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Hells Valley Trail (Guided)

If you are a beginner hiker and like a combination of guided hiking and hiking on your own – this is the best package for you. On your first day we set you up with one of our own local guides who will take you on a hike. Our guide will make sure you are well equipped for your next day of hiking on your own. Or choose to do some sightseeing on your second day instead.

Location

Black Forest

Start / End

freiburg

Activity

sightseeing, hiking

Distance

5-10 km daily

Difficulty

easy

Duration

2 days/3 nights, (add on more days)

Tour format

guided, with hotel, with driver

Hells Valley Trail (Guided)

spring, summer, fall
2 days/3 nights, (add on more days)

The Hells Valley Trail Package  is perfect if you are looking for a flexible combination of easy hikes and options to take in other activities (or just relax) in nature. On your first day we set you up with one of our own local hiking guides who will take you on a hike. Our guide will make sure you are well equipped for your next day of hiking on your own.

  • We Handle All The Detail
  • Guided (half day) Hike included
  • Hotels included
  • Stay in a Black Forest mountain town
  • Well Marked & Easy to Navigate Tracks
  • We are only a phone call away

If you are a beginner hiker and prefer a guide on your side – this is the package for you

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A Guided hike: the best way to start your hiking adventure

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 – depending on your fitness level. This is a private hiking tour just for you. No one else will be joining the tour. This is one of our most popular hikes 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. The guided 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! (good to know: depending on your fitness level and interests our guide may change the itienrary and choose a different hike for you)

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The second day of your stay is all yours – either hike on your own (we provide all info) , relax in town, or choose to do some sightseeing.

Flexibility it is!

Our Hells Valley Trail Package provides you with a lot of flexibility. You are staying  in a family-owned small hotel in a beautiful mountain town in the Southern Black Forest, less than 60 minutes away from Freiburg. Perfect base to explore sights and do some hiking. Due to its location The Hells Valley Trail Package provides you with many other options besides hiking. Do some sightseeing on your own (public transportation is free), or go for a swim in the lake.

What’s the area like?

The terrain of the Southern Black Forest (where the Hells Valley Trail is located at) is postcard perfect. This area has the sunniest and warmest weather in Germany. The terrain is composed of mountain meadows while thick forests and steep ravines dominate the higher elevations.

Is it for me?

  • This is a good package if you are a beginner hiker.
  • Start hiking with a private guide who shows you a bit of the area and explains you how it all works!
  • Also a great package if you want a combination of hiking & sightseeing 

This package is not available for solo travellers.

Itinerary

Arrival Info

Arrive in Freiburg by train. Here you switch to a regional train which will take you into the mountains. Within 45 minutes you will arrive at your destination.

You are staying in a cute mountain town with cafes and restaurants. If you are traveling by car you can drive directly to the hotel.

Accommodation

We work with a cozy family-owned hotel in the middle of town, only steps away from the train station.

The hotel restaurant offers a la carte dinners, but there are several other restaurants close-by, so you have lots of options.

Hells Valley hike

Description of your day

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 – depending on your fitness level. This is a private hiking tour just for you. No one else will be joining the tour. This is one of our most popular hikes 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!

 

 

Description of your day

The day is all is up to you – we recommend to do some hiking on your own! 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.

Enjoy a complimentary piece of Black Forest cake and some coffee!

Accommodation

same hotel as the night before.

 

Departure Info

Depart from your hotel after breakfast. 

 

 

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 app also
  • Welcome Bag with useful items for your tour (water bottle, etc)
  • Guided half day hike with our certified hiking guide on day 1
  • Complimentary piece of Black Forest cake & Coffee at the hotel
  • Travel to and from start/end of your Black Forest vacation (Freiburg)
  • Lunches and dinners 
  • 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
  • Season. The Hells Valley Trail  is available from mid-May to mid-October.
  • Starting day. Our hotels are often not available on the weekends so we recommend starting beginning of the week or mid-week. 

The standard length of our Hells Valley Trail Package is 2 days/3 nights.

This gives you half a day of exploring the trails with a local hiking guide.

And then a half day driving tour with our driver/vehicle

  • please email us your exact dates so we can send you pricing

 

Hotel Location

  • The hotel is located in the middle of a mountain town with easy access to everything. 

Hotel Category

  • our hotel is a small family-owned hotel. It is not a fancy hotel, but clean and very friendly. 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • good walking boots and socks
  • swim suits (you might want to jump in the nearby lake)
  • warm and waterproof clothes
  • water bottle
  • sun glasses, sun hat, sun block

You will receive detailed route notes and maps from us upon check-in at your first hotel. So you can choose between different hikes on day 2.

  • 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.

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:  
 20 reviews
 by Scott

We loved our tour guide, Gisela, who guided us through our one-day hike of the Hells Valley Trail. We only devoted one day to our Black Forest exploration, and Simone was extremely responsive to our requests every step of the way. Simone will happily work with you as you figure out what you want when you visit the Black Forest region!

 by Melissa
You're in Good Hands with Simone

Simone was quite helpful in organizing a trip for four days through the Black Forest and Alsace helping line up drivers and hotels and giving us good suggestions. There is quite a lot to choose from and definitely enough for another week or two sometime in the future. The hiking trails were awesome and the Black Forest is a beautiful place to be on a misty Tuesday morning.

 by Sara O
Black Forest Tours

Black Forest Tours exceeded my expectation. Simone provided brilliant trail notes and the hikes she selected were spectacular. I would highly recommend Black Forest Tours.

 by Hilary
Hells Valley Trail

Dear Simone,

The Black Forest was an extremely nice place to be, thank you. The information pack you left me very helpful and informative and I was happy with the hotel too. I had a lovely day with Gisela she was very good company. I really hope to come again.

Best wishes

 by Abdulrahman
great hike

Hello Simone,We really enjoyed our hike with your guide. The place was easy to find and it was more than expected which was really great.Again thank you for the wonderful tour and tour guide and we will definitely contact you if we are gonna come back to the Black Forest.Thank you,Abdulrahman

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