway station, which is approached from Freiburg and Donaueschingen, your winter hike begins. There is also a hiking car park, if you want to arrive by car. Shoes tied tightly, shawl wrapped, backpack strapped and off you go. From Hinterzarten it goes gently uphill and after you have passed some farms, you will find a way crossing. Here you turn to the left first.First it goes over wintry pastures and then into the forest. The path continues to rise steadily, but only gently and sometimes you wander across narrow clearings, sometimes through a snowy forest. At the farm homeowner you finally stand on a large mountain pasture and enjoy a great view of the Feldberg.You cross the winter meadow and then the trail leads you back into the forest. On the Bistenwaldweg it finally goes back to Hinterzarten. Below the ski lifts, you walk past some large farms until you arrive at the starting point.

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    9.13 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you want to hike through the snow-covered forests around Hinterzarten for even longer than on the previous 12-kilometer winter hike, then this hike is just right for you. From the winter sports resort of Hinterzarten, the tour takes you through snowy mountain meadows and through dormant winter forests. The trick: From Thursday to Sunday, you can even stop by the farm shop of the Mathislehof and buy the homemade products. No snowshoes are needed for this tour. Winter-proof clothing, sturdy hiking boots and a pot of warm tea are mandatory.The starting point is again the Hinterzarten train station, which you can reach from Freiburg and Donaueschingen. If you are traveling by car, you will also find a parking space here. First, you stroll through the village and after you have crossed the Zartenbach, it goes out on snowy mountain pastures. Spread over the meadows are large Black Forest farms and from far away you can see the distinctive Mathislehof.From Thursday to Sunday you can browse through the farm shop and enjoy a delicious hot drink. Afterwards, you stroll over the snow-covered meadows and then enter the dense forest. Here it goes gently downhill in the direction of Zipfelhof, where you turn right. Through the narrow, wooded valley of the Sägenbach you hike uphill to Häuslebauerhof. On the pastures around the farm, you will be spoiled with a magnificent view of the Feldberg.From here you continue on through the snowy forest and below the ski slopes back to Hinterzarten.

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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    3.54 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    What is more beautiful than a snowshoe hike in the Black Forest? Right, a snowshoe hike with hut retreat. If you think so too, then you should take a closer look at this round trip. From the tiny mountain village of Hof you can enjoy magnificent views over snow-covered fields and wintry forests up to the Krunkelbach hut.In Bernau-Hof there is a trail parking lot. You can also take bus 7321 from St. Blasien Station to the starting point. From Bernau-Hof the trail leads you uphill in the direction of the forest. Here the path snakes through the snowy forest along the Schwembach and finally up to picturesque, snow-covered mountain meadows around the Krunkelbach hut.Once there, you put down your thick winter jacket and snowshoes and warm up in the cozy dining room with a cup of mulled wine or tea. Then it goes on with fresh energy. First you hike downhill through the forest again, then the path leads you along wide mountain pastures and you enjoy the wide view of the wintry Bernauer high valley.Walking gently downhill you finally reach Bernau-Hof, the starting point of the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:00
    4.18 mi
    2.1 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this snowshoe tour, "hut retreat" is very important. Three huts await you in the woods and on the mountain meadows below the Feldberg summit. From the hiking car park at the Rinkenpass, the tour takes you in a round trip to the Naturfreundehaus, the Zastler Haus and the Baldenweger Hütte.The starting point at the Rinkenpass you reach best with your own car, because there is unfortunately no bus service. Directly at the parking lot, you strap the snowshoes to your feet and walk parallel to the cleared path into the dense forest. Here the trail is not cleared and your snowshoes carry you over the thick snow cover.First, it goes without significant height difference to the Zastler hut, which is also open in winter. If you like, you can already take a first short break. Afterwards, you walk leisurely uphill and past the Naturfreundehaus Feldberg. Again, the warm room lures for a break, before you make you to Baldenweger Buck. The is a 1,460 meter high side summit from Feldberg and promises a fantastic view over the wintry Black Forest.From the Baldenweger Buck it goes downhill and to the Baldenweger hut. At least now you have earned an extended break honestly. Strengthened it goes through the forest steadily downhill and back to the starting point at Rinkenpass.

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  • Difficult
    07:49
    15.1 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,400 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Diese Wanderung ist ein Abenteuer für hartgesottene und erprobte Schneeschuhwanderer, dafür verspricht sie aber auch ein grandioses Naturerlebnis. In zwei Wandertagen stapfst du mit deinen Schneeschuhen über die Bergkette rund um das Bernauer Hochtal, durchwanderst verschneite Wälder und überquerst weiß glitzernde Bergwiesen. Der Höhepunkt ist die Zeltübernachtung auf dem Blößling und der winterliche Sonnenaufgang am nächsten Morgen. Für diese Tour benötigst du Schneeschuhe, einen guten Tourenrucksack, ein winterfestes Zelt, einen wirklich warmen und kompakten Winterschlafsack, lange Thermounterwäsche für die Nacht, ausreichend Proviant und einen wintertauglichen Kocher – die meisten Gaskocher versagen nämlich jetzt ihren Dienst. Um Wasser hingegen musst du dir keine Gedanken machen: Schaufel einfach ein wenig Schnee in deinen Topf und koch ihn dir direkt vor Ort für deinen morgendlichen Tee ab.Tag 1: Von Hebelhof über das Herzogenhorn und weiter zum BlößlingVom Bahnhof Titisee aus kannst du mit dem Feldbergbus den ganzen Winter über bis zum Startpunkt Hebelhof fahren. Außerdem findest du hier auch gute Parkmöglichkeiten.Von hier aus geht es parallel zur Skipiste auf den Schneeschuhen gemächlich hinauf zum Herzogenhorn. Die Aussicht auf den Feldberg ist hier oben schlicht atemberaubend – und atemberaubend kann auch der eisige Winterwind sein. Daher geht es gleich wieder runter vom Gipfel und hinein in den schlafenden Wald.Auf deinen Schneeschuhen gleitest du durch den dichten Schnee sanft bergab bis zur Hof-Eck-Schutzhütte, wo du eine kleine Vesperpause einlegen kannst. Im Anschluss folgt der Aufstieg hinauf zum Blößling, wo du heute deine Nacht verbringen wirst. Mach dich an klaren Tagen schon mal auf den unvergleichlichen Sternenhimmel gefasst.Tag 2: Vom Blößling über die Krunkelbachhütte nach HebelhofEtwas durchgefroren, aber voller Tatendrang erwachst du am nächsten Morgen. Ein aus Schnee gekochter Tee weckt die Lebensgeister und schnell ist das Zelt eingepackt. Bei herrlicher Aussicht geht es am Spitzberg entlang und dann gleichmäßig hinab nach Bernau.Du durchquerst das kleine Bergdorf und steigst dann auf der anderen Talseite über Bergweiden hinauf zur Krunkelbachhütte. Hier kannst du dich in der Gaststube erstmal richtig aufwärmen – und eine zünftige Mahlzeit hast du dir natürlich auch verdient.Aufgewärmt und ausgeruht stapfst du dann durch den Schnee hinab nach Hebelhof.

  • Difficult
    06:45
    13.4 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you fancy a two-day snowshoe hike, but a tent night on the Blößling is just too adventurous, then we have just the thing for you: On this tour, it goes from Menzenschwand on the Geissen path up to Krunkelbachhütte. After your overnight stay, you will hike back to Menzenschwand with a magnificent view over the Bernauer Hochtal. In addition to winter-proof clothing and snowshoes, you will need plenty of provisions for this tour and, most of all, a thermos bottle. Since there are only a few rooms on the Krunkelbachhütte, you should book your accommodation in advance.Day 1: From Menzenschwand via the Herzogenhorn to the Krunkelbach hutFrom the train station St. Blasien the bus line 7321 takes you to the starting point Menzenschwand. Here you can also find a parking space for your car. From the center you follow the Geissen path into the picturesque valley of the Menzenschwander Alb. Soon the path turns left and climbs steadily through the Krunkelbachtal to the Herzogenhorn. Below the summit you trudge partly without trail partly on forest roads in some bends up to the summit. Here you will be rewarded with the magnificent view for your ascent.From here it is not far to the final destination Krunkelbachhütte.Day 2: From the Krunkelbach hut high above the Bernauer Hochtal down to MenzenschwandAfter a neat mountain climber's breakfast in the Krunkelbach hut, you'll hike through dense mountain forests. The path leads a little downhill and soon opens before you a picturesque view of the vast Bernauer high valley. Without major differences in height, you follow the panoramic path, which spoils you every step of the way with great views of the winter landscape.The route leads you once around the Kaiserberg and finally through the wintry forest down to Menzenschwand.

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    5.24 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This comfortable winter hike leads you on cleared paths from the Schluchsee up to Lenzkirch. On your way you can enjoy winter forests and snow-covered mountain pastures - including views of the surrounding mountain landscape.Starting point of your winter hike is the station Schluchsee. It is located directly on the shore and so worth a look in any case, the frozen Lake Schluchsee. Afterwards, you will take a few steps through the village and then into the winter forest.On cleared paths, it is only gentle uphill and so you can enjoy the still-lying nature with every step. Soon, the forest clears a bit and you trudge over snow-covered pastures and along individual farms.After a few steps, it goes back into the forest and evenly downhill to Lenzkirch. Here you can stop in one of the inns or cafés. Afterwards you return the same way or you alternatively take the bus 7257 or 7258 back to the station Schluchsee.

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  • Easy
    01:23
    2.96 mi
    2.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Gießbacher head is a nearly 1,100 meter high, densely wooded ridge above the mountain village houses. A signposted snowshoe trail leads you from the trail parking lot on the outskirts of the village in a round through the enchanted winter forest. Halfway there is the sawmill hut waiting for you. Although this is uncultivated, but still offers perfect for a rest with backpack veil and tea from the thermos.The starting point is the hiking car park Rotrütte on the edge of houses. You can also reach it without a car. From the station Seebrugg take the bus line 7319 and get off at the stop Häuser. At the starting point, take a look at the overview plan, strap on the snowshoes to your feet and start walking.Clockwise it goes through the silent winter forest. Stay here and stand and listen in the forest. If you listen carefully, you realize that not all residents sleep. The woodpecker's knocking, the chirping of chaffinches and robins, the distant crows of a raven or the rustling of a hungry squirrel can also be heard in winter. If you're lucky, you'll even see a deer in the trees.After you have eaten your backpack veil at the sawmill hut, follow the signposted trail back to the starting point.

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  • Easy
    01:39
    3.49 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short snowshoe hike leads you through snowy mountain meadows and through small woodland up to the saddlewatch hut. The uncultivated hut stands on a clearing at the summit and is suitable for an extended break with panoramic qualities. Just pack a thermos of tea and a tasty snack in your backpack.Starting point of the tour is the trail parking lot on the edge of Herrenschwand. If you are traveling without a car, it is best to take the train to the Kirchzarten train station. From here the bus line 7215 takes you to Todtnau and from there the bus line 7321 to the starting point Herrenschwand Ort.Even at the starting point, you climb into your snow shoes, strap your backpack on your back and follow the pink signs of the snowshoe hiking trail number 5. The leads you with beautiful views along the edge of the forest. Your gaze wanders over the wooded, wintry mountains of the Black Forest and on clear days you can even catch a glimpse of the Alps.Soon it goes into the silent winter forest and on to the saddle-boat hut. There, you sweep the snow off the bench and just sit comfortably in front of the hut. Your steaming tea keeps you warm and after a short rest, it's the same route back to the starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    74.8 mi
  • Duration
    36:12 h
  • Elevation
    14,150 ft

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