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Red Deer Trail

The Northern Black Forest is known for its remoteness. If you are really looking to get away from it all for a few days, then the Red Deer Trail maybe just what you are looking for. This is a great package if you are a real hiker and you want a remote nature experience while being pampered in 4-Star wellness hotels at the end of the day. And its a great value!

  • We Handle All The Details for You…
  • Luggage Transfer Included
  • Premium 4-Star Wellness Hotels
  • Detailed Route Descriptions & Maps

Our Route Description is highly detailed and customized, and we update it each season – not what you find online from other sources.

  • Telephone support for emergencies
  • Well Marked & Easy to Navigate Tracks
  • Daily Distances between 17-20 Km
  • Your Choice: 2 to 4 Days of Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

This package is an incredible value when you consider the quality of the accommodation vs the cost. You won’t find a better value for your getaway.

The Red Deer Trail – the most pure experience of The Black Forest

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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, where Germany, Switzerland & France share borders. It is 100 miles north to south and 45 miles east to west and the terrain can be grouped into North, Central and South because the terrain and weather is noticeably different. The terrain of the Northern Black Forest is the least populated and has the most dense and contiguous forest with the most precipitation (rain, snow). The terrain of the Northern Black Forest consists of more rounded mountain peaks with plenty of moors in between.

The Red Deer Trail package is a carefully crafted selection of trails linking traditional German villages, with their unique wood-frame architecture. The trail is designed to be a pure experience of the Black Forest of Germany. You will not likely find others along your hike through the very best scenery that the Northern Black Forest has to offer.

You will stay at 4-Star wellness hotels each night, all chosen for their hospitality and cuisine and spas. One of them even featuring a Michelin Gourmet Restaurant (advance reservation required).

If you want to experience the Black Forest in all its beauty and remoteness – this is the hike for you

Is this a difficult hike?

The difficulty level of this tour is moderate for the experienced hikers. Inexperienced hikers may consider it difficult. Daily distances do not exceed 20 km. Have a look at the elevation profiles for each day below. There are some significant ascents and descents. One day you have the option to shorten the route.

Not sure which hiking tour is a good fit for you? Contact us! Find an overview of all our hiking tours here.

Focus of the Red Deer Trail: Remoteness

The Red Deer Trail takes you through the remote northern part of the Black Forest. You might hike for many km without encountering other people. There are often no options for food along the trail (but we’ve know how to handle that). There is also no cell phone coverage on much of this trail.

Please have a look at our FAQ page for additional information on the Red Deer Trail.Read More

Trail Options: 2 to 4 days of hiking

The Red Deer Trail is a 6 day roundtrip-hike. We picked the best parts of the trail as a 2, 3 or 4 day hiking package – depending on how much time you have available and how fit you are. Most people choose the 4-day package.

Red Deer Trail

  • 2 days hiking / 3 nights hotel
  • 37 km total

Red Deer Trail

  • 3 days hiking / 4 nights hotel
  • 54 km total

Red Deer Trail

  • 4 days hiking / 5 nights hotel
  • 74 km total

Looking for a longer hike?

  • add on more days
  • contact us

Outline of the 4-Day Red Deer Trail

Arrival Day

Arrive in the town of Freudenstadt in the Northern Black Forest either by car or train (switch to S-Bahn in Freudenstadt). The first hotel is located 20 km away from Freudenstadt in the town of Baiersbronn. Before heading to your hotel we recommend exploring Freudenstadt. This classic Black Forest town is home to Germany’s largest market square surrounded by historic buildings and dozens of little shops.

Hotel Sackmann – 4 star hotel
Restaurant info hotel: this hotel has two restaurants. The gourmet restaurant (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) has a Michelin Star (reservations required)

Day 1: hike (17 km)

Elevation Profile Day 1 (click for details)

Description of Day 1. Read More

Day 2: hike 20 km

Elevation Profile Day 2 (click for details)

Description of Day 2. Read More

Day 3: hike 17 km

Elevation Profile Day 3 (click for details)

Description of Day 3. Read More

Day 4: hike 17 km

Elevation Profile Day 4 (click for details)

Description of Day 4. Read More

Departure day

Depart from Freudenstadt after breakfast.

Not sure if this is the right hike for you? See what some of our past hikers say who have experienced the Red Deer Trail:

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 13 reviews
 by ingridHayek
Every single moment was a highlight. We just loved the peacefulness of the forest.

We went on a hike following the trail of the Red Deer for 6 days and it was unforgettable. The Black Forest is such a peaceful and relaxing place to be. The hotels were cozy with delicious food and friendly staff.

 by James G
A week hiking between spa hotels

Four of us spent 6 days walking through the Black Forest, with excellent hotels waiting for us every evening, and our luggage transferred ahead of us. The walking was excellent, very well sign-posted and with some wonderful views and scenery.Highlights for us were the very clear maps and directions provided by Simone, the 2-star Michelin meal one evening, and the excellent service provided in sorting out one or two issues with hotel bookings.At about 80 miles over the 6 days, we were used to walking a little further, but we got into the habit of having a leisurely breakfast, and leaving a little later than on similar hiking holidays. Note that Day 3 between Besenfeld and Schwarzenberg is the shortest of routes, but also the one with the Michelin-starred restaurant at the end if you want to splash out.

 by James G
Red Deer Hiking

We had a great week of walking (the weather was excellent most of the time), and the maps/directions you provided were very good indeed.

 by Phil B
having a great time

You have partnered with some great hotels. The hospitality and quality is wonderful.

I have been surprised that English is less commonly spoken than other destinations in Germany we have visited. The Black Forest seems popular with locals but apparently has not caught on yet with Americans.

The people here are all so friendly and helpful. More Americans should be more aware of this wonderful place.

 by DebraF
Thank you

We returned from traveling last night. I waited to get to my computer to write and tell you how much we enjoyed the Red Deer Trail.
Your maps and trail notes were excellent. Our accommodations could not have been better. We were thrilled each evening to enjoy the spa facilities - especially after a day of rain! Our favorite was perhaps Forsthaus Auerhahn although it was hard to choose.
Again, thank you,

 by MRLhiking
Black Forest hiking

Excellent hiking experience. Trails were well-marked and had a range of scenery. Distance and difficulty were appropriately indicated. Hotels at night were very welcoming, had good meals and provided bathing and sauna facilities.

 by MauriceL
perfect time for hiking

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Black Forest. The trails were well-maintained and not as busy as I had suspected. The weather was perfect and that, no doubt, contributed to an enjoyable time. .
THe hotels were excellent. There were no problems with our luggage transfers, the meals were very good. WE particularly enjoyed the bathing and sauna facilities at each hotel -- which were very welcome to us after a day of hiking.


 by Rodd
Excellent Tour Operation

Simone was very helpful. The Black Forest is gorgeous. The hotels were wonderful. The people were super friendly & eager to help. If you are interested in hiking and being in the forest, this is an excellent place to go. Also: Germans really know how to do breakfast!

 by Leigh Callinan
Wonderful vacation

The track notes and maps were very good.
The accommodation was very good.
The transport arrangements were very good.
The Black Forest is a wonderful walking area.
I will recommend this walk to others; including those in my own bushwalking club

 by Rodd
lovely hotels

Simone --

the hotels are lovely and the trail is amazing. we're having a great time.

Thanks for everything!


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