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

The Book Depository
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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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald Mitte, Nord - 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. Die drei großen Fernwanderwege im Schwarzwald sind weit über die Landesgrenzen hinaus bekannt. Sie werden... Read more
eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
2015
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids 356 Schluchtensteig | Conrad Stein verlag |
  • Handzaam boekje met de routebeschrijving inclusief een heleboel praktische informatie. De beschrijving is uitstekend, maar kaarten zijn beperkt en schetsmatig aanwezig. Duits. Ausgehend vom Städtchen Stühlingen unweit der Schweizer Grenze führt der Schluchtensteig auf knapp 120 km einmal quer durch den Naturpark Südschwarzwald. Dieser... Read more
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eBooks.de
Germany
2010
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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
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Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderführer Schwarzwald Höhenwege 1 - Längswege WF 1068
  • Westweg-Mittelweg-Ostweg37 Wandervorschläge, vom Spaziergang bis zur zünftigen Bergtour, wurden vor Ort erkundet. Die Touren sind nach ihrer Schwierigkeit gekennzeichnet und mit Profilskizzen versehen, an denen der zu überwindende Höhenunterschied, die Gehzeit sowie die Einkehrmöglichkeiten abzulesen sind. Jede Tourenbeschreibung im... Read more
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Germany
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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Germany
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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • 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
  • Bagno di Romagna
  • Map No. 19, Bagno di Romagna, 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.The maps have contours at 25m intervals with additional shading and numerous Map in this series have... Read more
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 883 Kaiserstuhl-Tuniberg | Kompass |
  • 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Colline di Rimini
  • Map No. 124, Colline di Rimini, 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. This title covers the holiday resorts on the Adriatic coast around Rimini,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Wutachschlucht - Waldshut - Tiengen
  • Wutachschlucht - Waldshut - Tiengen area of southern Germany on a contoured and 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... Read more
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IGN
France
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 899 Wutachschlucht-Waldshut-Tiengen | Kompass |
  • Nu geplastificeerd en scheurvast 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.... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Italy: IGA 25K Hiking Maps of Central Italy
  • Central Italy on a 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.The maps have contours at 25m intervals with additional shading and numerous spot heights. Colouring indicates... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St. Blasien - Todtmoos - Hotzenwald - South Black Forest NP
  • St. Blasien - Todtmoos - Hotzenwald 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... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 898 St. Blasien-Todtmoos | 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pirin Mountains Domino Map
  • Pirin Mountains at 1:50,000 on a large, double-sided, contoured map with GPS waypoints for shelters and chalets, peaks, etc. and highlighting hiking routes. Topography is shown by contours at 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Monte Fumaiolo - Alto Tevere
  • Map No. 18, Monte Fumaiolo - Alto Tevere, 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 numerous... Read more
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 885 St. Georgen-Triberg | 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strandzha Mountains: Burgas to the Turkish Border Domino Map
  • Strandzha Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria between Burgas to the Turkish border on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Domino showing local hiking trails and highlighting various interesting sites, with three more detailed enlargements at 1:25,000. Most place names are in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabet; map legend... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Freudenstadt - Baiersbronn - Simmersfeld - Loßburg
  • Bad Freudenstadt - Baiersbronn - Simmersfeld - Loßburg 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... Read more
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Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 878 Freudenstadt-Baiersbronn | 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. GPS toepasbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. KOMPASS Wanderkarten enthalten alles... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France: Kummerly + Frey Recreational Maps of the Vosges Mountains and Alsace
  • Vosges Mountains and southern Alsace on GPS compatible, double-sided maps 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 locations, etc. Scales are either 1:50,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lahr –Rheinauen – Taubergießen - Kinzigtal
  • Lahr –Rheinauen – Taubergießen – Kinzigtal 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 is part of an extensive... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart WK 879 Lahr-Rheinauen-Taubergießen-Kinzi | Kompass |
  • • Naturerlebnis und Kulturgenuss zwischen Fluss und Berg – das bietet die Region rund um Lahr/Schwarzwald. Die Stadt liegt im Westen von Baden-Württemberg; etwa 38 km nördlich von Freiburg im Breisgau und 100 km südlich von Karlsruhe; auch Strasbourg am französischen Rheinufer ist nicht allzu weit entfernt. • Der westliche Schwarzwald-Teil um... 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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