Hiking In The Black Forest
A network of marked hiking trails cover the whole Black Forest. From easy short walks to all-day hikes across the mountains, options are endless. The trails have little signposts at crossings, stating the destination and distance, and are marked with coloured symbols.
Thanks to Karlsruhe's extending tram network you can plan one-way hikes across the mountain chains to the adjacent valleys and return by public transport. In the south, the S 4 / S 41 runs along the Murg valley and connects to the Herrenalb line (S 1) in Karlsruhe. In the north, the S 11 begins in Ittersbach and connects to the S 1 already in Waldbronn-Busenbach.
Hiking can be done throughout most of the year. In rainy periods and when the snow is melting the trails become muddy in some parts. In winter, snow is no hindrance, but if there is ice on the ground, take care. Having a detailed hiking map of the region is useful - these can be obtained from bookstores and from the tourist information.
Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Ankle-high hiking boots are not absolutely necessary, the paths are generally easy to walk, but if you have them they won't be out of place.
Depending on weather conditions, rain gear can be needed any season in these parts of the world.
If you plan longer hikes, carry a drink and a snack.