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 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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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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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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Schluchtensteig | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een meerdaagse tocht in dit gebied. Nahezu unberührte Natur steht im Mittelpunkt dieses Wandererlebnisses; Natur, die sich meist durch Wald und Wasser, aber auch durch manch offene Hochweide, Felskuppen sowie eine reiche Flora und Fauna präsentiert. Schluchten und Klammen, Wasserfälle und Seen,... Read more
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Netherlands
2016
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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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2012
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Maps

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
  • 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
  • Pirin Mountains Domino
  • Pirin 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 40m intervals with additional relief shading and graphics and colouring for sandstone stacks, single rocks over 5m high, marshlands and different types of... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 6 Pirin 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
  • Titisee-Neustadt
  • 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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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 893 Titisee - Neustadt | Kompass
  • Nu geplastificeerd en scheurvast! Goede wandelkaart 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 vinden op... 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
  • Alta Val Tiberina
  • Map No. 125, Alta Val Tiberina, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 889 Freiburg und Umgebung (met stadsplattegrond) | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart 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 vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strandzha Mountains: Burgas to the Turkish Border Domino Map
  • Strandzha Mountains in the south-eastern corner of Bulgaria between Burgas to the Turkish border on a contoured and GPS compatible map from Domino showing local hiking trails and highlighting various interesting sites, with three more detailed enlargements at 1:25,000. Most place names are in both Latin and Cyrillic alphabet; map legend... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France: Kummerly + Frey Recreational Maps of the Vosges Mountains and Alsace
  • Vosges Mountains and southern Alsace on GPS compatible, double-sided maps 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, etc. Scales are either 1:50,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Western Rhodope Mountains Domino Map
  • Western Rhodope Mountains at 1:100,000 on a contoured GPS compatible map from Domino extending from just west of the Pirin National Park to Asenovgrad in the north-east. The map is double-sided with a good overlap between the sides. Topography is shown by contours at 50m intervals with relief shading and spot heights, plus colouring for... Read more
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 886 Schwarzwald nord - Zwarte Woud noord | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart 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 vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde
  • Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde (No. 877), 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 of Germany... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 877 Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart 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 vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... 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
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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