Der Westweg

The Westweg, the first long-distance hiking trail, was laid out in 1900 by the Schwarzwaldverein. This route of around 285 km is the longest of the three Black Forest long-distance trails. Parts of the trail were relaid in 2007 in order to fit the criteria of a quality trail as defined by “Wanderbares Deutschland” and was adapted to the needs of modern-day hikers. The Westweg is one of the “Top Trails of Germany”. It begins in Pforzheim at the northern end of the Black Forest, forks at the Titisee to a western and an eastern route and ends in the tri-border area in Basel.

This long-distance trail follows the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse from the Badener Höhe to Kniebis. The 19-km long stretch from Forbach (elev. 300 m) up to Unterstmatt (elev. 925 m) and the 28-km long stretch from Unterstmatt to Kniebis are particularly demanding. The trail goes over the peaks of Hochkopf (elev. 1038 m), Hornisgrinde (elev. 1164) and Schliffkopf (elev. 1055 m), rewarding strenuous efforts with magnificent views. It also goes by the “Dark Eyes” of the northern Black Forest, Herrenwieser See and Mummelsee as well as the Schwarzenbachtalsperre.