Hiking Tours in The Black Forest of Germany

Black Forest Trail

The Black Forest Trail is a selection of the best trails the Black Forest has to offer in 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day packages. We have carefully woven together the prettiest trails…

…with the most dramatic surroundings and interesting sights. We added some special side-trails and local experiences. You will traverse many different select trails, including a portion of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage way.

This hike is postcard perfect and immerses you in the many things that make The Black Forest enchanting. You will hike though heavily forested mountains and open meadows, with steep ravines leading down to farms in the valleys, which are further surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Your hotels are located in medieval Black Forest towns, ideal if you are looking for quiet time in nature while also imbibing local life in the evenings.

Description

  • We Handle All The Detail
  • Luggage Transfer Included
  • Choice between Standard or Premium Accommodations
  • Detailed Route Descriptions & Maps

  • Well Marked & Easy to Navigate Tracks
  • Daily Distances 13-20 Km (8-12 miles), shortcuts possible on most days. Extension also possible on one day
  • 1 to 5 Days of Hiking
  • Add-on Rest Days or Sightseeing Days

We are excited that our Black Forest Trail has been featured in Lonely Planets 2018 Edition as one of ’52 Best Weekends Away’

Roads well-travelled?

The Romans built roads skirting what they named The Black Forest, because the people they encountered here, living in their dense forest just across the formidable Rhine River, were impossible to conquer. This is the location and people Caesar called “Germania”.

2000 years later, The Black Forest defines the mountainous region in the southwestern corner of Germany. Today about 60% of the land is densely forested mountains hiding castle ruins on many of the peaks, with waterfalls in the steep ravines that run down to the valley below – the type of dark forest most often imagined in the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. But its not all dark. There is also a lot of open country, with sunny meadows, orchards and farms, with medieval towns in the valleys below, giving the terrain a postcard perfect character. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find blueberry covered forest floors, or raspberries and wild strawberries along the trail or cherry trees, apples and pears in the orchards you cross, and grapes on the vine in the vineyards. We custom designed this trail so you can get a taste of it all.

Is this an easy hike?

This trail is a good choice if you are looking for intermediate level hikes. Please note that there is quite a bit of elevation to the Black Forest Trail (elevation profiles below). The hike is not a problem for a fit person, but there are a few mountains to cross over.

Focus of Trail: Nature & Towns

Our hotels are located in small Black Forest towns. Therefore this is a great tour if you are looking for the best balance of quiet time in nature, while also having time to explore beautiful medieval towns in the evening.

Not sure which hiking tour is a good fit for you? Contact us!

The Black Forest Trail takes you off-the-beaten-path where you might hike for some time without encountering other people. If you are looking more for culture and less strenuous hiking, have a look at our Premium Trail instead – where you stay closer to towns and have less elevation to ascend.

How much time do you have? 1 to 5 days of hiking

The Black Forest Trail is available as a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day hiking package. Most people hike the entire Black Forest Trail in 4 days. If you have more time, we recommend adding one more day – either to do an additional hike, or to do some sightseeing. If you just want to get a taste, then the 1 or 2 day Black Forest Trail is ideal.

  • 1 day hiking / 2 nights hotel, 16 km total – A Taste of the Black Forest Trail
  • 2 days hiking / 3 nights hotel, 32 km total – The Short Black Forest Trail
  • 3 days hiking / 4 nights hotel 48 km total – The Best of the Black Foret Trail
  • 4 days hiking / 5 nights hotel 63 km total – The Complete Black Forest Trail
  • 5 days hiking / 6 nights hotel 76 km total – The Extended Black Forest Trail
  • add on days to relax or for sightseeing – The Relaxed Black Foret Trail

Please have a look at our FAQ page for additional information on the Black Forest Trail.Read More

Outline of the Complete Black Forest Trail

Arrival Day

Description of Arrival Day. Read More

Day 1: from the mountain top into the valley (15 km)

Elevation Profile Day 1 (click for details)

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Day 2: cross over 2 mountains (16 km) & bonus hike (6 km)

Elevation Profile Day 2 (click for details)

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Day 3: short but steady climb (15 km)

Elevation Profile Day 3 (click for details)

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Day 4: one steep climb and downwards from there (20 km)

Elevation Profile Day 4 (click for details)

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Departure day

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Not sure if this is a good hike for you? See what some of our customers say who have hiked the Black Forest Trail:

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by Terry and Janis on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Trail

Simone,

We are writing to tell you how much we enjoyed our hiking tour through Black Forest, which you so expertly arranged, scheduled, and guided. We had so much fun! We enjoyed every moment of the experience (even those moments on the trail when we got a little confused). The accommodations were absolutely first rate and the staff at every hotel was so gracious and kind to accommodate our lack of German language speaking skills. The prices for meals were amazingly inexpensive and every meal we ate in Germany was delicious, fresh, beautifully presented, and kindly served. We were a bit confused about the proper tipping and our hosts seemed a bit embarrassed to discuss it, so we simply applied the U.S. custom, more or less. The public transportation options in the Black Forest are simply amazing in the their convenience, timeliness, frequency, and speed (we in the United States could learn a very valuable lesson from you Germans in that regard). Every German we encountered was friendly and helpful and we found the country as a whole to be beautiful, clean, and welcoming, and all its social and economic institutions efficiently managed.

Your day by day hiking guides are very well done. Every aspect of the guides are well-designed and the instructions very clear, precise, and accurate. The maps are important and served us well when we made a couple wrong turns. We became confused on three ocassions. However, when we looked back at the directions we realized that our confusion was entirely our fault for misreading the directions. Once we got back on track, we realized that we had not followed the very clear directions that you had provided. Once turned wrong however, the map and compass pointed us back onto the correct path, and once we crossed over the peak into the Valley side, all was well.

The map and a compass really saved us from ourselves, so having both instructions and a map was great.

We would highly recommend this tour to any avid hikers who want to experience the unique beauty and culture of the Black Forest. I cannot think of a single thing that you could have done better, unless you want to provide instructions as to how to find your way in Frankfurt Airport.

Once again, thank you so much for providing us with such a wonderful experience. We will never forget. We are no longer as young as we once were (I’m 65 and my wife is 59) but we found this hike to be well within our capabilities although a couple of the days took longer than indicated (were so entranced by the scenery that we dawdled a bit here and there). We don’t know for how much longer our bodies will allow us this level of exertion, but we are grateful to you for helping us have such wonderful, indeed, perfect holiday.

Sincerely,

Terry & Janis

by GallDT on Black Forest Tours
Fantastic family hiking trip

We loved our hike through the Black Forest. Simone arranged everything perfectly. The trail was scenic, the directions clear and the route exceeded our expectations. I could not recommend them more highly.

by PeterNedlands on Black Forest Tours
Great walking tour through the Black Forest

We went on a well organised self walking tour through the Black Forest. Well described, easy to follow walks with a love town to finish each day. Simone from Black Forest Tours was most helpful and very responsive to all questions.

by Lissy P on Black Forest Tours
Self guided serenity

I enjoyed every moment of the 4 day, self guided trek through the Black Forest with Black Forest tours. All my questions via email and WhatsApp were comprehensively answered in a timely manner. The trails were easily accessible and only a few minutes walk to & from each hotel. The hotels were all amazing and the staff were equally impressive. My luggage was transferred and waiting for me at in every hotel room before I arrived and the hotel facilities were perfect after a day of exploring the beautiful forest. I really appreciated the welcome pack and all the information including detailed instructions and maps that allowed me to navigate through the many trail intersections.
The area experienced a heatwave during the days that I hiked, Simone emailed me to warn me to take extra water and take short cuts if needed. I felt well prepared and I was humbled by the kindness of the locals.
I was reluctant to do hike with Black Forest tours due it being relatively expensive, especially travelling solo, but it’s a case of, you get what you pay for, and I’m glad I hiked with Black Forest tours and highly recommend it!

by Lissy on Black Forest Tours
Thank you!

Dear Simone,

I want to thank you, and all the hotel staff at all the places I stayed during my self-guided tour with Black Forest Tours. It was a most wonderful experience hiking in the Black Forest and everyone I met along the way was so lovely.

I can't wait to recommend the entire experience to all my friends and hopefully come back again one day.

Alicia

by Sara O on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Tours

Black Forest Tours exceeded my expectation. Simone provided brilliant trail notes and the hikes she selected were spectacular. I would highly recommend Black Forest Tours.

by RyanM on Black Forest Tours
Thoroughly enjoyable choose-your-own-adventure

I did the Black Forest Trail. The guide will book your hotels and provide a general itinerary of stops, but aside from that you can pick any trail route you want to get from A to B! For example, Day 2 advised taking a train between two towns, but I opted to hike the distance instead and was not disappointed. You get to take in beautiful scenery and great local cuisine along the way. Highly recommended!

by Sara on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Trail

Hi Simone

The trail was fantastic,

I absolutely loved the trails you’ve provided and found your notes very helpful - I found no need for GPS devices as your notes and trail markers worked perfectly.

The hotels were lovely and all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. My experience with luggage transfer was brilliant everything was at my next hotel when I arrived.

I loved this experience so much I’ve asked my sister to come with me next year to do it again.

Thanks for all of your help. You have clearly put a lot of work and thought into this and it shows.

Regards
Sara

by Alice on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Trail

We loved the fact that the Black Forest Trailwas very non-touristy, we really saw no one on our hikes which was amazing. The length of the hikes was perfect for us, not too long, but enough of a walk to feel the we deserved a nice dinner in the evening! We would love to come back and do it again at another time. Thank you for organising everything. It was really an amazing experience.

by Anna V on Black Forest Tours
Perfect Black Forest experience

Black Forest Tours prepared an amazing trip for us - very detailed trail maps with lots of 'extras' and info about the area. They also booked great hotels and each day our luggage was transferred without any issue (and usually waiting for us in our room). I HIGHLY recommend booking your next trip to the Black Forest with them!

We had two teenagers with us and Black Forest Tours (Simone) found great hotels to accommodate our family. There was great communication throughout the whole process starting with getting general information all the way through planning and preparing for the trip.

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