Etappe 3: Von Forbach nach Unterstmatt – der Westweg
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Schwarzwald Tourismus planned a hike.
January 30, 2020
The third tour on the Westweg runs over a long summit chain and leads you up to the Unterstmatt pass. It is located on the famous Black Forest High Road, the oldest holiday road in Germany. On the way there you hike through dense forests and past idyllic lakes.From the starting point in Forbach it goes straight uphill. In some hairpin bends and serpentine sections you climb up the slopes of the Murgtal until you stand on the banks of the Schwarzenbach reservoir. This offers a sublime sight, especially in winter and spring, when the water rises and the trees are reflected in it.After a short breather it continues: You leave the reservoir and hike along a rocky hiking trail along the narrow Seebach. It is partly fed from the Herrenwieser See, the banks of which you pass on the way up to the Seekopf.When you get to the Seekopf, there is no prospect, but a monument steeped in history: on a large rock there is a memorial plaque for Philipp Bussemer, who is considered the "father of the Westweg".At the Seekopf you have almost completed the entire ascent of today's stage and from here you can hike on without major differences in altitude. The next stop is the Friedrichsturm on the Badener Höhe. On the observation deck of the tower you are clearly above the treetops and are spoiled accordingly with a great view.It is only a few minutes' walk from the tower to the Naturfreundehaus Badener Höhe, which is perfect for a cozy break and a delicious meal. Freshly strengthened, you then hike through the forest to the Unterstmatt finish. Here you will find two different hotels where you can stay.