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Mountains, castles and Bollenhüte hats — the central Black Forest

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Mountains, castles and Bollenhüte hats — the central Black Forest

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

7

Tours

36:05 h

70.0 mi

15,025 ft

When the Romans arrived in this area of Germany, they found a dense, almost impenetrable forest. Today, a well-developed network of paths is waiting for you to fully discover everything this region has to offer. These hikes show you just how beautiful and diverse the central Black Forest is. You’ll see historic castles, ruins and palaces, hike through fairytale old towns with half-timbered flair and enjoy fabulous 360-degree panoramas – with a bit of luck, even as far as the Alps.

Each little town has its own charm and story to tell. The Black Forest people are proud of their roots and traditions; that's why in many towns you'll find fascinating museums explaining more about traditional costumes, crafts or life in the region.

The hiking trails lead you down into romantic valleys and up to spectacular vantage points. This topography is quintessential Black Forest: densely forested mountains with their steep valleys. The Black Forest Nature Park is working hard to preserve this landscape. Whereas in the past many trees were cleared for agriculture, today only about one third of the nature park is agricultural land. Forestation is increasing again and in some communities the proportion of forest is more than 90 percent. As a result, the Black Forest Nature Park Central/North has grown to become one of the largest nature parks in Germany.

All seven hikes are circular routes designed for one day and have varying lengths – just pick the one that suits you best. The villages are accessible by public transport and almost all have their own railway station. The infrastructure in the Black Forest is very well developed thanks to increasing tourism. The same applies to the condition and signposting of the hiking trails.

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  • Difficult
    07:30
    14.7 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Black Forest idyll meets medieval castle ruins: This circular hike is varied, full of great vantage points and shows you the most beautiful sides of the town of Schramberg. You cover a large part of the 24-kilometer route on narrow forest paths. You walk past three castle ruins, are always rewarded with

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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 like in a fairy tale book: On this almost ten-kilometer tour through the central Black Forest, you start on the market square in Schiltach. The half-timbered houses in the historic old town have been artistically restored, and the historic fountain bubbles up in front of the 16th-century

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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 trademark of the Black Forest, the Bollenhuts. But actually the headgear is only traditional in the three neighboring Black Forest villages of Kirnbach (near Wolfach), Reichenbach (near Hornberg) and Gutach. On this hike you can enjoy the picturesque landscape of the region around Gutach

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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 town of Hornberg is known for many things: the typical Bollen hats, the largest toilet bowl in the world (the ceramics manufacturer Duravit has its headquarters in Hornberg) and for the saying: "It ends like the Hornberg shooting". You don't know that yet? Then a trip to the city in the Black Forest

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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, you can see the Harmersbachtal, Kinzigtal, Gutachtal from the lookout tower and, with good visibility

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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.

    Haslach's local mountain, the clock head, can be seen from afar. On this leisurely tour you hike up the approximately 550 meter high mountain in the Kinzig valley. There you can enjoy the 360-degree view from the observation tower. On the Panoramaweg you can continue to let your gaze wander into the

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    10.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beautiful, beautiful, Oberharmersbach. The small town 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, rustic inns and unusual rest areas. The ascents over a total of 630 meters in altitude are leisurely

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    70.0 mi
  • Duration
    36:05 h
  • Elevation
    15,025 ft

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