Green forests, bubbling springs and waterfalls, grandiose views and dreamlike premium hiking trails—Bad Peterstal-Griesbach is Germany's first premium hiking resort with predominantly natural paths and a wide range of services. The experience of nature plays an important role in the national park community in the Black Forest, there is for example a LOWA test centre with free hiking shoe rental, combined with a "Best of Hiking Test Centre" where you can rent the complete outdoor equipment for your hike.
In this Collection, we present three Black Forest hiking symphonies and four intermezzos, which take you to unique places in the Renchtal. You will discover fabulous mountain lakes, walk on romantic root paths, and find many fountains along the way. The wonderful Black Forest idyll awaits.
Hiking in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach is possible all year round. However, the area is most beautiful during warmer months, when nature shows its rich array of colors. In summer, there are many charming refreshment stops that are always well stocked. But, the snowy Black Forest also has its charms in winter. The trails in the Renchtal are well developed and signposted making it easy to explore the region's beautiful landscapes.
You can reach Bad Peterstal-Griesbach via train from Offenburg. Here, you have a wide choice of accommodation and restaurants. If you have any questions about the region, you can find the tourist information near the town hall in Bad Peterstal. We have a special tip for you to help you completely unwind: the meditation hike. Here, you can experience nature's quiet „adagio“.
Black Forest as if from a picture book: During this eleven-kilometer hike, you will get to know the Black Forest Trail starting in Bad Peterstal. The tour starts at the station. You walk along the streambed of the Rench until you start the ascent to the forest via a staircase. The leaves of the trees give you shade, again and again you have a great view of Bad Peterstal and the surrounding region.You continue on beautiful forest trails and meadows up the mountain on the Braunberg. On the way, drink stations like the Holderstanzenhof and sky loungers invite you to take a breather. After a good five kilometers, you have mastered the challenging part and can look back on 440 vertical meters.The varied hike will take you over heather and later along the red rocks of Ibacher Schliff. A beautiful route, which is characterized by rugged rocks and fantastic views of the surrounding Black Forest valleys.Then you gently descend on forest and meadow paths. The great view of the valley keeps you pausing and enjoying the idyll. Shortly before the end of the tour you will pass a Kneipp basin. With refreshed legs, it is only a stone's throw to the starting point.On this hike, you will always find rest stations, where you can provide you with drinks. Payment is based on trust. In the Braunbergstüble you get daily from 12 o'clock something warm to eat (Monday is day off). In Bad Peterstal you will also find other restaurants.To the starting point you can arrive stress-free by train. The Ortenaubahn travels regularly from Offenburg in the direction of Bad Peterstal (journey time 40 minutes). If you arrive by car, you will find parking in the village.How about a small appetizer at the end:
Water, forest and meadows: on this almost 14 kilometer long hike you can expect a lot of variety around the valley of the "Wild Rench". The starting point is the hiking car park "Weiherplatz" in Bad Griesbach. You walk along the banks of the rushing rench, past small waterfalls and idyllic rest areas to the Fischfelsenhütte. You continue to hike through the forest, after a good four kilometers you will pass the Renchtalhütte. How about a break on the terrace with coffee and cake?The path continues over the Kirchberg and Breitenberg down to the Griesbach mineral water station. When you descend over the green meadows, you always have great views of the valley. At the Alpirsbacher Bierbrunnen you can fortify yourself for the last crisp climbThe path takes you alternately through the forest and along the edge of the forest. You cross the Maierslochbächle and soon you will see the Gasthaus Herbstwasen in front of you. You walk the last kilometer along the riverside of the "Wild Rench" until you arrive at the hiking car park again.On this circuit you will pass numerous wonderful and promising rest areas - many equipped with great wooden loungers or bubbling fountains. If you prefer an inn to your snack, you have a wide choice on the route.Would you like to start the tour right now? Then stop your wanderlust with wanderlust for now:
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What a heavenly hike: on root paths, over green meadows and soft moss to magnificent views, unique resting places and a lot of Black Forest. The Himmelsteig takes you on ten varied kilometers through the area around Bad Peterstal.Let's start the round at the outdoor pool in town. The path climbs steeply, but you are distracted with great views of the valley and get the shade of the spruce and beech donated. After the first ascent you will be rewarded with a wooden bar in the middle of the forest.Relatively flat, it continues until you hear the noise of Holchenwasserfalls after about five kilometers. At halftime you can take a refreshing break here and gather strength for the next climb. About one kilometer, it goes on soft forest roads again uphill.Once at the top, you can be proud of the altitude of 480 meters. On beautiful, rooted forest paths you walk down the valley again. Every now and then a rippling stream accompanies you on your way. Green ferns, mosses or berry bushes you pass by the wayside. The further you wander into the valley, the more the mountains move together again. You'll pass a water fountain before you're back in Bad Peterstal.On this tour you hardly have a chance to get thirsty. Again and again you will find refreshing drink stations along the way. Luckily, because the climbs are partly steep. Pack a snack in your backpack for the tour and use the nice rest areas along the way. At the end of the day you can reward yourself with a dip in the cool water in the outdoor pool.After Bad Peterstal you come by train from Offenburg. From the train station you can walk to the outdoor swimming pool in 15 minutes. If you are traveling by car then you can park it at the outdoor pool.Here's a sneak preview of the upcoming hike:
In Bad Peterstal, much of the water revolves around the spa: the Rench flows through the spa town, numerous springs gush in the region and in the mineral springs of Peterstal, the precious commodity is bottled and sold all the way to America. Reason enough to dedicate your own theme path to the water.The tour starts at the town hall. You wander along the bank of the Rench until you reach the source of the Sophia soon. Here you can fill up with water.Continue through the forest, after just under two kilometers you reach a Kneipp facility. Perfect for refreshing your legs. The path leads you further uphill to the water reservoir "Fichtensodquelle" and through the Künsbachtal down to Peterstal.On the route you will find 17 boards that will tell you interesting facts about water. Under the umbrella term "water is life", the Black Forest Association wants to remember how important water is for us and our environment and appeals to the conscious use of it. In the Tourist Information Bad Peterstal you get a detailed description of the way with its stations.In Bad Peterstal you will find numerous possibilities to stop off after the tour. From Offenburg the Ortenau train takes you to the starting point. If you arrive by car, you will find many parking spaces in the village.
This four kilometer long tour takes you to the Glaswaldsee, one of the most beautiful karseen in the Black Forest. The hike starts at the parking lot on the Freiersberg, clearly recognizable by the stone archway. The first two kilometers you hike uphill through the forest. After just under a kilometer, fresh spring water bubbles at the Julius Fountain for your refreshment.After you have mastered the ascent, the Glaswaldsee is at your feet. It is also called the "blue eye" in the central northern Black Forest - easy to understand why from the vantage point. You have a great view of the dark water of the lake, the surrounding dense Black Forest and the surrounding mountains. The path leads you down to the lake and finally along the shore. Here you will find beautiful places where you can make yourself comfortable and enjoy the wild and romantic landscape.Pack provisions and a seat cover for this hike, there are no refreshments at the lake. You can fill your water bottle at the Julius fountain. Do not be irritated by the color of the glass forest lake, the water is extremely low in lime and base and therefore very acidic and low in nutrients. This makes the water look so brown.If you have enough time, a short detour to the Klagstein is worthwhile. The path branches off to the right at the Julius Fountain. From the 907 meter high rock you have a great view over the surrounding Black Forest heights and with good visibility to the Swabian Jura.
This six-kilometer hike takes you over the tops of the Black Forest firs. Starting point is at the Renchtalhütte. The first section you hike on the Renchtalsteig on narrow trails uphill. It goes on and on up on untreated forest roads until you stand after almost two kilometers in front of the Buchkopfturm. Here you can take a break and enjoy the fabulous Black Forest panorama from the observation deck of the 29 meter high tower.You still have to master some incline before you walk downhill again. The round closes, you meet the already known way and run back until you are again in front of the Renchtalhütte.There are no steep climbs on this route, but it still offers beautiful views and a Black Forest idyll. The tour is very suitable for children.At the end of the hike, you can have a good time with coffee and cake or a hearty snack in the Renchtalhütte. Parking is available at the cabin.
You are after a relaxed and easy hike? Then this good five-kilometer round trip is just the thing for you. Start is at the train station in Bad Griesbach. You walk up shady forest paths until you are standing in front of the Haber tower after less than two kilometers. The climb to the observation deck is worth it: from here you have a fantastic view of Bad Griesbach and the surrounding mountains.You walk back to the fork, where you keep left. Then it goes downhill comfortably until you come to the cross-head ski jump. This is extended to the summer ski jump, where every year in June, July and August, international ski jumping takes place. Maybe you are lucky and can watch the athletes jump.The path leads you further down the valley. Back in Bad Griesbach you meet the Rench. Along the riverbank you walk back to the train station. On the way you will pass one of the production sites of "Schwarzwald Sprudel", where there is a drinking fountain in front of the company building. How about a tasting?At the end of the hike, you can fortify yourself in one of the on-site restaurants or settle on the banks of the Rench and refresh your feet in the cool water.The Ortenau train takes you from Offenburg to the train station in Bad Griesbach. If you prefer to travel by car, you will find plenty of parking at the starting point.
A gentle ups and downs and beautiful views await you on this walk. The panorama trail around Bad Griesbach meanders for about four kilometers. It starts in the parking lot opposite the church of St. Anthony in the center. You gently wander up the mountain and below the ski jump on a meadow path until you come to St. Anthony's Chapel.A small dirt road leads you down to the former St. Anna Clinic. There you cross the road and wander through the forest up to the Magdalenenfelsen. Over a wooden bridge you cross the "Wild Rench" and climb up again on the other side of the river. In the following section, the Panoramawegle lives up to its name: you will be accompanied by great views of Bad Griesbach, the Habererturm and the ski jump. On a zigzag path you come back down to the church and to the starting point of the tour.How about a short detour to the production site of Schwarzwald Sprudel in the village? There you will find a pavilion where you can tap the local mineral water for free. Just the thing after a hike.This relaxed route is well feasible for everyone. You have little ascents to master and are still rewarded with beautiful views. In Bad Griesbach you can enjoy it in one of the restaurants.After Bad Griesbach you come super easy from Offenburg by train. Motorists find in the city enough opportunities to park their car.