Hiking in the Black Forest

Head to the forested paradise of the Black Forest and hike through the lush mountains of Southwestern Germany!

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The Black Forest is a 160-kilometer mountain range in Baden-Wurttemberg of Southwest Germany, known for its rugged landscape and evergreen forests. The entire area is over 6,000 square kilometers and has a variety of both captivating and challenging hikes.  The Rhine serves as its western and southern borders with France and Switzerland. The Danube originates in the region, flowing 2,850 kilometers east into the Black Sea. There are 23,000 kilometers of hiking trails in the Black Forest, winding around glacial lakes like the Mumelsee and the Feldsee. There is an open air museum designed to give you an idea of farming life in the 16th and 17th centuries with original Black Forest houses from that time period. Other hiking trail features include unique wildlife with some endemic fauna, the climbing haven at Battert-Felsen, and the environmentally-conscious wine country of Freiburg.




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Temperatures during the hiking season average 55 degrees (F) to 70 degrees (F). The weather tends to be more humid and volatile in the winter months, with calmer and pleasant conditions during summer and fall.




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How to Get There

The southwestern location within Germany means flying into nearby Frankfurt, or even to Strasbourg (France) or Zurich (Switzerland). Train access along multiple rail lines (including TGV and EuroCity) from these major cities is both efficient and affordable. Bus and car transportation is equally reliable.

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Best Time to Visit

Late spring through autumn, from May to October.






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