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The Black Forest Gorge Trail (Copyright Schluchtensteig Schwarzwald Foto K. Hans)
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Highlights

  • Complete the ‘Schluchtensteig’ long distance trail through the Black Forest
  • Immerse yourself in the authenticity of this lesser-known corner of Germany
  • Hike contrasting landscapes of rocky gorges, open fields and dense forest
  • Take in panoramic views of the peak of Feldberg and the distant Swiss Alps
  • Enjoy local Black Forest Gateau while relaxing on the banks of the Schluchsee

This classic inn to inn walking tour takes you along the ‘Schluchtensteig’, or Gorge Trail, in Germany’s famous Black Forest. The 119km route has been nominated for the coveted title of Germany’s most beautiful walking trail and it’s easy to see why. Walking through different gorges and contrasting landscapes each day, you’ll be a world away from the usual tourist hotspots of the Black Forest.

Descend through the narrow Wutach gorge where you will be close enough to the water to touch it. Ascend the rocky stack of the ‘Räuberschlössle’ for dramatic views of this rugged and wild part of the Black Forest. Finally, pass the serene Schluchsee lake, from where the paths become wider and the views ever more sweeping. Stay in traditional guesthouses and hotels and feast on hearty local food such as Käsespätzle and of course, Kirschtorte.

Day 1 Arrive in Stühlingen


Your Black Forest adventure begins in the charming small town of Stühlingen, which can be found directly on the German/Swiss border.



Fly into Basel Euro airport, then take a train to Lauchringen or Waldshut-Tiengen, from where you can catch a bus to Stühlingen.



Wander the labyrinthine streets of the compact old town and pay a visit to the medieval Schloss Hohenlupfen before enjoying some authentic local cuisine at one of the nearby restaurants.


Overnight: Stühlingen



Day 2 Walk to Blumberg


Today you’ll start by walking through the first gorge of the trail, the Wutachflühen. Considered to be the ’Grand Canyon’ of the Black Forest, walking here is a real treat as you follow narrow paths that closely follow the banks of the river Wutach.   Walk past a jungle of steep rock towers and over moss covered roots amidst a lush green backdrop of giant ferns. Just before you reach your overnight location at Blumberg, the summit of Buchberg offers a fabulous view of the surrounding valleys.


Walking: 19 km


Overnight: Blumberg



Day 3 Walk to Schattenmühle. Transfer to Löffingen.


After a filling breakfast, walk through forest to return to the impressive Wutach gorge. The path stays close to the river for the most part, but there are some sections that require a short, steep climb over rocky outcrops.



Once you reach Schattenmühle, a private transfer (15 mins) will take you to Löffingen; a historic market town where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.


Walking: 20km


Overnight: Löffingen



Day 4 Transfer to Schattenmühle. Walk to Fischbach/Schluchsee


Start the day with a short transfer back to Schattenmühle, to pick up where you finished yesterday. The terrain is particularly undulating today, and your legs may feel the strain! Luckily there are plenty of picturesque places to stop and rest, for example, the ’Räubeschlössle’, a huge rock canyon. Enjoy the view deep into the deep narrow gorge before crossing the Wutach river one last time by way of a wooden bridge. From here, the trail winds its way  through the Haslachschlacht gorge to Fischbach. Alternatively you may be staying in Schluchsee, you can catch a bus (8 minutes) or if you are still feeling energetic, you can walk the 4km.  


Walking: 18 km (or 22km)


Overnight: Fischbach



Day 5 Walk to St. Blasien


Today the trail leaves behind the gorges of the last few days and the path and views begin to widen. You’ll catch glimpses of the summit of Bildstein; a prominent local peak. On a clear day, you’ll also be able to see the Swiss Alps in the distance.



Arriving at Schluchsee, a beautiful resevoir lake located at 930m above sea level, enjoy a slice of deliciously rich Black Forest gateau at one of the cafés  located on the lakeside.



Back on the trail, the section before St. Blasien is arguably one of the most picturesque with views of green valleys and traditional Black Forest houses dotted around the landscape. Arriving at St. Blasien, visit the cathedral of the same name, undoubtedly the cultural highlight of the trail.    


Walking: 20km


Overnight: St. Blasien



Day 6 Walk to Todtmoos


Today you will be accompanied by views of the mighty Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks in the distance. Take a short detour to the wooden observation tower at Lehenkopf and enjoy a birds eye view of St Blasien.



Follow the trail across wide meadows, through shady forests, past secluded farms and finally through another gorge just before arriving at the town of Todtmoos.


Walking: 20km


Overnight: Todtmoos



Day 7 Walk to Wehr


On the last day of the Gorge Trail, walk along initially gently paths of the Wehraschulcht gorge. The trail continues on sometimes narrow and sometimes wide forest paths and tracks. Today you will notice an unmistakable change in character of the trail as we leave the ancient forests of the Black forest behind and come ever closer to views of the Alps


Walking: 22km


Overnight: Wehr



Day 8 Onward Travel


After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your onward travel arrangements.






Accommodation

Stay 7 nights in high-quality, friendly 3* standard hotels and guesthouses in private  ensuite rooms. Some examples of accommodations we typically use are listed below. These accommodations are subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered. If the hotel in Fischbach is fully booked, we will accommodate you in the nearby town of Schluchsee.


Please be aware that twin & double rooms in Germany (Doppelzimmer in German) are typically 2 single mattresses side by side in one double bed frame with two separate duvet covers and pillows.


You can add on extra nights in any of the overnight locations on this tour. 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable as some of the costs are not shared. Single rooms are available should some of your party wish to have their own room and again, a single supplement is payable. 


Meals

7 continental breakfasts are included. This is usually in buffet form and there are many filling breakfast items available which are perfect for hikers; e.g. boiled eggs, ham, cheese, fresh bread and muesli.



Lunch is not included and can be picked up at local supermarkets or ‘Backerei’ along the way. If you are staying in a remote area, most accommodations will also be able to provide you with a packed lunch for the day, ask upon arrival (payable locally).


Dinners are not included, leaving you free to choose from the various options each day. There are restaurant choices at each overnight location, and most hotels will also have an on-site restaurant.


In Germany, traditional food is hearty and filling. In the region of the Black Forest you will likely find the following ubiquitous food  everywhere you go!


‘Käsespätzle’ is a kind of eggy pasta (made from flour, eggs, water and salt) topped with melted cheese and sometimes crispy fried onion– it’s the ultimate comfort food!


April to June is asparagus season and you will find this vegetable on just about every menu during this time. It is often served with Kartoffeln (potatoes), Schnitzel and/or a rich cheesy sauce.


Schwarzwälder Schinken is the locally produced smoked ham and is matured usually for at least 3 months, leading to its rich and strong flavour.


Black Forest gateau (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte) has to be the food that is most associated with the Black Forest. This delicious moist cake is made up of layers of chocolate sponge, spread with whipped cream and cherries between each layer, topped with even more cream, cherries and chocolate. The recipe varies from café to café ensuring you’ll never get bored of it.








 



 

 

 




Landgasthof Rebstock

Situated in a historical building dating from the 14th century, this family run hotel has been looked after by the Sarnow family for the last 3 generations. Rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Gasthof Hirschen - Blumberg



Hotel Gasthof Hirschen

This family-run hotel offers classically furnished rooms. In summer you can enjoy traditional regional cuisine on the sunny terrace or in the in-house restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Gasthaus Linde - Löffingen



Gasthaus Linde

You can expect a friendly welcome from Christina, Michael and their helpful team. Relax in your modern and bright room after a fantastic dinner at the popular in-house restaurant.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Gasthof Hirschen

The hotel is located in the idyllic village of Fischbach and offers a typical, homely Black Forest atmosphere. The spacious rooms of the property are decorated in a cosy country style.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Dom Hotel

This lovingly furnished hotel in the Schwarzwaldtal has a sun terrace with views of the stunning cathedral. The restaurant offers market-fresh dishes from local producers.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel am Kurpark

This hotel exudes a homely and personal atmosphere. Have a leisurely breakfast over the copious buffet before embarking on your last day of hiking!.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Landgasthof zur Sonne - Wehr



Landgasthof zur Sonne

The oldest guesthouse in Wehr is highly regarded not only for its cuisine, but also for the warmly decorated and comfortable rooms. A fantastic place to finish your Black Forest adventure!


 

 

 

Availability

This walk is available to start on any day of the week from May to the end of October. For the 2018 season only, it will be available from June to the end of October.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a solo traveller supplement is payable.  Single rooms are on request and again a supplement is payable.


Grade & Fitness

This tour involves some easy and sometimes more difficult sections, which is why we have classified it as moderate overall. There are narrow paths which are  rocky, with exposed tree roots in some parts. There is a lot of undulating terrain which can be tiring and demanding. Some of the paths are precipitous so you should be sure-footed and have a head for heights.  On the other hand, you will encounter many easy sections on wide forest tracks and trails. Also, you will always have the opportunity to use the hiking bus on all stages with the Konus guest card. By doing so, you will ultimately decide for yourself how difficult and long each days’ walk is, and how you can tailor your journey to suit your fitness.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Gorge Trail is very well way-marked, and together with our maps, route notes and the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS, you will have no problems finding the way.


KONUS Guestcard

If you want to shorten a stage or skip it altogether, or if you want to return to Stühlingen at the end of the journey from Wehr, there is an extensive network of trains and buses in the region that you can use for free with the Konus guest card. In most of our accommodations you will receive a guest card in the form of a day pass for the following day. Timetables for the leisure buses and trains in the Wutach and Gauchach gorges can be found in your information pack. You can also get up-to-date timetables and information at your accommodations.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


Getting to Stühlingen

Fly into Basel Euro Airport and then take a taxi to Basel Badischer Bahnhof (approx. 10 minutes). Basel has two train stations, the Basel SBB services Swiss and French destinations whereas the Basel Badischer Bahnhof services German destinations.


From Badishcer Bahnhof, take a train to either Lauchringen or Waldshut-Tiengen (both approx. 1 hour). From either of these destinations, take the bus line 7338 to Stühlingen (approx. 40 mins).


Getting from Wehr

Take a bus (lines 7335, 7320 or 7314) to Wehr-Brennet, from where you can take a train back to Basel Badischer Bahnhof. From there you can continue to the airport or take a train to any other location in Germany. You could also make your way to Basel SBB station (tram or taxi from Badischer Bahnhof), from where you can travel to any Swiss or French destination.



Check train and bus timetables at the following website:  www.bahn.de 

Included

  • 7 nights in comfortable 3* hotels and guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Daily bag transfer
  • Transfers between Schattenmühle and Löffingen
  • Route notes, maps, GPX tracks, access to our GPS app & info pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our German and UK offices

Excluded

  • Flights and travel to Stühlingen and from Wehr
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable.
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable.
  • Additional nights during the holiday.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised so that we can secure the best accommodation options for you.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour involves some easy and sometimes more difficult sections, which is why we have classified it as moderate overall. There are narrow paths which are  rocky, with exposed tree roots in some parts. There is a lot of undulating terrain which can be tiring and demanding. Some of the paths are precipitous so you should be sure-footed and have a head for heights.  On the other hand, you will encounter many easy sections on wide forest tracks and trails. Also, you will always have the opportunity to use the hiking bus on all stages with the Konus guest card. By doing so, you will ultimately decide for yourself how difficult and long each days’ walk is, and how you can tailor your journey to suit your fitness.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop. Your accommodations will be able to help with arrangements, or we are able to assist you from our German and UK office. 

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