A change of scenery toay as you leave the Gorges behind and walk through open fields and valleys. Toay has two long but moderate ascents. Just before the end of today's stage, you'll reach the beautiful Windberg waterfall. Soon, St. Blasien's Cathedral comes into view.
Today the trail leaves behind the gorges of the last few days and the path and views begin to widen. You’ll catch glimpses of the summit of Bildstein; a prominent local peak. On a clear day, you’ll also be able to see the Swiss Alps in the distance.
Arriving at Schluchsee, a beautiful resevoir lake located at 930m above sea level, enjoy a slice of deliciously rich Black Forest gateau at one of the cafés located on the lakeside.
Back on the trail, the section before St. Blasien is arguably one of the most picturesque with views of green valleys and traditional Black Forest houses dotted around the landscape. Arriving at St. Blasien, visit the cathedral of the same name, undoubtedly the cultural highlight of the trail.
Just after Krummenhof at Schluchsee you will start to ascend a hill. Approximately mid-way there is a perfect rest stop with winderful views down to the lake.
Also not to be missed is the viewpoint from Beilstein which offers unbelievable views to Feldberg, over Schluchsee and for the first time to the Swiss Alps.
Take care on narrow sections of the path, especially in wet conditions, or in autumn when there are many leaves on the ground. These can become very slippery!
Food available in Fischbach, Seglerhof, Unterkrummen and St. Blasien. Be sure to take a packed lunch and/or snacks, aswell as enough water for the day as there may not always be an appropriate refill point throughout the walk. We recommend carrying at least 2 litres of water per person each day, even more on long or particularly long days.
Points of Interest
Schluchsee, or Schluch lake, is located at 930m above sea-level, is 7,3km long, 1,4 km wide and its deepest point is 62 metres. It is popular with locals and is used for swimming, sailing and divers. The surrounds are also very popular with hikers, and there are several trails in the area.
St. Blasien Dom
St. Blasien Dom, or cathedral, is not to be missed. The early classical cupola is the largest of its kind north of the Alps. It is 36 metres wide and 62 metres high. The inside of the building is also significant for its religious and art history. Visits possible.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: WSGBFGT