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

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 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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
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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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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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
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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
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
  • 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
Kompass
Germany
  • Schwarzwald Süd mit Südschwarzwald Radweg
  • - Der Naturpark Südschwarzwald ist eingebettet zwischen dem Kaiserstuhl-Vulkan an der Grenze zu Frankreich und dem Hochrheintal an der Grenze zur Schweiz, zwischen der Wutachschlucht und den Rebfluren des Markgräflerlandes. Der Feldberg ragt als höchste Erhebung aller deutschen Mittelgebirge hier in den Himmel.- Mit dem neuen... Read more
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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Kompass
Germany
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St. Georgen - Triberg - South Black Forest NP Kompass 885
  • St. Georgen - Triberg area of 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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Kompass
Germany
  • St. Georgen, Triberg, Naturpark Südschwarzwald
  • 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
  • Neckartal-Radweg, von der Quelle im Schwarzwald nach Mannheim
  • Die KOMPASS Fahrradführer überzeugen durch:● benutzerfreundliche Karten mit präzisen Wegbeschreibungen● übersichtliches Tourenprofil für eine optimale Planung● reiß- und wetterfestes Papier für jede Witterung● persönliche Empfehlungen der AutorenFür eine einfache Planung & ideal für unterwegs!Übersichtliche Karten, selbsterklärende Symbole und... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • Rheinradweg 1, vom Bodensee nach Mannheim
  • 8 Tagesetappen- Auf über 450 km führt der Rhein zwischen Schwarzwald, Schweizer Jura ,Vogesen und Pfalz von Stein am Rhein (Bodensee) bis Mannheim. Abwechslungsreich und bunt ist die Mischung, die beim Radgenuss entlang des Flusses vorüberzieht.- Der Rheinfall, einer der mächtigsten Wasserfälle Europas, wartet am Hochrhein. Die sonnenreichste... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • E1 El Arquipelago dos Acores
  • On this 2016 edition the latest depth surveys have been applied. New Marine Reserves are shown where appropriate as are new submarine cables. Completed harbour development is now shown on the Porto das Velas plan as are the current works in progress. There has been general updating throughout. Plans included: Vila das Lajes (1:20 000) Horta... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alpe della Luna
  • 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
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita 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 the peak of Byala Voda near Belogradchik eastwards to just beyond... 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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
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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
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