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Walking and Wellness in the Black Forest
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Highlights

  • Walking and relaxation in Germany’s peaceful Black Forest
  • Unwind in a comfortable 4* hotel complete with an extensive spa area
  • Follow part of the Black Forest Gorge Trail; the ‘Schluchtensteig’
  • Hike contrasting landscapes of rocky gorges, dense forest and lakeside paths
  • Enjoy Black Forest Gateau while resting on the banks of Schluchsee lake

Relaxation is the order of the day on this single centre walking tour in the heart of the Black Forest. The traditional resort town of Todtmoos is your base for this short break. Breath in the fresh forest air, walk around crystal clear waters and enjoy panoramic views to the Swiss Alps on this small yet diverse collection of walks. Follow a scenic gourmet trail around Todtmoos. Walk around the serene Schluchsee, with the option to take a leisurely boat trip part way before stopping for a Kirschtorte break at one of the cafés on the edge of the lake. Walk a section of the rocky ‘Schluchtensteig’ (Gorge Trail) one of Germany’s best long-distance trails.

Stay in a modern, 4* spa hotel complete with indoor pool, Finnish sauna, roman steam bath and a relaxation room….perfect for unwinding after a morning on the trails.

Day 1 Arrive in Todtmoos

Your short break is based in the charming small town of Totdmoos in the south of Germany’s Black Forest. You will be spending 4 nights in the charming 4* Natur-Park Hotel Rößle which offers fantastic spa facilities as well as being in a dreamy location, surrounded by beautiful scenery and peaceful nature.


Fly into Basel Euro airport, then take a train to Bad Säckingen, from where you can catch a bus to Todtmoos (twice daily). Alternatively we can organise a transfer from Basel airport directly to Todtmoos (approx. 45 mins)


Overnight: Todtmoos


Day 2 The Lebkuchen Trail

Enjoy a relaxed morning lingering over the extensive breakfast buffet before setting off on the Todtmooser ’Lebküchlerweg’ or Lebkuchen Trail. Lebkuchen are a German speciality, small gingerbread biscuits especially popular at Christmas, and are an important part of Todtmoos’ culinary history.  


The trail starts directly at your hotel and takes you on a narrow path through a unique landscape dotted with narrow gorges and beautiful waterfalls. You can also book a culinary experience which combines the 12km hike with a 3 course ‘surprise’ menu, where you will be spoiled with delicious dishes made up of local ingredients at 3 different stops. Have a starter at the Hochkopfhaus restaurant, followed by  a sweet treat at a traditional Black Forest Café and finishing with dinner at your hotel. This option can be booked through us, just let us know if you wish to partake.


Walking: 12 km


Overnight: Totdmoos


Day 3 Bus to St. Blasien and walk to Todtmoos

This morning, take a local bus to St. Blasien; a small town famous for its imposing and picturesque cathedral. From here you will be  following a section of the ‘Schluchetensteig’ or Black Forest Gorge Trail. The Schluchtensteig is one of Germany’s best loved long distance walking trails and has been nominated as one of the most beautiful. Start your walk accompanied by distant views to the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in Switzerland.


Take a short detour to the viewing tower on the Lehenkopf before continuing on the trail through changing landscapes of open meadows, shady forests, past isolated farms and finally through a forest gorge.  Arriving back at your hotel, why not treat yourself to a sauna or a jacuzzi, brilliant for relaxing tired muscles.


The walk can also be shortened by public transport if desired.


Walking: 20km


Overnight: Todtmoos


Day 4 Bus to Schluchsee and loop walk

Today we recommend one of two walks around Schluchsee, a reservoir lake located at 930m above sea level. It is the highest reservoir in Germany, the largest lake in the Black Forest, and is a popular recreation spot with the locals.


Take a bus to Schluchsee where your hike on the 'Jägersteig', one of the Germany's most scenic trails, begins. Ascend to the scenic viewpoint of Bildstein for extensive views over the area. Why not enjoy a piece of traditional Black Forest Gateau at one of the
cafés ideally situated on the banks of the lake? When you are ready to
return, take the bus back to Todtmoos where you can once again relax in
the hotel wellness area.


Alternatively you can enjoy a more relaxed loop walk around the lake.  There are various different trails around the lake, and you are able to shorten any of them as you wish by using the convenient MS Schluchsee ferry.


Walking: 11 or 11 km


Overnight: Totdmoos


Day 5 Onward Travel

Enjoy one final leisurely breakfast before checking out of your hotel and starting your onward travel. You can of course extend your trip with extra nights at the hotel, just let us know this at the time of booking.  









Accommodation

Stay 4 nights in the high-quality, friendly 4* Spa hotel, the Hotel Rößle. Your hosts, the Maier Family, are waiting to welcome you. This modern hotel offers traditional hospitality and a special atmosphere. The quiet and idyllic location, the cosy dining room, great food, and extensive wellness/spa offerings all combine to make this an unforgettable stay.


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


Wellness and Spa

For the duration of your stay you have free access to the wellness/spa area of the hotel. Called the ‘Black Forest Wellness Village’, the spa area is 350m2 in size and includes a Finnish sauna, a Roman steam bath, jacuzzi, experience shower, sunbed, relaxation room and an indoor swimming pool. In case you would like any special spa treatments, massages, for example, these can be arranged and paid for directly at the hotel. 


Wellness Area Opening Times

Sauna area: 2pm-8pm


Indoor pool: 7-8.30am & 10am –10pm


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and a supplement is payable. Single rooms are available should some of your party wish to have their own room and again, a single supplement is payable. 


Meals

<4 continental breakfasts are included. This is 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. Your accommodation will also be able to provide you with a packed lunch for the day, be sure to book the night before (payable locally, approx. 5 euros per person).


Dinners are not included, leaving you free to choose from the various options each day. Your hotel also has an onsite 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 deliciously 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.

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. The walk by the Schluchsee is relatively short (10km) and completely flat, so is pretty easy going. On the walk from St. Blasien to Todtmoos, there is a lot of undulating terrain which is more demanding and the distance is considerable (20km). However you will be rewarded with panoramic views for your efforts! The loop walk around Todtmoos is again relatively short (12km), but there is significant ascent and decent involved (around 500m up and down). Generally you should be in good shape to get the most from this tour.


You will be walking on a mixture of narrow trails and wide forest tracks.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The chosen walks are 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 of walking, there is an extensive network of trains and buses in the region that you can use for free with the Konus guest card. At the hotel you will receive a guest card in the form of a day pass for the following day. Timetables for the area can be found in your information pack. You can also get up-to-date timetables and information at your accommodation.


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 and from Todtmoos

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 Bad Säckingen (approx. 30 mins). From here take bus no. 7320 or 7328 to Todtmoos (twice daily). Alternatively, we can organise a private transfer direct from Basel Airport to Todtmoos (approx. 45 mins, prices on request). 


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


Included

  • 4 nights in a 4* Spa Hotel
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Welcome drink
  • Use of the Spa area (massages and other treatments to be paid locally)
  • 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 and from Todtmoos
  • 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. The walk by the Schluchsee is relatively short (10km) and completely flat, so is pretty easy going. On the walk from St. Blasien to Todtmoos, there is a lot of undulating terrain which is more demanding and the distance is considerable (20km). However you will be rewarded with panoramic views for your efforts! The loop walk around Todtmoos is again relatively short (12km), but there is significant ascent and decent involved (around 500m up and down). Generally you should be in good shape to get the most from this tour.

You will be walking on a mixture of narrow trails and wide forest tracks.

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.


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