THE VILLAGE CLOSE TO HEAVEN
The climatic heath resort of Höchenschwand is situated at an altitude of 1,015 metres above sea level on a mighty mountain massif in the southern part of the Black Forest overlooking the Rhine valley. Höchenschwand consists of the central village and ten hamlets, scattered in a marvellous countryside on a high plateau gently inclined towards south. Thanks to this privileged location, the visitors enjoy great views over the landscape of the “South Black Forest” Nature Park with its dense woodlands and hills. And on the far horizon, you can even see the Alpine mountain range.
A PARTICULARLY BENEFICIAL, MILDLY BRACING AND SUNNY CLIMATE
Thanks to its privileged location on a high plateau, the village of Höchenschwand is one of sunniest places in Germany - even in autumn and winter. The mildly bracing climate is similar to that of the Swiss highlands, graded between the low mountain range climate and the Alpine climate. The low atmospheric pressure has positive effects on the respiratory tract and the cardiac activity and therefore helps enhance the physical wellbeing. This is why Höchenschwand has been awarded the label "Climatic Health Resort“.
ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES IN A VARIED LANDSCAPE
In Höchenschwand, you will find footpaths for a leisurely stroll and long distance trails virtually on the doorstep, offering breathtaking views over the Rhine valley and as far as the Vosges and the Alps. Level trails running across the bright countryside of the high plateau and footpaths on the wooded slopes of the surrounding valleys provide ideal opportunities for physical activity in the pure air to suit guests preferring leisurely strolls on level grounds, walking enthusiasts and passionate climbers.
Whether you are looking for a peaceful place or exciting outdoor activities, the village of Höchenschwand and its surroundings provide a wealth of opportunities to suit every taste, for example, spa facilities, running, horse riding, golf, walking tours with baggage transfer, windsurfing, sailing, cycling, Nordic walking, sledging, snowshoeing, tennis, boccia, swimming, beach volleyball, climbing, ...
If you fancy a sightseeing tour, a shopping spree or an inspirational visit of a museum, there are several towns worth visiting within easy reach from Höchenschwand. You can, for example, enjoy a day out in the towns of Waldshut, St. Blasien or Freiburg. Even the Swiss cities of Bale and Zurich are only a short drive away.
During your stay in Höchenschwand, you are welcome to attend various events. The “Haus des Gastes” event venue with its impressive timber construction is the sumptuous centrepiece of local cultural life. The large “Kursaal” hall hosts concerts, film screenings, local customs events, folksy theatre performances, fashion shows, special guest performances and social gatherings, among many other events. Take a look at the event calendar so you will not miss out on anything.
BIOSPHERE RESERVES IN THE SOUTHERN BLACK FOREST
A PLACE OF FLOURISHING WILDLIFE AND PROSPERITY
The “Black Forest” Biosphere Reserve, set up in 2016, incorporates the territories of 29 towns and villages, including the health resort of Höchenschwand.
A biosphere reserve is a specially designated area aimed at conciliating environmental issues with requirements regarding the economy, urbanism and tourism. The conservation of nature is associated with the preservation of the cultural and agricultural heritage. A biosphere reserve is divided into core areas, maintenance areas and development areas. Core and maintenance areas are designated for the conservation of wildlife, whereas development areas are aimed at ensuring a sustainable and eco-friendly economic development. What is special about the biosphere reserves is the importance of the involvement of the local population in the decision-making processes. This approach actually helps ensure that the commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly economic development finds its expression in everyday life.
It is the “Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz Baden-Württemberg” (Ministry for Rural Development and Consumer Protection) that designates biosphere reserves by decree. Subsequently, the sanctuary may be upgraded by a special certificate issued by the UNESCO. The Black Forest Biosphere Reserve has not yet been recognised by the UNESCO. However, a request has already been submitted to the United Nations institution.
EXPERIENCE A PRISTINE WILDERNESS
What is a woodland like that is left without any management? You can find it out visiting the “Schwarzahalden” Woodland, the largest sanctuary of its kind in the State of Baden-Württemberg. Human activities are banned there: fallen trees and dead wood are not removed, the undergrowth is left to grow profusely and there is no economic exploitation. You can follow footpaths running through the woodland of 400 hectares with up to 300 year old trees, rare animals and sumptuously flourishing plants.