Long-distance routes and tour tips
Cycling in the Black Forest with no hills to climb? On the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route, rated four stars for quality by the German Cyclists’ Federation, you can enjoy idyllic scenery without over-exerting yourself.
On the Southern Black Forest Cycle Route it’s about using the hills to your advantage. The only real climb can be done by train, after which it’s downhill to the southern Black Forest. Along the way you can enjoy a number of scenic highlights such as Wutach Gorge, the Markgräflerland region and, with a detour to France, the ‘Petite Camargue’ nature conservation area. The many small medieval towns, as well as Basel and Freiburg, provide interesting cultural accents. A train takes cyclists up the hill from Kirchzarten to Hinterzarten, traversing the beautiful Höllental or ‘hell valley’.
Terrain: the cycle route goes right around the Southern Black Forest nature reserve with very few climbs. Mainly asphalt paths that are virtually traffic-free. Some short stretches run through Switzerland and France.
Scenery: the Upper Black Forest is a varied landscape of mountains, moors and a mix of forest, mountain pastures, vineyards, centuries-old Black Forest farmsteads and farmland.