A perfect weekend in Bad Wildbad
The spa town of Bad Wildbad lies in a valley between the mountains. The place has two thermal baths, with the Sommerberg many possibilities for excursions so that there is no chance of boredom.
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Here I tell you what you can do on a weekend in Bad Wildbad. We also go here for a day trip, because kids love the playground, the treetop walk, and the Wildline suspension bridge. A trip to the Northern Black Forest is also worthwhile for mountain bikers. Read more here in the individual sections.
For us, the highlight is the Sommerberg. We take the summer mountain railway up into the excellently developed natural area for local recreation. Here you have numerous opportunities for adventure, adrenaline, and nature.
1. Black Forest treetop path with a spiral slide down
2. Adventure forest
3. Wildline suspension bridge
4. Hiking trails
5. Bad Wildbad bike park
6. Summer mountain railway
Here you will find our tips for the summer mountain:
1. Black Forest Treetop Walk
The Black Forest treetop path leads over a length of 1,250 meters to the height of the treetops of spruce, fir, and beech. The learning and adventure stations on the way up are a little adventure in themselves, especially for children.
Small blocks of wood to balance across, audio commentary and a comic rally offer entertainment and knowledge for young and old visitors. The climax is reached on the 40-meter-high lookout tower, which winds upwards in a circle. Also suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
The 360-degree view over the northern Black Forest is terrific. Especially in autumn, when the leaves and needles of the trees slowly change color. The Black Forest is at your feet!
For my nephew, the absolute highlight is the 55-meter slide down. For 2 euros, everyone can tackle the rapid descent.
Information and tickets:
- Opening times: Daily from 9.30 a.m., until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. depending on the season. In winter only open until 4 p.m.
- Entry Fees: 11 euros per person, children from 6 to 14 years: 9 euros. Children under 6 years are free. More information and book tickets online (I recommend booking tickets online in advance so you don’t have to wait in line).
2. Adventure forest for children a paradise
As soon as he got down from the treetop path on the slide, nephew was gone straight away. He had discovered the adventure forest for children from above. A large forest playground with an air trampoline, slides, sandpits, cable cars, and climbing stations. Another paradise for children. Really well done!
- Visitors aged 3 and over: €7
- Family ticket: (2 adults own children up to 14 years): 20 €
- If you already have a ticket for the treetop walk or the Wildline on the same day, you get a 1 euro discount.
3. Hike to the Grünhütte
The simple circular hike to the Grünhütte and back is ideal and not demanding. You can really enjoy nature. The 11 km is feasible for everyone. We need about 2.5 hours for this. Only my nephew finds it a bit boring as he lacks entertainment along the way (he loves adventure trails)
The Grünhütte is a popular excursion destination because the reputation of the blueberry pancakes precedes the hut. They are really delicious and just huge! Definitely try. Attention: It is very crowded here, especially on summer weekends, you have to plan waiting times if you want to eat).
4. Wildline suspension bridge
The Wildline suspension bridge is 380 meters long and crosses the 60-meter-deep Enztal of the Sommerberg. The construction is unusual, because a suspension bridge it does not “hang” downwards, but arches upwards towards the middle!
The passage above is great, but probably not suitable for everyone. You should be free from giddiness and have no problems with this back-and-forth swaying “wildline”. The view over the treetops is also incredibly spectacular here.
You can look deep through the grating on the floor. As mentioned before, it’s pretty shaky when a few visitors move across the bridge.
More information about the Wildline:
– Opening times: Daily from 9 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., in winter until 4.30 p.m.
– Tickets at the respective entrances via machines for 9 euros (adults) and 6 euros (children 6 – 14 years).
– More information on the website
5. More action: Bad Wildbad bike park
During this visit, we didn’t pay attention to the bike park! As big downhill fans, we will definitely come back soon and test the bike park. Both beginners and professionals can race down the Black Forest on six different routes.
You can find more information on the website
6. Bad Wildbad summer cable car
If you don’t feel like hiking down at the end of the day, then take the summer mountain railway down. The highest funicular in Baden-Württemberg is always an experience, especially for children.
Halfway there is a point where the two trains meet. An experience for children.
More information about the summer mountain
If you don’t want to take the train to the top, you can also take your car to the top. There is a car park (but with limited capacity). You pay 6 euros for up to 4 hours, after that the maximum daily rate of 7 euros. There are also cheaper fares, in my opinion, it’s not worth coming up for 2-3 hours.
Hike at Wildsee and Wildseemoor
The approximately 8.5 or 12.5-kilometer hike to an unspoiled moor landscape around the Wildsee starts in Kaltenbronn or SpRollenhaus. The high moor area is a nature reserve, so please respect nature and do not leave the path over planks (it leads over a real moor).
The circular route also leads past the Grünhütte (see Sommerberg), where you should take a break with blueberry pancakes. A high moor is a quiet place that is not very frequented like the other hiking trails on the Sommerberg.
Information about the tour:
- You start the hike either in Kaltenbronn or at the Sprollehaus, a district of Bad Wildbad. The path from Kaltenbronn is much fuller but longer or shorter depending on the route. I would recommend you start with Sprollehaus.
- For the hike, you have to plan about 2.5 – 3 hours without a break. Depending on where you start.
In the thermal baths of the Vital Therme and the large men’s bath in the Palais Thermal, you can relax in the warm spring water, take courses or visit the sauna. The bathrooms are particularly beautiful with oriental archways, ornate columns, and mosaics.
If, like us, you arrive by motorhome, you should park on the street at the parking lot, which is also marked as a motorhome parking space. We met many who also stood here overnight. I think the Kleinenzhof campsite is nicer, but it is 9 km outside of the center of Bad Wildbad. Here you can rent e-bikes to cover the route faster and easier.
- Parking space at the Kurpark, Kernerstraße 126 75323 Bad Wildbad (9 spaces up to 10 meters, 2 spaces over 12 meters), including V/E, water for 2 euros for 5 minutes, electricity for 2 euros for 8 hours
- Parking fee: 15 euros per day (including tourist tax for 2 people
- If you go to the Tourist Info in Bad Wildbad with your parking ticket (located on the way to the valley station of the summer cable car), you will receive your KONUS guest card (mandatory), which gives you a few discounts and advantages.