The Black Forest Trail is a selection of the best trails the Central Black Forest has to offer in 2-4 day hiking package. 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.
- We Handle All The Detail
- Luggage Transfer Included
- Hotels included, Upgrades possible
- 2-4 days of hiking
- Detailed Route Descriptions & Maps
- We are only a phone call away
Lonely Planet’s calls our Black Forest Trail one of ’52 Best Weekends Away’:
Focus of Trail: German Culture, 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. The Black Forest Trail takes you off-the-beaten-path where you might hike for some time without encountering other people.
The first hikers of the 2022 season have shared their feedback with us. Here is what they are saying:
- ‘I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. This was perfect for my husband and I. Thank you for everything’.
- ‘I could not have dreamed up a more perfect adventure. I felt so immersed in the German culture and nature’
- ‘I was so impressed with these four days. the use of both GPS and paper descriptions were very helpful. I would highly recommend this if you are an experienced hiker and can do back to back long days’
- ‘This was a very special and rememberable adventure.’
- ‘We had a great time, the hike was awesome and we really enjoyed every second of it. This has been a bucket list item for a long time and you made it effortless to tick off’
- ‘We loved all the highlights you have added along the route, chatting to local farmers, enjoying beer and schnapps along the way really made it felt like a true Black Forest experience’
We recommend: add-on a rest day
The Black Forest Trail covers quite a bit of distance. Many hikers add-on a rest day in the middle of their hike: 2 days of hiking – rest day – 2 days of hiking. Many hikers also say that they wish they had added on another day in the last town to enjoy the town and just relax after the hike.
Good to know: if you are too tired to hike one day, or the weather is not cooperating, there is always the option to get to the next hotel by train or cab.
It’s often difficult to decide whether this hike is the right hike for you. To make your decision easier we want to show you what a recent hiker said about their hiking experience in August 2022:
General feedback:What a great experience! We really appreciated the seamless tour you gave us. The directions and the apps worked together to make sure we found the right paths that we needed. LOVED the hotels and the small towns. Thank you for all the quick communication and all the work to ensure that we had a great vacation!
Arrival Day:Great instructions for our arrival! The car at the train station wasn’t marked and it took some guessing on our part to figure out that the man waiting in front of the train station was there for us. But we got there! The hotel was an awesome first stop! The staff were soooo friendly and helpful. The room was spacious. The hotel was amazing! The staff were all friendly. We would have enjoyed two nights there if we had thought about it! Maybe next time. 🙂
Day 1 hike:The first day hiking was a little confusing just because I wasn’t used to “pacing” myself in kilometers instead of miles. We also hadn’t expected quite so many logging roads. Without the 2Go Tours app that day we might have taken a wrong turn in spite of the good trail markings. However, it was a lovely hike, beautiful, not too strenuous. The next hotel was easy to find. The hotel owners were very friendly and helpful. Awesome food there! They helped us with our room keys and they were readily available. I’m glad the first day was a shorter distance to allow us to get acclimated and accustomed to it all!
Day 2 hikeThis was a tough hike even though we didn’t do the bonus hike that day. We really appreciated having the option! It was also our favorite hiking day because of all there was to see and do. The naturkuhlschrank stops, the musical diversion in the middle of the woods, the views, the tower, the chapels…. We were happy we had time to stop and enjoy all the moments! The third hotel was amazing. I don’t know if the air was officially air conditioned, but it felt like it. We loved the lights, the location, the room. All very comfortable!
Day 3 hike:This hike felt harder than Day 2, even though the elevation change was a little gentler. I think the heat was getting to us by this day. It was still beautiful, and we loved the hike itself. We were fascinated by the wolf traps. Great diversion! When we got into view of the town, we were ready to walk down to it and through it. We stuck to the trail, however. By the time we arrived at the hotel we were too tired to explore further. The fourth hotel far exceeded our expectations!
Day 4 hikeWe were really glad to have options the last day. I think we would have felt more energetic if it hadn’t been so hot. We opted for the valley trail, knowing that we could get off the trail if we got too hot for the day. We enjoyed the first half of the hike, enjoyed the forest. Once we left the forest and were in the sun, we decided that shortening the hike was worth it. We were happy to get to the last hotel, which we loved, and rest for a bit. THe hotel had wonderful staff and a beautiful room. That was another one we felt we could have stayed in a couple of nights. Well, really, they all were that nice! The last town was the perfect size for wandering and enjoying window-shopping. We loved our time there.
Touring with your appWe used the trail description every day, and we really appreciated it! The details and photos with arrows were extremely helpful. We didn’t refer to the paper maps much because we had the 2GoTours app. That app was extremely helpful in keeping us on the right path. We loved that the 2GoTours App worked even without internet connection. (We were on airplane mode on our phones and only used wifi at the hotels. We would bring up the app before we left the hotel, and it would track us accurately all day. There were a couple of times it booted one of us out of the app, and without wifi we couldn’t get back in. But interestingly it all worked out.) I think the description and the app together were perfect.
Communication and overall experience:Your communication was awesome! I felt like you always had my back when I needed to reach out. Thank you so much for making this a great experience! I apologize that I complained about the heat in this review. Nothing on you! Black Forest Tours and you, Simone, have been great! I think we would love to do this trip again some day, or another one. We really appreciate your hard work in making our trip a wonderful experience.