Black Forest & Switzerland - Multi-centre Holiday

Enjoy the local culture and beauty of two contrasting regions


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  • High Mountains
  • Hills & moorland


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

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A chance to uncover lesser known corners of two of Europe’s best loved walking destinations, enjoying the local culture and beauty of two contrasting regions.

Immerse yourself in unspoilt northeast Switzerland. This hidden corner, with its small traditional towns and stunning mountainous landscape, offers a quiet and unspoilt region perfect for discovering on foot. Enjoy the Black Forest’s low mountains and glacial lakes, including Titisee; an take a boat ride beneath the Rheinfall, Europe’s largest waterfall.

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy a delicious and well-deserved lunch at the stunningly located Aescher Gasthaus
  • A chance to discover eastern Switzerland’s traditional way of life and try the local gingerbread
  • Take a boat trip beneath the cascading waters of the Rheinfall
  • Uncover the magical land of cuckoo clocks, famous gateau and fairy stories in the Black Forest and its capital Freiburg

Price includes

  • A multi-centre tour with a walk every day
  • All transport
  • The services of experienced tour guide, plus local guides
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and airport transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board – breakfast and evening meal, plus 1 lunch

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All our partner hotels have been selected for their superb facilities and ideal locations for your holiday.

The Hotel Schwarzwaldhof at Hinterzarten

Hotel Schwarzwaldhof, Hinterzarten - 3nts

Situated centrally in the spa town of Hinterzarten, this family-run 3-star hotel offers comfort and hospitality in a building with interesting historic architecture.

All rooms are ensuite and have a TV, safe, hairdryer and telephone.

Hinterzarten has a unique and diverse setting to explore, with an abundance of lush meadows, thick forests and clear mountain lakes in the surrounding area.

The Romantik Hotel Santis, Switzerland

Romantik Hotel Säntis - 4nts

The grand facade of this cosy 4-star family-run hotel faces onto the Landsgemeindeplatz and offers magnificent views of the surrounding hills and mountains.

Full of local hospitality, the hotel's rooms are ensuite and have a radio TV, telephone, minibar, safe and WiFi.

The region of Appenzellerland interests and entertains all ages with its history and traditions.


This walking and touring programme offers one walk each day and various sightseeing opportunities:

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy 5 to 8 miles on good paths, with some rocky sections. Up to 1,500ft of ascent in a day.



Day 1 – Arrival Day

Arrive at Zurich airport and transfer to Hinterzarten in the Black Forest, the largest forested region of Germany with picturesque farmhouses, wild and beautiful gorges, the home of cuckoo clocks and Black Forest gateau.

Hotel: Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Meals: Welcome drink and dinner


Day 2 – Hinterzarten and Freiburg

Today we walk along the Heimatpfad, a high Black Forest footpath known as the 'local history path', to Loffel Creek.  Continue onto Höllsteig and after lunch we transfer to the train station and travel to Freiburg. This is the capital of the Black Forest and has been a university town since 1457.  We'll enjoy a city tour, including a visit to the famous cathedral built in 1120.

Hotel: Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 3 – Feldberg and Titisee

After breakfast we transfer by bus to Feldberg Pass (4,000ft) and walk in a nature reserve. through a mountain forest with plentiful birdlife, to the glacial Lake Feldsee. We cross over a moraine and along the Seebach Creek to finish at a mountain pasture.  After lunch, we walk along the Seebach Valley. On our return transfer we stop at Lake Titisee, a large glacial lake, where we'll take a relaxing boat ride to enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds the lake.

Hotel: Hotel Schwarzwaldorf

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 4 – Transfer day - Rheinfall and Appenzell

Today's journey takes us across to Appenzell, Switzerland, stopping en route to visit the Rhein Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe. This cascade is 492ft wide and up to 75ft high. We'll experience the falls close up and take a short cruise before continuing onto Rheinau where we have an opportunity to explore this quaint village.

After settling into our hotel in Appenzell, we can take an orientation stroll around the village and learn about the Biberli, a traditional and local honey gingerbread.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Säntis

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 5 – Hoher Kasten

This morning we walk from the hotel along the Sitter River to Weissbad (altitude of 2,300ft) before taking a cable car up Mt Hoher Kasten (6,000ft) where we can enjoy the magnificent views of the Alpstein, Austrian Alps and the Rhine Valley. After lunch there will be time to explore independently before we return to Appenzell.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Säntis

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 6 – Kronberg

Our group will take the train to Gontenbad and walk on a high plateau through pleasant meadows to Jakobsbad. A cable car will take us up Kronberg Mountain (5,450ft) with views of the highest peak of the Alpstein range, Mt Saentis (8,300ft). After lunch, there is another cable car ride followed by a train journey to take us back to Appenzell.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Säntis

Meals: Breakfast and dinner


Day 7 – Ebenalp-Schaefler

A train journey to Wasserauen starts the day, followed by a cable car to Ebenalp (5,000ft). We'll descend through the prehistoric cave of Wildkirchli and visit the guesthouse of the Alpstein in its iconic cliff-side location. Following a picnic lunch, the walk continues to the Chlus saddle at the foot of Mt Schaefler, offering magnificent views of the Appenzeller Mountains.  We then return to Appenzell by cable car and train.

Hotel: Romantik Hotel Säntis

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch on trail and dinner


Day 8 – Departure Day

Transfer to Zurich airport.

Meals: Breakfast


All walks transport is now included in the price of the holiday.

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to Zurich (regional supplement £40).

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the first hotel of the tour is included.


Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.


  • Single room: £28 per night
  • Non member associate fee: £10 per person

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