Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Schwarzwaldverein e.V. planned a hike.
April 1, 2020
The path leads us from the spa town of Bad Wildbad up to the highest moor areas in Germany on Kaltenbronn and on through partly untouched landscapes to Besenfeld.Bad Wildbad, spa and recreational resort in the Enztal in the Black Forest, is the starting point of our stage. In addition to thermal baths and well-tended spa facilities, the place also has a lot to offer for those interested in culture and sports: The Royal Kurtheater, for example, is the venue for the Rossini Festival every year. The treetop path on the Sommerberg and the Bikepark Wildbad, one of the largest of its kind in Germany, are offers for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.From Bad Wildbad there are 300 vertical meters to climb to the summer mountain before we can make our way to the Grünhütte. If you want to spare your energy in view of the long stage, you can also reach the high plateau of the Sommerberg from the center of Bad Wildbad with the summer mountain railway. From here it goes on well-kept paths to the green hut, which is well attended in summer and winter, especially on weekends.The middle path leads us to the Wildsee, the first of the two moor areas that we pass on today's stage. Wildsee and Hohlohsee, which we will reach later, are considered the largest natural raised bog areas in Germany. They originated at the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago. Steering of visitors was necessary to protect and preserve this unique landscape. Therefore, the hikers are led around the Wildsee in a wide arc.In Kaltenbronn, a pass between Enz and Murgtal, there is a lot of interesting information about nature on the Kaltenbronn in the specially set up information center, which is a valued destination for skiers and cross-country skiers in winter.From Kaltenbronn we have to tackle another climb to the Hohlohsee, at the edge of which we reach the summit of the Hohlohs and the Hohlohturm (formerly Kaiser-Wilhelm-Turm) on plank paths. The tower is maintained and maintained by the Gernsbach local group of the Black Forest Association. In good weather, the viewing platform at a height of 1,000 meters offers a splendid panoramic view of the surroundings to the Vosges and the Alps.From the Hohlohturm we hike through an untouched heath landscape to the Toten Mann and in the last part of the stage to Besenfeld through the forest of the Murgschiffschaft, the private forest of a cooperative timber trading company that has existed since the 15th century. In addition to the sale of wood, rafting once played an important role. We will encounter it even more frequently in the course of our journey. Besenfeld also developed on one of those grubbing islands that we encountered on the first stage of the middle walk.At over 30 kilometers, this stage is one of the longest in the middle. There are two longer climbs to be mastered from Bad Wildbad up to the Sommerberg (alternatively the Sommerbergbahn can be used) and from Kaltenbronn up to the Hohloh summit.(Text Peter Grotz)
April 25, 2020