7 Days Guided Snowshoes in the Black Forest (Germany)

Snowshoes in the Black Forest

Guided tour – Only carry a day pack with the necessary valuables
Germany
Level: Easy-Moderate
Season: Jan – Mar
Days: 7
Cost: from S$ 2330

In the heart of the Upper Black Forest, nestle in a large valley the beautiful farms of Bernau, not far from Freiburg am Breisgau, its beautiful capital, the rounded peaks of the massif: the Feldberg (1493 m, summit of the Black Forest), Schauinsland, Belchen …

Your holiday resort for this week: “Das Rössle”, a charming 3 *** hotel, completely renovated, family-run, solid and typical, which offers you a wellness area that you will love: swimming pool and saunas, with the possibility of treatments and optional massages. Last but not least, “das Rössle” is one of the best places to eat in the Black Forest!

Every day, we will go for a day trip, discovering high valleys, sometimes of a delicate charm, sometimes of a wild romanticism, lakes around which are profiled wooded chains and huddled clearings, spreading out on the surrounding slopes and peaks. Alternation of deep forests, valleys, glades, villages with old farms with roofs falling very low, give this landscape a very special charm. Snow, frost and ice then transform reality into a fairy tale setting.

A very lively country, warm and rich in traditions, the Black Forest offers an ideal profile for the practice of snowshoeing.

Highlights :

  • Accommodation in a very comfortable 3* hotel with a superb wellness area

  • Easy snowshoe hikes in a rich and varied environment

  • The richness of traditions and traditional habitat

Day 1 Arrival Bernau (D O/N Hotel 3*)  [2hrs, +/- 150m]
Our guide will meet you in front of Hinterzarten station at 5 p.m., and drive you to Bernau. Check in the rooms, presentation of the stay and first time spend in the wellness area. Diner & night in hotel 3*.

Day 2 Sägebachle valley (BLD O/N Hotel 3*) [4-5 hrs, +/-150m]
The route starts right in front of the hotel, and gently explores the pretty Sägebachle valley, over an easy terrain, to start your stay smoothly. We can stop at a small hut at noon, where they serve the traditional “wurst” and return to the hotel after a nice loop.

Day 3 Hof – Kornrütte (BLD O/N Hotel 3*) [4-5 hrs, +/-200m]
Walk towards Hof, another pretty Bernau hamlet with old traditional farms, and return to Bernau via the eastern foothills of Kornrütte, 1167 m.

Day 4 Krunkelbach hutte – Menzenschwand (BLD O/N Hotel 3*) [4.5-5 hrs, +/-300m]
Ascent to the isolated refuge of Krunkelbach next to the “milk mountain” the Milch Berg, and then descent to the village of Menzenschwand at the end of a beautiful very wild crossing which leads us to one of the most traditional villages from the Black Forest. Return by bus to Bernau.

Day 5 Herzogenhorn (BLD O/N Hotel 3*) [5 hrs, +/-500m]
A nice walk to reach the 2nd summit of the Black Forest, the Herzogenhorn, which rises to 1415 m. From there, you will have an exceptional panorama on the Bernese Alps on a clear day, and on… the Feldberg, summit of the massif. Then return to Bernau.

Day 6 Todtmoos valley – Bernau (BLD O/N Hotel 3*) [4-5 hrs, +100m, -250m]
Short transfer to the Rotes Kreuz pass, separating the Bernau valley from the Todtmoos valley. Beautiful walk on the heights towards the frozen waterfalls or the summit of Hochkopf. Then descend to Bernau to take advantage of the wellness area.

Day 7 Bernau (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Hinterzarten station.
End of our trip.

We may have to modify the indicated itinerary: either at the level of the organization (problem of overload of the accommodations, duplication of the groups, modification of the state of the ground, landslides, degraded trails, etc.), or directly because of the guide (weather, group level, etc.). These modifications are always made in your interest, for your safety and for a better comfort!

Size4 pax5 pax6 pax7 pax8 pax
Cost30502770257024302330

LAND Price includes

  • Accommodation
  • Full board Meals (Day 1 Dinner till Day 7 Breakfast)
  • Local mountain guid
  • Internal transfers to go to the beginning of the hikes
  • Rental of snowshoes, poles
  • Tourist taxes
  • Briefing before departure
  • 40% discount for winter gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • All  transfers except those mentioned in “includes”
  • Drinks 
  • Visits & Entrance fees
  • Personal gears
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Single supplement
  • Visa and Visa application fees
  • All those not mentioned in “the price includes”
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LEVEL
For average walker: 4hrs to 5hrs of hiking; from +150 to 500m of ascent. The mountainous areas do not represent any serious difficulty, but they remain really varied along the path.

LUGGAGE TRANSFER
You only carry a day pack for the day with the necessary valuables and gear for your hike and the packed lunch. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle.

TRANSFER
On D1 and D7, taxi transfers between Hinterzarten and Bernau. When the day’s ride does not start or finish to the hotel, we will take either local transport (easy and frequent) or taxi.

ACCOMMODATION
Hotel – Gasthaus *** “Das Rössle” in Bernau im Schwarzwald. It is our favorite hotel in the Black Forest!
Accommodation in a room for 2 (exceptionally 3). All the rooms are spacious, equipped with bathroom, TV and wifi.
The hotel, right in the center of the village, is ideally located in the heart of the Upper Black Forest.
This 3 * family hotel, founded by the Mäule family in 1919, has kept its typical and warm appearance, but has always remained at the top of the comfort level. All the rooms have been recently renovated and are particularly large, beautiful and cozy.
The wellness area is remarkable: very recent, large and bright, it offers:
– A large swimming pool of 6 x 12 m covered and heated to 29 ° C, with a rest area and large bay windows and view of nature
– Two saunas: a Finnish sauna, and a sauna with fragrant oils
– A hammam
– A large rest room with large bay windows and a view of nature
Access to the wellness area is included in the price.
Wellness area: you have free access to the heated indoor swimming pool and the brand new spa area: Finnish sauna, essence sauna and steam bath.

Accommodation in Germany
For the rooms of 2, there is rarely the same difference we are used to see between the double (large bed for 2) and the twin (2 separate beds): most often the bed consists of two 90 cm mattresses side by side but equipped. of individual sheets and duvets.
Hotel or Gasthof? Germans and Austrians themselves are often at a loss to explain the difference to you… The Gasthof is generally run by a family and has existed for several generations; it will often be more typical. The hotel is generally a more impersonal and newer establishment … which does not prevent the Gasthofs from regularly getting impressive facelifts! But this difference is especially valid in the big cities (we will have chain hotels, never chain gasthofs).

The term Gasthof is often translated as “inn”, which devalues the establishment. Thus, more and more of Gasthof, after a renovation, abandon the term Gasthof in favor of Hotel, more international. This is the case with our establishment: “Das Rössle”!

FOOD
The catering is outstanding at the hotel “Das Rössle”. If the dinners are excellent, breakfast is still our preference: it is beautiful, good, varied and in abundance. Plan a little time in the morning: it would be a shame to grab a cup of coffee on the go! As for the dining room, both modern and in the traditional style, in wood and light colors, it makes you want to take your time.
Picnics at noon or stop at a refuge.

GUIDE
Graduated mountain guide, specialised in snow-shoeing. English speaking guide.

GROUP
4 to 8 people.

Departure period
Jan – Mar

START / END
Start: Day 1 – At 5pm at the Hinterzarten train station. You will meet your guide. Then a short taxi transfer brings you to Bernau.

End: Day – around 10am at the Hinterzarten train station.

Equipment rental
Loan of snowshoes, poles

Snow
The snow cover in the mountains is sometimes uncertain. Above all, you are hikers, in the event of a lack of snow on certain parts of the route, we will still ensure the departure of our stays. Remember to bring walking shoes.

Extend your stay
You can extend your trip before or after the trek at Bernauon request.

DATES
At your convenience, Go with friends or family on the dates that suit you is possible from 4 people. When you book the tour please give us one or two other departure dates in case your 1st choice is not possible. Price may differ from the above cost.

Getting There

By train: Hinterzarten train station. German Railways website

IF YOU ARRIVE BY PLANE
Bale airport (Switzerland)
Zurich airport (Switzerland)
Stuttgart airport (Germany) Strasbourg airport (France)
Train from the airport to Hinterzarten.

In your luggage

Equipment

Snowshoe equipment
– Loose, comfortable and warm walking clothing, including comfortable Goretex or micropore-type pants (avoid jeans!), Jumpsuit or knickers, jogging, etc.
– A large wool sweater or a fleece
jacket – A Goretex jacket, or a windbreaker letting the sweat pass if possible, or an adapted anorak
– An overpants
– Two pairs of warm mittens or warm gloves
– A hat, a scarf
– A pair of gaiters
– Warm underwear (Merino Wool)
– warm socks

Shoes, poles and snowshoes
– A good pair of hiking shoes, not too flexible but warm and comfortable (no soft shoes like moon boots or sneakers), and waterproof
– We recommend the purchase of telescopic poles that will serve you both in winter for snowshoe hikes and summer for mountain hikes. It is better to take them in 3 telescopic parts rather than two, with a tungsten carbide tip, very hard and almost indestructible! (However we can lend you a pair)
– Snowshoes and poles are provided.

Against the sun
– Sunglasses (glacier type)
– Sunscreen (lips and skin)

For the midday picnic
– Bowl, plate or plastic box
– Cutlery (spoon, fork, knife)
– Thermos flask minimum 1 liter (or better 1.5l)

After the effort
– A camera with a protective cover against the cold
– A pair of jogging-style sneakers for the evening
– Change of clothes (outerwear, etc.), and personal linen
– Linen and toiletry bag, handkerchiefs and toilet paper. 

– A mini pharmacy kit with elastoplast, biogaze or “2nd skin”, gauze, disinfectant and aspirin in case of minor injuries!

Baggage

– A comfortable 40 to 50 liter backpack to carry your personal belongings.

For the Wellness area

– A swimsuit

– A towel