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Seven lakes in one adventure — Germany’s Baiersbronn lake trail

Uwe Lerch

Seven lakes in one adventure — Germany’s Baiersbronn lake trail

Hiking Collection by Baiersbronn

6

Tours

31:05 h

64.0 mi

9,775 ft

The Seensteig trail (Lakeside Path) around Baiersbronn combines everything that makes the Black Forest National Park to special: wildly romantic forests, peaks with great views, lakes and moors steeped in legend, and rushing waterfalls. No wonder the German Hiking Association has named this long-distance hiking trail one of the most beautiful in Germany. The 90-kilometre (56 mi) route takes you to seven cirque lakes, which give the trail its name. Pure Black Forest idyll awaits you around the lakes, which you can experience throughout the five stages.

The lakes, created by glaciers, form a dreamlike backdrop in the midst of the typical Black Forest landscape. The dark water reflects the spruce trees and mountains standing on the shore. And of course, you’ll be hiking up some of the peaks. From the Hornisgrinde, the highest mountain in the northern Black Forest, or the Schliffkopf, you have wonderful views of the Rhine valley and as far as France. Along the way, you’ll also find scenic rest areas and rustic huts where you can fortify yourself with a snack. Everything you need for a real hike in the Black Forest.

The starting point for this multi-day adventure is the town of Baiersbronn in the northern Black Forest. The S-Bahn takes you there from Karlsruhe or Freudenstadt. The Seensteig trail is very well signposted, simply follow the curved ‘S’ signs. You’ll hike a lot on natural paths and often feel as though you’re in true wilderness. On the third stage, you can choose whether to swap the popular Westweg path for the Kaisersteigle trail for a few kilometres. We show you both options in this Collection.

The facilities along the Seensteig makes planning easy: at the end of the stages you’ll find overnight accommodation, along the route you can stop off at cosy huts and inns, and if you don't want to walk the entire 90 kilometres (56 mi), you can hop on a bus or train along the way. If you don't want to carry your bags between accommodation, the Baiersbronn Touristik luggage service will take care of it for you. The pure bliss of hiking is in the foreground on the Seensteig, which is why the trail is also well suited for newcomers to long-distance hiking.

Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of this national park and discover the magnificent landscape around Baiersbronn. A multi-day hike through the Black Forest is a true balm for the soul.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:38
    9.36 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The highlight of the Baiersbronn hiking heaven: On the Seensteig you can hike around the entire district of Baiersbronn in five days and discover incomparable landscapes and exciting sections of the route.The approach to the Seensteig leads from the hiking information center (WIZ) at the Baiersbronn train station to the parking lot at the chairlift, the portal and the …

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    11.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,375 ft
    925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approach to the starting point of the second stage begins in the center of the Mitteltal (tourist information / Lamm bus stop). The route runs 1.8 kilometers along the Ellbach to the game reserve. Via the Ellbachkopfhütte it goes up to the Grubensattel. Here is a heavenly lounger with a panoramic view for a first break.For the next …

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    7.84 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the parking lot the path leads to one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in the northern Black Forest, the Schliffkopf. Depending on the weather, the view extends as far as the Bernese Alps, the fog-covered valleys, or just a few meters. There are two variants from the “Hübschen Platz”: on the well-known Westweg over the unique landscape of …

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  • Intermediate
    04:27
    9.33 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the parking lot the path leads to one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in the northern Black Forest, the Schliffkopf. Depending on the weather, the view extends as far as the Bernese Alps, the fog-covered valleys, or just a few meters. There are two variants from the “Hübschen Platz”: on the well-known Westweg over the unique landscape of …

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  • Difficult
    06:17
    12.7 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    3,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage begins with an ascent to the Hornisgrinde. The highest point in the northern Black Forest is 1,164 meters high and offers a fantastic all-round view of the Rhine plain, foothills and the Langenbachtal. The observation tower is open when the weather is nice. An interesting educational trail leads on planks over the 5,000 year old raised bog. Especially in autumn there is a wonderful play of colors here.

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  • Difficult
    06:20
    13.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting from the center of Schönmünzach, the Seensteig leads over the Stuhlberg to the Blockhaushof. The furnished pleasure area offers the opportunity for a first break. Then it goes towards Huzenbachsee. Initially gentle, with a view of the meadows of the Silberberg, later noticeably rising, the route is back in the forests of the Black Forest National Park. When you …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    64.0 mi
  • Duration
    31:05 h
  • Elevation
    9,775 ft

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