Black Forest - Day 4 : Hinterzarten

On Christmas morning we woke up with two centimeters of snow on our tents. For breakfast we ate hard kecks and some sausage. We again weren't discovered, but that was perhaps not surprising giving the conditions. The first few kilometers were very cold. Nonetheless people were already walking in the forest. We took this enroute:

house in the snow

A house in the snow on Christmas morning

We had gotten off the ski path and were walking over a normal road for a while. Near its end was a wooden shelter where we made some more soup to stay warm. It was only 10 o'clock but there already were quite a few people skiing.


We decided to walk to Hinterzarten to try to buy some more food. I didn't have much left and Bart only two kilos of granola and some cookies. He already ate all the good stuff. The way to Hinterzarten was easy, but we learned there was no store there. In a restaurant we ate a real German meal of Schwarzwälder-kirschtorte and bockwurst with bread.


There was supposed to be path running directly from Hinterzarten to Freiburg, but we couldn't find it. Instead we followed a path that went roughly in the right direction. As I had a few blisters we stopped so I could put on some bandaids. Suddenly Bart screamed "YEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeess". The manufacturer of his hat claimed it could be worn in four different ways, but didn't explained what they were. Now Bart finally figured it out. The path we were on was very narrow.  Here are some pictures of the paths we had been following as well as of Bart's hat.

hiking in the black forest

Along the path was a steep cliff


View in the twilight

small stream in a forest

A mountain stream

different ways to wear a hat

4 ways to wear your hat part 1

different ways to wear a hat

4 ways to wear your hat part 2

different ways to wear a hat

4 ways to wear your hat part 3

different ways to wear a hat

4 ways to wear your hat part 4

black forest in winter

The path we were on

There was no grass or level ground next to the path and it was quickly getting dark. We climbed up and down the sides of the road a few times to find a good place to sleep, but all level ground was covered with rocks.

sunset in the black forest
sunset in the black forest

View from the mountain we were on


Bram and his orange hat

Eventually we just camped next to the road on a slightly flat piece of ground. It was getting windy so we expected it to be cold tonight. It was, and got even more windy. We were on the edge of the mountain, with little protection from trees. While we were falling asleep we heard a wild boar. It left after a while but we heard a few more during the night.


Route of day 4