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Contact (Route)

Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH
Ludwigstrasse 23
D-79104 Freiburg
Telefon +49 (0)761 896460


Deutscher Wanderverband
Wilhelmshöher Allee 157-159
D-34121 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561-93873-0


Length, Start/End
280km, Pforzheim - Basle
Highest elevation: 1,493m

Altitude profile


1. Pforzheim - Dobel km
2. Dobel - Forbach km
3. Forbach - Unterstmatt km
4. Unterstmatt - Alexanderschanze (Kniebis) km
5. Alexanderschanze - Auf der Hark km
6. Auf der Hark - Hausach km
7. Hausach - Wilhelmshöhe km
8. Wilhelmshöhe - Kalte Herberge km
9. Kalte Herberge - Hinterzarten km
10. Hinterzarten - Wiedener Eck km
11. Wiedener Eck - Kandern km
12. Kandern - Basel km

The Upper Black Forest Loop - a taste of the Westweg. For those who don't have enough time to walk the entire trail, the six southern stages of the Westweg are perfect for a one-week circular tour. The tour starts in Basle, as from here you gradually climb up into the Upper Black Forest and then back down again - just like on a traditional mountain trekking tour. The route then continues back in a clockwise direction via the Belchen, Feldberg and Herzogenhorn.

From Black Forest standard to premium trail

For seasoned Black Forest hikers, the 280km, more than 100-year-old Westweg from Pforzheim in the north to Basle in the south is like a trusty friend. It has somehow always been there, is always willing to guide you along when you need it and never lets you down as it changes over the years.

On its journey south, the Westweg involves a total climb of 12,000 metres, crossing virtually all the tallest mountains in the region and ticking every Black Forest box along the way: ancient pine trees, mysterious cirque lakes, cuckoo clocks, farmhouses with low hip roofs and exceptional cuisine. The latter includes everything from Black Forest ham and trout to light snacks or heartier local dishes, accompanied by traditional beers and Badensian wines grown on sun-kissed vineyard slopes. Hotels and restaurants along the way have long since recognised the mood of the times and gained quality certification. Accommodation for tired walkers, hearty snacks and substantial breakfasts are the order of the day. Drying rooms, luggage transfers, information and a service tailored to the needs of walkers are now standard features.

The first stages of the route in the northern Black Forest are characterised by pine forests, far-stretching views, and upland pastures and meadows where flora and fauna flourish. After crossing the Kinzigtal valley, the trail then climbs up through the Central Black Forest to Mount Brend, before continuing up to the Upper Black Forest on the horizon. Feldberg, Belchen and Herzogenhorn are other peaks to conquer along the way, rewarding you with spectacular alpine views and landscapes. Cornfields or vineyards? The route splits as it reaches its conclusion with one trail ascending the Hohe Möhr and Dinkelberg mountains and the other up over Mount Blauen and through the Markgräfler Land region - both lead to the same destination: Basle.

Quality-certified trail

Travel Information

Public transport: To Karlsruhe and Stuttgart (InterCityExpress). Then InterCity train to Pforzheim. Signs for Westweg from train station.
Car: Pforzheim is on the A8, Pforzheim West/Zentrum exit.

Public transport: From Basel Badischer Bhf. station in Basle on the InterCityExpress Zürich-Hamburg heading north, Regioexpress Basle-Lindau heading east.
Car: From Basle on the A5 heading north, then on B34 for Singen.


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