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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Netherlands
  • Coast When YA Kin
  • Join me on my bicycle travels in this recollection of my 30 years of long-distance cycling. Climb some of America’s highest mountain ranges, turn the pedals along North America’s coasts and rivers, battle the relentless heat and mosquitoes of the western plains. Don't stop there. Ride the Danube River from Black Forest to Black Sea. Visit the... Read more
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Belgium
  • Coast When YA Kin
  • Join me on my bicycle travels in this recollection of my 30 years of long-distance cycling. Climb some of America’s highest mountain ranges, turn the pedals along North America’s coasts and rivers, battle the relentless heat and mosquitoes of the western plains. Don't stop there. Ride the Danube River from Black Forest to Black Sea. Visit the... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Schwarzwald Nord - Zwarte Woud noord | Rother
  • Uitstekende wandelgids met een groot aantal dagtochten in dal en hooggebergte. Met praktische informatie en beperkt kaartmateriaal! Wandelingen in verschillende zwaarte weergegeven in rood/blauw/zwart. Dieser Führer präsentiert in 50 Wanderungen die aussichtsreichsten und markantesten Berge, Kämme und Felsen des Nord- und Mittelschwarzwalds,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Marco Polo FZK31 Zwarte Woud Noord
  • Een kaart en een reisgids in een handige omslag van stevig plastic, Op de kaart worden bezienswaardigheden aangegeven en heel kort beschreven met een afbeelding erbij, In de gids is de gedetailleerde informatie te vinden, Ook de op de kaart gemarkeerde wandel- en fietstochten worden in de gids beschreven, Door de gebruikte kleuren is alle... Read more
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  • Marco Polo FZK31 Zwarte Woud Noord
  • Een kaart en een reisgids in een handige omslag van stevig plastic, Op de kaart worden bezienswaardigheden aangegeven en heel kort beschreven met een afbeelding erbij, In de gids is de gedetailleerde informatie te vinden, Ook de op de kaart gemarkeerde wandel- en fietstochten worden in de gids beschreven, Door de gebruikte kleuren is alle... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • From the middle of the 18th century onward, Switzerland was a compulsory port of call for the cultured traveller. Artists and travellers competed with each other to portray its remarkable mountain landscapes, interwoven in heroic, silent atmospheres of damp woods, alternating with roaring waterfalls. Still it is not too late to encounter the... Read more
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Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • From the middle of the 18th century onward, Switzerland was a compulsory port of call for the cultured traveller. Artists and travellers competed with each other to portray its remarkable mountain landscapes, interwoven in heroic, silent atmospheres of damp woods, alternating with roaring waterfalls. Still it is not too late to encounter the... Read more
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Stanfords
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  • 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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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 872 Baden-Baden - Murgtal | Kompass
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • ANWB actief & anders - Zwarte Woud
  • ANWB Actief onderscheidt zich van andere reisgidsen door 30 dagtochten. Bij elke dagtocht worden de moeilijkheidsgraad, duur, lengte en horeca vermeld. Alle tochten zijn voorzien van duidelijke, gedetailleerde kaarten. Bovendien kunnen van alle wandel- en fietsroutes GPS-tracks worden gedownload. De beginpunten van de routes zijn voorzien van... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • ANWB actief & anders - Zwarte Woud
  • ANWB Actief onderscheidt zich van andere reisgidsen door 30 dagtochten. Bij elke dagtocht worden de moeilijkheidsgraad, duur, lengte en horeca vermeld. Alle tochten zijn voorzien van duidelijke, gedetailleerde kaarten. Bovendien kunnen van alle wandel- en fietsroutes GPS-tracks worden gedownload. De beginpunten van de routes zijn voorzien van... Read more
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The Book Depository
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2016
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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • The Westweg
  • 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
Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • The Westweg
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids The Westweg | Cicerone
  • 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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Netherlands
  • Frommer's Germany
  • Features color photos of the dazzling baroque architecture, picturesque villages, and beer gardens in Germany. This title covers the country's highlights - music festivals, hiking in the Black Forest, Oktoberfest, cafes, castles, and Berlin's vibrant, and cultural scene. Read more
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  • Frommer's Germany
  • Features color photos of the dazzling baroque architecture, picturesque villages, and beer gardens in Germany. This title covers the country's highlights - music festivals, hiking in the Black Forest, Oktoberfest, cafes, castles, and Berlin's vibrant, and cultural scene. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Monte Fumaiolo - Monte Comero 18
  • Map No. 18, Monte Fumaiolo - Alto Tevere, 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 numerous... Read more
Stanfords
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  • 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
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Stanfords
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  • Bagno di Romagna Monti Editore 19
  • 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
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  • 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
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Stanfords
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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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  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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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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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