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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.


  • 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! Find an overview of all our hiking tours here.

The Black Forest Trail takes you off-the-beaten-path where you might hike for some time without encountering other people.

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 – A Taste of the Black Forest Trail
  • 2 days hiking / 3 nights hotel – The Short Black Forest Trail
  • 3 days hiking / 4 nights hotel – The Best of the Black Foret Trail
  • 4 days hiking / 5 nights hotel – The Complete Black Forest Trail
  • 5 days hiking / 6 nights hotel – The Extended Black Forest Trail (additional day can also be a rest or sightseeing day)

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

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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)

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Day 3: short but steady climb (15 km)

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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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by Christi on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Trail

Hi Simone,

We had a wonderful time doing the Black Forest!!

We didn't have much of a sense of what the Black Forest was and how it would be. Some parts of it were definitely more logged/less picturesque than others. We really appreciated that you tried to keep us off the logging roads as much as possible, but we weren't expecting to cross so many! We saw hardly any people the entire time on the trails, and just a few mountain bikes. The solitude was something I wasn't expecting but liked. It was a bit rainy on day 2, but mostly when we were in the forest under cover so it didn't really impact our hike negatively, and the temperature was lovely the whole time!

This was such a relaxing way to explore the area. And it was great to have the option of the train if we wanted to go somewhere else after arriving at our hotel, or take a shortcut. All of our days were ~10 to 16 miles of hiking I think. We could start when we wanted, take breaks as needed, etc. If we had been with other people I think it would have been harder.

We have told our friends about our trip and that we highly recommend your trip. Germany was really fun and I had a blast trying to communicate. Everyone was super gracious in allowing me to try my limited German. We would definitely consider coming back in a few years and trying your other loop.

Thank you again Simone!
Christi a

by Theandos1 on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest hike

Excellent hike in beautiful countryside in the Black Forest. Organisation was very good, luggage transfer went without a hitch, hotels were of a high standard. Trail maps mostly easy to follow. Would recommend this hike.

by Zach on Black Forest Tours
Terrific hike

Hi Simone,

Thanks for everything. I had a great time. Totally liberated! Day 1 was full of cool discoveries, day 2 was euphoric in places, and day 3 had so much beauty.

Best of luck - this is a terrific thing you're doing.


by CRM n JLM on Black Forest Tours
An amazing, life changing tour organized with a personal touch by Black Forest Tours

My fiancee and I were planning on visiting Germany and were looking for something unique to end our trip with when after some research I found Black Forest Tours. Touring the Black Forest has long been a bucket list item for me and with my 50th birthday happening my fiancee decided that this was her gift. After working with Simone on what we wanted to visit and do, she came up with a plan tailored for us. We opted for a 4 day hike/5 nights trip plan which would include hiking, visiting towns we were interested in, and schnapps fountains that I heard so much about.

When we arrived in our first town at the train station, we were immediately met by a driver who took us to the first hotel: a lovely spa hotel in the mountains where the next morning we'd start our adventure. The room was relaxing with a balcony view of the small town church and village below. In our room, we found a bag filled with maps, goodies, and information from Simone Brixel detailing our next 5 days hiking.

After breakfast the next morning, we started our hike through the Black Forest which was amazing. We couldn't believe the views and sights that we saw on just the first day. After a hard hike (we had small day packs and hiking poles which really helped), we arrived at the next town and the next hotel with our suitcases waiting for us in our room. The hiking was challenging but extremely fun even in the rain. The directions provided by Simone were detailed and extremely accurate and easy to follow.

Each hotel was fantastic and we enjoyed them all. Each town had charm and was off the beaten path which was exactly what we were looking for. The food was excellent, the people were nice, and the experience is not to be missed.

I cannot recommend Black Forest Tours enough and can't wait to head back for another experience with them. THANK YOU!!

by Susan on Black Forest Tours
Great hike

Hi Simone,

We really enjoyed our hiking in The Black Forest. The trails and maps were easy to follow. We did not download the GPX data. All of the hotels were great! And the luggage transfers were perfect. It was always nice to see our bags when we reached the hotel. It was a great trip. Thank you!


by ice d on Black Forest Tours
Well organized tour with beautiful scenery

I have completed all the hikes including bonus routes and it is not harder than moderate difficulty. There are a lot of places to stop by to get food or rest also wells along the path to refill with water.

Both the Red Deer and the Complete Black Forest hikes are highly recommended to do.

by The_Kennedies on Black Forest Tours
An Experience of a Lifetime

The routes that are provided provide a wonderful diversity, passing through dense and shady forests, across alpine meadows then through bucolic pasture lands, and finally (at the beginning and end of each day) providing views of quaint little Black Forest Villages, which all retain a central neighborhood in the high-medieval style of when the towns were first established (or at least rebuilt after being ravaged by one or another medieval wars). While the villages retain much of their old-fashioned style on the outside, they are truly modernized within and very comfortable places to inhabit.

But this tour is about the hikes. The hikes are moderate. We averaged about 10 miles (16 kilometers) per day over our five-day tour. The elevation gain is not bad, ranging between 800 feet (265 meters) and 1,400 feet (430 meters) per day. The trails are well-maintained and well-marked. This area has been harvested for lumber for centuries, so there are a lot of forest roads on the hike, but Black Forest Tours routes you onto narrow forest paths whenever possible. There are opportunities to take lunch in forest farm house along the way, but we chose to pack sandwiches and keep moving. I did partake in one of the forest’s “schnapps fountains,” which you may encounter, depending on the hiking tour you choose. The walk, the views, the forest environment, the whole experience was spectacular. Go in mid-August, and you have a chance to avoid weather, as we did (just a few sprinkles on one day). We offer our highest recommendation of Black Forest Tours.

by Terry and Janis on Black Forest Tours
Black Forest Trail


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.


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.

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