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August 14th, 2012

Southern Black Forest: Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald

2@HOME, GERMANY, LANDSCAPES, by Masha.

On the weekend we hiked along the picturesque Mühlenwanderweg, which takes you around a tiny village of Simonswald in Southern Black Forest. This was the perfect thing to do just one week before Catalin’s departure to India. This hike is a great way to see rural Germany just the way it’s described in tour guides and I’m hoping this is the way Catalin will remember it in the next 3 months when being far away in Asia :-)

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

I’d like to share some of the photos from this day-trip and hope they’ll encourage you to put Black Forest or Schwarzwald on your travel itinerary when visiting Germany.

Start the hike at the Simonswald church. If you go down the stairs behind it, you’ll find this narrow path: on one side apple trees, on the other side blackberry. Spend a couple of minutes there to enjoy fresh fruits and berries before starting the hike :-)

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Afterwards have a look inside of the church…

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

…and then continue walking up the main road leaving the cemetry on your right.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

The way is very clearly signposted as “Schwarzwald Mühlen Rundwanderweg”, so you don’t have any chance to get lost.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

For the first couple of kilometers the road will take you through some pretty German farms with traditional houses, flowers and many cows.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

After approximately 2 kilometers the road will turn right into the forest and will be going up for a while.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

The workout will be rewarded with some splendid views. We chose this particular spot for a short lunch break.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

To continue the hike look for the following marks on the trees.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Having rest at one of the old mills along the way.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Continue walking to the next mill, which is about to turn 300 years old at the end of August.

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

Descend into Simonswald via this charming little church after 4 hours of walking. Happy and only very slightly tired :-)

Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald, Southern Schwarzwald

 

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Do you like hiking? What are the prettiest places you hiked through?

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Responses to “Southern Black Forest: Mühlenwanderweg in Simonswald”

  1. Beautiful pics and looks like a great weekend!

    Susanne at
    • Masha

      Thanks! This is what I love about living close to Black Forest – you never run out of weekend activities and it’s always picture perfect scenerey :-)

      Masha at
  2. This is super !! looks like a must go!!
    I am Catalin’s colleague :)

  3. It’s a great photo essay! Love nature!
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  4. Looks like the perfect place to get away from the modern stressful life. I’ll put it on my travel list.
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  5. Hi! Your recent posts and photos are making me long to be back in Germany! Beautiful stuff! Thanks for highlighting how beautiful the Schwarzwald really is!
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  6. Dear Masha,

    i was searching for pictures from Simonswald trough google.com and found your amazing impressions of Simonswald. We have a small farm directly in Simonswald and are working on a new website for our rooms, which stays for rent for people like you are – loving the nature and calm of the black forest.

    We are really interested to use some of your high-res-pictures for our new website and we would be really pleased to hear from you, under which conditions this may be possible.

    Thank you in advance for your answer. it would be best via email i think.

    Best wishes, Alex.

  7. Masha

    Hi Alex – glad you liked our photos! Are you still interested in getting some of those? I know it’s been almost one year since this article, but please let me know if you still need them. Thanks!
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