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 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 100X Aan De Wandel
  • Met een voorwoord van Arnon Grunberg Joyce Roodnat, journaliste van NRC Handelsblad, doet elke zaterdag verslag van haar wandeltochten. Ze wandelt met 'man' en soms met 'dochter' of 'vriendin', 'de legendarische Anita', langs bestaande wandelroutes kriskras door Nederland. Maar ook, tijdens vakanties, in de Ligurische Alpen in Itali , Avalon te... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 100X Aan De Wandel
  • Met een voorwoord van Arnon Grunberg Joyce Roodnat, journaliste van NRC Handelsblad, doet elke zaterdag verslag van haar wandeltochten. Ze wandelt met 'man' en soms met 'dochter' of 'vriendin', 'de legendarische Anita', langs bestaande wandelroutes kriskras door Nederland. Maar ook, tijdens vakanties, in de Ligurische Alpen in Itali , Avalon te... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • 52 kleine & große Eskapaden im Schwarzwald
  • Abstecher. Ausflüge. Miniurlaube.Ob wandern, radeln, paddeln oder in aller Ruhe die Natur genießen: 52 kleine und große Eskapaden machen Lust, die schönsten Ecken im Schwarzwald zu entdecken. Für wenige Stunden, einen Tag oder ein Wochenende – unwiderstehliche Ausflüge ins Grüne warten. Geheime Pfade erkunden, auf einem Bauernhof anheuern oder... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Reiseführer Schwarzwald
  • Korfu und die Ionischen Inseln sind grüner als die Ägäis-Inseln und auch weniger schroff. Ihre Landschaft ist geprägt durch hunderttausend Olivenbäume für die Ölproduktion, und die historische Altstadt der Inselmetropole Kérkira lässt den Einfluss der venezianischen Kolonialherrschaft sichtbar werden. Im DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Korfu &... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Black Forest Travel Guide
  • The forest where Little Red Riding Hood would wander, the woods where Hansel and Gretel fought the evil witch, home to the cuckoo clock, and one of the most popular forest destinations in the world this is the Black Forest in Germany. Located in the southwest of Germany, this mystical, wild, and scenic region is named after the black fir... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Black Forest Travel Guide
  • The forest where Little Red Riding Hood would wander, the woods where Hansel and Gretel fought the evil witch, home to the cuckoo clock, and one of the most popular forest destinations in the world this is the Black Forest in Germany. Located in the southwest of Germany, this mystical, wild, and scenic region is named after the black fir... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Naturführer Kraichgau
  • Der Kraichgau hat alle Zutaten zu einem perfekten Naherholungsgebiet: Er ist gut zu erreichen, kann als uralte Siedlungslandschaft mit zahlreichen historischen Kulturdenkmalen aufwarten, er ist mit einem angenehmen Klima gesegnet und bietet eine geradezu idyllische Landschaft, die immer wieder als "badische Toskana" bezeichnet wird.Der neue,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Naturführer Kraichgau
  • Der Kraichgau hat alle Zutaten zu einem perfekten Naherholungsgebiet: Er ist gut zu erreichen, kann als uralte Siedlungslandschaft mit zahlreichen historischen Kulturdenkmalen aufwarten, er ist mit einem angenehmen Klima gesegnet und bietet eine geradezu idyllische Landschaft, die immer wieder als "badische Toskana" bezeichnet wird.Der neue,... Read more
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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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Hiking and biking in the Black Forest
  • 15 day walks, 3 multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes are described covering the north, central and southern areas of Germany's Black Forest. The walks and cycle routes are evenly distributed across all three areas and comprise both long distance routes and day walks, although each stage of every long distance walk can also be done as individual... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Hiking and biking in the Black Forest
  • 15 day walks, 3 multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes are described covering the north, central and southern areas of Germany's Black Forest. The walks and cycle routes are evenly distributed across all three areas and comprise both long distance routes and day walks, although each stage of every long distance walk can also be done as individual... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont BILDATLAS Schwarzwald Norden
  • DuMont Bildatlas Schwarzwald Norden - die Bilder des Fotografen Markus Kirchgessner zeigen faszinierende Panoramen und ungewöhnliche Nahaufnahmen. Sechs Kapitel, gegliedert nach regionalen Gesichtspunkten, geben einen Einblick in das Paradies für Naturliebhaber, Feinschmecker und Aktive. Die Texte liefert Cornelia Tomaschko, die Sie... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Nationalpark Schwarzwald - Zwarte Woud | Rother
  • De ‘Rother Wanderbücher’ behandelen telkens de 40 mooiste wandelingen, die variëren van eenvoudige kindvriendelijke wandelingen tot routes die aanzienlijk meer ervaring vereisen. Uitvoerige routebeschrijvingen, een aantrekkelijke lay-out met vele kleurenfoto’s; niets aan duidelijkheid te wensen gelaten hoogteprofielen, kaartjes met de... 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
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Maps

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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest 2013
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest - Pforzheim - Baden-Baden 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 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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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Alsace - Colmar - Selestat 2013
  • 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
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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
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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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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
  • 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
  • Freiburg and Environs Kompass 889
  • Freiburg and Environs 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 covering... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rila Mountains Domino
  • Rila 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 50m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for scree, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and pine scrub and forests. An... 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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