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Westweg: stage 03 (Forbach - Unterstmatt)

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300 600 900 1200 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Forbach Holzbrücke Das Waldhaus Ferienwohnung Sonnenblick Hotel am Mühlbach Schwarzenbach-Talsperre Erster Blick auf Schwarzenbachtalsperre Herrenwieser See Bussemer-Stein Naturfreundehaus "Badener Höhe" Hochkopf

The Black Forest’s main ridge is calling! The Westweg’s third stage pushes forward into the highest regions of the Northern Black Forest. The climate becomes noticeably harsher, the mountains steeper, and the trails more challenging.

19.6 km
6:00 h
1079 m
459 m

From the historic wooden bridge over the Murg river, the Westweg runs straight through Forbach’s old town. Passing the chapel Maria-Hilf-Kapelle, it ascends up through one of the romantically still valleys with hay-drying huts. The first ascent is over 450 meters and leads to Wegscheid; a bit rough on the legs early in the morning. The soft descent down into the Schwarzenbach valley dam gives the calves an opportunity to relax. The valley dam, with the largest lake in the Northern Black Forest, feeds the Forbach pumped storage power plant, whose powerful compression lines are just a short distance away from the Westweg via a small detour down into Murgtal valley. The long ascent out of Murgtal valley adds another 350 meters to the climb up to the first thousand-meter mountain in the Northern Black Forest. The steep, rocky trail up to Seekopf (1,001m) passes the calm lake Herrenwieser See, whose 170-meter high bowled rock wall, which is the highest in the Northern Black Forest. At the memorial rock for Philipp Bussemer, one of the two pioneers of the Black Forest Association the first time the Westweg was marked, you’ll find a small, quiet, inviting bank for taking a break under the rhododendrons. Just one meter higher, you’ll find Badener Höhe (1,002m) and the Friedrichsturm Tower, visible from a considerable distance. At Sand, the Westweg meets with Schwarzwaldhochstrasse trail, which it follows until the Hundseck lift. One final ascent brings hikers to Hochkopf, the first peak on the Westweg in the Grinden area. The trail leads through a rustic highmoor landscape down to Unterstmatt.

Author’s recommendation

Gertelbach falls are among the highest waterfalls in Germany and can be reached on a detour from Sand via the Wiedenfelsen cliffs, which stand tower-like over Bühlertal valley. Don’t hesitate to climb all the way up and then down to the foot of the waterfalls, for they are best appreciated from below. Above the waterfall, there is a marked trail that leads directly to the Hundseck lift. User
Sascha Hotz
Updated: January 24, 2020

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
1037 m
Lowest point
283 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Naturfreundehaus "Badener Höhe"


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Public transport

To Forbach: From Baiersbronn (30 min, 1x per hour), Freudenstadt (45 min, 1x per hr) or Karlsruhe (ca. 1 hr., 1-2x per hr).

From Unterstmatt: take bus 245 to Baden-Baden train station (ca. 50 min, ca. 1x per hour).

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Speziell zum Westweg gibt es eine wasser- und reißfeste Karte im Maßstab 1:50 000 für EUR 6,95 zzgl. Versand. Sie ist erhältlich bei der Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH, dem Schwarzwaldverein oder im Buchhandel. Alternativ gibt es im selben Maßstab ein Kartenset beim Schwarzwaldverein ( Einen Hikeline-Wanderführer zum Westweg ist beim Verlag Esterbauer erhältlich (

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Sven Scheffel
December 20, 2019 · Community
Gestern bin ich die Tour mit meinem Hund gegangen und ich muss sagen, sie ist wirklich sehr schön. Wir haben die Tour etwas verlängert, indem wir noch über die Hornisgrinde bis zum Mummelsee gelaufen sind. Von dort ging es dann mit dem Bus zurück nach Forbach.
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Done at December 19, 2019
Johannes Keller 
July 28, 2019 · Community
Done at November 20, 2017
June 01, 2019 · Community
Heute die schöne Etappe erledigt. Der erste Anstieg ist schon eine Hausnummer ;-) aber zu schaffen. Wunderschöne Fernblicke ins Rheintal rüber in die Vogesen.
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Done at June 01, 2019
Forbach- Holzbrücke
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19.6 km
6:00 h
1079 m
459 m
In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights


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