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The Himmelssteig in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach

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  • Rast am Holchenwasserfall
    Rast am Holchenwasserfall
    Photo: David Lohmüller, Premiumwanderort Bad Peterstal-Griesbach/Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald
Challenging and with good views – these are the key features of the 11 kilometre long hiking trail called Himmelssteig. Be ready to experience an interplay of moss, roots and trees right as you walk through thick fir and mixed forests.
Distance 10.8 km
5:00 h
414 m
414 m
712 m
426 m
As you enter the forest on this 11 km trail, take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air. For the next 3 kilometres the track ascends through a mix of evergreen and deciduous forest. Rising from 433 to 657 metres. From here you will get your first view of the beautiful upper Rench valley. Take a break on our relaxing “Himmelsbank” (Sky view bench). This impressive bench is 22.5 metres long. As the track continues it winds through meadows with wide open vistas of the idyllic mountains before returning to the forest. At the halfway point you will encounter the romantic Holchen waterfall. Here you can enjoy a refreshing drink from our fountain. Now you will ascend steeply to the Himmelsfels where you can soak up the valley views. Follow the path for another 5 km as it winds through meadows and forest of beech and silver fir trees. Listen out for the rushing water of nearby streams until you reach the end of the Himmelssteig.

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Specials: Holchenwasserfall, Vivarium, 22,5 metres long white fir bench, drinking fountain, Himmelsfelsen 
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Petra Boschert
Update: June 02, 2023
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
Palmspring, 712 m
Lowest point
starting point, 426 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 0.86%Dirt road 11.30%Forested/wild trail 52.23%Path 35.58%
0.1 km
Dirt road
1.2 km
Forested/wild trail
5.6 km
3.8 km
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Rest stops

Heated Outdoor Pool in Bad Peterstal

Safety information

Important Note:

As every year our 3 premium hiking trails “Himmelssteig”, “Schwarzwaldsteig” and “Wiesensteig” are taking a winter break until the beginning of April!

In the winter months the hiking trails are recovering. During this time the trails won’t get cleared from snow – the water passages can be slippery and there are owners of forests which are doing work inside the woods too. We would like to remind you to avoid all trails included in the “Schwarzwälder Wandersinphonie” during this period.

Thank you for your understanding!

Tips and hints

Tour information as well as Maps are obtainable at the Tourist-Information Bad Peterstal 


Parking lot above the open air swimming pool Bad Peterstal (426 m)
48.425856, 8.210709
48°25'33.1"N 8°12'38.6"E
32U 441608 5363935


Parking lot above the open air swimming pool Bad Peterstal

Turn-by-turn directions

On the first three kilometers of the Himmelssteig we dive into the forests of the Renchtal. On warm days, many will be grateful for this, because more than 200 meters of ascent have to be mastered, from 433 to 657 meters. But the diverse nature allows us to hike uphill with pleasure: It goes through beech-chestnut forest, spruce-fir forest, sometimes light, sometimes fairytale-like dense, now and then lush ferns, forest bushes, berries line the roadside. The paths are sometimes mossy, grassy, ​​sometimes rooty, rocky. A nice start to the Himmelssteig, on the 10.6 kilometers of which we still experience a lot of variety. Those who quickly run out of breath will be happy about the first Sky lounger after one kilometer. As we hike on, we catch glimpses of steep Black Forest mountains. Then the ascent is done: after a few meters of forest path, a path branches off to the right onto a meadow. The broadest view awaits us here: To the west of the mountains and valleys of the Renchtal. Top: The 22.5 m long sky bench. Half-time at the romantic Holchen waterfall The second stage is comfortable, the destination is the Holchen waterfall at 572 meters. We leave the Himmelsbank, briefly the Himmelssteig leads uphill along an animal enclosure. So we bypass the few houses up here on the Überskopf on the meadow path. At the edge of the forest, the next secluded spot with a heavenly lounger and seating group beckons. In front of us, gently rolling forest mountains stretch out again. It's quiet here. We continue along a root path instead of a road. Soon we read on a hiking sign: Holchen waterfall 2 km. Shortly afterwards: curtain up - view in the middle of the sky. Over meadow paths, mostly along the edge of the forest, we enjoy the idyllic Black Forest for about a kilometer, it is lonely here, only two farms operate here at the end of the valley. We reach a wider forest path, circle the valley end. Suddenly a very narrow path turns off to the right: We hike down to the valley over the springy forest floor, through a beech grove, pass the paradise rock - or climb on it for a short time. Noise heralds the Holchen waterfall. In the middle of the forest it falls about eight meters on two steps. Half the way is behind us, 5.3 kilometers are done. In the brook drinks are available for a fee. However, if you want a rest with a view, you have to add another kilometer to the sky rock. The ascent to the sky rock is tough: 1.2 kilometers and 100 meters in altitude have to be lifted. This is only cushioned by the wonderfully soft forest paths that zigzag through the light mixed mountain forest. Suddenly to the right a barren rock face: The sky rock towers over us. One last serpentine through the forest, then a rest area and heavenly lounger also invite you to take a snack. Our gaze wanders over a farm to the opposite side of the valley of the small Holchental, where we have only recently been. An adventurous path winds its way up the mountain in the midst of rocks, ending in a forest path. Shortly afterwards we feel like scouts again. Right off you go straight through the forest. Little by little we lose altitude. Finally we reach a heavenly lounger above the Palmspring, once a mountain inn, now a group house. You can rest here, protected by the forest canopy. We then leave Palmspring on the left and hike across meadows back into the forest. At the little bench, our gaze wanders again over the Black Forest mountains. Then we hike, mostly surrounded by thick fern, on a forest path downhill to a forest path. There we pay attention to the Himmelssteig sign on the right of the path. He leads us over wooden steps on a wild and romantic forest path through a secluded mountain stream valley. Here there is rustling and splashing, ferns and bushes are lush green, the rocks are mossy. We continue through sparse forest, over a mountain ridge, then criss-cross on a mossy path downhill. We pass a wood storage area on the forest path and cross a small road. There is the entrance to a rooty forest path that lets us enjoy around a kilometer uphill and downhill fir forest. Last rest with a view of the valley Well deserved is the cozy end of the Himmelssteig. We hike leisurely around 1.8 kilometers along the Freiersbachtal on forest and meadow paths. Now and then we look at the first houses in the village, every now and then we have valley views. The Black Forest slopes slide into one another in a very small space. Shortly before the last piece of meadow path, a sky bench with a resting place and a drink fountain invites us to take a last break. In the evening you can still enjoy the sun here. The houses of Bad Peterstal come into view, the outdoor pool, the parking lot. We cross a road and walk a few more meters through the forest downhill to the starting point. (Author: Heike Budig)

Public transport


Ortenau-S-Bahn (OSB): Bad Peterstal train station stop

Südwestbus: Bad Peterstal train station stop

By road

From the Upper Rhine Plain (A5) take the motorway exit Appenweier and the road B 28 to Bad Peterstal


Free Parking:

Parking place above the open air swimming pool 

train station Bad Peterstal

Kulturhaus Bad Peterstal



48.425856, 8.210709
48°25'33.1"N 8°12'38.6"E
32U 441608 5363935
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Hiking brochure Black Forest Hiking Symphony available from the Bad Peterstal Tourist Information Office

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Bad Peterstal-Griesbach


Sturdy shoes

Tipp: At the LOWA testing center inside the tourist information in Bad Peterstal you can loan and test LOWA hiking shoes.

Questions and answers

Question from Christian Gaa · March 22, 2022 · Community
Hallo, ich habe gerade gelesen, dass sowohl Himmelsteig als auch Schwarzwaldsteig aktuell den Status "geschlossen" haben. Was bedeutet das? Mit freundlichen grüßen Christian Gaa
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Answered by Pauline Scherrmann · March 22, 2022 · Premiumwanderort Bad Peterstal-Griesbach/Nationalparkregion Schwarzwald
Die Premiumwege in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach befinden sich aktuell noch in der Winterpause. Wir geben der Natur und den Tieren im Winter eine Erholungsphase und kümmern uns um wichtige Wegearbeiten. Zudem sind die Wege bei Glätte und Schnee auf Grund ihrer Naturbelassenheit nicht begehbar. Das heißt aber nicht, dass die Wege abgesperrt sind.
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Question from Barbara Moser-Merkle · July 07, 2020 · Community
Guten Tag, gibt es eine leichtere, abgespeckte Variante mit weniger Höhenmetern oder Abkürzungen? Mein Mann schafft die Hm nicht mehr so gut.
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Liebe Frau Moser-Merkle, gern zeigen wir Ihnen alternative Wandertouren auf. Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns dazu per Mail oder telefonisch direkt in der Touristinfo. Vielen Dank!
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Hella von der Weiden
September 17, 2022 · Community
Traumhaft schön Die Plätze zum rasten sind sehr liebevoll gestaltet! Wir fanden die Tour anspruchsvoll, aber es hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt!
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When did you do this route? September 16, 2022
Armin Hirschgarten
June 15, 2022 · Community
Sehr abwechslungsreiche Wege . Auch im Sommer empfehlenswert , da überwiegend im Schatten
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When did you do this route? June 12, 2022
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10.8 km
5:00 h
414 m
414 m
Highest point
712 m
Lowest point
426 m
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