High mountains like that Feldberg, magical ravines and mysterious forests form the splendid Black Forest on the border with the Alps, the sun-shining Rhine Valley and the French Vosges and in the east the cozy Swabian region. Far away from the big centers, there are surprising secrets, historical buildings and a self-confident rural culture to discover. Many fairy tales and legends like that of the cold heart or the delightful story of the little sailor in Glaswaldsee can be told on hikes. The air is intoxicatingly pure and you can stop for an authentic stop anywhere along the way. The Black Forest is like a large adventure park for the whole family.
Children's hiking trails in the Black Forest
The Black Forest Tourism has helped with a lot of love and know-how to create hiking trails especially for children in the entire low mountain range. Depending on the age of the children, the paths can be hiked in a short time of two to three hours or on longer tours. Entertaining and educational stations along the way tell of the fairy tales and legends of the forests or the wonders of the local nature. Fantastic views over the country and mysterious forest paths alternate. The paths are not strenuous to walk and are mostly suitable for prams.
Enjoyment experiences at Freudenstadt
Such paths can be found in the foothills of the Black Forest in the north as well as in the Black Forest and in the sunny south. We have selected a few examples here for families with young children. In the far north of Freudenstadt, the Giant Fir Gourmet Path beckons. It starts at the Teuchelwald forest car park. Giant firs watch along the way, including the largest fir in the Black Forest on a small detour (approx. 1 kilometer). These trees were previously rafted to Rotterdam on the Rhine. This real Black Forest trail lets you experience the magic of the forest and is more suitable for families with slightly older children. The Kienberg offers some hiking pleasure:
- Miniature golf
- Treading water
- Refreshments in the Lauterbad mountain hut or the
- Waldcafé Teuchelwald.
The Achertal in the northern Black Forest
In the far north, on the edge of the Black Forest National Park, the Achertal meanders from the Upper Rhine Plain to the highest point of the Black Forest, the Hornisgrinde, with views far over mountains and valleys. The winner of the state competition for family holidays, the National park-Community of Seebach. More than 100 children's events are offered here every year. The nature at the foothills of the not too steeply rising Black Forest offers many beautiful family hikes, often with a view over the Rhine valley.
Just south of Saasbachwalden, with its gourmet culture and a stunning view of the Rhine Valley, the Dasenstein Hex is waiting for visitors from young to old in the red wine village of Kappelrodeck. The approximately three-hour hiking trail with views to Strasbourg Cathedral starts at the Schützenhaus. It is suitable for children and strollers. Hikers can log in at hotspots along the path leading through forests and vineyards. The story of the little witch is experienced in multimedia, great fun for children. You can rest at the Dasensteinhütte right next to the rock. Older visitors can enjoy wine tasting in the wine cellar of the same name. It is located in Kappelrodeck and is one of the 100 best companies in Germany.
From Seebach to the Mummelsee
The shines between the dark fir trees up on the Black Forest High Road Mummelsee like a dark gem with a cozy hotel on the shore. A family hiking trail of no more than 30 minutes leads from the Mummelsee, the Grindenpfad, high on the mountain with no steep incline, during which the dark saga of the virgin from Mummelsee is told. An observation tower is climbed on the Hornisgrinde, which rewards you with fairytale views over mountains and valleys. After returning to the Mummelsee there are real ones in the hotel Black Forest cake.
At the Lossburg open-air pool, a path leads into the magical land of the Kinzig, which extends into the Rhine through the Black Forest. The path is around 2 kilometers long, suitable for prams and also leads back to Loßburg as a 4-kilometer circular route. Winni, the water drop girl, tells the exciting story of many water drops. It is good to have a change of clothes for the water playground. Tree houses and witch houses are safely climbed using rope ladders. At the end of the path, the sky ladder leads directly into the sky of the pine summit.
Further to the south, the peaks of the Black Forest rule with their deep forests. Between Feldberg and Ballon the city is picturesquely located Todtnau with magnificent church buildings and authentic village streets. In Todtnauberg, a little to the north, not far from the waterfalls there, the mountain troll Horneradsch invites you to a nature adventure trail with wondrous attractions along the way:
- insects hotels
- Tree phones
- Sensing stations
- a playground
- Rest hut and Black Forest ham.
The graveled hiking trails along the little ascending path around the Todtnauberger Horn are easy to hike, but not ideal for prams. The route takes around an hour without a break. In winter, Todtnau Tourismus provides information on daily groomed paths into the winter wonderland.
Between the Feldberg and Titisee-Neustadt is the home of the Upper Black Forest town of Hinterzarten. The first 1,5 kilometers of the nature trail there are also suitable for prams. After returning, the ice cream parlor at the start and finish point in the center of Hinterzarten offers a refreshing ice cream. There is an obstacle course for the little ones. The path provides conversations with nature via a tree telephone, a Kneipp water treading facility, a willow tunnel and a barefoot course. In the second part, a male wood elf is pursued into the forest. Many animals can be observed at the eagle pond. Take a picnic with you for a break at the eagle pond!
Interactive museum and wooden friends near Schluchsee
There is a lot of fun in Grafenhausen, southwest of the beautiful Schluchsee. The Schlühüwanapfad attracts visitors there, which is nothing more than an abbreviation for “Schlüchtsee-Hüsli-Wald-Natur-Park”. You park at the Rothaus Tourist Information Office, then you start. The path is lined with imaginative wooden figures that accompany you on your way through barefoot paths and past tree telephones and a forest xylophone. The path is suitable for strollers and takes about 2 hours. If you still have strength, you can take a detour via the outdoor pool on Schluchsee and enjoy the fresh water there. In Grafenhausen you will learn a lot about black culture and nature in a sensual and exciting way. Children's backpacks are lent at the tourist office.
A farmer's path on Lake Constance
In the far south the mountains border on Lake Constance, on whose northern bank Kressbronn beckons to rural experiences. The path starts in the Berg district and leads to the Straussner Halde. From there there is a stunning view over the lake and the Austrian and Swiss Alps to the Säntis. Along the way, sensually designed stations provide information about hops, wine, berries, fruit, forests, cattle and dairy farming. For a change, there is play and climbing equipment for the children. 300 meters from the path there is a fun labyrinth in the maize field near Nitzenweiler. The walk takes about 1,5 hours and is suitable for strollers.
Enjoy hiking over hills and through forests in the western Black Forest
To the north of Freiburg and Emmendingen, the beautiful Black Forest town of Freiamt rests in the midst of romantic hills. In winter the snow enchants the village, in spring it blooms and in autumn the colors orange and brown come into their own. Hiking is fun for families in the hilly environment with little incline. At 18 stations, the Freiamt forest adventure trail also provides information about the wonders of the Black Forest's nature in its own forest herb garden and on the way over the Rollberg. Other stations offer fire pits, a forest playground, a beekeeping, a high seat and a historic charcoal burner place. The path measures 2,5 kilometers and is suitable for prams.