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 | 3 votes | No 11. in Germany
  • 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

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Blue River, Black Sea
  • The Danube is Europe's Amazon. It flows through more countries than any other river on Earth - from the Black Forest in Germany to Europe's farthest fringes, where it joins the Black Sea in Romania. Andrew Eames' journey along its length brings us face to face with the Continent's bloodiest history and its most pressing issues of race and... Read more
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Germany
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Germany
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eBooks.de
Germany
  • Wandern und Einkehren 04. Schwarzwald südlicher Teil
  • Breisgau, Kaiserstuhl, Markgräflerland, Feldberg, Herzogenhorn, Belchen, Schauinsland, Brend, Mooswaldkopf, Albsee, Feldsee, Titisee, Schluchsee, Elz Simonswäldetal (ZweiTälerLand), Glottertal, Höllental, Münstertal, Wiesental, Albtal. Herrliche Wandertouren, ausgewählte Gasthöfe, Hotels und Pensionen, Anfahrtsstrecken, Parkmöglichkeiten... Read more
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Maps

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Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 886 Schwarzwald nord - Zwarte Woud noord | 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. Wandelkaart Zwarte Woud: Deze set van twee kaarten... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest Rivers Cycling Routes (670km)
  • Black Forest Rivers Cycling Routes guide from Verlag Esterbauer covering 670kms of cycle routes along the Murg, the Kinzig, the Enz and the Nagold, as well as the Black Forest Panorama route, with maps at 1:75,000 showing the routes and their variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Central and Northern Black Forest Cycle Tour (260km)
  • Northern and Central Black Forest Cycle Tour, a 260-km long route, presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:50,000. The route nests between the Rhine in the west and the Neckar in the east, and extends from the Kinzig Valley in the south northwards to just short of Karlsruhe and Pforzheim. Extensive information is conveyed by... Read more
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
  • 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
  • Black Forest North (2-map set)
  • The northern part of the Black Forest on a set of two double-sided, GPS compatible maps at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc. Coverage extends from Rastatt and Pforzheim south to Schramberg and includes Baden-Baden, Offenburg, Lahr and the northern part of the Naturpark Schwarzwald.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bad Liebenzell - Wildbad
  • Bad Liebenzell - Wildbad area of northern 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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  • IGN, France
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IGN
France
  • 873 - Bad Libenzell
  • Les cartes de randonnée KOMPASS contiennent des informations précieuses pour les randonneurs : Marquage. Itinéraires de randonnées recommandés. Informations touristiques importantes. Descriptif des cartes dans la langue du pays Read more
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IGN
France
  • 883 - Kaiserstuhl - Tuniberg
  • Les cartes de randonnée KOMPASS contiennent des informations précieuses pour les randonneurs : Marquage. Itinéraires de randonnées recommandés. Informations touristiques importantes. Descriptif des cartes dans la langue du pays Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kaiserstuhl - Tuniberg - Kenzingen - Emmenignen - Breisach am Rhein
  • Kaiserstuhl - Tuniberg - Kenzingen - Emmenignen - Breisach am Rhein area of central 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St. Georgen - Triberg - South Black Forest NP
  • St. Georgen - Triberg area of 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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  • IGN, France
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IGN
France
  • 885 - St Georgen - Triberg
  • Les cartes de randonnée KOMPASS contiennent des informations précieuses pour les randonneurs : Marquage. Itinéraires de randonnées recommandés. Informations touristiques importantes. Descriptif des cartes dans la langue du pays Read more
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Walking holidays

Te Voet
Belgium
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
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