Black Forest Trail – 2 to 4 days of hiking

scary-black-forestOur Black Forest Trail is a customized, select portion of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail (ending in Spain). Our special package makes for fairly easy to medium trails with daily distances between 13 to 17 km (8-10.5 miles), some shortcuts possible. You spend your evenings at family-run 3 star (and one 4 star) hotels in beautiful small Black Forest towns. We provide guidance off the trail too, so you can make the most of your time while in town.black-forest-trail

The Black Forest is not what the English name suggests. It is not a single forest, but rather it is the name given to the mountainous region in the southwestern corner of Germany. About 60% of the land is forest. Therefore there is also a lot of open country too. The terrain of the Central Black Forest (where this trail is located) is postcard perfect – composed of heavily forested mountains with steep ravines and farms in the valleys, which are further surrounded by orchards and vineyard lower down in the foothills.

Is this a good hike for me? The Black Forest Trail Package is a good choice if you are looking for intermediate hikes. Our hotels are located in small Black Forest towns. Therefore this is a great tour if you are looking for some quiet time in nature while also exploring beautiful medieval towns of the Black Forest.

We provide all trail information and maps and take care of your luggage transfer.

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Will definitely be back!

Hi Simone,We had an absolutely fantastic time in the Black Forest and really enjoyed hiking the trail both days. Hotels were good with nice breakfast and friendly service in all of them. The last town was beautiful and a really nice place to finish the hike.We only wish we had more time there to hike a few more days and we will definitely be back!Thank youNathan

by Catalina and Sami on The Black Forest Trail
experience of a lifetime

Hi Simone,We absolutely LOVED our Black Forest trail experience, really truly it was one of the best things we've ever done on holiday - and are so inspired to come back for more. So many magnificent scenes and breathtaking vistas on the hikes, and the accommodation was all really great. We managed to complete both days in full (our leg muscles are very sore today though!).We sincerely thank you for the upgrade at our last hotel too, that was so special and the best thing to conclude the trip. The humidity was very intense that day, so we arrived to our welcome champagne as "two tired hot sweaty (happy) messes"! The room was amazing and the facilities were heaven.Thank you once again Simone, it was the experience of a lifetime and we really appreciate your time & efforts organising it for us. We will highly recommend you to anyone planning a holiday in Germany.All the best,Catalina and Sami

by joeF3448VT on The Black Forest Trail
Great hiking trip

What a great trip! Simone organised an excellent hiking trip for me and my 15 year old son. She was helpful and responsive. It was a trip with fantastic scenery, great food and quaint towns.

by Alicia Keesman on The Black Forest Trail
Castles, Forests, Villages, Schnapps Fountains and More!

Three of us did the Black Forest Trail; which, involved 4 days of hiking and 5 nights in hotels. If I could give this experience a 6 out of 5 stars, I would! We had such an amazing time and saw the beautiful landscapes of the Black Forest in a way that merely driving through could not provide.Communication with Simone was amazing. During my planning (as well as during the hike) she would email me back information so quickly, that I began to wonder if she wasn't permanently adhered to her phone. This made things so much easier in the planning stages.Everything went seamlessly before and during the trip. A very detailed package that was emailed to me outlined the trip. The entire trip, water bottles, a hat, and even nut snacks were in our room when we arrived. The details and even pictures of the trail and the way to go was very easy to follow. Following the trails and navigating through the cities were outlined in maps as well as verbalized directions and pictures. For those wanting to do a trip like this, remember to trust the directions, they are correct even if you think you might be going the wrong way! We did this and veered-off the assigned path; but, it's easy to backtrack or follow a different way to get where you need to go.The transfer of luggage from hotel to hotel was excellent! We never worried about anything being stolen from the luggage, as all the hotel patrons are very trustworthy. We never had an issue with the luggage and it was always at the hotel before we arrived. Sometimes, it was even placed in our assigned rooms! The hotels we were booked into were also excellent. Spacious, comfortable, clean and breakfast every morning was a treat. The hot showers after a hike and comfortable beds made us feel spoiled!The hikes themselves are beautiful. From stunning landscapes overlooking villages and towns to old castle ruins and old hiker chapels, the hikes provided everything we needed. Even a lovely foot soaking station and schnapps fountain could be found on the trail! A couple farms have also provided fridges with beer, water, juice, and snacks for a cheap cost. We looked very forward to these and are very appreciative of the farmers providing this service...especially during a heat-wave. Nothing soothes the soul more than a cool drink of Apfelschorle, home-baked cookies, a bench, and a beautiful pastoral view.I highly recommend Black Forest Tours for your next trip.Visited July 2017

Excellent way to see the Black Forest

If you're going to spend a few days in the Black Forest, make sure you engage Simone as your guide. Every detail was taken care of--carefully labeled maps, thoughtful hotels, food and drink suggestions, and up-to-the-minute trail details. Thanks, Simone!

How long? The Black Forest Trail is available as a 2, 3 or 4 day hiking package – depending on how much time you have available and how fit you are. Most people hike the entire Black Forest Trail (4 hiking days). If you just want to get a taste, then the 2 day hike is ideal. Often people add on an additional day at the very end to do some sightseeing in the Black Forest.

2 Day Black Forest Trail – 2 days hiking / 3 nights hotel

  • start: any day
  • Day 1. arrival in the Black Forest, you are 30 minutes away from Offenburg. Check-in hotel
  • Day 2. hike 13 km total.
  • Day 3. hike 17 km total. Shortcut to 11 km/7 miles hike
  • Day 4. departure from the Black Forest

Detailed itinerary 

  • DAY 1 (arrival day): Arrive in the Black Forest by train. We organize your transportation from the train station to your hotel.  If you are arriving by car, you can park close to your final hotel and take the train to your first hotel.
  • DAY 2 (first hike):  Today’s hike is short and easy (13 km). 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 and an option to stop for lunch at local restaurant.  In the evening you stay at a family run hotel with a swimming pool; have dinner at the hotel or explore restaurants in town.
  • DAY 3 (third hike):  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 6 km ( if you must ).  In your last town you have the option to upgrade to a 4 star hotel.
  • DAY 4 (departure day):  People often add on an additional day in this town to do some sightseeing – the cuckoo clock area is nearby too.

3 Day Black Forest Trail – 3 days hiking / 4 nights hotel

  • start: Tuesday-Sunday
  • Day 1. arrival in the Black Forest, you are 30 minutes away from Offenburg. Check-in hotel
  • Day 2. hike 17 km total. Shortcut to 11 km/7 miles hike plus 5 min train ride
  • Day 3. hike 13 km total.
  • Day 4. hike 17 km total. Shortcut to 11 km/7 miles hike
  • Day 5. departure from the Black Forest

Detailed itinerary 

  • DAY 1 (arrival day): Arrive in the Black Forest by train. The train station is an easy 10 minute walk from your hotel. If you are arriving by car, you can park close to your final hotel and take the train to your first hotel.
  • DAY 2 (first hike): Today’s hike has two parts. We encourage you to do both parts, of course. Part 1 (6 km):  This is a short, but a bit steep climb up and over a mountain, mostly on small trails. On top of the mountain you stop at a cabin with fantastic vistas overlooking the valley.  Part 2 (11 km): This section of the hike starts off with a castle ruin and a small chapel. You can enjoy a self-serve fridge at a farmhouse before climbing up a sightseeing tower. The hike down the mountain to your hotel has another surprise: a small chapel with miniature Black Forest mills on display.  Tonight you are staying at a wellness hotel with an excellent restaurant. It is only a short walk from the town center.
  • DAY 3 (second hike):  Today’s hike is short and easy (13 km). 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 and an option to stop for lunch at local restaurant.  In the evening you stay at a family run hotel with a swimming pool; have dinner at the hotel or explore restaurants in town.
  • DAY 4 (third hike):  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 6 km ( if you must ).  In your last town you have the option to upgrade to a 4 star hotel.
  • DAY 5 (departure day):  People often add on an additional day in this town to do some sightseeing – the cuckoo clock area is nearby too.

4 Day Black Forest Trail – 4 days hiking / 5 nights hotel 

  • start: Monday – Thursday.
  • Day 1. arrival in the Black Forest, you are 45 minutes away from Offenburg. Check-in hotel
  • Day 2. hike 15 km total. Shortcut to 7 km hike/4 miles plus 5 min train ride
  • Day 3. hike 17 km total. Shortcut to 11 km/7 miles hike plus 5 min train ride
  • Day 4. hike 13 km total.
  • Day 5. hike 17 km total. Shortcut to 11 km/7 miles hike
  • Day 6. departure from the Black Forest

Detailed itinerary 

  • DAY 1 (arrival day): Arrive in the Black Forest by train. We organize your transportation from the train station to your 4 star wellness hotel. We recommend arriving by lunch time, because a small lunch buffet is included in your package; served from 12.30-2.30 PM.  In the afternoon there is also complimentary cake & coffee.  You can use the wellness facilities while your rooms are prepared (available at 3 PM). If you are arriving by car, you can park close to your final hotel and take the train to your first hotel; a 20 minute train ride.
  • DAY 2 (first hike): Enjoy your breakfast buffet. Check-out time is 11 AM.  Many visitors like to enjoy the wellness facilities in the morning and start hiking by 11 AM. Today’s hike is 15 km total. If you prefer a shorter hike there is an option to cut the hike short at 7 km and hop on the train. This is a really smooth stretch of your tour. 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 refreshed 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. Upon arrival at your destination you can check into your hotel (after 2 PM), then stroll through town or enjoy a piece of Black Forest cake in a nearby cafe. If you cut your hike short and arrive in town even earlier, this could also be a good day to do some other sightseeing. The popular open-air farmhouse museum Vogtsbauernhof and the cuckoo clock area are 30-45 minutes away (free on public transportation). If you are interested in glass-blowing you can visit the museum to blow your own glass vase! At the end of your day you stay at a small family-run hotel right in the heart of this small Black Forest town.
  • DAY 3 (second hike): Today’s hike has two parts. We encourage you to do both parts, of course. Part 1 (6 km):  This is a short, but a bit steep climb up and over a mountain, mostly on small trails. On top of the mountain you stop at a cabin with fantastic vistas overlooking the valley.  Part 2 (11 km): This section of the hike starts off with a castle ruin and a small chapel. You can enjoy a self-serve fridge at a farmhouse before climbing up a sightseeing tower. The hike down the mountain to your hotel has another surprise: a small chapel with miniature Black Forest mills on display.  Tonight you are staying at a wellness hotel with an excellent restaurant. It is only a short walk from the town center.
  • DAY 4 (third hike):  Today’s hike is short and easy (13 km). 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 and an option to stop for lunch at local restaurant.  In the evening you stay at a family run hotel with a swimming pool; have dinner at the hotel or explore restaurants in town.
  • DAY 5 (fourth hike):  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 6 km ( if you must ).  In your last town you have the option to upgrade to a 4 star hotel.
  • DAY 6 (departure day):  People often add on an additional day in this town to do some sightseeing – the cuckoo clock area is nearby too.

Below you find the hotels if you are touring on the Full Black Forest Trail (5 nights hotel).

If you are touring on the Short Package (4 nights hotel) you will start your stay at Hotel 2. If you are touring on the Mini Package (3 nights hotel) you will start your stay at Hotel 3.

Hotel 1:  4 star hotel with wellness area and pool. This hotel is in the middle of the Black Forest. The transfer from the train station to your hotel by car is included at no additional charge.

  • Free lunch buffet on arrival day
  • Coffee/cake in the afternoon of arrival day
  • Wellness, pool & sauna
  • Hotel has no cell phone reception
  • Check-in 12.30 PM (room available at 3 PM), check-out 11 AM

Hotel  2: Family run hotel in the heart of the old town.

  • Hotel restaurant closed on Mondays
  • check-in 2 PM, check-out 11 AM

Hotel 3: Family run 3 star hotel in walking distance to town

  • Wellness, pool & sauna
  • Check-in 3 PM, check-out 11 AM
  • Upgrade to a brand new section of the hotel possible (upgrade fee)

Hotel 4: Family-run hotel in town

  • Pool & sauna
  • Check-in 1 PM, check-out 11 AM

Hotel 5: Family-run hotel in the heart of the old town.

  • Upgrade to 4 star hotel possible (upgrade fee)
  • Upgrade to hotel with swimming pool possible (upgrade fee)

Hotels: You are staying at small 3 star family-run hotels (one 4 star hotel). All hotels are either in middle of a cute Black Forest town, or within easy walking distance to the town. If star hotels are important to you and you prefer 4 star hotels, have a look at the Red Deer Trail Package as another option.

Good to know: Included with each night is a German breakfast buffet. All hotel have wi-fi and private bathrooms. All hotels have a restaurant on site also (not all are open every day). Most often there are other restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.

Like to be pampered? We offer an upgraded version of our hiking packages for an additional 100€ per person. We can upgrade 2 of your rooms/hotels – please inquire for details.

How about Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?

Breakfast is included with your booking

Lunch packages can be purchased at each hotel on the day of your hike (5-7 Euro per person)

Dinner is not included and can be purchased separately each evening

The below elevation profile is for the Full Black Forest Trail (4 days of hiking). The 3-Day hike starts with Day 2. The 2-Day hike start with Day 3.

Included

  • Accommodation for 3 to 5 nights (3 star hotels and one 4 star hotel)
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Daily luggage transfer of 1 bag of up to 20 kg per person
  • Free public transportation pass
  • Detailed route descriptions
  • Maps

Options

  • Additional nights
  • Transfers from various cities by car/driver

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Germany
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, telephone calls, extra transfers (such as by taxi or when not included in public transport pass), tips, etc.

Season

  • The Black Forest Trail Package is available from mid-April to mid-October.

Arriving by plane? Nearest airports are Basle/Mulhouse and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden. Frankfurt and Zurich are also good.

Arriving by train? Please ask us if you need help with train connections. You will want to take a train to Offenburg or Freudenstasdt, then switch to the local train taking you into the Kinzig Valley to your first hotel.

Prefer a Driver? We can provide limousine services (fee).

Arriving by car? You can drive all the way to Gengenbach and leave your car at the last hotel. Then take the train to your first hotel for check-in.

What to Bring

We recommend you bring sturdy walking boots and socks, swim suits, warm and waterproof clothes, a day pack, water bottle, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block, compass, flashlight/torch and a first-aid kit.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have travel insurance covering you against illness, injury, loss or damage to property and cancellations.

If hiking in the Black Forest is part of a longer vacation, bringing all your gear in your luggage can be a problem. Many of our hikers just don’t have space. That’s why we provide you with the option to rent a sturdy day pack plus hiking poles (official Schwarzwaldferein “Black Forest Hiking Club” equipment). The pack & poles will be waiting for you at your first hotel and will be retrieved at your last hotel. Bonus! If you would like to keep your bag or poles because they will be so cool to show off back home, we will equip you with a brand-new set of bag/poles instead.

  • Rental cost: 25€ for the duration of your hike

A few weeks prior to your hike we will check in to see if this option is for you. And! Free! A goodie-bag will also be waiting at your first hotel with lots of useful stuff for your hike – a thank you gift from Black Forest Tours for hiking with us.