Schwarzwald

Description

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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 12. 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

Stanfords
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • Schwarzwald Sud Wanderfuhrer 2011
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Länge, Höhenmeter und Etappen Die 50 Wandertouren im Südschwarzwald sind überwiegend Halbtages- und Ganztagestouren. Aber auch kürzere... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Naturpark Südschwarzwald | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Länge; Höhenmeter und Etappen Die 50 Wandertouren im Südschwarzwald sind überwiegend Halbtages- und Ganztagestouren. Aber auch kürzere... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Triberg 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 40
  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Fernwanderweg Westweg Schwarzwald | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. Der Westweg führt von Pforzheim im Nordschwarzwald über die Hornisgrinde, Kinzigtal und Feldberg nach Basel. Er ist 285 Kilometer lang und überwindet dabei etwas mehr als 9.000 Höhenmeter. In Titisee teilt sich der Westweg: Die westliche Variante verbindet... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Schwarzwald
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Deutschlands prominentestes Mittelgebirge vom gediegen-eleganten Baden-Baden über den Hochschwarzwald mit der spektakulären Wutachschlucht bis hinab in den Südwesten und die Ökohauptstadt Freiburg - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Schwarzwald
  • 3in1: Das KOMPASS-Outdoor-Karten-Ringbuch mit großflächiger Gebietsabdeckung beinhaltet sämtliche Aktivthemen wie Wandern, Mountainbike etc. Die einzeln entnehmbaren Kartenblätter sind aus reiß- und wetterfestem Material und verbinden die Informationen von Wander-, Winter- und Fahrradkarten imDetailmaßstab von 1:35 000.Destination:- Von der... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Schwarzwald Süd mit Südschwarzwald Radweg
  • - Der Naturpark Südschwarzwald ist eingebettet zwischen dem Kaiserstuhl-Vulkan an der Grenze zu Frankreich und dem Hochrheintal an der Grenze zur Schweiz, zwischen der Wutachschlucht und den Rebfluren des Markgräflerlandes. Der Feldberg ragt als höchste Erhebung aller deutschen Mittelgebirge hier in den Himmel.- Mit dem neuen... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bad Liebenzell - Bad Wildbad - Pforzheim - Calw - Wildberg Kompass 873
  • 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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Kompass
Germany
  • Bad Liebenzell, Bad Wildbad
  • Die 3in1 Wanderkarte ist jetzt noch übersichtlicher und besser lesbar. Der Aktiv Guide informiert Sie rund um das Thema Outdoor und die kostenlose App für unterwegs gibt es auch noch dazu. Das bildet die perfekte Grundlage für die Planung einer Wandertour. Die präzise Kartografie zeigt alle begehbaren Wanderwege inklusive Klassifizierung.... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Schwarzwald Nord
  • Destination: - Schwarzwald Nord/Mitte ist Deutschlands größter Naturpark (3750 km2), höchster Berg ist die Hornisgrinde (1163 m) am Mummelsee an der Schwarzwaldhochstraße; das bekannteste und größte Tal ist das Kinzigtal mit der Schwarzwaldbahn ins Gutachtal.- Nordschwarzwald-Metropole ist Pforzheim; die Fastnachtshochburg Offenburg an der... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Neckartal-Radweg, von der Quelle im Schwarzwald nach Mannheim
  • Die KOMPASS Fahrradführer überzeugen durch:● benutzerfreundliche Karten mit präzisen Wegbeschreibungen● übersichtliches Tourenprofil für eine optimale Planung● reiß- und wetterfestes Papier für jede Witterung● persönliche Empfehlungen der AutorenFür eine einfache Planung & ideal für unterwegs!Übersichtliche Karten, selbsterklärende Symbole und... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Baden-Württemberg Süd, Schwarzwald, Bodensee, Schwäbische Alb, Allgäu
  • Destination:- Baden-Württembergs Süden ist ein Land der Kontraste: Zwischen Oberrheingraben im Westen und Lech im Osten liegen zahlreiche bekannte Urlaubsdestinationen: Im Westen der Schwarzwald, daran anschließend die Schwäbische Alb. Im Süden folgt auf die Bodenseeregion das westliche Allgäu mit den Allgäuer Alpen.- Unbestritten ist der... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Donauradweg 1, von Donaueschingen nach Passau
  • 10 Tagesetappen- Rund 590 km liegen zwischen dem Start des Donauradwegs im Schwarzwald (Donaueschingen) und Passau in Niederbayern. Der Donauradweg ist einer der meist befahrenen Radwege Deutschlands.- Auf ihrem Weg durchstreift der Fluss unterschiedliche Landschaften. Die Ferienregionen Schwarzwald und die Schwäbische Alb in Baden-Württemberg,... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Rheinradweg 1, vom Bodensee nach Mannheim
  • 8 Tagesetappen- Auf über 450 km führt der Rhein zwischen Schwarzwald, Schweizer Jura ,Vogesen und Pfalz von Stein am Rhein (Bodensee) bis Mannheim. Abwechslungsreich und bunt ist die Mischung, die beim Radgenuss entlang des Flusses vorüberzieht.- Der Rheinfall, einer der mächtigsten Wasserfälle Europas, wartet am Hochrhein. Die sonnenreichste... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest North 2-Map Set Kompass 886
  • 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
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Kompass
Germany
  • Schwarzwald Nord
  • Die KOMPASS Wanderkarten überzeugen durch● eine GPS-genaue und aktuelle Karte zur einfachen Orientierung ● lesefreundliche Optik im idealen Maßstab von 1:25.000/1:35.000 oder 1:50.000 - Um mehr als 1000 Meter überragt der Nordschwarzwald die Rheinebene. Gegen Osten hin wird die Gegend flacher. Hier findet man Wald, soweit das Auge reicht - mit... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 886 Schwarzwald Nord | Kompass
  • Goede 2-delige wandelkaartenset van het Zwarte Woud noord met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Westweg
  • Guidebook to the Westweg (Westway), a 285km walk across Germany's Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. This classic route, which includes Feldberg, Black Forest's highest peak, takes 13 to 14 days, each day stage ranging from 15 to 28km. Two variants are described, both well way-marked and suitable for those new to long distance walking. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Westway: Through Germany`s Black Forest
  • This guidebook is all you need to discover The Westweg, a 285km walk along the length Germany`s Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. This classic long-distance trail takes around two weeks to walk, in stages of 15-28km. The route is well way-marked and suitable for experienced hikers and those new to long distance walking, though some sections... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • The Westweg
  • This guidebook is all you need to discover The Westweg, a 285km walk along the length Germany's Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. This classic long-distance trail takes around two weeks to walk, in stages of 15-28km. The route is well way-marked and suitable for experienced hikers and those new to long distance walking, though some sections... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • The Westweg
  • This guidebook is all you need to discover The Westweg, a 285km walk along the length Germany's Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. This classic long-distance trail takes around two weeks to walk, in stages of 15-28km. The route is well way-marked and suitable for experienced hikers and those new to long distance walking, though some sections... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids The Westweg | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van een meerdaagse tocht in het Zwarte Woud in Duitsland. Goede beschrijvingen, veel praktische informatie en redelijke kaarten al zullen deze niet helemaal voldoende zijn. Guidebook to the Westweg (Westway), a 285km walk across Germany's Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. This classic route, which includes Feldberg,... Read more
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Maps

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
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
  • Italy: IGA 50K Hiking Maps of Central Italy
  • Central Italy on a series of contoured, GPS compatible hiking maps at 1:50,000 from the Istituto Geografico Adriatico, covering 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 heights. Colouring indicates... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alta Valle del Lamone
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Foreste Casentinesi: Campigna, Camaldoli, Chiusi dell Verna
  • Map No. 20, Foreste Casentinesi: Campigna, Camaldoli, Chiusi dell Verna, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Southern Black Forest Cycle Tour (240km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 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
  • Alta Val Marecchia
  • Map No. 126, Alta Val Marecchia, 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
  • Germany: Baden-Württemberg 50K Topographic Survey Leisure Maps
  • Black Forest and the rest of the state of Baden-Württemberg in a series of double-sided, GPS compatible topographic maps at 1:50,000 with hiking and cycling routes, sport and recreational facilities, cultural, historical and other tourist sites, etc.The maps, produced by the state’s official survey organization Landesamt für Geoinformation und... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Monte Carpegna - Sasso di Simone
  • 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
  • Neckar Cycle Route: from the Source to the Rhine (367km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • 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
  • Alta Valle del Metauro: Valle del Candigliano, Monte Nerone, Monte Catria
  • Map No. 122, Alta Valle del Metauro: Valle del Candigliano, Monte Nerone, Monte Catria, 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... Read more
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
  • 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
  • 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
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Deer Trails of the Black Forest
  • Self guided walking tour in Germany's Northern Black Forest. Deer Trails of the Black Forest 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... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Black Forest Gorge Trail
  • Self guided walking tour through the Southern Black Forest. This classic inn to inn walking tour takes you along the ‘Schluchtensteig’, or Gorge Trail, in Germany’s famous Black Forest. The 119km route has been nominated for the coveted title of Germany’s most beautiful walking trail and it’s easy to see why. Walking through different gorges... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking and Wellness in the Black Forest
  • A single centre walking and relaxation trip in the Black Forest. Relaxation is the order of the day on this single centre walking tour in the heart of the Black Forest. The traditional resort town of Todtmoos is your base for this short break. Breath in the fresh forest air, walk around crystal clear waters and enjoy panoramic views to the... 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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