Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest

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20 Jan 2014
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Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest describes day walks, multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes covering the north, central and southern regions of Germany's Black Forest. Easy routes for families and multi-day journeys to explore the many forests, villages, castles and hills near Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Freiburg and Basle.

Seasons Seasons
The best times to do these routes are spring, when the fruit trees and wildflowers are in bloom and autumn, when the hillsides are aglow with autumn colours (April/May through October). Vineyard trails or walks in the Kaiserstuhl can be done year round.
Centres Centres
Northern Black Forest: Baiersbronn, Bad Wildbad, Enztal, Gernsbach, Baden-Baden; Central Black Forest: Ortenau, Ottenhöfen, Bühlertal, Kinzigtal, Elztal, Waldkirch, Schwarzwald-Baar, Kaiserstuhl; Southern Black Forest: Freiburg, Margkgräfler Land (Margraves' Land), Hochschwarzwald, Hinterzarten, Titisee, Schluchsee, Todtnau
Difficulty Difficulty
Ideal terrain for beginning and intermediate hill walkers. Some routes are long and require good stamina, but almost all trails can be shortened if need be, as buses and trains are never far away. No technical difficulties, although many sections are on narrow forest paths and some may slope steeply on one side. Walkers should be sure-footed and vertigo free.
Must See Must See
Schluchtensteig, Westway, Zweitälersteig, Murgleiter, Wutachschschlucht, Feldberg, Belchen, Mummelsee, Titsee, Schluchsee, Kaltenbronner Hochmoor, Triberg waterfalls, Zweribachfalls, Battert Felsen, Karlsruher Grat, Kaiserstuhl, Allerheiligen waterfalls and Abbey ruins, Staufen castle, Sauschwänzlebahn, source of the Danube
20 Jan 2014
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
  • Overview

    The Black Forest is a destination for romantics. Charming villages offer comfortable accommodation, exquisite local cuisine and excellent wines. For walkers and cyclists, it also boasts an extensive trail system, exploring not just the peaks but the rolling dales, deep gorges and rocky outcrops, easily accessed by an excellent public transport network.

    This area of southern Germany is a perfect blend of rich cultural heritage and beautiful ancient landscapes. Days spent in these mountains, forests, gorges and dales offer fairy-tale adventures among castles and medieval villages. From the Panorama Path above Baden-Baden to the 240km Southern Black Forest Bicycle Trail, this guide explores the very best of this popular region.

    The Black Forest is a hillwalker's dream. The terrain is so varied that walkers and hikers of all ages and abilities can find a suitable walk to enjoy. The walks described in this book range from easy to hard, some routes are quite long and require stamina, for others sure-footedness is required.

    The sparsely populated southern region is often thought of as the most beautiful part of the Black Forest. It has the highest mountains, deepest gorges and biggest lakes. It is perfect hillwalking terrain, with trails varying from forestry roads to field tracks and little paths far off the beaten track. The geography of the central Black Forest is surprisingly diverse, the western edges are draped in vineyards and orchards, while the eastern plateau forms an expanse of rolling hills that makes for easy walking and thanks to its height, offers fabulous long-distance views. The northern Black Forest is dominated by narrow valleys and dark, tall firs. Yet even here there is surprising variation and many wonderful walks.

    Germany has a huge cycle trail network that covers the entire country. The routes described in this book are suitable for regular touring bikes. Most cycle paths are paved and in good condition. If you don't want to bother taking your bike over to the Black Forest, there are many places where you can rent bikes for a day or more.

    • includes 15 day walks, 3 multi-stage treks, 4 day-long cycle routes and the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route
    • illustrated with original, detailed, contour mapping
    • packed with practical information on local facilities and transport options
  • Contents

    Plants and wildlife
    Getting there
    Getting around
    Food and drink
    When to go
    What to take
    Dangers and annoyances
    Navigation and signage
    Using this guide
    Southern Black Forest
    The walks
    Walk 1 Feldbergsteig – Black Forest’s highest peak
    Walk 2 Belchen – Sacred mountain of the Celts
    Walk 3 High above Münstertal
    Walk 4 Panorama trail around Schönberg
    Walk 5 In the heart of Margrave’s Land – Wiiwegli and Bettlerpfad
    Walk 6 Schluchtensteig
    Stage 1 Stühlingen to Blumberg
    Stage 2 Blumberg to Schattenmühle
    Stage 3 Schattenmühle to Aha
    Stage 4 Aha to St Blasien
    Stage 5 St Blasien to Todtmoos
    Stage 6 Todtmoos to Wehr
    The ride
    Ride 1 Southern Black Forest Cycle Trail
    Stage 1 Hinterzarten to Bonndorf
    Stage 2 Bonndorf to Waldshut
    Stage 3 Waldshut to Rheinfelden
    Stage 4A Rheinfelden to Bad Bellingen via Basle
    Stage 4B Rheinfelden to Bad Bellingen via Kandern
    Stage 5 Bad Bellingen to Hinterzarten
    Central Black Forest
    The walks
    Walk 7 Kaiserstuhl rim route
    Walk 8 Edelfrauengrab and Karlsruher Grat
    Walk 9 Above Renchtal
    Walk 10 To the source of the Danube
    Walk 11 Zweribachfalls and Vosges chapel
    Walk 12 Zweitälersteig
    Stage 1 Waldkirch to Kandel (or St Peter)
    Stage 2 Kandel to Simonswald
    Stage 3 Simonswald to Oberprechtal
    Stage 4 Oberprechtal to Höhenhäuser
    Stage 5 Höhenhäuser to Waldkirch
    The rides
    Ride 2 Kaiserstuhl Radweg
    Ride 3 Kinzigtal Radweg – Alpirsbach to Offenburg
    Northern Black Forest
    The walks
    Walk 13 Romantic circuit above Baden-Baden
    Walk 14 Sasbachwalden idyll
    Walk 15 Upland moors (Hornisgrinde)
    Walk 16 Kaltenbronn Moor
    Walk 17 Großes Loch and Teufelsmühle
    Walk 18 Seensteig
    Stage 1 Baiersbronn to Mitteltal
    Stage 2 Mitteltal to Schliffkopf
    Stage 3 Schliffkopf to Mummelsee
    Stage 4 Mummelsee to Schönmünzach
    The rides
    Ride 4 Enztal Radweg – Gompelscheuer to Pforzheim
    Ride 5 Nagold Radweg – Nagold to Pforzheim

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Glossary of useful terms
    Appendix C Further information

  • Maps

    Many companies publish good maps of the region. Kompass maps are recommended. The latest trend is laminated maps that do not tear or disintegrate in bad weather. However, the Schwarzwaldverein maps are based on LGL (Ordnance Survey equivalent) data and are very good and less expensive. A very helpful feature of the Schwarzwaldverein/LGL maps is the fact that newer editions actually mark the names and positions of signposts (little yellow flags), making it easy to identify your location on a map. Many tourist offices publish their own maps, which are also based on the LGL data and show the location markers. These are not as sturdy, but should survive a few weeks of use. They are cheaper than other maps and in some cases cover the entire length of a particular route (such as Zweitälersteig), where otherwise several maps would be needed. They also provide useful information about other recommended routes, or accommodation and restaurants along the way.

    LGL maps show walking and cycling routes in different colours, with their symbols if they are long-distance trails.

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    Oct 2017

    Page 87

    There has been quite a big landslide last year, between Bad Boll and Dietfurt (stage 2), just after Tannegger Waterfall. Due to the fact that the hillside is still unstable it has been decided to re-route the trail to the other side of the river:

    After passing Tannegger Waterfall cross the 'Fritz-Hockenjos bridge’ and continue to Schattenmühle on the other side of the river.

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Kat Morgenstern

Born and raised in Berlin, Kat Morgenstern is a grassroots herbalist, ethnobotanist, writer and ecotravel professional. She has spent most of her adult life in the UK, US and France but currently lives in Germany's southern Black Forest, where she loves to roam the hills and forests.

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