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

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
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United Kingdom
2016
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Stanfords
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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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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: 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Feldberg - Hochschwarzwald 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 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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Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderführer Goldsteig - Südliche Route: Marktredwitz - Passau WF 1088
  • 22 Tagesetappen auf 396 kmAuf über 600 Kilometern verläuft der neue, ab 2006 entstandene Prädikatswanderweg „Goldsteig´´ von Marktredwitz am Rande des Steinwaldes quer durch den Oberpfälzer Wald und den Bayerischen Wald mit zwei Alternativen, die sich in Passau wieder vereinigen. Ab Thanstein/Oberviechtach kann man wählen: entweder die etwas... Read more
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
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderführer Schwarzwald Nord WF 1071
  • 50 Touren• Beachtliche Berge (wie die Hornisgrinde, mit 1163 m höchster Punkt des Nordschwarzwalds) und tief eingeschnittene Täler mit idyllischen Seen prägen die Vielfalt der Landschaftsbilder und des Klimas: Wenn an der ältesten deutschen Touristenstraße, der rund 60 km langen Schwarzwaldhochstraße, noch die Skilifte laufen, sind in den... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderführer Mittlerer Schwarzwald, Rund um Kandel und Brend WF 5413
  • 20 Touren• Hier ist nicht nur die Schwarzwalduhr zuhause, sondern auch die höchsten Berge der Gegend. Der Kandel (1242m), der Rohrhardsberg (1155m) und der Brend (1149m). Alle Bergbegeisterten, die enge Täler lieben mit tiefen Einschnitten, werden hier fündig. Wer es sanfter mag, ist westlich der Elz gut aufgehoben, wo die Berge nur noch knapp... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Südschwarzwald DuMont Wanderführer
  • Herrliche Panoramawege und wundervolle Rund- und Streckenwanderungen erwarten Sie in im südlichen Schwarzwald, zwischen Kinzigtal und Bad Säckingen, zwischen dem Kaiserstuhl und der Wutachschlucht. Jede der 35 Touren ermöglicht einen perfekten Wandertag: Exakte Wegbeschreibung, Karte und Höhenprofil sind jeweils durch die zugeordneten Wegpunkte... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Schwarzwald Nord KOMPASS Wanderführer EBOOK (Format: PDF)
  • Kompass Wanderführer Schwarzwald Nord, Die schönsten Wanderungen zwischen Pforzheim, Freudenstadt und Baden-Baden - Der Nordschwarzwald liegt zwischen Stuttgart, Karlsruhe und Straßburg in Baden-Württemberg. - Pforzheim ist die Hauptstadt der Region Nordschwarzwald, Freudenstadt liegt an der Schwarzwaldhochstraße, einer der bekanntesten... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderführer Goldsteig - Kammvariante: Marktredwitz - Passau WF 1050
  • 23 Tagesetappen auf 420 km mit Top-RoutenkartenAuf über 600 Kilometern verläuft der neue, ab 2006 entstandene Prädikatswanderweg „Goldsteig´´ von Marktredwitz am Rande des Steinwaldes quer durch den Oberpfälzer Wald und den Bayerischen Wald mit zwei Alternativen, die sich in Passau wieder vereinigen.Ab Thanstein/Oberviechtach kann man wählen:... Read more
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Netherlands
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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
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from Varshets (directly north of Sofia) to just beyond Etrepole.Maps in the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 4 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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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
  • 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
  • Feldberg - Todtnau
  • Feldberg - Todtnau 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, much... Read more
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France
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 891 Feldberg-Todtnau | 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
  • Waldkirch - Kandel - St.Peter - St.Märgen
  • Waldkirch - Kandel - St.Peter - St.Märgen (No. 884), 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,... Read more
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France
eBooks.de
Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 884 Waldkirch-Kandel-St. Peter-St. Märgen | 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
  • 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
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
  • Black Forest North 50K Kompass 2-Map Set No. 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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  • Wandelkaart 886 Schwarzwald nord - Zwarte Woud noord | 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. Wandelkaart Zwarte Woud: Deze set van twee kaarten... Read more
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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
  • Kinzigtal - Schramberg - Haslach - Wolfach - Schiltach - Hornberg
  • Kinzigtal - Schramberg - Haslach - Wolfach - Schiltach - Hornberg 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... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 880 Kinzigtal-Schramberg | 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
  • 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rila Mountains Domino Map
  • 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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  • Wandelkaart Rila gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. 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
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