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The border trail "Grenzweg" to Kniebis

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  • historischer Grenzstein am Auerhahnköpfle
    historischer Grenzstein am Auerhahnköpfle
    Photo: Isabel Blüher, Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald - Freudenstadt
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Hiking tour along the "Mittelweg" trail from Freudenstadt to Zwieselberg. From there, the "Grenzweg" trail, a narrow footpath, leads through untouched nature to the village of Kniebis. Visit the ruined monastery and the viewing platform “Ellbachseeblick” before taking the bus back to Freudenstadt. 
moderate
Distance 15.4 km
4:18 h
348 m
143 m
938 m
716 m
This tour combines magnificent natural experiences and breathtakingly clear views with a touch of history. You walk along the historic border trail (“Grenzweg”), the former border between Baden and Wurttemberg with old boundary stones, to Kniebis. There you can discover the ruined 13th century monastery. At the viewpoint “Ellbachseeblick” you can look even further back into the past down to the idyllic glacial lake “Ellbachsee”. It was formed during the last Ice Age and still enchants its visitors today.
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Freudenstadt Tourismus 
Update: March 31, 2021
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moderate
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Highest point
938 m
Lowest point
716 m
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Track types

Asphalt 4.17%Dirt road 28.13%Nature trail 33.48%Path 33.44%Road 0.52%Unknown 0.24%
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0.6 km
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4.3 km
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5.2 km
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5.2 km
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0.1 km
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Rest stops

Kniebishütte
Hotel Cafè Günter
Waldcafé
Avia-Retro-Tankstelle
Hotel Restaurant Kniebishöhe

Safety information

Be careful, the footpaths are slippery when wet. No accessibility in case of snow.

Tips and hints

Informationen zur einheitlichen Wegebeschilderung im Schwarzwald siehe http://www.schwarzwaldverein.de/wege/wegenetz/seite01.html. Die Beschilderung besteht aus Hauptwegweisern mit Standortangabe und verschiedenen Zielen mit Entfernungsangabe sowie verschiedenfarbigen Rauten, die den Wanderer von einem Schilderstandort zum nächsten leiten (örtliche Wanderwege = gelbe Raute / regionale Wanderwege = blaue Raute / Fernwanderwege & Themenwege = eigene Raute oder Toursymbol pro Weg).

Start

Tourist-Information Freudenstadt, Marktplatz 64 (730 m)
Coordinates:
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48.463845, 8.411391
DMS
48°27'49.8"N 8°24'41.0"E
UTM
32U 456487 5368024
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Destination

Besucherzentrum Kniebis, Straßburger Str. 349

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the “Mittelweg“ trail (red diamond with white stripe) towards Zwieselberg: across the “Loßburger Straße“ and the Lower Market Square, passing to the right of the town church “Stadtkirche“ through the alleyway. Cross the “Schickhardt-, Alfred-, Gärtner- and Rappenstraße and follow the “Wölperwiesenweg” out of town.

Over the footbridge (signpost Bässler Brücke, at the Teuchelwald Car Park), turn right into the “Teuchelweg” trail and walk past the Waldcafe and the Agnesruhe shelter to Eiserne Hand. Via Schwenke and Fliegerstein head further towards Zwieselberg and at Finsterteich walk left downhill into the valley of the “Kleine Kinzig” river (signpost Frauenteich). At "Kinziglehütte" cross the footbridge Kinzigbrückle and walk uphill on a narrow path via Staig and Pfaffenwald to Zwieselberg /Hirsch.

Across the road begins the border trail (“Grenzweg”, follow the blue diamond) to Zwieselberger Eck. Along the way, at intervals of 100 m, you can see old boundary stones, some with well-preserved coats of arms. 800 m after the signpost Buchwaldhöhe, turn left on the forestry trail for about 200 m to the signpost Spindelhau. From there, follow the footpath to the left towards Auerhahnköpfle, where the Grenzweg branches off to the right to Mooswiese.

Now leave the Grenzweg and follow the yellow diamond to the right to the Abendwieshütte shelter with its barbecue area and continue via the footbridge (Fußgängerbrücke) to the ruined monastery in Kniebis-Dorf. After a short climb on the “Kohlwaldweg”, the hiking trail turns left leading to the Parkplatz Kohlwald and continues to the Ellbachseeblick (blue diamond). From the viewing platform, you can enjoy the fantastic view over the “Ellbachsee” lake and the village of Mitteltal to the “Hornisgrinde”, the highest mountain in the Northern Black Forest (1,164 m).

Passing Rankweg, Muckenloch and Stadion you arrive at the visitor centre, where the tour ends. From the bus stop “Skistadion” you can take the bus back to Freudenstadt.

 

(The words printed in bold are the names of the signposts.)

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Freudenstadt is easy to reach by public transport:

* train from Karlsruhe to Freudenstadt Stadtbahnhof (hourly intervals)

* train from Offenburg and Stuttgart (change at main station/Hauptbahnhof to city station/Stadtbahnhof).

* different busses from the surrounding villages to Marktplatz or central bus stop/ZOB next to the city station/Stadtbahnhof

From Stadtbahnhof/ZOB it is approx. 500 m to the starting point at the Tourist information office (in the middle of the market square).

 

=> Return from Kniebis to Freudenstadt ZOB by bus (Mon-Fri busses no. 12 + 7266, weekend/bank holidays busses no. F2 + F13)

timetable: www.efa-bw.de

Getting there

A81: exit Horb + B32 + B28 to Freudenstadt

A5: from the north: exit Rastatt + B462 to Freudenstadt

A5: from the south: exit Baden-Baden + B500 or exit Appenweier + B28 to Freudenstadt.

The tourist information office is directly in the centre - in the middle of the market square.

Parking

Underground Car Park "Tiefgarage Marktplatz"

Coordinates

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48.463845, 8.411391
DMS
48°27'49.8"N 8°24'41.0"E
UTM
32U 456487 5368024
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

hiking map "WanderWelten" (Freudenstadt / Loßburg mit Alpirsbach, Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach, Baiersbronn), 1:25.000, digitale Kartografie F. Ruppenthal GmbH Karlsruhe, € 5,90 (€ 5,50 with guest card)

Equipment

Rugged footwear is recommended.

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Ralf Stammer 
July 26, 2022 · Community
Wunderschöne Waldwege, etwas Geschichte, tolle Aussicht und leckere Einkehr
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When did you do this route? July 26, 2022

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.4 km
Duration
4:18 h
Ascent
348 m
Descent
143 m
Highest point
938 m
Lowest point
716 m
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