Hiking and Cycling in the Black Forest

Walks, treks and cycle rides in southern Germany

By Kat Morgenstern

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.



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


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


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

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)
19 Feb 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    15 day walks, 3 multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes are described covering the north, central and southern areas of Germany's Black Forest. The walks and cycle routes are evenly distributed across all three areas and comprise both long distance routes and day walks, although each stage of every long distance walk can also be done as individual day tour. The chosen routes include the main Black Forest destinations, such as Feldberg, Belchen Schauinsland, Hornisgrinde and Mummelsee, as well as Allerheiligen Abbey and waterfalls and the source of the Danube, to name but a few.

    Two of the three long-distance routes are certified quality trails: Schluchtensteig (120km), which means gorge trail traverses the Wutachschlucht, one of the last untamed river systems in Germany, and Zweitälersteig (108km) a highly diverse circular route which leads through some of the most beautiful and contrasting parts of the Central Black Forest. Seensteig (71km) partially follows the central ridge of the Black Forest mountain range, offering unsurpassed views along the way.

    The cycle routes (4 day rides, and the 242km Southern Black Forest Cycle Route) are mostly easy and scenic, and utilise the extensive and well-maintained bicycle trail system that criss-crosses the entire region. The walks and rides are described in detail and basic maps are provided for orientation.

  • 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 Steinenstadt via Basle
    Stage 4B Rheinfelden to Steinenstadt via Kandern
    Stage 5 Steinenstadt 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

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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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