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Hiking on the Belchen

Hiking in the Black Forest - the 5 most beautiful routes

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The Black Forest is a popular holiday destination in Germany. The region with the highest low mountain range in Germany stretches over 11.100 square kilometers. The nature that you can discover here is varied. Gorges, mountains, valleys, meadows, forests, lakes and even bare high peaks make the Black Forest attractive for adventure seekers as well as those seeking relaxation, active holidaymakers and pleasure seekers. Above all Hikers find in the Black Forest Everything your heart desires. Almost 24.000 kilometers of hiking trails invite you to explore and discover. It's difficult to choose the most beautiful ones here, but we would like to recommend five special hiking routes.

From wild cats to high moor experiences: 5 special hiking trails in the Black Forest

It doesn't matter whether it's an easy tour; Leisure hiking trail or multi-day excursion, before you set off on a hike, you should pay attention to the most important items of equipment. Good hiking clothing is essential. Comfortable hiking shoes, hiking trousers, hiking socks, a breathable long-sleeved shirt and a rain jacket to protect against a shower should always be with you. This finds space in the hiking backpack, in which provisions and drinks also find their place.

Good quality and the right packing technique is important here in order to protect your back as much as possible on the hike. If it twitches, knees or back cause problems during a long hike, help Pain gels and heat patches, which, like blister plasters, gauze bandages, tweezers and disinfectant spray, belong in the hiking pharmacy. There are also many good tips on hiking equipment the Black Forest Association in a detailed brochure.

If you have everything together, you can start on one of these five wonderful tours!

Wildcat Forest Experience

The first tour is not particularly long at 6 kilometers, but it is really exciting. The Wildcat forest adventure trail near Bad Herrenalb leads through an ancient mixed forest with wonderful vantage points where you can enjoy the view of the Gaistal. The special highlight is the amount of information about wild cats, and if you're lucky, you might even see one or the other wild cat that lives here in the dense mixed forest. After the hike, you can still see the Frauenalb monastery ruins, the amber rocks, the Look at the old water tower or the Teufelsmühle.

Kaiserstuhl path

The Kaiserstuhl path has been awarded the seal of quality hiking in Germany. The approximately 22-kilometer route takes you along natural paths through the wonderful landscape of the Kaiserstuhl with vineyards, loess hollow alleys and nature reserves. Viewpoints such as the Katharinenberg allow views of the Black Forest and the Vosges. After the long hike you can Rebenbummler, the museum train at the Kaiserstuhl, rest your feet.

Schwarzenbach dam

The Schwarzenbach dam in the northern Black Forest invites you to go swimming, fishing, surfing and boating. Around the popular reservoir there is an approximately 14,5 kilometer long hiking trail, which leads along the water in the north and through the forest in the south. Display boards on the hiking trail provide information about the construction of the dam, which 200 people, including many Italians, helped to build.

Belchensteig gourmet trail

On the fourth highest mountain in the Black Forest, the Belchen, the Belchensteig gourmet trail awaits hikers who would like to stop off along the way. Four restaurants offer regional specialties and wines along the 14,3 kilometer route. The path leads through historic Black Forest farms, fragrant mountain forests, meadows and heathland. There are different places to charge before or after the hike Sights and attractions around the Belchen, like the Belchen cable car, which leads up to the summit cross, invites you to linger and discover.

Kaltenbronn raised bog

Finally, we recommend a special tour through the high moor at Kaltenbronn near Gernsbach. At 800 meters above sea level, hikers can explore more than 10.000-year-old Wildseemoore, whose peat layer is up to eight meters deep. The unique environment can be explored on a 12-kilometer circular route.

Image courtesy of Stefan Asal - Datacreate Asal