The Hells Valley Trail Experience combines a guided hike with one of our guides and several self-guided hikes which you do on your own.. It begins and ends at an historic family-owned 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 Hells Valley Trail Experience 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 half day 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 the Hells Valley Trail Experience 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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Hi SimoneSorry its taken so long to provide some feedback. We are now back home and we so miss Germany.Our hiking guide Viktoria was wonderful. She had a perfect balance between engaging in conversation, letting us do our own thing and leading us to the next point. She was a pleasure to talk with. I would highly recommend her to anyone heading to the Black Forest.The materials provided were thorough. The tracks were fun and on one of the walks we met up with a group of friendly German people along the way. They invited us to their table at the end of the day for drinks and conversation. German people are just so welcoming!!The hotel was good. The reception staff were welcoming and they even allowed to have breakfast before the scheduled time so we could catch our train on the departure day.We only wish we had scheduled more time in the Black Forrest. It was one of the highlights of our 6 week holiday. We will be back in Germany and there will be definitely more time spent in the Black Forest.Thanks for the wonderful memories.RegardsRob
Dear SimoneSorry for the delay in response, we are now home and settled again and we are indeed looking back on an unforgettable experience after our visit to the Black Forest.The Hotel is very good situated and made it easy for us on arrival.Although we were a little early, they accommodated is in their Restaurant, because it was raining and we couldn’t really go out to do site seeing.The moment the room was ready, we were taken to our room.The accommodation facilities were excellent and the hotel staff was very helpful.We also want to thank you for our hiking package, it assisted us a lot.We did one full day of hiking and the second day was for exploringthe Southern Black Forest.Thank you for excellent arrangements and information. Be assured we enjoyed our stay enormously and it we would always remember our Black Forest experience!Just a pity that we could not meet you personally!Be assured that we would recommend Black Forest Tours to anybody interested amongst our family and friends!Kind regardsSarel & Elsabe
This tour was amazing - you really get to enjoy a lot of beautiful sights and the tour guide Gisela was very friendly and really made the trip special. It was one of the best tours I've taken, the pace was great, not too fast, enough time to enjoy the views. I would do it all again. The hotel was beautiful and the family owners very friendly. Simone is very professional and all the information she provide is clear and easy to understand. Totally worth the money!!
My family enjoyed every part of our experience. The hotel, room and food was amazing. The people were friendly and the hospitality was fantastic. Our guide was a joy to be with. We would highly recommend this vacation to our friends and family. It was one of our favourite parts of our travels across Germany.
If you are an English-speaker looking to hike (and otherwise sightsee) in the Black Forest, I definitely recommend Black Forest Tours. The owner-operator - Simone - was terrific in helping us plan our stay in the region, providing us with maps, train/bus passes to get to hiking locations, and many ideas on things to do while on and after our hikes. She even provided a personal tour guide for our first hike which was very useful in getting some background on the region. Her experience with travelers over many years allows her to answer any questions you might have. She's a thorough and prompt communicator. Our trip was great!
Simone did a great job of organizing everything. The guided first-day hike with Viktoria was both educational and fun, and a lot of both. The hiking plans were thorough and easy to follow. Our one suggestion is to make the included maps higher resolution (some of the text was illegible, although the routes themselves were clear). The hotel Simone selected was well located, comfortable and friendly. And the base town worked well for everything. Highly recommended!
Viktoria guided us on a lovely walk from Herzarten to Titisee and around the lake. An easy 10 miles for two slightly older and newish walkers. Our guide was so lovely and knowledgeable and made the day great. I recommend this company so highly for their organisation and help. We will certainly come again.
I suddenly had a free week in Europe, so I thought I would try my hand at hiking, having never done so before. As most of the information available on the Black Forest is in German (which I don't speak), I was delighted to chance upon Simone's company.Based on her recommendation, I chose the Hike and Guide package and I extended my stay to a total of 5 days. The guide, Viktoria, was wonderful and gave me a real insider's look into the Black Forest area. She also inspired me to aspire to be as fit as she is - she is a grandmother and still I barely kept up with her.On my solo hikes, I found Simone's maps to be very accurate and user friendly. Even my poor sense of direction did not manage to get me lost once!All in all, a great experience and so many memories to bring home. Thanks, Simone and Viktoria!
I'm in Mainz now and wanted to say thank you. I enjoyed my trip a lot. Your business is perfect for solo traveler like me who likes to hike. Hinterzarten was my favorite town and the hotel was lovely. You really nailed it.
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 Hells Valley Trail Experience 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 – the Hells Valley Experience is for you.
The Hells Valley Trail Experience 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 Hells Valley Trail Experience 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.