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Wine & Schnaps Trail (not available in 2023)

Relaxed adventure for wine lovers and foodies. If you like walking through the vineyards surrounding a beautiful German town while tasting the wine varieties of the Rhine Valley, this is probably perfect for you. This package provides a very local experience way off the beaten path, but with all the best things in life: nice hotels, wine, food & ambiance.

Location

Black Forest

Start / End

Baden-Baden

Activity

hiking, Culinary

Distance

8 km daily

Difficulty

easy-moderate

Duration

2 days/3 nights

Tour format

self-guided, with hotel

Wine & Schnaps Trail (not available in 2023)

summer, fall
2 days/3 nights

The Wine & Schnaps Trail is a good package if you are looking for medium walks with some elevation through beautiful scenery, while taking in good food and great wine. The walks allow that you have plenty of time to take it easy and immerse yourself in the local Black Forest culture of the town in the evening.

  • We Handle All The Detail
  • Luggage Transfer Included
  • Hotels included
  • Self-guided wine tasting hike
  • 5 wines and 5 meals during hike
  • Beautiful Black Forest wine town

If you enjoy the good things in life: food, scenery, a nice hotel & wine – this is the trail for you

There are 13 wine regions in Germany with more than 23,000 vineyards. The wine area of The Black Forest is the 3rd largest and southern-most wine region in Germany (called Baden). The climate in this area is warm, as the vineyards are sheltered by the surrounding mountains and the Rhine River Valley. Due to this warm climate, Baden produces the only wine-zone B class wines in Germany. Wine-zone B is the same category as the famous French wine areas of Alsace, Champagne, and the Loire Valley.

wine tasting in the black forest

Wine Hike – what’s not to like about it?

One of the highlights of this package is the wine hike that includes 5 meals and numerous wines at different locations in the vineyards and in town. We recently set out on the wine hike ourselves:

Schnaps Trail -Experience like a local

Our package includes a very special hike – we call it a Schnaps hike. You will immerse yourself into the local environment of farmhouse distilleries. Depending on your fitness level you can choose to walk either 7 or 12 km to reach several schnaps tasting locations. Our trail documents contains all the info you need to find our which farmhouses have a schnaps fountain in front of their house where you can stop by for a tasting. The trail takes you on a scenic tour around the vineyards with plenty of vista points and photostops. Here is a short video on how to find a schnaps fountain:

Is it for me?

If you enjoy the good things in life: food, scenery, a nice hotel & wine – this is the package for you

  • Ideal package if you are touring in a larger group. The more people the more fun!

Itinerary

Arrival Info

Arrive in the Black Forest Wine Region by train (destination train station is Offenburg or Baden-Baden, from here you switch to a regional train which takes you wine area within a few minutes). Exit the train station. Outside you will take the bus to get to our wine hotel. (private transfer by car can be arranged also)

Accommodation

This beautiful 3 star hotel is located in the heart of a small wine town. The local winery is only a block away.

  • Upon arrival we invite you for a wine tasting at the winery (included).
  • Then enjoy a 3-course dinner at your hotel (included). 

hotel with a view black forest

Description of your day

On the first day of your visit we will provide you with 2 options to do a schnaps hike. Depending on your fitness level you can choose to walk either 7 or 12 km.

  • Our trail documents contains all the info you need to find our which farmhouses have a schnaps fountain where you can stop by for a tasting. The trail is taking you on a scenic tour around the vineyards with plenty of vista points and photostops.

Accommodation

  • same hotel as last night.
  • Dinner on your own (we provide recommendations)

 

Description of your day

  • After breakfast our driver will pick you up for a beautiful drive through the vineyard region. Your drive ends at the trail head of the wine hike.
  • Here you start out with a small appetizer and a glass of wine. Then you will get on the wine trail.
  • Good to knwo: The length of the hike is only 8 km – but there is quite a hill to climb. Although the hike itself is only 8 km/5 miles long, it will take you several hours to complete it due to all the stops included.
  • We have included 5 stops in the vineyards where we serve you food and wine. There are several more stops on your way back into town – you will even pass by a castle ruin.

Overview wine hike

  • First wine stop. To kick off your wine hike we invite you to an appetizer and a glass of champagne. Crossing through town you will arrive in the vineyards. Wine in the Black Forest grows on hillsides – which means there is quite a bit of elevation to this tour.
  • Second wine stop. A walk through the vineyards will bring you to the next stop – a restaurant overlooking the wine area. This is a busy place on weekends – great way to do some local-watching
  • Third wine stop. Now it is up up up the hill. After a steep climb up the vineyards you get to walk through portions of the Black Forest – a great way to cool down. The next stop offers a surprise – an old castle ruin!
  • Fourth wine stop. This is easy – a straight shot down the vineyards back into town. Time for dessert!
  • More wine stops. There are many more interesting stops on the wine trail for you – at the last stop you will also enjoy a cheese tasting. We recommend exploring all of them – today is a good day to see how the locals live.

After 5 courses and 5 wines your hike ends in town in the evening. To get to your hotel you will hop on a bus. 

 

Accommodation

You are staying outside of town centre in a small suburb.  This beautiful wellness hotel has a wellness section with pool and sauna. Great place to relax after a day of hiking and eating. (there is also a great restaurant on site if you are still hungry).

 

 

Departure Info

After breakfast you will hop on the train to get to the next large town. From here a train gets back to Baden-Baden, Freiburg or Offenburg.

 

Good to Know

  • Accommodation for 3 nights (2 different hotels).  1 night in a superior wellness hotel, 2 nights in a 3 star hotel
  • Double Room with en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • wine tasting at local winery on arrival day
  • 3-course dinner on your first night
  • 8 km wine-walk (self-guided) including several food courses (vegetarian option available) and wines
  • Details and How-To on Schnaps trail
  • detailed route descriptions & maps, tour route available in app also
  • Welcome Bag with useful items for your tour (water bottle, etc)
  • luggage transfer between hotels. 
  • transfer by private car from hotel 1 to hotel 2
  • Travel to and from start/end of the wine hike (Baden-Baden or Offenburg are good train stations to get into, from there you switch to a local train to get you to the hotel)
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Dinner on night 2 and 3
  • 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).
  • If desired: Transfer between train station and hotel by private car
  • Mid-May to Mid-October is the best time to enjoy the Wine & Schnaps Trail. If you are touring on a weekend during September you might even run into a local festival of which there are several that celebrate the seasonal harvests (wine, strawberries, asparagus, cherries, etc).
  • Please note that arrival days are limited to Tuesday through Fridays.

 

Our Wine & Schnaps trail is offered as a 2 day/3 nights package.

Hotel Location

  • Our hotels are located in 2 typical Black Forest wine towns. It cannot get more local than that!

Hotel Category

  • 1 night in a superior wellness hotel, 2 nights in a 3 star 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.
  • 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. 
  • Breakfast each day included.
  • Lunch. 5-course lunch walk included on day 2 
  • Dinner. 3-course dinner on arrival night included
  • swim suits
  • warm and waterproof clothes
  • a day pack 
  • water bottle
  • insect repellent (ticks!)
  • sun glasses, sun hat, sun block

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

 

 

  • 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

wine walk black forest
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