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.
- 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’
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
Outline of the Complete Black Forest Trail
Description of Arrival Day. Read More
Arrive in the Black Forest by train (destination train station is Offenburg, from here you switch to a regional train which takes you to the hotel in about 60 minutes). A private car will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to the hotel. If you are arriving in the Black Forest by car, we recommend parking the car in Offenburg area, then taking the train to your first hotel.
First hotel. Standard and upgraded rooms are available in our first hotel. Our wellness hotel happens to be located in a remote mountain town. There is a complimentary lunch buffet waiting for you on your arrival day – we recommend to arrive at the hotel by lunch time. There is also a complimentary coffee/cake buffet in the afternoon. Early check-in on your arrival day 12.30 PM possible (room available at 3 PM). The hotel has extensive wellness facilities with several pools & saunas. No cell phone reception at the hotel.
Day 1: from the mountain top into the valley (15 km)
Description of Day 1. Read More
- Distance: 15 km (9.5 miles)
- Shortcut: possible, hike 7 km (4 miles), then take 5 minute train ride
Your hike starts in front of your hotel. From here, you will be hiking down from the top of the mountain into the valley – a bit steep 7 km – but in absolutely beautiful terrain. Now if you time it right, you can get to refresh at the beergarden in the valley. And if you are too tired or relaxed after your respite, you have the option to skip the remaining hike and jump on the train to your hotel. Real hikers continue on of course – crossing over another mountain. You will be rewarded with a beautiful chapel and the best vistas of the day as you descend the hillside into town to your hotel.
Hotel Night 2. We have 2 hotels to choose from. Choose between standard or premium accommodation. Our standard hotel is asmall family-owned hotel located in a timber-framed building in the heart of an old town. Our superior hotel is a boutique-hotel located 2 km (1,2 miles) outside of town with wellness facilities on site (choosing the superior hotel means you add 2 km (1.2 miles) to your hike hike on day 1 and day 2.
Day 2: cross over 2 mountains (16 km)
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- Distance: 16 km (10 miles)
- Bonus hike: for the very fit we can extend the hike to make it 22 km (14 miles) total.
To start today’s hike you will walk to the train station and take a 5 minute train ride to the neighboring town (free travel on trains included). Explore a castle ruin before you hike into the forest. Bonus today: you can enjoy a self-serve fridge at a farmhouse which a farmer has put up for hikers. Enjoy scenic views and a wine bench before climbing up a sightseeing tower. The hike down the mountain will cross through an old town before you reach your hotel. Want to add on a few km? For the very fit we can add a bonus hike – instead of taking the train in the morning you can also hike the distance to the next town – this is a short (6 km), but very steep climb over a mountain.
Hotel Night 3. This family-run hotel offers different rooms – standard rooms or new upgraded rooms. The hotel has a wellness section with pool and sauna. We highly recommend having dinner at the hotel restaurant – locals come from all over to eat at this place. Ready for a day to relax? This hotel is ideal to add a second night in. Perfect location to do a rest day and explore the nearby clock area on your day off.
Day 3: short but steady climb (12 km)
Description of Day 3. Read More
- Distance: 12 km (7.5 miles)
- Shortcut: no shortcut
Today’s hike is short and easy. Enough time to explore the nearby medieval town before starting your hike mid-day. There is a constant climb at the beginning. Once you are on the summit you can enjoy views over the valley. From there the trails take you down into the town you are staying at. On a clear day this hike provides you with plenty of panoramic views.
Hotel Night 4. We work with 2 hotels in this town – one is located in town, one is located outside of town – your choice! Our hotel in town is a simple and clean hotel spread out over several buildings. The hotel caters to large groups so it can be busy at times. This hotel has an indoor pool & sauna. Walk into town for dinner. Or choose to stay outside of town in a very quiet and small friendly family hotel – featuring modern rooms and an excellent German restaurant (restaurant closed Mondays) Ready for more days of hiking? This hotel is ideally located for an additional hiking day. We have several trails for you to choose from if you add an extra hiking day.
Day 4: one steep climb and downwards from there (20 km)
Description of Day 4. Read More
- Distance: 20 km (12 miles)
- Shortcut: yes, 13 km (8 miles)
We saved the best for last. This trail has it all with scenic spots, a cabin, a schnapps fountain, vineyards, 2 restaurants, 1 café, and a possible shortcut which saves 7 km ( if you must ).
Hotel Night 5. Several hotels to choose from. We work with several small hotels, all located in the heart of the old town. Or decided to upgrade to a 4 star boutique hotel located in a restored historical building with sauna and wellness facility. Great way to end your hiking holiday!
Description of Departure Day. Read More
People often add on an additional day in this last town to do some sightseeing – the cuckoo clock area is nearby and many other Black Forest sights.
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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Thank you for organising a wonderful holiday for us. We had an amazing time! We had everything we needed, the instructions were all great and the hotels were lovely. We will definitely go back to walk some more of the paths in the future.
Amy & Adam
Simone arranged the 3 day Black Forest Trail hike for us that was very organized. It was a perfect mix of hiking thru beautiful country, exploring small towns, sampling great wine and even trying schnapps fountain from a local farmer right on the trail.
Very well done!
We did a four day Black Forest hiking tour. It was all very well-organized and a lot of fun. Helps to be in good hiking shape. Happily we had good weather. Lovely in the spring with leaves popping out. Simone was easy to reach and very responsive. Hope to return some day.
Hello Simone, The hike has been wonderful so far. We really lucked out with the weather. The landscape couldn’t be more beautiful.
Great trip. We never would have been able to put it all together without Simone's help. Her trail notes were extremely detailed and helpful and it was so nice to have the lodging and luggage transfer taken care of. We loved the trails and never got lost. Beautiful scenery and towns!
My apologies for not getting tin touch earlier but we are only just back home after a fabulous holiday. Lots of highlights but our Black Forest hike was certainly one of the best.
From the minute we arrived at our first hotel, we were very impressed and felt very welcome. We could easily have made our base there! Your trail notes and signs were so detailed, making the hike stress free (in terms of directions)! What amazing scenery and atmosphere! We loved arriving in such special towns at the end of each walk and having time to explore.
We loved all the accommodation and restaurants you recommended. We were glad we took your dinner recommendation on the third night and had dinner in the town - the restaurant was fabulous!
Thank you for your fabulous organisation. We feel very privileged to have visited such a beautiful part of the world. We do hope to return!
Margaret (and Stephen)
We have been to Germany and Switzerland many times and have always made hiking tours when we could. It is one thing to pick a landing spot and make a route and another to have a route planned out where even locals might not choose to go. Simone's tour is incredible -- each leg is described in complete detail, and she provides GPS tracks as well so you are never in doubt as to where you are. The schwartzwald forest and farm countryside speaks for itself, hills, valleys, streams, forest roads, tiny tracks and then at the end of each day a 3 or 4 star hotel to unwind and refresh in. We went in late fall, with acorns and chestnuts under our feet - if you love to hike, and want to make a tour like a real german might do, then by all means take Simone's Black Forest Tour, you will not be disappointed!
Thank you for great organization — your tour is really great.
Just wanted to check in and tell you we’ve lucked out with the weather and we’ve been having a great time on our hike. We had a bit of difficulty last night finding the hotel b/c we forgot to look at the detailed map you had for getting across the river to the hotel, but we didn’t mind once we got to the hotel! Otherwise the directions have been great and the GPS track spot on. Anyway, the walking is so much fun and seeing places most tourists never will is really an extra bonus. Today we stopped at the vacation hof and had a beer at that vending machine you described. This really old dog came out and waited for us to finish and then lead us across the road and showed us the way up the meadow because the actual trail was closed for farmwork! Good dog!
All the luggage transfers have gone without a problem, so we are very happy and looking forward to our last hike tomorrow. It appears it will rain tonight and then clear up, but we are going rain or shine.
Thanks for all your assistance.
We absolutely loved the hiking tour you set up for us. What a fun adventure. Your instructions were great and all of the hotels worked out well. The bag transfers went off without a hitch.
In any case the Black Forrest hike was a highlight of our 3 week trip. The scenery was great and we
Loved walking near the farms and seeing the animals. We wished we had been a few weeks earlier to take advantage of the Kneipp water therapy stations.
Tanya and Mike Kern