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Westweg: stage 08 (Wilhelmshöhe/Schonach - Kalte Herberge)

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The gently undulating, broad ridge between Rohrhardsberg and Brend, and further on to lake Titisee constitutes one of the most dominant highland sections of the Central Black Forest. It is also the watershed between the Rhine and Danbue. While the heights rise softly from the east, the west flanks are torn down abruptly and wildly into the deep valley Simonswäldertal, delivery amazing views, especially at Brend.

22.4 km
6:30 h
479 m
426 m

At Wilhelmshöhe, hikers pass through the powerful boulder portal. Passing the Wolfbauernhof farm with the Longinuskreuz cross, the Westweg takes hikers to the lake Blindensee. Early morning on the Bohlenpfad trail through the highmoor is a particularly beautiful experience, when the first rays of sunlight shine upon the night’s dew, still hanging on the cotton grass and on the branches of the mountain pine. Behind Weißenbacher Höhe, the trail moves through a slight dip in Elztal valley over to the main ridge between the Danube and the Rhine. Passing by the Elz river’s small source, hikers reach a river source that is rather historically significant at the Martinskapelle chapel. This is where the Breg river originates under a cliff. It goes on to unite with the Brigach near Donaueschingen to from the Danube. The brief detour to the Breg’s source is a must-see for every Westweg hiker! Back on the trail, the Günterfelsen cliffs represent the next destination and are found right on the path. These powerful granite cliffs are hidden in the middle of the forest. While there is no view from here, there is one on the nearby outlook tower at Brend (1,149m). Hikers will find an exciting preview of the upcoming stages by taking a look to the west to Kandel and to the south to Feldberg. On particularly clear days, hikers can even see nearly the entire western range of the Alps from Zugspitze to Mont Blanc. The Westweg continues to follow the watershed to Neweck, providing plenty of variety between forest and meadows. This is where hikers meet the southern section of the B 500, which – like the Westweg – crosses the Black Forest from north to south. The two trails remain close to one another and cross paths several times, leading past Hohles Bildstöckle to Kalte Herberge hostel.

Author’s recommendation

The section in the direct vicinity of the B 500 can be circumvented by leaving the Westweg between Brend and Neueck to descend into the truly wild Wilde Gutach valley, die Teichbachschlucht durchwandert, visiting Bazler Herrgott on the following day and returning to the Westweg again at Lachenhäusle. User
Sascha Hotz
Updated: January 29, 2020

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Highest point
1148 m
Lowest point
965 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Hotel-Restaurant Goldener Rabe
Gasthaus-Pension Wilhelmshöhe
Höhengasthaus Restaurant Kolmenhof an der Donauquelle
Höhengasthaus Kalte Herberge


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Public transport

To Wilhelmshöhe: from Freiburg, take train to Elzach (37 min), from there, take Bus 7274 to Wilhelmshöhe (Sa + Su: 4x daily, ca. 32 min); from Offenburg train station, take train to Triberg (ca. 40 min), from there, take bus to Wilhelmshöhe (Sa + Su: 4x daily, 16 min).

From Kalte Herberge: no connections.

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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Johannes Keller 
July 28, 2019 · Community
Done at July 25, 2019
Cordula Braedel-Kühner 
August 08, 2017 · Community
Dienstag, 8. August 2017, 12:53 Uhr
Photo: Cordula Braedel-Kühner, Community
Photo: Cordula Braedel-Kühner, Community
Dienstag, 8. August 2017, 12:54 Uhr
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22.4 km
6:30 h
479 m
426 m
In and out Multi-stage tour Scenic With refreshment stops Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights


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