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The Black Forest (Schwarzwald) cirquit

€690 per person

This self-guided hiking tour of Schwarzwald will take you through a truly diverse palate of landscapes in southwestern Germany. The highlights include the marvellous Titisee mountain lake, one of the largest at this altitude (845m), the stunning Wutach Gorge and the volcanic Hegau Mountains. The hike ends by the shores of Bodensee (Lake Constance), a unique lake situated between three countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 nights in good middle class hotels and inns, incl. breakfast; luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person, max. 25 kg); well prepared route guidance; elaborated travel documents; Service-Hotline
  • What is not included
    Flights, insurance (recommended), entry fees, other meals and drinks, transfer from/to airport, public transportation costs.
  • Best period
    mid-April, May, June, July, August, September, mid-October
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Day 1: individual arrival in Titisee
Your independent hiking tour starts at the lake Titisee, located at the southern part of the Black Forest. Your overnight will be in the small spa town of the same name, located at the north shore of the lake.
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Day 2: Titisee - Schattenmühle (22km, 5-6hrs, +260m/-635m)
You start your independent walking route with an ascent of the ridge above the settlement revealing breathtaking views of Lake Titisee, Feldberg and the peaks of the Austrian and Swiss Alps. You follow the trail to the Wutach Gorge (Wutachschlucht), an amazing natural reserve, pristine and intact, a true Garden of Eden. This heavenly landscape of romantic gorges and cascading waterfalls is the highlight of today’s itinerary.
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Day 3: Schattenmühle - Blumberg (25km, 5-6hrs, +475m/-454m)
Today’s walking route follows the Wutach river to Achdorf where it is deflected toward the Rhine. Your destination is the town of Blumberg where you will enter through the "Blumberg gate" - a former riverbed between two mountains. Once you arrive, note the steam locomotives of the infamous Sauschwänzlebahn (pigtail railway), The Wutach Valley Railway, one of the most picturesque and peculiar railways in the world.
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Day 4: Blumberg - Tengen (18km, 5-6hrs, +415m/-545m)
Today’s walk is off the beaten track to the so-called blue stones, a rock formation from up to 10 meters high basalt columns, formed during the eruption of the Hegau volcanoes. The overnight is in the town of Tengen.
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Day 5: Tengen - Engen (17,1km, 5-6hrs, +385m/-355m)
After a healthy breakfast you follow a trail up one of the higher wooded hills, Duggenhart, passing the Hegaualb bird sanctuaries. You walk through an idyllic forest landscape until you reach Engen where your next overnight will be.
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Day 6: Engen - Singen (22km, 5hrs, +285m/-435m)
This stage of the self-guided walking tour takes you to the Hohenhewen peak and ruins from where you can contemplate the vast landscape of the Hegau and on clear days even Lake Constance and the Alps. Today’s hike takes you through meadows, past Mägdeberg and finally to Singen where your overnight will be.
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Day 7: Singen - Radolfzell am Bodensee (16-25km, 3,30-5hrs, +395m/-530m)
On the last day of the hiking tour, you can choose between two route options. The longer one follows the official trail past the picturesque lake Steisslinger and the Homberg ruin, from where you can marvel upon spectacular views over the Untersee with the isle Reichenau and the Mettnau Peninsula. The shorter route option will lead you through the Ziegeleiweiher natural reserve over to Lake Constance.
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Day 8: Departure

TOUR LOCATION

Price
690 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (10/04-07/05; 19/09-18/10)
735 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (08/05-18/09)
*N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!
Single room & Solo traveler supplements
Single room supplement: 150 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 220 Euro (including single room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between mid-April and mid-October. A good level of fitness is required for hikes of up to 6 hours. The official routes lead along well-marked hiking trails and forest roads and are easy to walk. For some descents (eg Wutachschlucht) sure-footedness is necessary. Arrival and departure: Journey by train via Freiburg im Breisgau to Titisee, further on by Bus/Taxi to the hotel. Parking: free parking places close to the hotel available, no reservation possible. Return journey by train to Saig (2x change of trains): appr. 2 hours.
Accommodation
Category: good middle-class hotels and inns, incl. breakfast

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