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Klostersteig Kniebis trail with detour to the Ellbachseeblick viewing platform

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  • Der Forbach - Klostersteig Kniebis
    Der Forbach - Klostersteig Kniebis
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Fascinating hike along the premium trail Klostersteig, extended by a visit to the viewing platform Ellbachseeblick.
moderate
Distance 7.4 km
4:00 h
164 m
164 m
927 m
830 m
The Klostersteig trail is a mirror of the history of Kniebis. On narrow paths, you'll see historic locations and experience unspoilt nature just as it was at the time of the abbey's original residents. This diverse trail takes you through thick forest, sunlit clearings, babbling brooks and wildflower meadows.

A detour will take you to the nearby Ellbachseeblick observation deck with views over the Ellbachsee lake and Mitteltal towards the Hornisgrinde, the northern Black Forest's highest peak.

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Tea time with traditional Black Forest cake in the Café Günter
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Freudenstadt Tourismus 
Update: May 10, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
927 m
Lowest point
830 m
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Rest stops

Hotel Café Günter
Avia-Retro-Tankstelle
Hotel Restaurant Kniebishöhe

Safety information

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

Start

Kniebis Klostergrund: next to the ruined monastery (863 m)
Coordinates:
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48.471933, 8.311164
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48°28'19.0"N 8°18'40.2"E
UTM
32U 449086 5368984
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Destination

Kniebis Klostergrund: next to the ruined monastery

Turn-by-turn directions

From the abbey ruins you ascend via the Feuerwehrwegle path to the Speichersee lake and Rossbrunnen spring (detour to Ellbachseeblick viewing platform). Past the Alter Gleisweg track, which dates from the Zähring era, through forest and meadows with wonderful views over the village of Kniebis, and through the Abendwiese clearing, you reach the Platz der Besinnung (Place of Contemplation) before descending into the Forbachtal. The idyllic trail then leads you along the Forbach river, past former mills and back to the start.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus line 7266 and 12 from the central bus station Freudenstadt (Monday to Friday), bus line F2 and F13 (on weekends and holidays). Timetable: www.efa-bw.de

Getting there

follow the B28 from Freudenstadt direction Straßburg and take the exit to Kniebis-Dorf (Alte Pass-Straße). Turn right into Baiersbronner Straße, the parking is on the right side.

Walk back to Alte-Pass-Straße, the ruined monastery is on the opposite side of the street.

Parking

Car Park Schulplatz, Baiersbronner Straße, 72250 Freudenstadt-Kniebis

Coordinates

DD
48.471933, 8.311164
DMS
48°28'19.0"N 8°18'40.2"E
UTM
32U 449086 5368984
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Rugged footwear is recommended.

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Rating

3.9
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Dina
November 22, 2020 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Runde. Angenehm zu laufen.
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Sonntag, 22. November 2020 17:00:40
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Sonntag, 22. November 2020 17:01:04
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o hue
August 21, 2020 · Community
viel zu viele Streckenteile entlang einer viel befahrenen Bundesstraße
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Björn Jochum
October 02, 2019 · Community
Klasse weg, ideal auch für Familien
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.4 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
164 m
Descent
164 m
Highest point
927 m
Lowest point
830 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Cultural/historical interest Refreshment stops available

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