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Hiking and Cycling in the Black Forest

Walks, treks and cycle rides in southern Germany

Guidebook describing day walks, multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes covering the north, central and southern regions of Germany's Black Forest. From easy routes for families to multi-day journeys, the walks and rides explore the many forests, villages, castles and hills near Strasbourg, Baden-Baden, Freiburg and Basle.

Seasons

spring and autumn are the best times of the year to visit the Black Forest. But the cool forest glades and lofty hills make summer walking bearable. Some routes are even accessible in winter and make for magical winter wonderland walking

Centres

Freiburg im Breisgau Waldkirch, Hinterzarten, Baden Baden, Baiersbronn, Titisee, Bad Wildbad, Nagold, Calw, Breisach am Rhein

Difficulty

The Black Forest is a medium-height mountain range with the highest peaks around 1500m. Trails are well marked and maintained, so the terrain is not especially difficult in most parts. Good physical condition and ability to cope with sometimes steep ascends is required. Normal walking equipment will suffice

Must See

Feldberg, the highest peak of the Black Forest, Wutachschlucht, the biggest gorge in Germany, the source of the Danube, Black Forest National Park, Kaiserstuhl, the heights of Baden-Baden (Panorama Trail), sections of the Westweg, Titisee and Schluchsee, Zweribach Waterfall, Münstertal, Kinzigtal, Schauinsland (Freiburg), Belchen Long distance routes - Schluchtensteig Zweitälersteig, Seensteig, Südschwarzwald Radweg (Southern Black Forest Bicycle Route)
ISBN
9781786310217
Availability
Published
Published
19 Feb 2019
Reprinted
27 Sept 2023
Edition
Second
Pages
320
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.80cm
Weight
370g
Overview

A guidebook to 15 day walks, 3 multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes in Germany’s Black Forest. Exploring the north, central and southern regions, the routes are suitable for walkers and cyclists of all abilities and are perfect for spring and autumn.

The day walks range from 11-24km (7-15 miles) and can be enjoyed in 4-7 hours. The 3 multi-day treks included are Schluchtensteig (120km, 75 miles), Zweitälersteig (108km, 67 miles) and Seensteig (71km, 44 miles). Four day rides are described along with the 242km (150 mile) Southern Black Forest Cycle Route.

  • 1:50,000 maps are included for each walk, 1:100,000 maps for each ride
  • Information given on local geology, history and wildlife
  • Detailed information on facilities and public transport
  • Black Forest highlights including Feldberg, Belchen Schauinsland, Hornisgrinde and Mummelsee
  • GPX files available to download

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Kat Morgenstern Cicerone author morgenstern

By Kat Morgenstern

As a herbalist and ethnobotanist Kat spends a lot of time walking and exploring, while smelling the herbs and flowers along the way. After spending many years living, studying and working abroad, Kat has found a special place in her heart for the Black Forest region in the southwestern corner of Germany. As a writer and nature mentor she never tires of sharing her knowledge and passion for this delightful and fascinating corner of our beautiful planet.

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