Black Forest Hike

written on 01/07/2020
by Veronika Dieterle-Stibig

In collaboration with the JAC Mountain Club the German Semster is proposing a hiking trip to the Black Forest:

from 03.09.2020 to 07.09.2020 - 'Westweg Trail' - a hike from Hinterzarten to Kandern ~ 75km  (4 overnight stays, 3.5 days hike) 

The Westweg trail is one of the oldest long-distance hiking trails of Germany. The trail has a length of 285 kilometres and crosses the Black Forest from Pforzheim to Basel. The proposed hike on the southern section of the trail leads from the village of Hinterzarten to Weil am Rhein (ca 75km), close to Basel. This section is particularly beautiful with many open panoramic trails and magnificent views. The hike leads from Hinterzarten to the top of the Feldberg (1493m), the highest peak of the Black Forest. It continues to the Belchen (1414m), often referred to as the ‘most beautiful’ viewing point of the Black Forest. From there one reaches the Blauen (1165m) before descending to the Rhine-Valley and to the border triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland.  

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Day 1 - Travel to Hinterzarten

🚗 ~ 4h: Ispra to Weil am Rhein  (private car) 

🚂 ~1,5-2h:  Weil am Rhein to Hinterzarten (Train departures 14:02, 14:32, Interchange in Freiburg)

Overnight stay in Hinterzarten, Hotel am Bach 
Day 2 - Hinterzarten to Notschrei (~ 21 km, ↗ 860 m, ↘ 622 m)

Hike crossing the highest peak of the Black Forest: the Feldberg (1493m), from there continuing with magnificent views to Stübenwasen and finally to the Notschrei. 

Overnight stay in Todtnauberg, Herrihof Hotel & Chalets 
Day 3 - Notschrei to Haldenhof (~ 18 km, ↗ 745 m, ↘ 933 m) 

Crossing the ‘most beautiful’ Black Forest peak: the Belchen (1414 m).

Overnight stay in Hinterheubronn, Berggasthof Haldenhof 
Day 4 - Haldenhof to Kandern (~ 26 km, ↗ 502 m, ↘ 1.087 m) 

Leaving the highest parts of the Black Forest (Hochschwarzwald) towards the ‚Blauen‘ (1165m), a mountain top high above the Rhine valley, depending on weather conditions offering view to Basel. The hike continues downhill on small forest tracks to the small historical city of Kandern. From there one reaches the village Kandern-Wollbach after a hike of another 1h.

Overnight stay in Kandern-Wollbach, Hotel Pfaffenkeller 
Day 5 - Kandern-Wollbach to Weil am Rhein,  Return Trip to Ispra  

Westweg Kandern-Wollbach to Castle Rötteln to Rümmingen (~ 8 km, ↗ 210 m, ↘ 220 m) 
Return Trip:

🚌   ~20 min: Rümmingen to Weil am Rhein 

🚗   ~4h:  Weil am Rhein to Ispra (private car) 
Trail Characteristics 

The Westweg is a mountain trail (Höhenweg). The daily stages are long, partly exhausting and demanding, due to length and the difference in altitude. There are only few places where the track has alpine character, where paths are small and steep with roots and stone in the underground. Surefootedness is required, however, there are no climbing parts. On some stages there is little or no opportunity to find a restaurant or refreshments. It is therefore necessary to have sufficient food and drinks in the backpack for a whole day. 

For more information see the Westweg Wikipedia page 

Booking with 'Original Landreisen' (Freiburg) for groups of 10 persons or more:  4 overnight stays: 350 Euro per person  

Price includes: 

  • 4 overnight stays in double-room in middle-class hotel, breakfast and tourist tax
  • 1 x dinner included on day 2 at Herrihof Hotel
  • ‘Konus Card’ for free local travel by bus or train during the stay 

Not included

  • Individual transport to Weil am Rhein - Car pooling 
  • Train: Weil am Rhein to Hinterzarten: ~ 16 Euro 


20% payment due when booking, full payment 4 weeks before start of the trip 

The activity is considered as "activity among friends", consequently none of the group can be made reliable for any injury occurring during the activity. Participants declare to be physically fit for undertaking such a hike and to be aware that they are at any time fully responsible to limit their activities according to their current physical state.  
This is a JAC Mountain Club sponsored activity in collaboration with the German Semester. Please note that a valid subscription to the JAC Mountain Club is required in order to benefit from JAC Mountain Club sponsoring.  

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 situation and present restrictions the total number of participants is limited to ten (10).

all Fotos: ©Hans-Jürgen Stibig