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Ottenhöfen in the Black Forest - Karlsruher Grat gourmet trail (OFFICIAL ROUTE)

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  • Karlsruhe Ridge
    Karlsruhe Ridge
    Photo: Melanie Steinlein, Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald - Achertal
m 1000 800 600 400 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Bosensteiner Eck Getränkestation im Gottschlägtal Brennte Schrofen Abzw. Karlsruher Grat Edelfrauengrab-Wasserfälle Hubersloch

A pure landscape and sensory experience: enjoy the rushing water and gorge romance in the fabulous Edelfrauengrab waterfalls, the adrenaline kick and alpine feelings when climbing the Karlsruhe Ridge, as well as numerous beautiful panoramic views, forests and mountain meadows along the way.


Distance 12.6 km
4:25 h
664 m
664 m
822 m
296 m

From the "Bahnhof/Kurpark" the hiking trail leads past the Catholic church on a small path over the "Hildahain" and joins Markgraf-Bernhard-Straße, which you follow to the right until the end. A narrow path leads over serpentines through the forest to a clearing above the village. Here, a bench with a beautiful view of the opposite side of the valley and the Hornisgrinde invites you to linger. Continue on a natural path through the forest over the "Eichkopf". There you will reach the "Sausteig" drinks station. The rest area invites you to take a first break. Enjoy a cool drink at the drinks fountain.
On arriving at the Eichkopf hut, the trail leads via the Blöchereckstraße to the "Holderbrünnele"and in narrow serpentines downhill to the entrance to the Edelfrauengrab waterfalls.


After just a few metres you reach the lower waterfalls with the so-called "Edelfrauengrab", a natural scouring cave. In this section, the Gottschlägbach forms several waterfalls up to eight metres high and overcomes a height difference of more than 100 m in a short distance. The trail leads along the stream, through the nature reserve to the "Romantische Brückle". As it continues, the valley widens and you finally reach the beverage fountain in the upper "Gottschlägtal" after approx. 2 km, where a steadily ascending path branches off to the left in the direction of Herrenschrofen/Karlsruher Grat.

From the Herrenschrofen rock pulpit, you have an interesting view of the deep valley incision of the Gottschlägtal. Now it is only a few steps to the via ferrata on the Karlsruher Grat. Once there, there are two options:

a) via the via ferrata to the Bosensteiner Eck.

b) the bypass via the Dreierschrofen to the Bosensteiner Eck. This is signposted with the Genießerpfad trail markings.

From "Bosensteiner Eck" the trail leads along extensive pastures to Brennte Schrofen. Here, a refuge built by the forest owner invites you to rest and linger. The lookout rock in front of it offers magnificent views of the town of Ottenhöfen in the Black Forest and its numerous side valleys. Continue to the "Wachholderberg" where you turn left and hike through a coniferous forest to the idyllic Flautzbach. Along the Flautzbach valley, with moss-covered old stone walls, you continue towards Hubersloch. On the way there, you can make a small detour to the Bromberg drinks station. Enjoy the wonderful view into the side valley. Before you continue on the connoisseur's path to the "Hubersloch". Here you leave the forest and Ottenhöfen with its picturesque side valleys stretches out before you. Before you continue along a meadow path, the so-called "Briefträgerweg" to the Bromberg. From here you have another beautiful view of Ottenhöfen in the Black Forest, a rotating sky lounger invites you to linger. Continue to follow the markings until you reach the road again. The trail leads a few metres downhill on the road to the signpost location "Bromberg". There you turn right. The hiking trail continues to the "Hotel Sternen" at the entrance to the village ("Hagenbruck"). After crossing Edelfrauengrabstraße and the bridge of the Gottschlägbach stream, you will come to Theresienweg. There you can visit the "Evangelical Church", which was built in the style of a Norwegian stave church. Opposite is the Historic Hammersmithy from the 18th century. The Hammerschmiede is idyllically situated on the Acher. Walk along Albert-Köhler Strasse back to the "Bahnhof/Kurpark".


P1 Railway station/Bürgerhaus
P3 Protestant church/cemetery
P4 Natural adventure pool
P5 Black Forest hall
Directions are signposted


Restaurants directly on the Karlsruher Grat gourmet trail:

Hotel Pflug, Allerheiligenstr. 1, 77883 Ottenhöfen im Schwarzwald
Tel.: 07842 / 99420 (closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)

Hotel-Restaurant Café Sternen, Hagenbruck 6, 77883 Ottenhöfen im Schwarzwald
Tel.: 07842 / 94960 (Monday day off)

Gasthaus Kreuz, Hagenbruck 1, 77883 Ottenhöfen im Schwarzwald
Tel.: 07842 / 60331


For the current opening hours, please refer directly to the homepage of the respective establishment


About a short detour from the Bosensteiner Eck you will find 's'alte Lifthisli' at the Kernhof and the Almpfadhüttle at the Fuchsmichelhof. The self-service huts offer chilled drinks, noble brandies and small snacks.

Author’s recommendation

Take a look along the way at the hammer mill and the Lutheran church, built in the style of a Norwegian stave church and unique here in the area.

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Tourist-Info Ottenhöfen
Update: January 05, 2023
Highest point
822 m
Lowest point
296 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

A head for heights, surefootedness and good shoes are prerequisites for the via ferrata on the Karlsruher Grat. A diversion around the via ferrata is signposted.

Tips and hints


Ottenhöfen spa garden/railway station (295 m)
48.567195, 8.151356
48°34'01.9"N 8°09'04.9"E
32U 437392 5379692


Ottenhöfen spa garden/railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

Signpost locations/marker points:

Bahnhof/Kurgarten Ottenhöfen - Catholic Church - Hildahain - Mariengrotte - Am Eichkopf - Holderbrünnele - Edelfrauengrab waterfalls - Gottschlägtal - Eichhald- Herrenschrofen - Am Karlsruher Grat (climbing section; the same can be bypassed via location Dreierschrofen) - Bosensteiner Eck - Rasthaus Bosenstein - Brennte Schrofen - Wachholderberg- Hubersloch-Briefträgerweg - Bromberg - Hagenbruck - Protestant Church - Hildahain - Catholic Church - Ottenhöfen railway station/spa garden.


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Public transport


Achertalbahn from Achern to Ottenhöfen

Getting there

L87 to Ottenhöfen town centre or by train/bus to Ottenhöfen railway station.


at the railway station/Bürgerhaus


48.567195, 8.151356
48°34'01.9"N 8°09'04.9"E
32U 437392 5379692
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

The flyer Genießerpfad Karlsruher Grat is available at the Tourist Information.


Good shoes recommended


Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language

Questions and answers

Question from M P  · March 15, 2022 · Community
Ist es möglich diese Strecke mit Hund zu machen?
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Answered by Christiane Rebhan · March 15, 2022 · Community
Also bei den Kletterpartien am Grat haben wir schon Hände und Füße gebraucht. Wenn man diese Stelle umgeht (ausgeschildert) geht es mit Hund. Ist aber dann nicht der originale Gratweg.
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Question from Roeckel Nathalie · February 08, 2022 · Community
Est ce que l’application peut être en français?
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Answered by Andreas Huber  · February 08, 2022 · Community
Ja, die App kann man auf französisch einstellen.
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Alois X
November 11, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? November 07, 2022
Jan Erik Sommer
June 20, 2022 · Community
Bislang der schönste Genießerpfad von allen. Selbst bei über 30°C ist der Aufstieg am Bach entlang regelrecht kühl. Außerdem wartet oben eine Erfrischungsstation von insgesamt 3. Kleingeld mitnehmen. Getränke kosten zwischen 1,50 und 2,50€. 1. Die Strecke am Bach entlang ist romantisch und wunderschön 2. Der Karlsruher Grad ist alpin! Wenn ihr ausprobieren wollt ob jemand bergtauglich ist, ist dies der richtige Ort. Alle Schwierigkeiten lassen sich leicht umgehen. 3. Abstieg zurück nach Ottenhöfen ist nett. 4. Wir haben am Freibad geparkt. Das war eine sehr willkommene Abkühlung nach der Wanderung
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When did you do this route? June 18, 2022
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4:25 h
664 m
664 m
Highest point
822 m
Lowest point
296 m
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