Schwarzwald

Description

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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 11. 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

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The Westweg
  • 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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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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids The Westweg | Cicerone
  • Uitstekende wandelgids van een meerdaagse tocht in het Zwarte Woud in Duitsland. Goede beschrijvingen, veel praktische informatie en redelijke kaarten al zullen deze niet helemaal voldoende zijn. Guidebook to the Westweg (Westway), a 285km walk across Germany's Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. This classic route, which includes Feldberg,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest: Feldberg - Hochschwarzwald 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest
  • Hiking and Biking in the Black Forest from Cicerone describes day walks, multi-stage treks and cycle routes covering the north, central and southern regions of Germany's Black Forest. It features a selection of easy routes for families and multi-day journeys to explore the many forests, villages, castles and hills near Strasbourg, Baden-Baden,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Naturpark Südschwarzwald | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Länge; Höhenmeter und Etappen Die 50 Wandertouren im Südschwarzwald sind überwiegend Halbtages- und Ganztagestouren. Aber auch kürzere... Read more
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Netherlands
2012
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Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids 5414 Schwarzwald Süd | Kompass
  • Der Wanderführer Schwarzwald-Süd beschreibt die herrlichen Wanderlandschaften zwischen Breisgau und Hotzenwald. Beeindruckende Täler – wie das Höllental (zwischen ­Hinterzarten und Kirchzarten) oder das mehr als 30 km lange Wutachtal – prägen den Südschwarzwald ebenso wie die drei höchsten Schwarzwaldberge Feldberg (1493 m), Herzogenhorn (1415... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Netherlands
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Netherlands
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Colline di Forlí
  • Map No. 127, Colline di Forlí, 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest South 2-Map Set Kompass 887
  • The southern part of the Black Forest on a set of two double-sided, GPS compatible maps at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc. Coverage extends from Teningen south to Basel and the Rhine and includes Freiburg and the Naturpark Schwarzwald – the most visited part of the Black Forest. ... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 887 Schwarzwald Sud | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • El Arquipelago dos Acores - E1
  • On this 2016 edition the latest depth surveys have been applied. New Marine Reserves are shown where appropriate as are new submarine cables. Completed harbour development is now shown on the Porto das Velas plan as are the current works in progress. There has been general updating throughout. Plans included: Vila das Lajes (1:20 000) Horta... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde
  • Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde (No. 877), 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, much of Germany... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 877 Oberkirch - Hornisgrinde | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alpe della Luna
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Western: Belogradchik to Berkovita map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from the peak of Byala Voda near Belogradchik eastwards to just beyond... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 3 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest Complete 4-Map Set Kompass 888
  • The whole of the Black Forest on a set of four double-sided, GPS compatible and contoured maps at 1:50,000 from Kompass with local and long-distance footpaths, cycling routes, accommodation, etc. Coverage extends from Ratstatt and Pforzheim north of Baden-Baden to Basel and the east/west section of the Rhine.KOMPASS HIKING & RECREATIONAL MAPS:... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 888 Schwarzwald Gesamt | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kaiserstuhl - Tuniberg Kompass 883
  • Kaiserstuhl - Tuniberg - Kenzingen - Emmenignen - Breisach am Rhein area of central 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... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 883 Kaiserstuhl - Tuniberg | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Waldkirch - Kandel - St.Peter - St.Märgen
  • Waldkirch - Kandel - St.Peter - St.Märgen (No. 884), 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 Austria,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 884 Waldkirch - Kandel -St. Peter - St. Märgen | Kompass
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details als hoogtelijnen, vegetatie, schaduwtekening maar ook de ingetekende wandelroutes en in veel gevallen ook fietsroutes (MTB). Gevaarlijke routes worden als zodanig weergegeven met een bepaalde markering. Berghutten en campings zijn goed terug te vinden op deze kaarten. Daarnaast staan de... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest - Pforzheim - Baden-Baden 35K Kümmerly + Frey Map No. 52
  • Black Forest - Pforzheim - Baden-Baden 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Alpe di San Benedetto
  • Map No. 21, Alpe di San Benedetto: Passo del Muraglione – San Godenzo – Dicomano, 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa Domino Map
  • Stara Planina Western: Berkovita to Zlatitsa map at 1:50,000 from Bulgarian publishers Domino, contoured and GPS compatible, with hiking trails, accommodation options including a list of local mountain refuges, etc. The map is double-sided and covers the mountains from Varshets (directly north of Sofia) to just beyond Etrepole.Maps in the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 4 Stara Planina gebergte | Domino
  • Gedetailleerde kaart met hoogtelijnen en wandelroutes. Tevens aanduiding van campings, hotels, eerste hulpposten, etc. Alle tekst in het Latijnse en Cyrillische schrift. Wandelpaden gemarkeerd, hutten zijn aangegeven. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Black Forest Rivers Cycling Routes (670km) Bikeline Map/Guide
  • Black Forest Rivers Cycling Routes guide from Verlag Esterbauer covering 670kms of cycle routes along the Murg, the Kinzig, the Enz and the Nagold, as well as the Black Forest Panorama route, with maps at 1:75,000 showing the routes and their variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Deer Trails of the Black Forest
  • Self guided walking tour in Germany's Northern Black Forest. Deer Trails of the Black Forest is a classic self-guided walking tour through the nature reserves and woodland of the Northern Black Forest, to the north of Freudenstadt. The route includes both the largest area of upland moorland in the whole of Germany and the Mummelsee Lake, both... 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
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