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From Switzerland to the Black Forest: hike, train or car?

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The Black Forest region has a lot to offer: Breathtaking mountain and forest landscapes, idyllic villages and a wide range of activities for everyone who wants to experience an adventure in nature. From Switzerland you can reach the Black Forest via hiking trails, by train or by car. Some particularly scenic routes are presented here.

Attractive hiking tours

If you want to explore the Black Forest on foot from Switzerland, you are spoiled for choice. Hiking enthusiasts should definitely take a look at the following tours.

Interregio hiking trail (Basel - Alsace - Black Forest)

The Interregio hiking trail takes hikers 211 km through beautiful natural landscapes in three countries around Basel and can be completed within 11 daily stages. From Neuenburg am Rhein you follow the path through the Markgräflerland and the foothills of the Black Forest via the Dinkelberg and the Schleifberg to France. After crossing the Rhine island, the tour ends.

Westweg (Pforzheim – Kalte Herberge – Basel)

There are two variants of the famous panoramic west route: a 291 km long western variant in 12 stages and a 288 km long eastern variant in 13 stages. The difference is that the former after cold hostel over the Titisee and Ballon leads to Basel, while the latter reaches the same end point via the Bärental and Degerfelden.

Picturesque car routes

Basel-Landschaft is an excellent starting point for exploring by car. The region attracts nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts and many never want to leave. Who is curious and a property valuation requests, will find that a house here in the country is fortunately much cheaper than in the Swiss centers.

With your own vehicle you can experience the Black Forest to the fullest. This is the easiest way to reach many of the historic sights and small villages, and you can also enjoy the natural panoramas along the way from your car.

From Basel to the Black Forest Panorama Road

The Black Forest Panoramic Road is 70 km long and, in addition to historical and culinary attractions, has many great views to offer, stretching from the Rhine Valley to the Vosges and Alps. You can reach the panoramic road from Basel by following federal road 317 to Feldweg and from there continue to Titisee.

From Basel to the Black Forest High Road

Leave Basel on Hauptstraße 5 and follow it through picturesque landscapes to Offenburg or Appenweier, where you exit onto the B28 in the direction of Freudenberg. From here, Germany's oldest panoramic road leads over 60 km right through the national park to Baden-Baden. On the way there are several waterfalls and ruins to discover.

Train connections with picturesque views

The Black Forest has several panoramic trains that are worth a trip. The following two are particularly popular and easy to get to from Basel.

Black Forest Railway

The Black Forest Railway is one of the most popular panoramic trains and runs from Singen through the Kinzig Valley to Offenburg. Among the idyllic villages seen along the way is Triberg, known for its waterfalls. The Schwarzwaldbahn station in Offenburg can be reached more quickly from Basel by train, as there is a direct connection there.


It only takes 40 minutes by train from Basel to the Höllentalbahn, which connects the eastern and western parts of the Black Forest. The spectacular ride on the steepest railway in Germany leads from Freiburg im Breisgau over Lake Titisee to Donaueschingen or Villingen. On the way you cross the Ravenna Viaduct with an impressive view of it Hell Valley and the Ravenna Gorge.

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