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.


Black Forest

Start / End





up to 9 km daily




2 days

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 w 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 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 2 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 also).

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.

Day Hike 2. In the morning of day 2 you will either hop on the panorama bus or our driver will pick you up. After a 20 minute drive on the Panorama Road you have arrived at the trail head. This 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! At the end of the hike you have a chance to peak into a beautiful monastery church before you arrive at your hotel.

Overnight in a small Black Forest town at small hotel with wellness area. Your luggage is already waiting for you at the hotel.

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. We recommend: add-on a night in Freiburg!

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 after your 2 day hiking adventure.

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.





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)


Your hotel has a restaurant which is one of the best places to eat at in town. 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.
  • Interested in a private guide to join you? You can easily add-on one of our guides to take you on this half day hike. 


  • same hotel as last night




Elevation Profiles

Description of your day

In the morning you will either hop on the Panorama Bus or we arrange a transfer by private car for you. After a short 20 minute scenic drive you will arrive at the trail head for your next hike. 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 town where you  have an opportunity to peak inside one of the Black Forest’s oldest monastery churches. Hop on the Panorama Bus to bring you to your hotel which is 10 minutes away.


  • hotel with wellness facilities.

You are staying in a small mountain town with quite a few restaurants to eat at. Your hotel has a wellness area and a great restaurant. 

Departure Info

In the morning our driver will meet you at your hotel. And take you back to Freiburg. The drive will end at the train station in Freiburg.

Our recommendation: Either add-on another night in Freiburg. Or store your luggage in one of the lockers at the train station and explore Freiburg on your own.

Good to Know

Our 2 day/3 night package includes:

  • 3 nights of accommodation in double room with private bathroom (stay in 2 different hotels/towns)
  • 3 breakfast 
  • 3 days of  free transportation on local busses and trains
  • transfer by private car from your last hotel to the train station in Freiburg
  • 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 mid-April 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.

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Where you will be touring

visiting freiburg black forest

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

Black Forest Tours
Average rating:  
 1 reviews
 by Lynne

We had a wonderful few days in the Black Forest, with walks of about 10k, well within our range but with beautiful views throughout. All the organisation both before and during the trip was very efficient and friendly, the transpirt easy to manage and the hotels comfortable. Hugely recommended.

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