Black Forest Short Hikes

Short Trails

Quick getaway which includes a variety of easy hikes. Great package for everyone who wants to be active during their vacation. But isn't looking for challenging long day hikes. We have assembled our favorite short hikes for you within the 5-mile range. Our selection of hikes are a great introduction to the Black Forest. You are staying in small mountain towns with the option to spend the last night in Freiburg.

Location

Black Forest

Start / End

freiburg

Activity

hiking

Distance

up to 9 km daily

Difficulty

easy

Duration

2 days

Tour format

self-guided, with hotel

Short Trails

spring, summer, fall
2 days

Great hiking package for beginner hikers. Or people who like a bit of activity during their day while enjoying nice hotels and good food. You are staying in 3 small Black Forest towns known for their hospitaly. We place you in well-chosen hotels off the beaten tourist path. If you have more days available we recommend adding-on a day in Freiburg at the beginning or end of your hike.

  • We Handle All The Details and Logistics
  • Luggage Transfer Included
  • Hotels Included
  • starting at 2 days
  • Detailed Route Descriptions & Maps
  • We are a phone call away, just in case

Easy hikes and plenty of views

Good combination of hikes

We haven chosen 2 popular hikes for you which provide you with a good introduction to the Black Forest. You are staying in 3 small mountain towns, family-owned hotels.

Arrival Day. To get to the trail head you will take the train from Freiburg into the the mountains. Here, a little below 1000 metres, you find your first hotel. Explore this town on your arrival day. Depending on your time of arrival we already put you on a 4 km long trail. (Good to know: If you are interested in some touristy sights, for example Lake Titisee you can visit them on your arrival day).

Day Hike 1. The hike on your first day takes you through a dark Black Forest gorge where you see waterfalls, a few touristy things (a large cuckoo clock for example!) and also the oldest chapel in the Black Forest. You will cross through 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. After the hike you hop on a bus taking you via the Panorama road to another pretty Black Forest town. Great hotel with wellness area! Your luggage is already waiting for you at the hotel.

Day Hike 2. The hike on the second day is one of the hikes Rick Steves’ calls ‘Must-Do’ when visiting the Black Forest. This hike is very well known amongst locals – and most likely you will run into locals during this hike. No worries – we provide you with all the background on what you will see on the trail – and even show you how to use the water pools placed in the forest!

Oernight in a small Black Forest town and enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant – a place which has one many awards for its food.

Departure Day. On your departure day a private car will pick you up and take you to the train station in Freiburg. Enjoy the scenic ride into town!

Add-on a Guided Hike

Good to know: if you prefer to hike with a guide on your first you can add-on a private hiking guide. This gives you a change to meet a local and get the insights on the area.

Add-on a night in Freiburg

Its easy to add-on a night in Freiburg either before or after your 2 day hiking adventures.

Is it for me?

This hike is great for people who like a bit of activity during their vacation combined with some sightseeing. Our short hikes are about 9 km (5 miles) in length – and you have all day to finish each hike.  We provide you with info on sights you are experiencing

Great hike to be combined with some sightseeing (Freiburg) at the end. Opt to see some of the more touristy areas (Lake Titisee) on your arrival day. Add-on more days either at the beginning or end for more sightseeing options.

 

 

 

Itinerary

Arrival Info

Arrive in Freiburg by train. From here you switch to a regional train which takes you to your first hotel up in the mountains within 45 minutes.

If you arrive early afternoon, there is still time to include some sightseeing to nearby sights (e.g. Lake Titisee, Feldberg Mountain).  This could also be a good day for a first hike. We have a recommendation for a short hike around the area (5 km)

Dinner

Your hotel has a restaurant. But there are also other options in town.

Accommodation in town 1

  • standard hotel

We work with a family-owned hotel in a small mountain town –  located very close to the train station.

Elevation Profile:

 

Description of your day

  • Morning. Today’s hike is pretty short. You will cover some heights, but you should be able to cover the required distance in half a day. Recommendation: Explore town after breakfast, then get on the trail by lunch time. Hit the trail late morning (after 10 AM) to avoid other tourists.
  • After your hike. You will hop on the Panorama Bus after your hike – it departs every 2 hours. After a short 30 minute scenic drive you will arrive at your next hotel – this time you are experiencing a mountain town with monastery – great stop before you check-into your hotel Your luggage is already waiting for you there. Tomorrow’s hike starts right in front of your hotel.

Dinner

Your hotel has a restaurant. But there are also other options in town.

Accommodations in town 2

  • standard hotel or
  • upgraded hotel with wellness facilities

 

 

 

Elevation Profiles

Description of your day

Today you are doing an easy and short hike of 9 km. Enjoy a pretty flat walk along the edge of the forest with scenic views throughout the hike. On clear days you can see as far as the Vosges mountains in Alsace. Your hike ends in a cute mountain townwhere you  have an opportunity to peak inside one of the Black Forest’s oldest monastery churches.

Accommodation

  • standard hotel or
  • upgraded hotel with wellness facilities.

Today we are giving you 2 options of locations:

1. Either stay in the cute mountain town in a family-owned hotel. The hotel is known for their restaurant – highly recommended! 

2. If you prefer a busier large town on your last evening, hop on the bus and head to Freiburg. Your luggage will be waiting for you at our family-owned hotel in the heart of the old town centre.

Departure Info

  1. If you spent the night in the mountains then you will hop on the bus in the morning to get to Freiburg.
  2. If you have spent the night in Freiburg then it is a short walk to Freiburg’s train station. We highly recommend exploring Freiburg prior to your departure (why not add-on another night?). No rush – if you want to explore town, then store the luggage at your hotel and pick it up later.

Good to Know

Our 2 day/3 night package includes:

  • 3 nights of accommodation in double room with private bathroom (simple hotels or gasthaus)
  • 3 breakfast 
  • 3 days of  free transportation on local busses and trains
  • luggage transfer between all hotels
  • welcome bag with useful items for your tour (water bottle, etc)
  • Travel to/from the Black Forest (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, extra transfers (such as by taxi or when not included in public transport pass).
  • Season. This package  is available from June to October.
  • Short Hikes start at 2 days/3 nights in length.

 

Please inquire 

The hotels we include in this package are all small family-owned hotel.  They are not  fancy hotels, but clean and very friendly. Most often you will meet the owners during your stay. 

  • 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.
  • Upgrades.  Upgrades are not possible with this package
  • 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. 
  • comfortable walking boots and socks 
  • warm and waterproof clothes
  • a day pack is useful
  • rain gear
  • sun glasses, sun hat, sun block

You will receive detailed route notes and maps from us upon check-in at your first hotel. 

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

 

 

  • 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:

 

Day 2:  

Regular trail:

 

 

Where you will be touring

visiting freiburg black forest

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

Average rating:  
 3 reviews
 by Eric on Black Forest Tours

We had a great time walking the St Peter’s Way.
The information you provided by way of maps, booklet and the app were very useful. We used the app throughout and found it very helpful and foolproof especially on the alternative route on day 2.
The walks themselves were picturesque and gave a good impression of the Black Forest and surrounding countryside. We were lucky with the weather in that it wasn’t too hot and we managed to avoid the rain when it came.
The hotels were all of a good standard and we thought the the third was a standout venue. The people at all the hotels were very helpful and accommodating. The food on offer at each of the hotels varied but it was all of a good standard with the breakfast at hotel 1 and hotel 3 being of a high standard. We found each of the villages we stayed in charming in their different ways and had the energy to complete the walking tour of Freiburg using your app.
The baggage transfer went without a hitch.
All the hotels were perfectly situated for the walks. The only problem being that the lift in the hotel in Freiburg was not working but at least our luggage had been taken to our rooms on the second floor.
All in all a very enjoyable trip with great information provided by your company
Thanks Eric

 by Jude on Black Forest Tours

Hi Simone,

​We loved our Black Forest holiday!

​The app was really useful. The printed guide was good for reading up on the hikes before we did them. Also useful for restaurant information etc.

​The luggage transfer went really smoothly. The hotels were great.

​Our favourite hike was the second one - we did the alternative route, which was spectacular.

​I was worried the last day's hike might be a bit dull, but it wasn't at all! The arrival into Freiburg was magnificent! I liked how we were able to get right into the forest on some of the paths.

​Thank you!

 by Becky L on Black Forest Tours

Hello,

My husband and I hiked the St Peter's Way part of the Black Forest, as arranged by Black Forest Tours. What a great way to first encounter the beauty and majesty of this wonderful area! The hotels were at least very nice and some amazing, one with a spa amenity that was very welcome to our tired legs. The folks along the way were friendly and we appreciated the quiet, with only seeing a couple of other hikers on our 3 days.
The suitcase transfer service made it possible to hike with just day packs for our lunches and rain gear. Black Forest Tours made the arrangements and picked the best trails for us to follow, which were easy to find and stay on with their mobil app that does not require cell service, just the standard GPS it seems most phones have these days. They pointed out points of interest, including some we would not have found without their careful guidance.

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