Schwarzwald

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The Black Forest, or Schwarzwald, is named after the huge firs that cover vast contiguous areas. If you don't like pine, then the Black Forest might not be the best destination for you. The west of Germany's most impressive mountain range – next to the Alps - is the most forested. Here you will find the highest tops and the best views. Highest mountain is the Feldberg, 1493m. The Westweg links the best parts together.

To the east, the terrain become flatter, and there is more alternation with farmland. The Ostweg introduces you to this lesser known part of the Black Forest. Here you will walk closer to the Danube than to the Rhine, and the views extend to the Swabian Jura.

Above we already mentioned two of the most famous hiking trails: the Westweg, founded in 1900, and the Ostweg. In between is the Mittelweg. All three long distance paths start in Pforzheim and fan southward to finish at river Rhine near the Swiss border.

There are also about 20 other fantastic long distance footpaths. These follow beautiful valleys, have certain themes, or cross the mountains from west to east. The best place to start your search for information is the website of the Schwarzwaldvereins.

Day hikers will be happy too. Everywhere they will find well documented and marked hiking trails.

Tourism – including walking tourism - has a long history in the Black Forest. Hotels and Gasthäuser have been in existence for often more than a century, handed over from one generation to the next. In every village and on every mountain you'll find something, usually opan all year. There are also some 30 Wanderheime, uncostly and pleasant accommodations.

Opinions

Rate 7.0 | 4 votes | No 11. in Germany
  • David August 2011
  • Rate 7
  • Positive paisajes, naturaleza, gastronomia y precios.
  • Negative en algunas zonas y sobre todo en verano, mucho turismo
  • Hendrik Legemate January 2008
  • Rate 6
  • Negative the planted forests, no very small hiking trails
  • Joke ter Weele October 2001
  • Rate 7
  • Positive Pleasant towns with a wide choice of inns after long forest walks
  • Negative Forests are all planted, and sometimes monotonous
  • Henk Nouws February 2000
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Special atmosphere. It has the ambiance of tourism of the start of the 20th century.
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Trails in this region

Books

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United Kingdom
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest from Cicerone describes day walks, multi-stage treks and cycle routes covering the north, central and southern regions of Germany's Black Forest. It features a selection of easy routes for families and multi-day journeys to explore the many forests, villages, castles and hills near Strasbourg, Baden-Baden,... Read more
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  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest from Cicerone describes day walks, multi-stage treks and cycle routes covering the north, central and southern regions of Germany`s Black Forest. It features a selection of easy routes for families and multi-day journeys to explore the many forests, villages, castles and hills near Strasbourg, Baden-Baden,... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest from Cicerone describes day walks, multi-stage treks and cycle routes covering the north, central and southern regions of Germany's Black Forest. It features a selection of easy routes for families and multi-day journeys to explore the many forests, villages, castles and hills near Strasbourg, Baden-Baden,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Feldberg - Hochschwarzwald
  • Black Forest: Feldberg - Hochschwarzwald area at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Freiburg im Breisgau - Kaiserstuhl
  • Black Forest: Freiburg im Breisgau - Kaiserstuhl area at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000.... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Triberg
  • Black Forest: Triberg area at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour interval varies from 10m... Read more
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Wandern mit Kindern Schwarzwald - Zwarte Woud | ADAC |
  • Neben zahlreichen bequemen Wander- und Erlebniswegen locken noch viele weitere Freizeitmöglichkeiten und natürlich auch die gemütlichen Einkehrmöglichkeiten und die leckeren Schwarzwälder Spezialitäten. In den 30 ausgewählten Familienwanderungen, die dieser Band präsentiert; spiegelt sich die Vielfalt der Region wider. So geht es etwa im... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
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eBooks.de
Germany
2010
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald Süd 5414| Kompass | Peter Freier
  • Der Wanderführer Schwarzwald-Süd beschreibt die herrlichen Wanderlandschaften zwischen Breisgau und Hotzenwald. Beeindruckende Täler – wie das Höllental (zwischen ­Hinterzarten und Kirchzarten) oder das mehr als 30 km lange Wutachtal – prägen den Südschwarzwald ebenso wie die drei höchsten Schwarzwaldberge Feldberg (1493 m), Herzogenhorn (1415... Read more
Kompass
Germany
2010
  • KOMPASS-Wanderführer Schwarzwald Süd WF 5414
  • 36 Tourenvorschläge• Der Wanderführer Schwarzwald-Süd beschreibt die herrlichen Wanderlandschaften zwischen Breisgau und Hotzenwald. Beeindruckende Täler – wie das Höllental (zwischen Hinterzarten und Kirchzarten) oder das mehr als 30 km lange Wutachtal – prägen den Südschwarzwald ebenso wie die drei höchsten Schwarzwaldberge Feldberg (1493 m),... Read more
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Netherlands
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Kompass
Germany
  • Südschwarzwald DuMont Wanderführer
  • Herrliche Panoramawege und wundervolle Rund- und Streckenwanderungen erwarten Sie in im südlichen Schwarzwald, zwischen Kinzigtal und Bad Säckingen, zwischen dem Kaiserstuhl und der Wutachschlucht. Jede der 35 Touren ermöglicht einen perfekten Wandertag: Exakte Wegbeschreibung, Karte und Höhenprofil sind jeweils durch die zugeordneten Wegpunkte... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
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Germany
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald Süd Mitte - Zwarte Woud | Rother | Martin Kuhnle
  • De Rother wandelgidsen beschrijven zeer goed de wandelingen in specifieke gebieden. In de gids vindt men kaarten, routebeschrijvingen en de nodige praktische informatie om van de wandelingen/trekkings een geslaagde onderneming te maken. Zahlreiche schöne Fern- und Weitwanderwege verlaufen in Deutschlands höchstem Mittelgebirge, dem Schwarzwald.... Read more
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Maps

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United Kingdom
  • Liverpool, Southport and Wigan
  • Map No. 108, Liverpool, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Wallasey, Birkenhead, West Kirby, Bebington, Heswall, Runcorn, Hale, Widnes, Prescot, Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Bootle, Kirkby, Crosby, Maghull, Rainford, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Skelmersdale, Lydiate, Formby, Ormskirk, Parbold, Standish, Mawdesley,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Liverpool - Southport & Wigan OS Landranger Map 108 (paper)
  • Map No. 108, Liverpool, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Wallasey, Birkenhead, West Kirby, Bebington, Heswall, Runcorn, Hale, Widnes, Prescot, Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Bootle, Kirkby, Crosby, Maghull, Rainford, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Skelmersdale, Lydiate, Formby, Ormskirk, Parbold, Standish, Mawdesley,... Read more
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Engeland Landranger 108 Liverpool, Southport & Wigan |
  • Zeer goede detailkaart met topografische ondergrond. Hierop zijn toeristische symbolen van bezienswaardigheden ingetekend, daarnaast staan bijvoorbeeld campings en jeugdherbergen vermeld en - voor wandelaars het belangrijkst - alle right of way paden en Lange afstands Wandelpaden zijn er op te vinden. De ideale kaart voor het wandelen in... Read more
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  • Liverpool, Southport & Wigan
  • Map No. 108, Liverpool, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Wallasey, Birkenhead, West Kirby, Bebington, Heswall, Runcorn, Hale, Widnes, Prescot, Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Bootle, Kirkby, Crosby, Maghull, Rainford, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Skelmersdale,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Liverpool - Southport & Wigan OS Landranger Active Map 108 (waterproof)
  • Map No. 108, Liverpool, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Wallasey, Birkenhead, West Kirby, Bebington, Heswall, Runcorn, Hale, Widnes, Prescot, Newton-le-Willows, St Helens, Bootle, Kirkby, Crosby, Maghull, Rainford, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Skelmersdale,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alsace: Strasbourg - Saverne
  • The central part of Alsace around Strasbourg and Saverne on a GPS compatible, double-sided map at 1:50,000 from Kümmerly+Frey printed on sturdy, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycling routes, sites for other recreational activities, various accommodation options, restaurants and ferme-auberge... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alpe della Luna
  • Map No. 16, Monte Carpegna - Sasso di Simone, in series of contoured, GPS compatible hiking maps at 1:25,000 from the Istituto Geografico Adriatico, covering mainly the spine of the Apennines along the borders of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria and the Marches.Map in this series have contours at 25m intervals with additional shading and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from the peak of Byala Voda near Belogradchik eastwards to just beyond... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Southern Black Forest Cycle Tour (240km)
  • Southern Black Forest Cycle Tour, a 240-km long route around the Black Forest Nature Park starting in Freiburg and including Titsee, Waldshut-Tiengen, Basel and the German bank of the Rhine, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Colline di Forlí
  • Map No. 127, Colline di Forlí, in a series of GPS compatible hiking maps at 1:50,000 from the Istituto Geografico Adriatico, covering parts of central Italy: eastern Tuscany, with northern Umbria and the Marches, plus the south-eastern of part of Emilia-Romagna.The maps have contours at 50m intervals with additional shading and numerous spot... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Freiburg and Environs
  • Freiburg and Environs in the southern Black Forest on a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS: this title is part of an extensive series covering... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 889 Freiburg und Umgebung (met stadsplattegrond) | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte... Read more
Kompass
Germany
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde
  • Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde (No. 877), a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much of Germany... Read more
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IGN
France
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 877 Oberkirch-Hornisgrinde | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte... Read more
Kompass
Germany
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest - Pforzheim - Baden-Baden
  • Black Forest - Pforzheim - Baden-Baden area at 1:35,000 from Kümmerly+Frey in a series GPS compatible, double-sided maps printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant plastic paper; contoured, with hiking and cycle routes, other recreational activities, etc. Maps in this series are at a scale of either 1:50,000 or 1:35,000. Contour interval... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alpe di San Benedetto
  • Map No. 21, Alpe di San Benedetto: Passo del Muraglione – San Godenzo – Dicomano, in series of contoured, GPS compatible hiking maps at 1:25,000 from the Istituto Geografico Adriatico, covering mainly the spine of the Apennines along the borders of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Umbria and the Marches.Map in this series have contours at 25m intervals... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from Varshets (directly north of Sofia) to just beyond Etrepole.Maps in the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Neckar Cycle Route: from the Source to the Rhine (367km)
  • Neckar Cycle Route, a 367-km long cycle route from the source of the Neckar in the Black Forest across Stuttgart and Heidelberg to the Rhine at Mannheim, presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Riviera Cesenate - San Marino
  • Map No. 128, Riviera Cesenate - San Marino, in a series of GPS compatible hiking maps at 1:50,000 from the Istituto Geografico Adriatico, covering parts of central Italy: eastern Tuscany, with northern Umbria and the Marches, plus the south-eastern of part of Emilia-Romagna.The maps have contours at 50m intervals with additional shading and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Feldberg - Todtnau
  • Feldberg - Todtnau area of the Black Forest in a detailed, GPS compatible map at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc, printed on durable, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:This title is part of an extensive series covering Austria, much... Read more
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IGN
France
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 891 Feldberg-Todtnau | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Feldberg - Todtnau - Kirchzarten - Hinterzarten WK 891
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte für Wanderer wie aktuelle Wanderwege mit Markierungen, empfehlenswerte Radrouten und wichtige touristische Informationen.Der topographische Inhalt wird bei aller Detailgenauigkeit leicht lesbar und anschaulich dargestellt.Ein übersichtlich gestaltetes Beiheft mit zahlreichen Farbfotos informiert... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Red Deer Trail
  • Self guided walking tour in Germany's Northern Black Forest. The Red Deer Trail is a classic self-guided walking tour through the nature reserves and woodland of the Northern Black Forest, to the north of Freudenstadt. The route includes both the largest area of upland moorland in the whole of Germany and the Mummelsee Lake, both the highest... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Zwarte Woud
  • Bekijk de mooie gevels in het Kinzigtal en strijk neer op een terrasje. Overnacht in zeer verschillende, maar altijd mooi gelegen en comfortabele hotels. Wandel over goed gemarkeerde, afwisselende wandelpaden en geniet onderweg van Kaffee mit Kuchen.  Klim en draai met de rode Schwarzwaldbahn door oneindige tunnels en over hoge viadukten. Loop... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Schwarzwald
  • Wintersport in het Duitse Zwarte Woud en een gastvrij verblijf in de zeer gezellige Gasthof Kolmenhof van de Familie Dold. Vanuit dit op 1100 m hoogte gelegen pension kan je in het hart van het Naturpark Südschwarzwald langlaufen (100 km), sneeuwwandelen op sneeuwschoenen en naar hartenlust winterwandelen. En de bron van de Donau ligt in de... Read more
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