15 day walks, 3 multi-stage treks and 5 cycle routes are described covering the north, central and southern areas of Germany's Black Forest. The walks and cycle routes are evenly distributed across all three areas and comprise both long distance routes and day walks, although each stage of every long distance walk can also be done as individual day tour. The chosen routes include the main Black Forest destinations, such as Feldberg, Belchen Schauinsland, Hornisgrinde and Mummelsee, as well as Allerheiligen Abbey and waterfalls and the source of the Danube, to name but a few. Two of the three long distance routes are certified quality trails: Schluchtensteig (120km), which means gorge trail traverses the Wutachschlucht, one of the last untamed river systems in Germany, and Zweitalersteig (108km) a highly diverse circular route which leads through some of the most beautiful and contrasting parts of the Central Black Forest. Seensteig (71km) partially follows the central ridge of the Black Forest mountain range, offering unsurpassed views along the way. The cycle routes (4 day rides, and the 242km Southern Black Forest Cycle Route) are mostly easy and scenic, and utilise the extensive and well-maintained bicycle trail system that criss-crosses the entire region. The walks and rides are described in detail and basic maps are provided for orientation.
Born and raised in Berlin, Kat Morgenstern is a grassroots herbalist, ethnobotanist, writer and ecotravel professional. She has spent most of her adult life in the UK, US and France but currently lives in the southern Black Forest, where she loves to roam the hills and forests.
Introduction Geology History Plants and wildlife Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink When to go What to take Dangers and annoyances Navigation and signage Cycling Maps Etiquette Using this guide Southern Black Forest The walks Walk 1 Feldbergsteig - Black Forest's highest peak Walk 2 Belchen - Sacred mountain of the Celts Walk 3 High above Munstertal Walk 4 Panorama trail around Schoenberg Walk 5 In the heart of Margrave's Land - WiiWegli and Bettlerpfad Walk 6 Schluchtensteig Stage 1 Stuhlingen to Blumberg Stage 2 Blumberg to Schattenmuhle Stage 3 Schattenmuhle to Aha Stage 4 Aha to St Blasien Stage 5 St Blasien to Todtmoos Stage 6 Todtmoos to Wehr The ride Ride 1 Southern Black Forest Cycle Trail Stage 1 Hinterzarten to Bonndorf Stage 2 Bonndorf to Waldshut Stage 3 Waldshut to Rheinfelden Stage 4a Rheinfelden to Bad Bellingen via Basle Stage 4b Rheinfelden to Bad Bellingen via Kandern Stage 5 Bad Bellingen to Hinterzarten Central Black Forest The walks Walk 7 Kaiserstuhl rim route Walk 8 Edelfrauengrab and Karlsruher Grat Walk 9 Above Renchtal Walk 10 To the source of the Danube Walk 11 Zweribachfalls and Vosges chapel Walk 12 Zweitalersteig Stage 1 Waldkirch to Kandel (or St Peter) Stage 2 Kandel to Simonswald Stage 3 Simonswald to Oberprechtal Stage 4 Oberprechtal to Hoehenhauser Stage 5 Hoehenhauser to Waldkirch The rides Ride 2 Kaiserstuhl Radweg Ride 3 Kinzigtal Radweg - Alpirsbach to Offenburg Northern Black Forest The walks Walk 13 Romantic circuit above Baden-Baden Walk 14 Sasbachwalden idyll Walk 15 Upland moors (Hornisgrinde) Walk 16 Kaltenbronn Moor Walk 17 Grosses Loch and Teufelsmuhle Walk 18 Seensteig Stage 1 Baiersbronn to Mitteltal Stage 2 Mitteltal to Schliffkopf Stage 3 Schliffkopf to Mummelsee Stage 4 Mummelsee to Schoenmunzach The rides Ride 4 Enztal Radweg - Gompelscheuer to Pforzheim Ride 5 Nagold Radweg - Nagold to Pforzheim Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Glossary of useful terms Appendix C Further information