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From Freiersberger hut to Glaswald Lake (short tour Bad Peterstal)

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  • Der Glaswaldsee in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach
    / Der Glaswaldsee in Bad Peterstal-Griesbach
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If you start your tour at the Freiersberger hut you can save yourself some meters of height. From the hut you need about an hour to get to the lake.
Distance 6.2 km
2:30 h
305 m
305 m
944 m
744 m
Surrounded by mountains and the fir and spruce trees of the Black Forest, the small lake sparkles in the sunlight. The Kar-lake developed during the last ice age and is part of the nature conservation area "Glaswaldsee".

In the beginning the tour from Freiersburger hut has some steep ascents before you turn onto the root paths down to the lake. Already at half of the way you will encounter the first resting place with a great view on the Glaswaldsee. A tiny hut as well as benches invite travelers to rest and refresh at the lake.

Author’s recommendation

Make a short detour to the Klagstein, a stone formation with a great view. You will find the way near the Juliusbrunnen.
Highest point
Seeebene, 944 m
Lowest point
Freiersberger Hütte, 744 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Nationalparkregion - Der Glaswaldsee


Parking lot Freiersberg (744 m)
48.413316, 8.245050
48°24'47.9"N 8°14'42.2"E
32U 444135 5362515


Parking lot Freiersberg

Turn-by-turn directions

The cabin on top of the Freiersberg is our starting point for this small but challenging tour to the Glaswald Lake. Starting at the small parking lot, we follow the Westweg (red Rhombus) uphill through light woods. The steep incline rewards us with beautiful views over the sourrounding Black Forest hills. Passing the “Julius-Fountain”, we keep walking uphill to the intersection at an elevation of 960 m.

We follow a wild footpath covered in lots of tree roots. While walking we can catch a first glimpse at the lake. Having developed during the last ice age, the Glaswaldsee is one of the most beautiful Lakes in the whole Black forest region.

 The tranquility and peacefulness of the Lake definitely makes the descent worth your while. A narrow footpath leads around the lake.


We make our way back to the starting point the same way we came.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Offenburg (ICE or IC-stop) or Appenweier you can travel to Bad Peterstal via Ortenau-S-Bahn

Ortenau-S-Bahn (OSB): leave at Bad Peterstal train station

Südwestbus: Bus stop at Bad Peterstal town hall

When arriving by train you have to take a nearly 60 minute long walk to get to the Freiersberg parking lot.

Getting there

Bad Peterstal-Griesbach is within easy reach through the connection to the B28, the Rhein plain motorway (A5), as well as the Bodensee motorway (A81). 
  • From the upper Rhein plain (A5) take the motorway exit Appenweier and the road B 28 to Bad Peterstal. At the church take a right turn and drive 3 kilometers until you reach the parking lot Freiersberg at your left hand side
  • From the motorway A81 take the exit at Horb and drive along the B28 in direction of Freudenstadt and Bad Peterstal-Griesbach. At Bad Peterstal church take a left turn and drive another 3 kilometers until you rech the parking lot Freiersberg to your left hand side


Parking lot Freiersberg


48.413316, 8.245050
48°24'47.9"N 8°14'42.2"E
32U 444135 5362515
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Hiking map Bad Petertsla-Griesbach

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Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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6.2 km
2:30 h
305 m
305 m
Highest point
944 m
Lowest point
744 m
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