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The Black Forest Trail (Germany)

This hike is postcard perfect and immerses you in the many things that make The Black Forest enchanting. You will hike through heavily forested mountains and open meadows, with steep ravines leading down to farms in the valleys. We added some local experiences and special side-trails, including a portion of the famous Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Way.


Black Forest

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15-19 km daily




2 days, 3 days, 4 days

The Black Forest Trail (Germany)

spring, summer, fall
2 days, 3 days, 4 days

The Black Forest Trail is a selection of the best trails the Central Black Forest has to offer in a 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.

Here is some feedback from recent hikers on The Black Forest Trail:

  • ‘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.

Recommendation from our previous hikers

Many of our hikers are flying into Frankfurt airport, then transfering to the first hotel. And starting to hike the following day. If this is your plan we recommend adding-on an additional night at the beginning. Our first hotel is a beautiful wellness hotel in a mountain town with several pools. This is the perfect place to get over your jetlag, hike around the hotel on your first (rest) day and get used to the area. The feedback from many is that they wish they had known what a nice place this is so they would have added-on that additional night.


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 hike

This 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 hike

We 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 app

We 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.

Is it for me?

The Black Forest Trail is a good choice if you are looking for intermediate level hikes. And if you like a combination of nature and towns. You will be ending each day in a small town.

Please note that there is quite a bit of elevation to the Black Forest Trail. The hike is not a problem for a fit person, but there are a few mountains to cross over. 

The Black Forest Trail is recommended if you are an experienced hiker and can do back to back long days

We are now offering our standard 4 day-hike with a rest day in between (making it a 5 day stay). You can certainly opt-out and just do a 4-day hike without any rest day.



Arrival Info

  • Arrive in the Black Forest by train (destination train station is Offenburg, from here you switch to a regional train which takes you to the hotel in about 60 minutes). A private car will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to the hotel.
  • If you are arriving in the Black Forest by car, we recommend parking the car at your last hotel in Offenburg area, then taking the train to your first hotel.

We recommend to arrive at lunch time. Early check-in on your arrival day at 12.30 PM possible (your room is available at 3 PM).  On your arrival day a complimentary lunch buffet is included. Therefore you can check in at lunch time, enjoy lunch and the wellness area at the hotel before getting your room at 3 PM.


Wellness hotel. Option to upgrade your rooms to larger and newly remodeled rooms. 

This beautiful wellness hotel happens to be located in a remote mountain town. There is a complimentary lunch buffet waiting for you on your arrival day. There is also a complimentary coffee/cake buffet in the afternoon.  The hotel has extensive wellness facilities with several pools & saunas. No cell phone reception at the hotel (but there is wi-fi)

Black Forest Trail Hike Germany (2)

Good to know. You are staying in a very remote area of the Black Forest. There are no stores or restaurants nearby. The only restaurant in town is the restaurant at your hotel. We recommend to enjoy their 5 course dinner for hotel guests. You can also choose to eat from the regular menu and order a la carte.


Black Forest Trail, Day 1

Description of your day

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  – but in absolutely beautiful terrain. If you are too tiredon your first day, you have the option to skip the remaining hike and head straight to to your hotel or enjoy an afternoon in town. This is also a good opportunity to grab lunch in town before continuing on your hike. Real hikers continue on of course. 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. 


We have several hotels to choose from.  All hotels have restaurants where we recommend eating in the evening.

Our regular hotel is a small family-owned hotel located in a timber-framed building in the heart of the old centre of a medieval Black Forest town. This is a simple hotel with lovely owners.

The restaurant is highly rated in the area and the favorite place in town to eat at (restaurant is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, other options in town)


As a backup we work with 2 small friendly hotels both located a 10 minute bus ride away from town centre. Busses run once an hour, sometimes twice an hour.



optional add-on:

Description of your day

To start today’s hike you will walk to the train station and take a 5 minute train ride to the neighboring town (free travel on trains included). Explore a castle ruin before you hike into the forest.

Today you can enjoy a self-serve fridge at a farmhouse which a farmer has put up for hikers. Enjoy scenic views and a wine bench before climbing up a sightseeing tower. 


no shortcuts today

Trail Options: Bonus Hike

For the very fit we can add a bonus hike to make it 23 km (14 miles) total. Instead of taking the train in the morning you can also hike the distance to the next town – this is a short (6 km), but very steep climb over a mountain.


Our hotel is newly opened and in the heart of the old town. You are in walking distance to everything – perfect location. All rooms are modern and have A/C. The hotel does not have its own restaurant. But there are plenty of places to eat less than a 10 minute walk away. This seems to be the favorite hotel of our guests on the Black Forest Trail!





We recommend to plan on a rest day today. The hikes are moderate, but you have to climb several mountains. Feedback from many hikers is that they should have planned on a rest day in the middle of the hike. Therefore a rest day is now included in our standard package. You can certainly opt-out and continue your hike today.

If you decide on a rest day there are several options on how to spend your day.

-rent a e-bike from your hotel (20 Euro/day).

-do some sightseeing (Triberg clock area and Vogtsbauernhof farmhouse museum are close-by)

-enjoy life in town and watch the locals.

-relax at the public swimming pool

-take a train ride on the famous Black Forest Railway 

Elevation today:

Description of your day

There is a constant (but easy) climb at the beginning of your hike. Once you are on the summit you can enjoy views over the valley (and take a drink out of a farmer’s refrigerator).

Now you are in for a special treat – because the trail taking you into town takes you by 2 historic wolf traps – a rare sight, even for locals


no shortcuts today.

Prefer not to hike or looking for a shorter hike? In that case we recommend a late check-out at the hotel, then exploring town and having lunch in town. Connect to your next hotel by bus at the end of day.

Shorter hike? Hop on a bus (runs twice daily) to get to your next hotel. From here you can do a 10 km (6 miles) hike, covering the last portion of the regular trail (the 2 historic wolf traps). 


Standard hotel located in a small farming village.  A very small friendly family hotel  in the heart of a tiny village. The restaurant is a local’s favorite! 

It is a very cozy, quiet and small place with just a handful  modern rooms. There is a good restaurant on-site serving local food. A nice quiet place to stay at. 

bed and breakfast blackforest

You are staying in a small town. There are not shops in town. The only restaurant in town is the one at the small hotel you are staying it. This is a highly recommended place- locals come from all over to eat here – typical German food!




Elevation today:

Description of your day

We saved the best for last. This trail has it all, with scenic spots, a cabin with a view, and 2 beautiful chapels overlooking town. The first part is a bit challenging. First, you have to get to the neighboring town, then the trail is taking you up onto the mountain ridge. There is quite some eleavation to cover! From here it is an enjoyable walk into your last town with lots and lots of scenery.


If this day hike  too long for you? in that case you can hop on the train to get to the final town.  Walk to the train station which is 2 km away from your hotel. (or we send our driver to take you there). 

Upon arrival in the last town you have the option to hike the last portion of the Black Forest Trail which is a short 7 km hike. Or take it easy and enjoy a day in town!


We work with several  hotels, all located in the heart of the old town. Or in walking distance to the town centre

  • Our recommendation: Standard hotel in town, no A/C
  • Standard hotel with A/C outside of town centre (10 minute walk)
  • Upgraded hotel in town with A/C and pool

Standard hotel in town centre

Great family-run place in the heart of town with remodeled rooms, no A/C

romantic hotel black forest

Standard hotel outside of town centre

This hotel is a 10 minute walk from the town centre. It is a business hotel, but the rooms are equipped with A/C. 

Upgraded Hotel in town centre

Why not treat yourself  to a 4 star boutique hotel located in a restored historical building with sauna and wellness facility? Great way to end your hiking holiday!

wellness hotel black forest

Have an extra day?

This town is ideal to add-on an additional night. Perfect location for a rest day to explore town and meet some locals.



Departure Info

If you are departing by train it is a short train ride to Offenburg. From here you catch a train to your next destination

If you are departing with your own car you just get in your car and go!

Good to Know

  • Accommodation in double room with private bathroom
  • Breakfast 
  • Free public transportation pass while staying in the Black Forest
  • Detailed route descriptions & maps, tour route available in our own hiking app also
  • Luggage transfer between hotels. Your luggage transfer is organized by us, Black Forest Tours. 
  • Welcome Bag with useful items for your tour
  • Travel to and from start/end of the Black Forest Trail hike
  • Lunches and dinners need to be purchased separately
  • Travel insurance. Make sure you have travel insurance covering you against illness, injury, loss or damage to property and cancellations.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, extra transfers (such as by taxi or when not included in pblic transport pass).


  • Season. The Black Forest Trail is available from mid-April to mid-October.
  • Starting day. Our hotels are often not available on the weekends. When booking the tour please indicate all possible starting dates. The more flexible you are, the easier it is to find a date which works for you.
  • Hike Length. The complete Black Forest Trail is a 4 day hike plus 1 day rest adventure. We also offer a shorter/longer versions. Let us know what your preferrred length is and we (try to) make it happen.
  • Good to know: The majority of hikers hike the entire Black Forest Trail in 4 days. Many hikers add-on a rest day after day 2 – so they hike 2 days, have one rest day, hike another 2 days. This is recommended as the elevation and distances can be quite challenging for many

Please contact us with your desire length of hiking and we can email you an exact quote

Hotel Location

  • All our hotels on the Black Forest Trail are small family-owned hotels. They are not fancy hotels, but clean and friendly. Most often you will meet the owners during your stay. 3 out of 5 hotels are in the middle of a cute Black Forest town. 1 hotel is in a small mountain village. And one hotel is in a tiny farming village. We have several back-up hotels (in case your standard hotels are booked).Find out more about each hotel under the itinerary details

Hotel Category

  • Most our hotels are small family-run hotels.
  • For a small upgrade fee we offer an upgrade for the first and last hotel. 

Hotel Rooms

  • Double Rooms. If you are booking a double room there is one double bed with 2 individual mattresses (not 2 twin beds). If you require separate beds we recommend booking 2 separate rooms. In rare cases twin beds are available, please inquire.
  • Single Rooms. If you are traveling by yourself we charge a single room supplement. You will either be provided with a single room. Or with a double room for single use – based on availability.
  • Bathrooms. All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms.
  • No Air-Conditioning. Summers can be very warm. Most hotels in Germany do not have air-conditioning. Sometimes hotels can provide a fan for your room. Usually the hotel owners will tell you to sleep with the window open during the night – this is very common in Germany. Only 1 of our regular hotels on the Black Forest Trail. One other hotel can  be upgraded to a room with A/C making it 2 hotels total with A/C on the hike. 
  • Elevators. Please note that our hotels most often do not have elevators – you will have to walk a flight of stairs to get to your room. 
  • Spotty Wi-Fi. All hotel are wi-fi. But it can be spotty in your room.
  • Breakfast included.
  • Lunch.Purchae a lunch package at the hotel, or grab a sandwich on your way out of town at the local bakery (we recommend where)
  • Dinner. All hotels but one have a restaurant on site also (not all are open every day). If there is no restaurant on site there are restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.
  • sturdy walking boots and socks
  • swim suits (some hotels have a pool)
  • warm and waterproof clothes
  • a day pack
  • water bottle
  • insect repellent (ticks!)
  • sun glasses, sun hat, sun block
  • first-aid kit

You will receive detailed route notes and maps from us upon check-in at your first hotel. GPS data is also available if you are hiking with a GPS device.

You have a choice between hiking with a paper map & route description. Or using our app to navigate on the trail (mobile device required, no data plan needed)

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

Have a look at the elevation profile images for each day – there is quite a bit of elevation to cover. There are some significant ascents and descents. Sometimes you have the option to shorten the route.

  • Mobile Phone Coverage. Please note that the Black Forest is a mountainous area. Often there is no mobile phone coverage when touring the Black Forest. 
  • Wi-Fi in hotels. All of our hotels have wi-fi but sometimes it can be spotty in your room – depending on the location of your room.
  • If you require constant online access we do NOT recommend touring the Black Forest. Consider staying in a large town like Baden-Baden or Freiburg instead.

Day 1:

Black Forest Trail, Day 1

Day 2:

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Day 3:

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Black Forest Trail day 3

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Day 4:

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Where you will be touring

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See what some of our customers say who have done this tour before:

Black Forest Tours
Average rating:  
 70 reviews
 by rosaleen50

Three experienced and older hikers (aged from 69 to 82) walked The Black Forest Trail arranged by Black Forest Tours. From the moment we stepped from walking through grassy meadows into the deep, dark forest it was simply wonderful. Our hike was self-guided and we were provided with excellent trip notes and maps. While there were some challenging sections due to elevation changes, all the days were between 15 and 20 kms, allowing for time to explore the villages where we were staying along the way. There were options to shortcut and optional extra walks. We did all extra walks as we did not want to miss the scenery and the surprises such as a farmer's schnapps cupboard! For the first 2 days we did not see another person on the hike. We crisscrossed a number of famous hikes, such as Jakobusweg (St James Way) and the Westweg and got to experience the Black Forest in perfect harmony with the tress, the hills, the small chapels and the little farmers' cupboards with schnapps or water that could be bought on an honesty system. Our accommodation was excellent in each village. We added a rest day in the middle of our hike and also an extra day at the start. These were great for exploring the areas, trying local food and getting over long flights (from Australia). The walk was exceptionally well-organised. We travelled to the Black Forest area by train from Frankfurt. The whole trip was a perfect mixture of train travel (getting on small and smaller trains), hiking, exploring fairytale villages and enjoying food and drink with friends in wonderful settings!

 by mark f

I had an amazing hiking trip with Black Forest Tours. Simone was brilliant to work with and created a wonderful route for us. She certainly cared and helped ensure that we had a brilliant holiday.

The routes were lovely and spectacular, we were given all the information we needed for a successful hike and all logistics were catered for. Fully recommend booking a holiday with Black Forest Tours.

 by Mark

I had an amazing hiking trip with Black Forest Tours. Simone was brilliant to work with and created a wonderful route for us. She certainly cared and helped ensure that we had a brilliant holiday.

The routes were lovely and spectacular, we were given all the information we needed for a successful hike and all logistics were catered for. Fully recommend booking a holiday with Black Forest Tours.

 by Diane L

Simone at Black Forest Tours put together an amazing walking holiday for us. From our first contact requesting information on the tours, Simone was so helpful. Her knowledge of the area and attention to detail was truly an asset.

The hotels, luggage transfers and travel options went all as planned. We initially were a bit "nervous" not knowing any German, but that was never an issue. The very detailed walking notes with pictures were perfect. We got turned around a few times but were always able to get back on track by reviewing the notes or using the GPS APP.

If your looking for a stress free, beautiful walking holiday I highly recommend booking with Simone and Black Forest Tours.

 by Beven

My wife and I warmly thank Simone for her first class attention to detail in organising all aspects of our four day hiking tour. We found it easy to use the hiking and paper maps provided which led us through beautiful vistas. The accommodation was welcoming and excellent. Simone is a good communicator. We enjoyed an exceptional experience with Black Forest Tours and highly recommend them.

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