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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...


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

    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).
  • 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 Alpersbach: 15.5km, 6hrs; ascent 575m/descent 555m
    Ascend above the valley floor to enjoy panoramic views back to where you’ve come from, passing the typical farmsteads of the region before entering the forest to find a hidden lake. Emerging from the trees, the trail descends gently into the tranquil idyll of Alpersbach to reach the Waldhotel Fehrenbach.
    Feldberg-Falkau to Alpersbach: 15.5km
    Glorious woodland
  • Choice of walks from Alpersbach: 4.5km to 18km

    Ravenna Gorge: 10.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent/descent 470m
    Descend through a beautiful forest to reach the Ravenna Gorge and the viaduct that spans it (a target for Allied bombing raids during World War Two). Enjoy an enchanting path through the gorge itself before returning along the Löffeltal (‘Spoon Valley’) by a fast-flowing river as you pass a succession of small, water-driven sawmills (they are sparked up once a year on Mühlentag) and an old smithy where metal was once fashioned into spoons and forks.

    Titisee: 8.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 185m
    Shorter option: 4.5km, 1.5hrs; longer option: 18km, 7hrs

    Take a taxi (pay locally) to the attractive town of Hinterzarten (famous for ski jumping!), then continue by train (using your Konuskarte) to the popular resort of Titisee. Here, there are cafés and restaurants aplenty by the water’s edge, so pause for lunch or refreshments before following a lakeside trail into the forest and meadows above. Return to Hinterzarten by train, then take a taxi (pay locally) for the final leg.
    For a shorter day, choose to walk only between Alpersbach and Hinterzarten. If you would prefer a full day on your feet, it is possible to walk both ways between Alpersbach and Hinterzarten, and to combine this with the circuit around Titisee.
    The Ravenna Gorge
    Ravenna Gorge: 10.5km
    Titisee: 8.5km
  • Alpersbach to Kirchzarten: 13km, 5hrs; ascent 305m/descent 905m
    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.
    Alpersbach to Kirchzarten: 13km
    The 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"!


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.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel in Kirchzarten, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend adding an extra night.

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: 07 May 2022 - 31 October 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 May - 12 Jun 2022 £1225 £280
    13 Jun - 31 Aug 2022 £1250 £285
    1 - 30 Sep 2022 £1225 £280
    1 - 23 Oct 2022 £1185 £270
    3rd & 4th person discount -£55
    Single traveller supplement £55

    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: 07 May 2022 - 31 October 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 May - 12 Jun 2022 £1625 £280
    13 Jun - 31 Aug 2022 £1665 £285
    1 - 30 Sep 2022 £1625 £280
    1 - 23 Oct 2022 £1570 £270
    3rd & 4th person discount -£60
    Single traveller supplement £60

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International 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: 07 May 2022 - 31 October 2022

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

    Starting Price Single room
    7 May - 12 Jun 2022 £1295 £280
    13 Jun - 31 Aug 2022 £1330 £285
    1 - 30 Sep 2022 £1295 £280
    1 - 23 Oct 2022 £1250 £270
    3rd & 4th person discount -£120
    Single traveller supplement £120

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return Channel crossing between Folkestone and Calais with Eurotunnel 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 £65 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel on 1-2, 8-9, 14-15 & 29-30 April, as well as for inbound travel on 9-10, 16-18 & 23-24 April. A supplement of £42 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel on 27-28 May; 2-3 Jun; 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30 Jul; 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 & 26-27 Aug; and 21-22 Oct, as well as for inbound travel on 2 May; 4-5 Jun; 30-31 Jul; 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 27-29 Aug; 3-4 Sep; and 29-30 Oct.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Waldhotel Fehrenbach, Alpersbach
    Balcony: 07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £10
    Hotel Sonne, Kirchzarten
    Junior suite: 07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £48
    'Komfort': 07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £12
    Suite: 07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £58
    Hotel Oberkirch , Freiburg
    Junior suite: 07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £10
    Suite: 07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £15

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

    Hotel Peterle, Feldberg-Falkau (with dinner) Double room Single room
    07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £90 £102
    Hotel Sonne, Kirchzarten (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £80 £112
    Hotel Oberkirch , Freiburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    07 May - 31 Oct 2022 £116 £164
    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 - 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
    London City - Frankfurt British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    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 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 except those operated by Ryanair. 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.

    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), hotel transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £46 1530
    direct taxi Basel airport to Feldberg-Falkau (1h20) £82 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Freiburg HB (0h15), Flixbus Freiburg HB to Basel airport (0h55) £28 1100

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zürich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Altglashütten (3h20), hotel transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £80 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Freiburg HB (0h15), rail Freiburg HB to Zürich airport (2h10 - 3h) £74 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Frankfurt

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Frankfurt airport to Altglashütten (3h10), hotel transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £95 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Freiburg HB (0h15), rail Freiburg HB to Frankfurt airport (2h10) £84 1330
What is included
  • 8 nights
  • 5 dinners
    2 picnics
    8 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • guest cards giving free use of buses and trains

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  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
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  • 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.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). 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 >
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  • 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.
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  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), 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.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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. 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.
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    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
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    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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