Hike Through the Black Forest
Hiking became a pastime of the Black Forest at the end of the 19th century when Philipp Bussemer from Baden-Baden opened the area’s first tourist information centre. He helped walkers navigate their way through dense forest landscapes with hiking maps and guides, and soon the region established popular walking trails for locals to explore. Today, with over 23,000 kilometres of trails encompassing forest-covered mountains, flower-strewn meadows, rivers and valleys, there’s a perfect track for every hiker. Leave behind picturesque towns and villages and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the mysterious dark forest, gain spectacular vistas from mountain summits and stop for a rustic ‘vesper’ snack in a traditional Vesperstuben. One of the oldest hikes is Westerweg - a long distance trail spanning approximately 279 kilometres. It runs from the Black Forest’s gateway city of Pforzheim in the north to Basel, taking in the highest summit in the forest, Feldberg Mountain and Lake Titisee.