Breathtaking hike through ravines combined with cultural monuments of the Black Forest Highlands.
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The Black Forest Highlands Heritage Trail is an open-air museum with cultural monuments. The association Heimatpfad Hochschwarzwald e.V. endeavors to preserve old crafts and listed buildings. The Trail makes the roots of Black Forest's cultural history come alive and visible.
Important testimonies of rural life can be haunted here like a living display of local history. Every object of the Trail has a very special charisma. This alone is worth a visit. But beyond they give you plenty of reason to explore, discover and think.
Take a little detour to Hofgut Sternen and visit the chapel known as Oswaldkapelle!
Hofgut Sternen mit Glasbläserei Höllsteig 76, Breitnau Tel. 07652/ 9010
The tour starts at the Hinterzarten train station. Turn right onto Freiburger Straße and follow the millwheel symbol to Löffeltal. Walk along the Löffeltalweg beside the train tracks down to Klopfsäge. After reaching Klopfsäge, it’s only a few minutes to Hochgangsäge. Continue along the Rotbach creek to the Löffeltal exit at the B31. Cross the road to get to Hofgut Sternen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was once a guest at this farm estate. Be sure to visit the glassblower, the ropemaker, or take a tour of the historic tollhouse. The key to St.Oswaldkapelle − the oldest parish
chapel in the region − is available at the reception of the hotel. Behind Hofgut Sternen awaits us the highlight of the tour: the Ravenna Viaduct, an impressive stone arch construction. We go through the viaduct and continue uphill through the romantic Ravenna Gorge, past a small lake until you reach Großjockenmühle. At the next crossroads, we go right in the direction of Gasthaus Ketterer. There we have the possibility to take the direct way back to Hinterzarten via School Birklehof or to continue following the millwheel symbol. This way takes us over Rössleberg to an upland moor [Hochmoor]. To return we walk back towards the train station or, alternatively, towards Titisee and the Jockeleshofmühlensäge. The local history society [Heimatpfad Hochschwarzwald e.V.] helps to preserve traditional crafts & trades and historic landmarks.
We recommend sturdy shoes!
In the Ravenna gorge the path leads partly over bridges and steep stairs, which can be quite slippery depending on the weather.