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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  • 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
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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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  • 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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Maps

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  • 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
  • Middle Black Forest - Strasbourg
  • Black Forest Middle – Strasbourg on a waterproof, tear-resistant, GPS compatible cycling map at 1:75,000 from the ADFC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club - the official German cycling federation), in a series of maps with extensive overprint for long-distance and local cycling routes. GPS waypoints, route profiles, details of online links for... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Central: Zlatitsa to Kalofer Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Central: Zlatitsa to Kalofer 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 just west of Ribaritsa and Zlatitsa eastwards beyond Kalofer to the peak of... Read more
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  • Black Forest Rivers Cycling Routes (670km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 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
  • Appennino Tosco-Romagnolo East
  • Map No. 135, Appennino Tosco-Romagnolo East, 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
  • Black Forest South 50K Kompass 2-Map Set No. 887
  • The southern 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 Teningen south to Basel and the Rhine and includes Freiburg and the Naturpark Schwarzwald – the most visited part of the Black Forest. ... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 887 Schwarzwald Sud | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaartenset 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. Read more
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  • Baden-Württemberg MARCO POLO Karten 1:200.000
  • Es ist gut zu wissen, wo sich die bedeutenden kulturellen und landschaftlichen Sehenswürdigkeiten befinden. Das präzise und klar lesbare Kartenbild der MARCO POLO Karte führt Sie nicht nur zu diesen wirklich interessanten Stellen, sondern zeigt Ihnen außerdem noch viele andere wissenswerte Details. Dank des großen Maßstabs 1:200 000 können Sie... Read more
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  • Münstertal - Nördl. Markgräflerland - Staufen - Badenweiler - Bad Krozingen
  • Münstertal - Nördl. Markgräflerland - Staufen - Badenweiler - Bad Krozingen (No. 890), 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... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 890 Münstertal-Nördliches Markgräfler | 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
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  • Alsace: Mulhouse - Basel - Fribourg
  • The southern part of Alsace around Mulhouse and Guebwiller 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
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United Kingdom
  • Monti Sibillini National Park 25K Ed. Multigraphic Map No. 60/61
  • Monti Sibillini National Park at 1:25,000 on a double-sided contoured map from Edizioni Multigraphic highlighting local waymarked hiking routes including the GAS – Grand Anello dei Sibilini, the circular tour around the mountains.The map has contours at 25m intervals with colouring for woodlands. Waymarked routes are highlighted and annotated... Read more
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  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Central: Uzana to Vratnik 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 just west of the Uzana massif, the geographical centre of Bulgaria, eastwards to... Read more
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  • Alta Val Tiberina
  • Map No. 125, Alta Val Tiberina, 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
  • Black Forest Complete 50K Kompass 4-Map Set No. 888
  • The whole of the Black Forest on a set of four double-sided, GPS compatible and contoured maps at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc. Coverage extends from Ratstatt and Pforzheim north of Baden-Baden to Basel and the east/west section of the Rhine.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:... Read more
Stanfords
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  • Alta Valle del Santerno
  • Map No. 22, Alta Valle del Lamone: Alto Appennino Faentino – Anello di Marradi, 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
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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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