Mountains, castles, "Bollenhüte" – Day trips in the middle of the Black Forest

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It's not just a dark forest: The Black Forest can do much more. When the Romans invaded this area, they found a dense, almost impenetrable forest. Today a well-developed network of paths is waiting to be discovered by you. These hikes will show you how beautiful and varied the middle of the Black Forest is. You will see historical castles, ruins and palaces. Hike through fairytale old towns with half-timbered flair. And you can enjoy fabulous 360-degree panoramas - with a bit of luck even up to the Alps.

Every little town where you start a hike has its own charm and history to tell. The Black Forest people are proud of their roots and traditions. In many villages, you will, therefore, find exciting museums that will reveal more about traditional costumes, typical crafts or life in the region.

The hiking trails take you down into romantic valleys and up to spectacular vantage points. This is also typical of the Black Forest: the mostly densely wooded mountains with their steep valleys. In order to preserve this landscape, the Black Forest Nature Park is strong. In the past, many trees were cleared for agriculture, but today only about one-third of the nature park is used for agriculture. Forest cover is on the increase again, and in some communities, the proportion of forest is more than 90 percent. As a result, the Black Forest Central/North Nature Park has grown into one of the largest nature parks in Germany.

All seven hikes are circular trails that are designed to be completed in one day - just choose the one that suits you best. The villages can be reached by public transport and almost all have their own train stations. The infrastructure in the Black Forest is very well developed thanks to increasing tourism. The same applies to the condition and signage of the hiking trails.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    07:45
    15.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Black Forest idyll meets medieval castle ruins: This circular walk is diverse, is full of great viewpoints and shows you the most beautiful sides of the city Schramberg. A large part of the 24-kilometer route is on narrow forest trails. You walk past three castle ruins, are repeatedly rewarded with beautiful views of the valley town of Schramberg and its surrounding mountains and can end up on a staggering 1000 meters altitude collected be proud.The route is advertised for experienced hikers, because Schramberg is also called the Fünftälerstadt, which can be read quite well in the height profile. So plan plenty of time. Should you go the tour in the summer, you will be particularly positive that many climbs are in the shady forest. And if you run out of breath on the way, you can easily shorten the route after every descent into the valley.There are no rest stops on the entire route. So best to have a snack and fill up your water bottles before. At the Falkenstein Chapel - about half past time - a spring is bubbling to refill.At the starting point there is ample parking. Since the hike is a circuit, you can get in everywhere. On all main roads there are hiking parking lots. If you complete the tour as suggested, you will benefit from the evening sun at the end of the round and will not walk on the shady side of the valley.And if you still have time after the hike: In Schramberg, the company Junghans has its headquarters, once the largest watch manufacturer worldwide. In the so-called Terrassenbau - alone the building is worth seeing - there is a great museum to do so. More information can be found here: junghans.de/de/junghans-junghans-welt/museum.html.

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    5.94 mi
    2.1 mph
    875 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A starting point as in the fairy tale book: In this nearly ten-kilometer tour through the middle Black Forest, you start on the market square in Schiltach. The half-timbered houses of the historic old town are artfully restored, in front of the town hall from the 16th Century bubbled the historic fountain. On the left and right of the marketplace, you will discover little alleyways that lead you up and down. At the beginning of this route, however, there is a good 250 meters uphill. If the challenging part is done, you can enjoy the nature on the way back to Kinzigtal to the fullest.In Schiltach there are numerous pretty cafes and restaurants. On the tour, you will also pass other rest stops, from home cooking to Italians.If you're doing the tour on a hot summer's day, it's worth packing up your bathing suit. Shortly before the ruin Schenkenburg you will pass the outdoor pool. And also in the Kinzig you can cool off.The marketplace is not far from Schiltach-Mitte station, signs show you the way. You can find parking either at the train station or along the main road. The market place, starting point of the tour, is however taboo for motorists.The city of Schiltach has loads of exciting museums. For example, after the tour you can learn something about the rafters history in the Black Forest. The tourist office is located in the town hall, directly on the market square. Further information can be found here: schiltach.de/willkommen.

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  • Difficult
    05:54
    10.7 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,000 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    They are the hallmark of the Black Forest, the Bollenhüte. But actually the headgear are only traditional in the three neighboring Black Forest villages Kirnbach (near Wolfach), Reichenbach (near Hornberg) and Gutach. On this hike, you can enjoy the picturesque landscape of the region around Gutach and then learn more about life in the Black Forest. The 17-kilometer route takes you on shady forest trails on the Farrenkopf. From almost 800 meters altitude you have a fantastic view of the valley. Then narrow paths lead you back down into the valley. You wander over the Gutach and can enjoy the Black Forest view from the other side of the mountain. The tour ends again in the center. Here you can cool off in the river or let off steam at the adventure mini golf, in the barefoot park or on the summer toboggan run.Refreshments you will find many in Gutach. However, the hut on the Farrenkopf is not farmed. So pack enough water for the ascent. In Gutach you will find plenty of parking.If you are interested in the history of the Black Forest, then visit the outdoor museum Vogtsbauerhof after the hike. On seven hectares of land you can immerse yourself in the once-typical life on a Black Forest farm. The season always starts at the end of March. All information can be found here: vogtsbauernhof.de. You are in the mood for the more than 1150 meters long
    Summer toboggan run or adventure mini golf? Then click on this link: gutach-schwarzwald.de/tourismus/freizeitaktivitaeten.
    Another fun fact in the end: The Bollen on the hats are only red among unmarried women. After the wedding, the woman in Black Forest used to wear black ...

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    6.59 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The city Hornberg is known for many things: the typical Bollenhüte, the largest toilet bowl in the world (The ceramic manufacturer Duravit has its headquarters in Hornberg) and for the phrase: "This is like the Hornberg shooting". You do not know that yet? Then worth a trip to the city in the Black Forest. Hornberg is also known for its beautiful walks around the village. In this ten-kilometer round you start on the central square in the center of town. You can already see your next destination, Hornberger Schloss, from here. The further route leads you on shady forest paths over the Hornberger Felsenwege back to the city.At your starting point you will find many restaurants and cafes. On the way you will pass several rest areas. Since you will walk a lot in the forest, it is worthwhile to pack a light jacket even in fine weather in spring and autumn.If you plan the hike in July or August, take a look at this page: freilichtbuehne-hornberg.de. The ensemble of the open-air stage shows two different plays each summer and also recreates the Hornberg shooting.You can also visit the largest toilet in the world. On the seat over seven meters high is a viewing platform for visitors. Before that, an exhibition on the history of bathroom design is open to you.Parking is available at the train station in Hornberg or on and around the market square. The larger public parking spaces are well signposted.

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  • Difficult
    07:15
    14.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,225 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Brandenkopf is one of the highest and most beautiful panoramic mountains in the central Black Forest. Reason enough to climb the almost 950 meter high mountain. You are surrounded by the Black Forest, can look from the observation tower in the Harmersbachtal, Kinzigtal, Gutachtal and see with good visibility to Feldberg, the Vosges and with luck even the Alps. That motivates for the crisp rise at the beginning of the round. Shady forest roads lead you up the mountain. The way back takes you on a gentle descent back to the valley to Hausach.On the more than 22 kilometer long circular route you will find several ways to strengthen you. One way to refill your water bottle with fresh spring water is at the Ebenacker Brunnen after about 13 kilometers.The most beautiful is this hike in good weather with foresight. In spring and autumn, the blossoming or discolored leaves of the trees beautify the view. Because the Black Forest can do more than just coniferous forest.If you cross the Kinzig and look to the other side of the valley, you will see over the city the ruins of Husen Castle. The remains of the 1246 built facility you can look at. From the city stairs lead you up to the castle.From Offenburg you reach Hausach with the Ortenaubahn. The timetable can be found here: ortenau-s-bahn.de. If you are traveling by car, you can park in Hausach at the train station or at one of the marked places.

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  • Intermediate
    04:00
    7.85 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Even from afar, the Haslacher mountain, the clock head can be seen. On this leisurely tour, you will hike up to the 550 meter high mountain in the Kinzig Valley. There you can enjoy the 360 degree view from the observation tower. On the panorama trail, you can continue your gaze in the Black Forest, before you come back to the historic old town with its half-timbered houses.In Haslach you can fortify yourself in the numerous restaurants and cafés. On the hike, you will come down a fountain with fresh spring water as you descend from the clock tower.You can do this hike all year round, every season has its own charms. However, for a beautiful view from the Teufelskanzel and the observation tower, a day with good visibility is a good option.In the center of Haslach you will find many parking lots. If you are traveling with the motorhome, you can park this in Haslach on central parking spaces. It is best to ask the tourist office how you find these places. The info is in the monastery, the destination of this hike.

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    10.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Beautiful, prettier, Oberharmersbach. The small village in the heart of the Black Forest is surrounded by a picturesque landscape - perfect for hiking. The 16-kilometer route takes you past fabulous views, quaint guesthouses and exceptional rest areas. The climbs on the altogether 630 vertical meters are leisurely. You should still tie up sturdy shoes.You have plenty of opportunities to stop on the tour. Right at the beginning you pass the broom shop Hasegalli. If the broom is hanging outside (only in the summer months), you can enjoy a hearty snack or sweet cake. Also in Oberharmersbach there are many restaurants with regional dishes. If you prefer to eat your own Vesper, you will find on this tour the ideal resting places.You can do the round trip the whole year, because a hike in the Black Forest is fun even in winter. If you prefer it quiet, you should avoid the summer holiday season, because the region is very popular with tourists.Parking is available in Oberharmersbach am Bahnhof. In Biberach you can also hop on the Harmersbachtalbahn (journey time approx. 20 minutes). The timetable can be found here: ortenaulinie.de

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    70.3 mi
  • Duration
    36:24 h
  • Elevation
    15,275 ft

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