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The Murgtal tram line is part of the KVV. It has been installed on a closed-down railway line about a decade ago, with new tracks and stops in all villages. There are two lines that use this track.
# The S 31 begins in the Kraichgau hills and travels via Bruchsal and Karlsruhe central station to Freudenstadt, some end already in Forbach.
# The S 41 runs all the way from Karlsruhe to Freudenstadt, 2 hours in total. If you want to travel all the way to Freudenstadt, remember that the KVV area ends in Forbach and that different tickets are needed for the ride beyond.
These trams run at least hourly, in the afternoon every 30 minutes.
Important: Many of the small village stops are "Bedarfshaltestellen", stops upon request. If you are on board the tram, the announcement will say the name of the stop and "Der Zug hält nur bei Bedarf" (The train stops only upon request). To express your request, press the button by the door in time, prior to reaching the stop.
If you are at such a station, you will see an installation like the one in photo 3. Press the big yellow button for the direction of your travel, and the tram driver is notified that s/he has to stop. Otherwise the tram will pass through without stopping.
Updated Jul 29, 2011
The entire Black Forest, of course also the surroundings of Gernsbach, is covered with a dense network of hiking trails. You can prepare your route with the help of a map or just start walking anywhere. Boards with maps are put up at the beginning of many trails. The trails are signposted in an (almost) foolproof way so you can choose and find your way easily.
The signs point the destinations and give the distance in kms, quite accurate. Symbols indicate S-Bahn and bus stops, where to find a restaurant (plate with cutlery), viewpoints (star). The larger trails are marked in different colours, either on signs or painted on rocks or trees; these marks are also shown on the signposts (here: the diamonds in blue/grey and purple).
Equipment: Comfortable shoes with some grip that you walk well in. On these forest trails there is no need for ankle-high hiking boots (if you have them, fine).
The only danger in these forests, apart from tripping over your own feet, are tiny insects: ticks. They sit in the grass and other low plants. Watch out for them in spring and summer, and if you catch one, remove it as quickly as possible, as the Black Forest is high risk zone for infections.
Written May 15, 2011