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The Black Forest Gorge Trail

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  • 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.

What To Expect

This tour is perfect if you’re looking for a well sign-posted long distance trail through wild and rugged terrain. Daily bag transfer is also included. Rated moderate, be prepared to work up an appetite from the continuous ups and downs of the trail. You should be sure-footed and have a head for heights as there are some narrow and steep paths. You’ll quickly see that the Black Forest has so much more to offer than just cuckoo-clocks and cake!

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

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

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.

Experience & Fitness

You should be in good shape to get the most from this tour. Each day is undualting, with many sections of consistent ascent and descent. Some trails are rocky and narrow and a sure foot is required.

Accommodations

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.

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
  • Additional nights during the holiday

When To Go

This walk is available to start on any day of the week from May to the end of October. Any period within this time is ideal for walking.

Weather and Climate

The weather in the Black Forest is changeable. Very hot days are often followed by rain and thunderstorms. Therefore you should be prepared for all weather eventualities. Check the weather report each day locally before setting off for your hike.

Getting to the Start

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 the End

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 

Luggage 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.

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.

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.

Equipment

In your information pack you will find a detailed packing list which includes walking boots, walking poles and waterproof clothes amongst other things.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Stühlingen Day 2 Walk to Blumberg 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 Walk to Schattenmühle. Bus to Löffingen. 14 miles / 22 km Day 4 Bus to Schattenmühle. Walk to Fischbach/Schluchsee 13 miles / 21 km Day 5 Walk to St. Blasien 13 miles / 21 km Day 6 Walk to Todtmoos 12 miles / 19 km Day 7 Walk to Wehr 14 miles / 23 km Day 8 Onward travel

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