The Hike & Guide Package begins and ends at an historic 3 star hotel in a beautiful town in the southern Black Forest, less than 45 minutes away from Freiburg. Located in the sunniest and warmest area in Germany, our Hike & Guide Package is perfect if you are looking for a flexible combination of easy hikes with options to take in other activities (or just relax) in nature with farmhouses – stop for food, drink and local culture along the way. The first day we set you up with one of our own hiking guides who will take you on a short 5 hour hike. Then you’ll be equipped for your next day hiking on your own.
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 south-western corner of Germany. 60% of the land is forest. Therefore there is also a lot of open country too. The terrain of the Southern Black Forest (where your trails are located) is postcard perfect. This area has the sunniest and warmest weather in Germany. The terrain is composed of mountain meadows with orchards and vineyards located at lower elevations while thick forests and steep ravines dominate the higher elevations.
Is this a good hike for me? If you prefer shorter hikes (starting at 5 km) or a combination of sightseeing and hiking, then this Hike & Guide Package is ideal for you. After a guided hike with one of our guides on your first day, you have a great deal of flexibility choosing your hike the following day based on your fitness level, weather conditions and what you feel like doing. If the weather should turn bad one day during your visit, or you simply don’t feel like hiking, you have free access to many activities such as boat rides, cable cars, museums, and mountain coaster rides; a significant value all by itself.
You will receive all trail information and maps from us. As just mentioned, it bears repeating that this package includes free access to more than 50 attractions in the Black Forest; boat rides, cable cars, museums, mountain coaster rides, and more.
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Our family spent the day hiking through the black forest. Simone adapted our itinerary to the changing weather conditions and guided us through beautiful scenery, giving us the all-day hiking experience we were looking for. This tour was one of the main highlights of our European vacation. Highly recommended!
Our Hike & Guide Package includes a combination of guided and self-guided hikes.
On your first day, our hiking guide will take you on a hike exploring the countryside. The hike itself is only 8 km long – but we have included lots of stops, therefore it can take a few hours before we get you back to your hotel. This is a private hiking tour just for you. No one else will be joining the tour. This is our most popular hike because you really get it all. Besides the classic, dark Black Forest gorge hike next to waterfalls, you get a lot of Black Forest history, a few touristy things, the oldest chapel in the Black Forest, the areas largest cuckoo clock. And the option to have a beer in a typical Black Forest inn. This hike takes you down into a valley famous for its ancient mills that once made everything from rope to spoons. You will see how people thrived hundreds of years ago. Your local guide has lots of stories to tell. You are in for a real treat!
The next day you have the option to do a self-guided hike or do some sightseeing instead. We provide information on several other hikes you can choose from. We carefully selected some of the best easy day hikes in the Southern Black Forest for you.
If you want to get a bit of activity in while still enjoying everything the Black Forest offers – this Take a Hike Package is for you.
The Hike & Guide Package comes with free access to more than 50 attractions in the Southern Black Forest. If you don’t feel like hiking, why not do some sightseeing? Entrance is free! There is no better way to enjoy the Black Forest.
- Boat ride
- Bicycle rental
- Mountain coaster ride
- Entrance to the waterpark
- Cable car ride
- Horseback riding
- Stand-up paddling
- Thermal baths
- Swimming pools
DAY 1: Arrive in Freiburg by train or by car. Continue on to Lake Titisee area (45 minutes). Check into your hotel.
DAY 2: Meet with your private tour guide who will take you on a hike.
DAY 3: Today you are on our own! Either hike with one of the self-guided hikes we recommend, or do some sightseeing. Entrance to attractions is free.
Day 4: Depart after breakfast.
You are staying at a comfortable 3 star hotel in the Titisee area, with easy access to restaurants and sights.
Breakfast. Begin each day with a hearty breakfast.
Dinner. The hotel restaurant offers a la carte dinners, but there are several other restaurants close-by, so you have lots of options.
Your tour includes 3 nights of accommodation in a 3 star hotel, breakfasts, hiking maps and detailed route notes for each day.
- Accommodation for 3 nights incl. breakfast
- Private hiking tour
- Free public transport pass
- Free entrance to many Black Forest attractions (boat rides, museums, cable car rides)
- Luggage transfer
- Detailed route notes and maps
- Additional nights
- Transfers from various cities by car/driver
- 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.
The Hike & Guide Package is available from May to October.
Arriving by plane? Nearest airports are Basle/Mulhouse. Frankfurt and Zurich also a good.
Arriving by train? Please ask us if you need help with train connections. Our hotels are within walking distance to the train station.
Prefer a Driver? Since our company is located in the Black Forest we can also provide a transfer by car. Many visitors combine their hiking tours with a visit to Freiburg, the capital of the Black Forest. From here it is easy to transfer you to Hinterzarten.
Arriving by car? You can drive all the way to the Lake Titisee area and leave your car at the hotel.
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.
Make sure you are covered by travel insurance covering you for 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.