37.3 KM I ALTITUDE 144 METRES I DURATION 3 HOURS I Level of difficulty Easy
Walkers setting off on this certified loop can expect plenty of unforgettable panoramic views of the Black Forest and Rhine Valley. Just some of the many highlights include the “Großes Loch” Natural Monument and the wild and romantic landscape of the Northern Black Forest, which is the perfect setting for a thoroughly enjoyable walking experience.
STARTING POINT AND HOW TO GET THERE
THINGS TO SEE
PLACES TO STOP
- Teufelsmühle Mountain, Hahnenfalzhütte restaurant, Skiheim Talwiesenschänke restaurant
The “Long Route around Teufelsmühle Mountain” – known as a premium route of dreams – is the perfect loop for anyone used to setting off on active holidays. You will cover 15.5 kilometres and climb to an altitude of some 620 metres, having the opportunity to look out into the distance across the unspoilt landscape of the Black Forest from the small mountain called Teufelsmühle. There is no end of incredible sights along the way, such as the “Großes Loch”, a natural monument, and the Teufelskammer, which are cavernous erosions in the scree sandstone formation in the medium red sandstone.
Description of the route: Head through the archway next to the Touristik (Tourist Information Office) to get to the Ruine des Zisterzienserklosters (Ruins of the Cistercian Monastery) and its miraculous pine tree on the entrance hall archway. Keep walking past the Klosterscheuer restaurant on the Quellenerlebnispfad (Spring Adventure Path). Here you need to start following the little blue dragonfly called “Quelli” as you head towards the Albtalweg (Alb Valley Path). This will take you to the Albtaljagdhaus cabin, where you need to take a right turn in the direction of the Rißwasenhütte cabin. Follow the signs for the “Einstieg Großes Loch” (“Großes Loch Entrance”) until you arrive there. The “Große Loch” is a natural wooded ravine that has been there for around 200 million years and has come to be a natural monument. From here, proceed to the legendary Teufelsmühle Mountain (908 metres), which is the perfect place to stop for a longer break and take in the magnificent view. Heading towards the Steinerne Sitzbank (Stone Bench) and Hahnenfalzhütte restaurant, follow Brudesweg to Axtloh and then on to Obere Gaistal, where the Skiheim Talwiesenschänke restaurant offers another excellent opportunity to have a rest. When you are ready to get going again, bear left in the direction of the valley meadow and head to the Hirschwinkelhütte cabin. Take the Schanzweg Path through the shady forest and you will eventually come to a BBQ area. Keep going all the way down to Bad Herrenalb and back to where the route started.
Recommended walking routes nearby:
“Rundweg über den Quellenerlebnispfad und Wurstberg” (Loop via the Spring Adventure Path and Wurstberg)
“Quellenerlebnispfad” (Spring Adventure Path)
“Vom Gaistal zur Teufelsmühle” (From Gaistal to Teufelsmühle)
Information on (walking) maps for further afield:
Kartografie F. Ruppenthal GmbH: Wanderparadies Albtal (Alb Valley Walkers’ Paradise). (Available from the Tourist Information Office in Bad Herrenalb)
Kompass: Schwarzwald Nord - Wandern, Fahrradfahren (Northern Black Forest – Walking, Cycling). ISBN: 978-3-85026-654-3
LGL: Oberes Enztal (Upper Enz Valley). ISBN: 978-3-89021-737-6
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