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A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg & Kaiserstuhl

Woodland, a historic city & vineyards
 
The Black Forest is known for its storybook charm and heavenly cuisine. It also boasts superb paths. Follow them from through the forest to handsome, medieval Freiburg, then traverse vineyards to finish in Kaiserstuhl, while all the time your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel.
A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg & Kaiserstuhl. 10 nights
A Walk in the Black Forest with Freiburg & Kaiserstuhl. 10 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the Black Forest & Kaiserstuhl

Mention the Black Forest to anyone and they'll immediately think of cuckoo clocks and gateaux. However, as any German will tell you, there's far more to this alluring region than these clichés. Cosy wooden inns, cloaked in dark eaves that seem to scrape the forest floor, sit amid peaceful glades and send curls of smoke up through an evergreen canopy. And although the trees inspire a special reverence, they are but part of the story – for Germans, this region is synonymous with hiking – especially here in the Highlands (the 'Hochschwarzwald'), where our rewarding routes explore an extensive network of fine trails.
Beyond the Black Forest lies the pocket-sized, medieval city of Freiburg, a place you will instantly love. Famed for its Münster, university and Bächle (miniature canals), it's the perfect stepping-off point for an exploration of the little-known Kaiserstuhl, part of the floating frontierland between Alsace and Baden Württemburg. This is reputedly the warmest and sunniest corner of Germany, right on the doorstep of the Black Forest, and centred on a large, attractive, vine-covered volcanic 'knoll' rising up from the pancake-flat Rhine plain. It makes idyllic walking country but has a proud gastronomic heritage, too: from its terraced vineyards and excellent Badisch cuisine, with subtle French influences, to the orchards of succulent deep-red cherries that are synonymous with that cake!
 
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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.
  • 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 20.5km

    Feldberg & Feldsee: 20.5km, 7.5hrs
    This challenging (but highly recommended) route 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
    Our second option follows the ‘shepherd boys’ trail’ through rolling pasture, traversing both sides of this picturesque valley.

    Schluchsee: 13km, 3.5hrs
    Alternatively, you could catch the train to Schluchsee using your free travel guest card (Konuskarte) 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.
    Route around Feldberg-Falkau
    Shepherd Boys' Trail: 14km
    Schluchsee: 13km
  • Feldberg-Falkau to Alpersbach: 16km, 5.5hrs
    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: 16km
  • Choice of walks from Alpersbach: 9km to 18km

    Ravennaschlucht Heritage Trail: 10.5km, 4.5hrs
    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: 9km, 3hrs; longer option: 18km, 6.5hrs
    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 the longer version, you walk between Alpersbach and Hinterzarten, rather than take a taxi.)
    The Ravenna Gorge
    Ravennaschlucht Heritage Trail: 10.5km
    Titisee: 9km
  • Alpersbach to Kirchzarten: 13km, 5hrs
    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.
    The route to Kirchzarten
  • Choice of walks from Kirchzarten: 9.5km to 15km

    Look at the countryside!: 9.5km, 3.5hrs
    On this highly recommended route, you initially catch a bus to Schauinsland (using your Konuskarte), from where panoramic views open up back to Feldberg and ahead to Freiburg and the Rhine plain. Schauinsland literally means ‘look at the countryside’, and you will come to see why as great views open up during an exhilarating descent.

    St Peter: 14km, 5hrs
    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 Lindberg with its sweeping valley views, then back into the Dreisamtal Valley to Himmelreich for the final leg back 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
    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
  • Explore Ihringen & the Kaiserstuhl
    Today you take the train to nearby Ihringen. As it's only a 20-minute journey you can explore more of Freiburg in the morning before setting off, then spend the rest of the day sampling the delights of Ihringen. As you might expect, given its location in the heart of the wine-producing region of Kaiserstuhl, this little town is very much a product of its environment. Part of the wine-growing tradition since 962AD, wine cellars dominate the town and many of them provide wine-tasting tours. In this fertile corner of Germany, you'll find local produce for sale outside many premises, where you can help yourself to bags of fruit, nuts, and jars of home-made jams, leaving the money in an honesty box. On Friday afternoons at the Synagogenplatz there's a farmer's market where you can find a dizzying array of fresh, local produce. Your hotel for your two nights here is the Winzerstube Ihringen.
  • Circular walk from Ihringen: 15.5km, 4hrs
    On your final day, follow the waymarked 'Bee-eaters' Trail' straight from your hotel door. Ascend gently through a landscape dominated by rolling meadows embroidered in vineyards and backed by the Rhine plain where, between May and September, the European bee-eater builds its nest and raises its young. Life in these meadows is rich and varied, from bumble bees and butterflies to ladybirds and lizards, while the unique sunken lanes, or Hohlwegen, that make up sections of your route have been created by generations of ox carts following the same track over the soft loess, slowly sinking deeper and deeper into the landscape. Reaching the picturesque village of Bickensohl where the lovely Weinstube Rebstock winery and café provides an idyllic spot for lunch, you then return to Ihringen along the Neunlindenpfad which descends gently along dappled woodland trails to emerge with spectacular views over the valley to the Rhine.
    Circular walk from Ihringen: 15.5km
    The route around Ihringen
 

Accommodation

The Black Forest hotels provide a real flavour of the region's famed hospitality. In Freiburg and Ihringen, both hotels offer high levels of comfort.

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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  • 10 nights: 04 May - 10 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    4 May - 14 June £1390 £300
    15 June - 31 August £1418 £305
    1 - 30 September £1390 £300
    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.

    10 nights: 04 May - 10 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    4 May - 14 June £1740 £300
    15 June - 31 August £1768 £305
    1 - 30 September £1740 £300
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £40

    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 out 10h plus 0h05 taxi transfer. Home, Ihringen-Paris (TGV& ICE/regional rail), Paris-UK (Eurostar), approx. duration 8h40 plus 0h05 walk from the last hotel.

    If you book your holiday less than 3 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 sames services at a supplement.

    10 nights: 04 May - 10 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    4 May - 14 June £1440 £300
    15 June - 31 August £1468 £305
    1 - 30 September £1440 £300
    3rd & 4th person discount -£110
    Single traveller supplement £110

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries 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.

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Waldhotel Fehrenbach
    Balcony: 04 May - 06 Oct 2019 £6
    Hotel Sonne
    Junior suite: 04 May - 06 Oct 2019 £40
    'Komfort': 04 May - 06 Oct 2019 £9
    Suite: 04 May - 06 Oct 2019 £50
    Hotel Oberkirch
    Junior suite: 04 May - 08 Oct 2019 £6
    Suite: 04 May - 08 Oct 2019 £13
    Winzerstube Ihringen
    Junior suite: 04 May - 10 Oct 2019 £40

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

    Hotel Peterle (with dinner) Double room Single room
    04 May - 06 Oct 2019 £80 £92
    Hotel Sonne (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 May - 06 Oct 2019 £72 £102
    Hotel Oberkirch (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 May - 08 Oct 2019 £98 £140
    Winzerstube Ihringen (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 May - 10 Oct 2019 £90 £108
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Basel, Zürich, Frankfurt

    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 
    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 
    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 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 Lufthansa,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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) £20 1530
    direct taxi Basel airport to Feldberg-Falkau (1h20) £66 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Ihringen (0h05), rail Ihringen to Freiburg HB (0h25), Flixbus Freiburg HB to Basel airport (0h55) £20 1100

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zurich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Altglashütten (3h20), hotel transfer Altglashütten to hotel (0h05) £67 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Ihringen (0h05), rail Ihringen to Zürich airport (2h50) £68 1430

    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) £80 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk hotel to Ihringen (0h05), rail Ihringen to Frankfurt airport (2h40) £78 1330
What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 6 dinners
    2 picnics
    10 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • rail between Freiburg and Ihringen
  • 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 hotel to hotel, 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 airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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).
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
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