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Hiking in the Black Forest of Germany

Hiking in the Black Forest was something on our “must do” list when we first decided to move to Germany. I love hiking, and was a little disappointed that I would be missing out on all of the great hikes near Vancouver BC.

So we made it a priority to check out the city of Freiburg – a University town located in the Black Forest. And although the 7.5km hike wasn’t that challenging, it was beautiful – and a nice change of pace from exploring cities for so long.


Because we only had one day, and weren’t sure what kind of hiking we were up against, we decided to take the cable car up to the top of Schauinsland (€7,50).

It was pretty easy to get there from the city of Freiburg. Just take the city railway (Line 2) towards Günterstal, and get off at the terminus station. Then, transfer to bus #21 (directly to the left of the station). The bus will take around 20 minutes, and drops you off at the doorstep of the cable car entrance.

Schauinsland is the 3rd highest mountain in the Black Forest, with an elevation of 1,284 m (4,213 ft).
Schauinsland is the 3rd highest mountain in the Black Forest, with an elevation of 1,284 m (4,213 ft).

You can buy a roundtrip ticket, but we opted to buy a one-way ticket to the top, and then hike back down. There are several trails to choose from, ranging from one hour to a few hours.

Each path is clearly labeled throughout the entire hiking area with a coloured marker (our path was labeled with a yellow diamond), and every so often you would get to a junction that would reveal the distance remaining. Much clearer than the tiny path markers that they use on some of the backcountry trails in Vancouver! :)

Our hike was just 7.5km long, and took us a few leisurely hours.

The cable car to the top of Schauinsland is the longest in Germany.
The cable car to the top of Schauinsland is the longest in Germany.

There’s a restaurant at the top of the mountain, but we bought bread, cheese, and a bit of meat to make our own sandwiches on the trail.

The paths were obviously well maintained, and we were pleasantly surprised that we didn’t encounter a single person on our hike.

The air was crisp and refreshing, which made for a pleasant hike.
The air was crisp and refreshing, which made for a pleasant hike.

Clouds threatened to ruin our hike, but luckily we stayed dry, and the sun soon came back out again.

More than 21,600 wind turbines are located in Germany, with plans to build more.
More than 21,600 wind turbines are located in Germany, with plans to build more.

Our hike ended with a beautiful stroll through countryside and farm land back to our bus stop.

The beauty of Germany’s countryside always amazes me.
The beauty of Germany’s countryside always amazes me.

This was the view of Freiburg from Schlossberg (Fortefied Castle), directly to the east of Freiburg’s Old Town, and right on the edge of the Black Forest.

We found accommodation in Freiburg for one night through AirBnB.

The Schlossberg is a tree-covered hill of 456 metres (1,496 ft).
The Schlossberg is a tree-covered hill of 456 metres (1,496 ft).

Breakdown of Expenses:

  • €35 ($43.49) – Accommodation (1 night): AirBnB
  • €25 ($31.07) – Transportation: roundtrip train ride from Stuttgart, using a Baden Württemberg ticket
  • €19,20 ($24.97) – Food: average of €9,60 per day
  • €4,20 ($5.46) – City Transit: roundtrip to Schauinsland cable car
  • €7,50 ($9.76) – Entertainment: Schauinsland cable car
  • €0 ($0) – Miscellaneous

TOTAL COST: €90.90 ($114.75)

Krystal Yee

Krystal Yee is a travel blogger and personal finance expert with substantial media credits to her name. Lover of off-beat travel, hiking, French macarons, barefoot shoes, and her iPhone. Excel spreadsheet addict. She is currently living in Vancouver, plotting her next adventure.

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