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 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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord Wanderfuhrer 2012
  • 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! Neben den Wäldern zeichnen den Schwarzwald seine offenen Flächen, seine Wiesen und Weiden aus. So abwechslungsreich wie die Landschaft sind... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Wandelgids Naturpark Schwarzwald Mitte | 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! Neben den Wäldern zeichnen den Schwarzwald seine offenen Flächen, seine Wiesen und Weiden aus. So abwechslungsreich wie die Landschaft sind... Read more
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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
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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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • WF5419 Schluchtensteig im Naturpark Südschwarzwald Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken • naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld • openbaar... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • WF5419 Schluchtensteig im Naturpark Südschwarzwald Kompass
  • De Kompass wandelgids + kaart geeft een overzicht van alle wandelroutes in het gebied met nauwkeurige routeaanwijzingen en hoogteaanduidingen, De extra grote kaart, schaal 1:35 000, is ideaal om van te voren uw route uit te stippelen en om onderweg te gebruiken • naast de bekende bestemmingen, worden ook de minder bekende vermeld • openbaar... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Wanderführer Schluchtensteig im Naturpark Südschwarzwald
  • 6 Tagesetappen - Der Wanderführer Schluchtensteig, 2007 qualifiziert mit dem Gütesiegel „Qualitätsweg Wanderbares Deutschland´´, beschreibt den rund 120 km langen Weg von Stühlingen (nahe der Schweizer Grenze) bis Wehr durch den Naturpark Südschwarzwald. Dieser thematische Wanderweg präsentiert die charakteristischen und unterschiedlichen... Read more
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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
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarte 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
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Zwarte Woud | ANWB Media
  • ANWB EXTRA is een compacte reisgids van de ANWB. Met deze gids heeft u een handzame reisgezel, waarmee u zich snel thuisvoelt op de plaats van bestemming. In iedere reisgids staat actuele informatie over bezienswaardigheden, cafés; hotels, de lokale keuken, winkelen en uitgaan. Bovendien biedt elke gids 5 originele routes, waarmee u de omgeving... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Frommer's Germany
  • Features color photos of the dazzling baroque architecture, picturesque villages, and beer gardens in Germany. This title covers the country's highlights - music festivals, hiking in the Black Forest, Oktoberfest, cafes, castles, and Berlin's vibrant, and cultural scene. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Frommer's Germany
  • Features color photos of the dazzling baroque architecture, picturesque villages, and beer gardens in Germany. This title covers the country's highlights - music festivals, hiking in the Black Forest, Oktoberfest, cafes, castles, and Berlin's vibrant, and cultural scene. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • From the middle of the 18th century onward, Switzerland was a compulsory port of call for the cultured traveller. Artists and travellers competed with each other to portray its remarkable mountain landscapes, interwoven in heroic, silent atmospheres of damp woods, alternating with roaring waterfalls. Still it is not too late to encounter the... Read more
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Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • From the middle of the 18th century onward, Switzerland was a compulsory port of call for the cultured traveller. Artists and travellers competed with each other to portray its remarkable mountain landscapes, interwoven in heroic, silent atmospheres of damp woods, alternating with roaring waterfalls. Still it is not too late to encounter the... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Fahrradführer 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
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Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Baden-Baden - Murgtal Kompass 872
  • Baden-Baden – Murgtal 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,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 872 Baden-Baden - Murgtal | Kompass
  • Die 3in1Wanderkarte 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
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarte Baden-Baden, Murgtal, Gaggenau, Gernsbach, Bad Herrenalb
  • Die 3in1Wanderkarte 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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Maps

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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alsace - Mulhouse - Basel - Altkirch K+F Outdoor Map 2
  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Feldberg / Hochschwarzwald 2018
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Feldberg - Upper Black Forest - Titisee K+F Outdoor Map 26
  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Schwarzwald - Freudenstadt 2012
  • Black Forest: Freudenstadt 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Freudenstadt 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 39
  • Black Forest: Freudenstadt 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... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Monti Sibillini National Park Edizioni Multigraphic 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest - Pforzheim - Baden-Baden K+F Outdoor Map 52
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alpe della Luna 17
  • 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
  • Alta Valle del Santerno 23
  • 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
  • Alpe di San Benedetto 21
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alsace - Colmar - Sélestat - Freiburg im Breisgau - Lahr K+F Outdoor Map 5
  • The central part of Alsace around Colmar and Sélestat 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 locations,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alta Valle del Lamone 22
  • 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
  • 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
  • Monte Fumaiolo - Monte Comero 18
  • 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
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Walking holidays

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. Breathe in the fresh forest air, walk around crystal clear waters and enjoy panoramic views to the... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Süd Schwarzwald, Schluchtensteig
  • Het zuidelijke Zwarte Woud verrast met wilde natuur rondom de imposante Wutachschlucht. Deze korte, maar uitdagende trektocht volgt het mooiste deel van de Schluchtensteig, één van Duitslands ‘Top Trails’. Hikend van hoogvlakten met vergezichten tot mysterieuze diepten van ruige kloven eindig je met je blik op de fraaie Schluchsee. Kleine... 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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