No other low mountain range in Germany offers you such a variety of opportunities for hiking with family, friends and your dog in nature and the forests as the Black Forest.
No matter whether in the northern Black Forest in Alpirsbach, Loßburg or on the Black Forest High Road or in the southern Black Forest near Titisee and Schluchsee or in the High Black Forest.
Over a length of 160 kilometers and a width of up to 60 kilometers and a total area of 11,100 km², there is a hikeable natural and cultural landscape with a varied nature with flora and fauna and a wild landscape with its national park and several nature parks. The highest mountain is the Feldberg with a height of over 1400 m.
Dense forests in the mountain ranges and valleys of the northern Black Forest with wonderful viewpoints over the treetops and deep valleys, which you can reach just as easily when family hiking in the Black Forest with children as when you are on holiday dog
On clear days with a unique view that even extends to the Alps in the southern Black Forest. And one of the highlights is the Black Forest National Park, where nature is left to its own devices. On the sloping slopes in the western edge of the Black Forest, the Black Forest merges into the lovely and sun-drenched wine region of Baden with the Ortenau, Breisgau, Kaiserstuhl and Markgräflerland. Variety and fun on a hiking holiday in the Black Forest is guaranteed with so much variety in the landscape. Our tip: an ideal travel destination for a holiday in November with a combination of sauna and wellness in the low season
In total, a signposted hiking trail network of around 24,000 kilometers awaits you. Welcome to the largest hiking area in Germany. Here is our absolute insider tip for hiking enthusiasts on vacation:
Are you looking for adventure? The tour is also ideal as a night hike . Armed with headlamps, Hobby Hiker and Black Forester Sebastian will lead you safely to the hut and back again (up to 5 people). If you are interested in a hike to the Teisenkopf in the northern Black Forest with Sebastian, please let us know when booking. We will then give you his contact details to discuss.
Ascent: 1.5h - Descent: 1h. Requirements: average fitness level sufficient, approx. 350 meters altitude (2 variants, one of which is slightly more physically demanding)
Equipment: sturdy shoes, drinks if necessary Black Forest Vespers for the hut (not serviced)
Here you will find information, suggestions and tips for your next hiking holiday in the Black Forest. No matter whether in the northern Black Forest or southern Black Forest. You will find wonderful hiking trails and hiking tours in the Black Forest at any time of the year. Enjoy our holiday homes with special amenities including a sauna, whirlpool, fireplace and more.
Let's go, your hikers...an insider tip among the hiking trails in the Northern Black Forest is waiting for you. If you treat yourself to a few days of rest on your hiking holiday, you shouldn't miss a hike up one of our unique panoramic mountains. With a little effort, the route can also be done with your children . The dog is guaranteed to be happy about the beautiful hiking trail. The unique panoramic view, the picturesque forests of our homeland, as well as lonely paths and untouched nature make the hike to the Teisenkopf unforgettable and let you forget the effort of the climb.
To reach the starting point of our tour, we drive from Alpirsbach to the town of Schenkenzell, approx. 5 km away. During our short drive there we cross the border and venture into our “neighbouring country, Baden”. In the center of Schenkenzell we turn right towards Reinerzau / Wittichen. After about 300m we turn left immediately before the town sign, cross the Kinzig and follow the road until we find a large gravel area on the left. This will be the start and finish point of our tour.
Alternative route: Here you can take the train to Schenkenzell. From the train station you then hike towards Reinerzau, then you reach the starting point of the hike in 20 minutes.
Once we have laced our shoes and packed our backpacks, we continue on the still asphalted path towards “Nachtloch”, a wildly romantic Black Forest house, which we reach in just a few minutes. A sign with the inscription “danger” warns us about the dog that lives there, but he greets us very friendly. We leave the night hole on the left and follow the path straight past a sandstone cliff. You can discover such rocks from time to time on your hiking holiday in the northern Black Forest .
As the path continues, it becomes narrower and if you are now wondering whether you are in the right place, the answer is “yes!” After about 200m we follow a 180° curve until the meadow path that suddenly appeared turns back into a usual forest path. Again and again we hear small streams on the side of the path, which meander idyllically through the dense bushes.
We follow the previously moderately steep path until the forest path leads onto an asphalt road in the direction of a large farm, which we can see on the right after a few meters. The cattle grazing in the pasture only briefly pay attention to us because we are quickly identified as hikers .
On the now almost flat hiking trail, we keep right at the next fork in the road until after a few meters we see a wooden plaque with the inscription “Teisenkopf” for the first time. The further path takes us back into the forest. A signpost informs us about the remaining 1.8km hiking route to the destination.
We continue to follow the path, only slightly uphill, past a picturesque half-timbered house, which would be just right as a postcard motif from the northern Black Forest, until we reach the Mattenweiher prepared by the Schiltach Black Forest Association.
The peaceful pond invites you to take a short break and the children can play a little. On a large area, the Kuhberg, where several paths intersect, we now have to decide whether we keep to the left and walk directly to the Teisenkopf in one kilometer or take the circular hiking trail (2km), which is somewhat more demanding but clearly has a much more beautiful landscape . which we reach through two signposted trees.
We keep left and follow the path until we reach the isolated Kohlbrunnen. Past this we keep to the right and climb moderately steeply to a green clearing. There we keep left until we reach the Teisenkopf tower.
We walk between the signposted trees and follow the trail, which initially leads moderately steeply upwards. After we found a sign that said “Don't worry, we'll get better soon,” the path winds up very steeply for the next 10 minutes until the path meets a forest path.
After a short break we keep to the right and after about 10 meters! Another path leads left towards “Bonatsküche”, a sandstone formation in front of which you wonder how such mighty rocks found their way here.
But the stone remains silent and keeps its adventurous secret to itself. Following the path, we reach another rock formation and after a few steps the path leads us onto a well-developed forest path on which we keep left until it forks after about 500m. A signpost shows us the way to the left towards Teisenkopf.
After another 300m you will see the first distant view of our beautiful Black Forest landscape. A few meters further we follow the signs “Teisenkopf” (sharp left) into a green clearing with signposts. We cross this and reach the Teisenkopf Tower, which was completely renovated by the Black Forest Association Schiltach-Schenkenzell in 2013 to mark its 100th anniversary.
To enjoy the unique view of the picturesque area, we climb to the second floor of the tower. When the weather is good, our distant view extends from the Swabian Alb to the Brandenkopf, one of the highest mountains (945m above sea level) in the central Black Forest.
After the obligatory entry in the hut book, we follow the path back to the clearing and keep right towards Mattenweiher. On the way there we pass the Kohlbrunnen, which provides the necessary cooling in hot temperatures. The path then takes us back to Kuhberg. The further descent follows the same route as the ascent. If the hiking tips here aren't enough for you, you can here .
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Wonderful natural landscape on a hiking holiday.
– the oldest and second largest hiking club in Germany
Numerous varied hikes and hiking tours await you in the Black Forest region, many of which we have to thank the Black Forest Association for. This is the first hiking club in Germany and has existed since 1864, i.e. over 150 years, and with its 65,000 members it has always been dedicated to nature, landscape, cultural preservation and hiking. The association created and developed numerous hiking trails. We have many good route markings, maps, benches, shelters and viewpoints to thank for the efforts of the club's volunteer members. To this day, we go on hikes together, protect nature and promote cultural work within families and youth work.
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