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

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  • 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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  • WF5411 Schwarzwald Süd mit Karte 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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  • WF5411 Schwarzwald Süd mit Karte 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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  • Danube Bike Trail
  • From its headwaters in the Black Forest of south-western Germay, the Danube flows through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Pristine flood-plains, picturesque villages and small towns, and a wealth of cultural landmarks line the river as it begins its long march to the distant Black Sea. Read more
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Belgium
  • Danube Bike Trail
  • From its headwaters in the Black Forest of south-western Germay, the Danube flows through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. Pristine flood-plains, picturesque villages and small towns, and a wealth of cultural landmarks line the river as it begins its long march to the distant Black Sea. Read more
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Netherlands
2006
  • Schwarzwald - Vogesen
  • Die schönsten und spannendsten Wanderberge im Schwarzwald und in den Vogesen präsentiert dieser Führer in einer Auswahl von 50 Wandervorschlägen für jede Kondition. Vom alpinen Steig am Feldberg, der höchsten Erhebung der deutschen Mittelgebirge, spannt sich der Bogen bis zum Grand Ballon, dem höchsten Berg der Vogesen, vom Belchen als dem... Read more
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Belgium
2006
  • Schwarzwald - Vogesen
  • Die schönsten und spannendsten Wanderberge im Schwarzwald und in den Vogesen präsentiert dieser Führer in einer Auswahl von 50 Wandervorschlägen für jede Kondition. Vom alpinen Steig am Feldberg, der höchsten Erhebung der deutschen Mittelgebirge, spannt sich der Bogen bis zum Grand Ballon, dem höchsten Berg der Vogesen, vom Belchen als dem... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald - Vogesen | Rother
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van het Zwarte Woud en een deel van de Vogezen. Nauwkeurig beschreven met praktische info per tocht. De ‘Rother Wanderbücher’ behandelen telkens de 50 mooiste wandelingen, die variëren van eenvoudige kindvriendelijke wandelingen tot routes die aanzienlijk meer ervaring vereisen. Uitvoerige routebeschrijvingen, een... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald Mitte, Nord - Zwarte Woud | Rother
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Lonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join in the festivities at Munich's Oktoberfest, step into the Schloss Neuschwanstein fairytale castle, or hike among... Read more
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Belgium
2016
  • Lonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Join in the festivities at Munich's Oktoberfest, step into the Schloss Neuschwanstein fairytale castle, or hike among... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Deutschlands H Chste Gipfel
  • In Deutschland kennt jeder Feldberg, Brocken und Zugspitze. Aber wo liegt das ''Land der 10 Tausender'', und wie heißt der höchste Berg Brandenburgs? Was sind Fuchskaute und Entenbühl, liegt der Schwarzwälder Hochwald im Schwarzwald, und was muss man sich unter der Großen Blöße vorstellen? Alle Antworten finden sich in diesem Buch, in dem nicht... Read more
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Belgium
  • Deutschlands H Chste Gipfel
  • In Deutschland kennt jeder Feldberg, Brocken und Zugspitze. Aber wo liegt das ''Land der 10 Tausender'', und wie heißt der höchste Berg Brandenburgs? Was sind Fuchskaute und Entenbühl, liegt der Schwarzwälder Hochwald im Schwarzwald, und was muss man sich unter der Großen Blöße vorstellen? Alle Antworten finden sich in diesem Buch, in dem nicht... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Journey Through the Black Forest
  • Dark woods, fertile meadows, gushing streams, and romantic gorges represent the diverse scenery of Germany’s Black Forest in this travel companion. The region is illustrated as a place where ancient traditions have been carefully preserved on lonely farmsteads, in traditional costumes, and during the traditional Alemannic carnival. The... Read more
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Belgium
  • Journey Through the Black Forest
  • Dark woods, fertile meadows, gushing streams, and romantic gorges represent the diverse scenery of Germany’s Black Forest in this travel companion. The region is illustrated as a place where ancient traditions have been carefully preserved on lonely farmsteads, in traditional costumes, and during the traditional Alemannic carnival. The... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
  • WF5414 Schwarzwald S d 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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Belgium
2010
  • WF5414 Schwarzwald S d 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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  • Titisee-Neustadt Kompass 893
  • Titisee-Neustadt (No. 893), 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 Austria, much of Germany and the... Read more
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De Zwerver
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  • Wandelkaart 893 Titisee-Neustadt | 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 informiert... 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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Maps

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  • Alsace - Strasbourg - Saverne - Barr - Offenburg K+F Outdoor Map 7
  • The central part of Alsace around Strasbourg and Saverne 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Foreste Casentinesi NP Monti Editore 20
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Neckar Valley Cycle Route - Source to Rhine
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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 - 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 - 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
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