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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.
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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.
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|Plants and wildlife|
|Food and drink|
|When to go|
|What to take|
|Dangers and annoyances|
|Navigation and signage|
|Using this guide|
|Southern Black Forest|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Ride 2 Kaiserstuhl Radweg|
|Ride 3 Kinzigtal Radweg – Alpirsbach to Offenburg|
|Northern Black Forest|
|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|
|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|