This walk, in the northern Black Forest starts and finishes in Freudenstadt, with its beautiful market place, twin-nave church and parks.
The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) stretches 200 kms/125 miles, from Karlsruhe in the north to Basle in the south. It is essentially composed of two densely-wooded ranges, the Feldberg and the Grand Ballon. The Black Forest is a massif itself, both denser and vaster than the Vosges, and crossed by large valleys but it is the freshness of the woods, streams and springs, the quiet valleys with typical alpine-like houses with long slanting roofs, and the colourful folklore that give the region its unique character. This walk, in the northern Black Forest starts and finishes in Freudenstadt, with its beautiful market place, twin-nave church and parks.The walking route follows part of two long distance walking route – the Mittelweg and the Westweg – and takes one around the mysterious small dark lake of the Mummelsee, across meadow, mixed forest and moorland. You will receive a warm and cordial welcome and you can enjoy some of the best food in Germany (including delicious breads and honey and the celebrated Black Forest ham) and drink fine beers and wines, as well as delicious fruit juices. You can choose to walk the whole route in 6 days/6 overnights or you can take a shorter walk of 2 days/3 nights. This walk is also suitable for those who want to walk with their dog.
£715.00 per person for 6 nights, £780.00 for 7 nights
£425.00 per person for 3 nights.
Single supplement £15 per day. Extra nights available on request.
Halfboard in the evening £30 per person per day
Lunch package can be arranged – price between £7 and £10 per day.
Dog: £6 per day per dog
Any day (according to accommodation availability) May to October
Day 1: Arrive and settle into your hotel in Freudenstadt.
Take time to enjoy the fresh air and discover this lovely market town before returning to your hotel for dinner. Hotel Langenwaldsee: http://www.hotel-langenwaldsee.de/en/index.php
Day 2: Walk Freudenstadt to Seewald-Besenfeld (14 miles/22 kms)
The walk follows the route of the Mittleweg through fir forest with magnificent views of the valley of the River Murg. Overnight Seewald-Besenfeld. Hotel Oberwiesenhof: http://www.hotel-oberwiesenhof.de/english/
Day 3: Walk Seewald-Besenfeld to Schwarzenberg (12 miles/19 kms approx)
The walk continues over Gernsbacher Steige to Kaltenbronn and continues along the Mittelweg passing passing”Breitlohmiß”, “Toter Mann”, Schrammbergebene and Blockhaushe to Schwarzenberg. Hotel Sackmann: http://www.hotel-sackmann.de/en/
Day 4: If departing today, take the train from Schwarzenberg.
If continuing, walk Schwarzenberg to Hinterlangenbach (8 or 11 miles/13 or 17.5 kms)
After breakfast at the hotel Sackmann the route follows water meadows to Schoenmuenzach and then along the valley of the Schoenmuenz river (the Langebachtal valley) to Hinterlangenbach. Overnight Forsthaus-Auerhahn Hotel: http://www.forsthaus-auerhahn.de/en/
Day 5: Walk Hinterlangenbach to Obertal (11 miles/17.5 kms)
After breakfast at the hotel Forsthaus Auerhahn the route continues past a game reserve until you reach the beautiful dark lake of the Mummelsee. Continue following the Westweg to Seibelseckle, enjoying the fine views from the Steigerskopf and Saukopf over the Wildsee lakes to the village of Obertal for overnight at Hotel Sommerberg: http://www.waldhotel-sommerberg.de/
Day 6: Walk Obertal to Kniebis (10 miles/16 kms)
After breakfast climb up to the Buhlbachsee Lake and over the Black Forest ridge to Zuflught. Follow the Westweg through Alexanderschanze and through forest to Kniebis, famous in the area for winter sports. Overnight at Hotel Waldblick Kniebis: http://waldblick-kniebis.de/
Day 7: Walk Kniebis to Freudenstadt (9 miles/14 kms) and departure.
After breakfast the last day’s walk is an easy relaxing hike back to Freudenstadt, from where you pick up your luggage and depart. Alternatively, you may take a lift with your luggage to the railway station in Freudenstadt or we can book an additional night at the Hotel Langenwaldsee.
HOTELS – ALL FOUR STAR WITH SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS
Hotel Langenwaldsee, Freudenstadt
Hotel Oberwiesenhof, Seewald-Besenfeld
Romantikhotel Sackmann, Baiersbronn-Schwarzenberg
Forsthaus Auerhahn- Haus Wälzbach, Baiersbronn-Hinterlangenbach
Waldhotel Sommerberg, Baiersbronn-Obertal
Waldblickhotel Kniebis, Freudenstadt-Kniebis
NOTE: Hotel Sackmann has a Michelin Star restaurant (along with another 2 restaurants). This is closed on a Tuesday. If you would like us to make a reservation for you at the restaurant please let us know at the time of booking.
Train to Freudenstadt from various locations (Stadtbahnhof).
A taxi transfer from the station to the Hotel Langenwaldsee will cost between €8 – €10 for the journey. There is a taxi rank outside the station.
Train from Freudenstadt if 6 or 7 night holiday.
Train from Schwarzenberg if 3 night holiday.