A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg

A woodland wonderland & a historic city
 
Fairy-tale scenery, heavenly cuisine and a superb network of walking trails – this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday, with luggage transported, has everything you’d expect from the Black Forest. Enjoy free local travel with the included guestcard and end with a stay in medieval Freiburg.
A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg. 8 nights
A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg. 8 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Black Forest

Reminiscent of a Grimms' Fairy Tale, its characteristic wooden cottages set in verdant glades amid dense forests, the Black Forest also offers startling panoramic views, rolling meadows and stunning glacial lakes. Over the centuries the region has changed form and today is a natural mixed forest with an extensive network of hiking trails and a proud gastronomic heritage – key ingredients include succulent, lightly smoked ham, white asparagus, wild mushrooms and fresh herbs, all evoking the scents of the forest.
We have selected a mixture of enchanting forested and lakeside walks for you to enjoy, starting from the small village of Feldberg-Falkau and winding south along the valley floor before ascending through forest to emerge above the attractive medieval town of Freiburg. Known for its Renaissance university, miniature canals and famous minster, the town is a cultural centre of arts and sciences, with a fascinating local history, Baroque orchestra and daily markets offering local crafts and regional delicacies – including a certain famous gâteau...
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.

Each hotel issues Inntravel guests with a Konuskarte (travel guest card), enabling you to travel free of charge on buses and trains (pay locally for cable cars).
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for meadow flowers is late May to early July. If you are visiting the Kaiserstuhl, you may spot bee-eaters and other rare birds in mid-May.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 1 3 6 11 15 19 21 20 17 12 6 2
    mm 73 65 68 82 103 127 110 124 83 66 83 75
  • Arrival in Feldberg-Falkau
    Night 1: at Hotel Peterle (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Feldberg-Falkau: 13km to 19.5km

    Feldberg & Feldsee: 19.5km, 7.5hrs; ascent/descent 785m
    This challenging (but highly recommended) option begins with a train ride to Bärental – free with your travel guest card (Konuskarte). The route then takes you via Zweiseenblick (‘two lake view’), offering vistas over Schluchsee and Titisee, to then ascend Feldberg – the highest peak in the Black Forest – as far as the Bismarck monument. You descend by cable car (pay locally) for great views over Feldsee which you then circumnavigate before returning via the Raimartihof, which offers traditional food, very popular with locals.

    Shepherd Boys' Trail: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 385m
    Our second option follows the ‘shepherd boys’ trail’ through rolling pasture, traversing both sides of this picturesque valley.

    Schluchsee: 13km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 140m
    Alternatively, you could catch the train to Schluchsee (free with your guest card) to make a circuit of this beautiful lake, one of the cleanest in Germany. There are sandy coves from which to bathe, abundant birdlife and a nice mix of forested and lakeside trails – plus a good restaurant for lunch. You return by rail before a short walk back to your hotel.
    Around Feldberg-Falkau
    Feldberg and Feldsee: 19.5km (route profile includes cable car descent)
    Shepherd Boys' Trail: 14km
    Schluchsee: 13km
  • Feldberg-Falkau to Hinterzarten: 15km, 6hrs; ascent 530m/descent 600m
    Ascend above the valley floor, passing typical farmsteads, through the forest to find a hidden lake. The trail then climbs gently for views of the Feldberg range before descending into Hinterzarten, where you spend two nights at the Hotel Imbery.
    Feldberg-Falkau to Hinterzarten: 15km
    Glorious woodland
  • Choice of walks from Hinterzarten: 10km or 12km

    Ravenna Gorge: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent 300m/descent 370m
    Descend along the Löffeltal (‘Spoon Valley’) next to a fast-flowing river dotted with a succession of small, water-driven sawmills and an old smithy where metal was once fashioned into spoons and forks. You continue downhill through a beautiful forest to reach the Ravenna Gorge and the viaduct that spans it. Enjoy an enchanting path through the gorge itself before returning along quiet roads, and through the Hochmoor.

    Titisee: 12km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 370m
    Head through native forest and across sunny pastures to circumnavigate Titisee. On warm days you can pause for a dip in its waters on in those of the secluded Eisweiher lake nearby before returning to Hinterzarten. (For a shorter day, you could take the train to and/or from Titisee.)
    The Ravenna Gorge
    Ravenna Gorge: 10km
    Titisee: 12km
  • Hinterzarten to Kirchzarten: 17km, 5.5hrs; ascent 525m/descent 1030m
    The route to Kirchzarten is a real highlight: after ascending gently to a high memorial with a 360-degree panorama, then pausing at the Hinterwaldkopf Hütte to soak up the views, you descend gradually via a beautiful valley into the rolling meadows surrounding Kirchzarten, where you spend your last two nights in the centre at the Hotel Sonne or Hotel Die Krone.
    Hinterzarten to Kirchzarten: 17km
    En route to Kirchzarten
  • Choice of walks from Kirchzarten: 9.5km to 14km

    Look at the countryside!: 9.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 85m/descent 905m
    To access this highly recommended route, you catch a bus to Schauinsland (using your Konuskarte). Schauinsland literally means ‘look at the countryside’, and you will come to see why as great views open up back to Feldberg and ahead to Freiburg and the Rhine plain, during an exhilarating descent through pine and fir forest.

    St Peter: 14km, 5hrs; ascent 295m/descent 615m
    Take a local bus (using your Konuskarte) to the picturesque town of St Peter with its medieval monastery cloisters. Descend along a gentle trail across open pastures and through woodland to the pretty settlement of Maria Lindenberg, then back into the Dreisamtal Valley to Himmelreich for the final return leg to Kirchzarten (alternatively, you can catch a local train from Himmelreich).
    Near St Peter
    Look at the countryside!: 9.5km
    St Peter: 14km
  • Kirchzarten to Freiburg: 16km, 5hrs; ascent 400m/descent 500m
    Setting off for Freiburg, your route takes you along the valley floor before ascending through forest to emerge with panoramic views over this sunny and hugely attractive university town. Here, you stay two nights at the elegant, 4-star Hotel Oberkirch, right by the Münsterplatz.
    Kirchzarten to Freiburg: 16km
    Approaching Freiburg
  • Explore Freiburg
    You have a full day to explore Freiburg using our included self-guided walking notes. Wander along the historic streets of the old town to learn about the culture and history of this fascinating city. As you explore, don't forget to stop at one of many cafés and beer gardens you'll come across where you can enjoy typical Badisch cuisine.

    Highlights include the Münster (minster), boasting possibly 'the most beautiful tower in Christianity', which, at 116 metres high, was completed in 1330; the Old Town Hall of 1559 which now houses the Tourist Information Office; the Schwabentor (or Swabian gate), the oldest crossing of the River Dreisam; and the Bächle (or miniature canals), originally used for providing of water for cleaning sewers, though today they are much sweeter; as well as vestiges, mainly gates, of the city's ancient fortifications. Be careful where you tread for there is an an age-old saying that "if you fall in, you'll marry someone from Freiburg"!
    Freiburg
 

Accommodation

Your Black Forest hotels provide a real flavour of the region's famed hospitality. In Freiburg, we have chosen a family-run hotel facing the minster.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation. Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend adding an extra night in Kirchzarten.

Please note: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 8 nights: 06 May 2024 - 13 May 2024, 30 May 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 05 May 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 7 May 2024 £1445 £200
    30 May - 30 Jul 2024 £1470 £200
    31 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £1360 £200
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1445 £200
    1 - 23 Oct 2024 £1340 £200
    5 - 31 May 2025 £1505 £210
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2025 £1530 £210
    31 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £1415 £210
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1505 £210
    1 - 23 Oct 2025 £1395 £210
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60 to -£62
    Single traveller supplement £60 to £62

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    8 nights: 06 May 2024 - 13 May 2024, 30 May 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 05 May 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 7 May 2024 £1820 £200
    30 May - 30 Jul 2024 £1865 £200
    31 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £1755 £200
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1800 £200
    1 - 23 Oct 2024 £1695 £200
    5 - 31 May 2025 £1895 £210
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2025 £1940 £210
    31 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £1830 £210
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1875 £210
    1 - 23 Oct 2025 £1765 £210
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65 to -£68
    Single traveller supplement £65 to £68

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Paris (Eurostar), Paris-Altglashütten-Falkau (TGV & ICE/regional rail), approx. duration 9h plus 0h05 taxi transfer. Home, Freiburg-Paris (TGV & ICE/regional rail), Paris-UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 9h plus 0h15 walk from the hotel.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect

    If you book your holiday less than 10 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

    8 nights: 06 May 2024 - 13 May 2024, 30 May 2024 - 31 October 2024 & 05 May 2025 - 31 October 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    6 - 7 May 2024 £1545 £200
    30 May - 30 Jul 2024 £1570 £200
    31 Jul - 31 Aug 2024 £1460 £200
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1545 £200
    1 - 23 Oct 2024 £1440 £200
    5 - 31 May 2025 £1610 £210
    1 Jun - 30 Jul 2025 £1635 £210
    31 Jul - 31 Aug 2025 £1520 £210
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1610 £210
    1 - 23 Oct 2025 £1500 £210
    3rd & 4th person discount -£160 to -£165
    Single traveller supplement £160 to £170

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return Channel crossing between Folkestone and Calais with LeShuttle for your party and one car.

    We also include a transfer back to the first hotel at the end of your holiday to collect your car.
    > More information about travelling self-drive

    A supplement of approximately £65 per car per single journey applies for travel at key dates over Easter, while from May onwards a supplement of approximately £42 per car per single journey applies for travel over public holidays and at weekends during school holidays. See the self-drive page or contact us for more details.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Sonne, Kirchzarten
    Junior suite: 06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £59
    Junior suite: 05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £61
    'Komfort': 06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £15
    'Komfort': 05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £16
    Suite: 06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £70
    Suite: 05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £73
    Hotel Oberkirch , Freiburg
    Junior suite: 06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £13
    Junior suite: 05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £14
    Suite: 06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £20
    Suite: 05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £21

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Peterle, Feldberg-Falkau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £110 £125
    05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £114 £130
    Hotel Sonne, Kirchzarten (B&B) Double room Single room
    06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £97 £137
    05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £101 £143
    Hotel Oberkirch , Freiburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    06 May - 31 Oct 2024 £145 £204
    05 May - 31 Oct 2025 £155 £216
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Basel, Zürich or Frankfurt
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich or Frankfurt. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Birmingham - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Bristol - Zurich Swiss 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Frankfurt Lufthansa,  Ryanair 
    Glasgow - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Basel (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Frankfurt British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Frankfurt Austrian Airlines,  British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Frankfurt Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Frankfurt Austrian Airlines,  Lufthansa,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Zurich Lufthansa,  Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Frankfurt Lufthansa 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich or Frankfurt. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Basel

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Flixbus Basel airport to Freiburg HB (0h55), rail Freiburg HB to Altglashütten (1h), transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £57-£59 1530
    direct taxi Basel airport to hotel (1h20) £101-£105 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Freiburg HB (0h15), Flixbus Freiburg HB to Basel airport (0h55) £35-£36 1100

    Connecting travel options - flying via Frankfurt

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Frankfurt airport to Altglashütten (3h10), transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £117-£122 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Freiburg HB (0h15), rail Freiburg HB to Frankfurt airport (2h10) £103-£107 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Altglashütten (3h20), transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £97-£101 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Freiburg HB (0h15), rail Freiburg HB to Zürich airport (2h10 - 3h) £90-£94 1330
What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 5 dinners
    2 picnics
    8 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • guest cards giving free use of buses and trains
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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