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Long distance hiking trail recommended route Stage 1

Westweg-Etappe 01: Pforzheim - Dobel

· 7 reviews · Long distance hiking trail · Schwarzwald
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You’ll find the “Golden City” of Pforzheim at the confluence of the three Black Forest rivers Enz, Nagold, and Würm. The former residence of Baden’s margraves and the birthplace of the humanist Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1552), today it is the center of German jewelry and watchmaking industries. The Black Forest’s three best known highland hiking trails begin at Kupferhammer. They are the Westweg, the Mittelweg, and the Ostweg.
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Distance 26.5 km
7:00 h
732 m
288 m
709 m
254 m
Kupferhammer, the confluence of the Nagold and Würm rivers, is where the Black Forest Association’s three big trails begin. Those who do not wish to arrive there by bus hike from Pforzheim’s train station through heart of the city, crossing the Enz River and following the Nagold River up through the valley through the Stadtgarten park to the trail sign and the “Golden Gate” at the start of the three long trails.Westweg and Mittelweg remain close to the Nagold, while the Ostweg makes its own way off into the Würmtal valley right from the start. Once at the Hoheneck ruins, the red diamonds lead to the right over Hämmerlesberg down to Dillweißenstein. After the Nagoldbrücke bridge, the trail runs over Sonnenberg back into Enztal valley and follows the rushing river from Unterer Enzsteg down into Enztal valley. At Grösselbachfurt, there are sturdy stepping stones to assist in crossing the brook. The Neues Schloss sits enthroned upon a stately hill, high above the former mining town of Neuenbürg. It houses a branch of the Baden State Museum, showing scenes from the popular Black Forest fairytale “The Cold Heart” by Wilhelm Hauff.Down in Neuenbürg’s old town, hikers pass over the bridge and up the Enz’s steep undercut slope to the district of Wilhelmshöhe. After a brief pass through the forest, there is a path along the edge of the woods above Straubenhardt. From the Schwanner Warte wooden tower, the view sweeps all the way to the Rhine and the Palatinate Forest. Then the Westweg absconds into the dark fir woods of the Northern Black Forest. Behind the impressive Großer Volzemer Stein rock formation, it reaches the spa resort Dobel.

Author’s recommendation

Those who have the pleasure of being in the Jewelry and Design City of Pforzheim should visit at least one of the two jewelry exhibitions. The same also applies, of course, for the museum at the palace in Neuenbürg. Wilhelm Hauff’s Black Forest saga “The Cold Heart” is the ideal way to get into the mood for the upcoming days of hiking.
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Update: August 17, 2022
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709 m
Lowest point
254 m
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Asphalt 17.74%Dirt road 37.84%Forested/wild trail 31.54%Path 8.30%Road 4.55%
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4.7 km
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10 km
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8.3 km
Path
2.2 km
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1.2 km
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Pforzheim Kupferhammer (254 m)
Coordinates:
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48.877813, 8.699081
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48°52'40.1"N 8°41'56.7"E
UTM
32U 477936 5413916
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Destination

Dobel

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Public transport

From Dobel:  Bus 716 to Pforzheim (ca. 45 min, 1x per hour) or bus 719 to Neuenbürg and from there, on S6 to Pforzheim. Or on Bus 716 to Bad Herrenalb (ca. 20min, every 1-2 hours), from there, on the S-Bahn light rail to Karlsruhe train station.

Coordinates

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48.877813, 8.699081
DMS
48°52'40.1"N 8°41'56.7"E
UTM
32U 477936 5413916
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4.6
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Sigrid Böhringer
July 16, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? July 13, 2020
Johannes Keller 
July 28, 2019 · Community
Der Start ist verglichen mit den folgenden Westweg-Etappen verhältnismäßig etwas weniger schön und verläuft sehr viel auf Teerwegen.
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When did you do this route? September 30, 2017
Andy
April 03, 2019 · Community
Haben am Samstag den Westweg begonnen. Mal schauen wie weit wir dieses Jahr kommen. ;-) Die Tour selber ist super. Sind auf den Rest gespannt.
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When did you do this route? March 30, 2019
Der Start
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Enzweg
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Schloss Neuenbürg
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Schwanner Warte
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Volzemer Steine
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difficult
Distance
26.5 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
732 m
Descent
288 m
Highest point
709 m
Lowest point
254 m
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