The Lothar Path

Lothar Path
Photo: The Lothar Path leads between the felled area of the hurricane 'Lothar'

Information in brief

Lothar Path
Photo: Wooden steps lead over tree trunks


Hurricane "Lothar" swept over Baden-Württemberg with wind speeds of more than 200 kilometres per hour on Boxing Day 1999 and left behind 30 million m3 of storm damaged timber and a felled area of 40,000 hectares in the forests of the Federal State.

Along an 800m long information and adventure trail through a windthrow of ten hectares on the Schliffkopf (district of Freudenstadt) on the Black Forest High Road, visitors can observe how the windthrow is gradually being recolonized. The "Lothar Path" leads over footbridges, ladders and steps and provides insights into how nature deals with such an area and what can regenerate by itself. An lookout platform provides superb views over the Northern Black Forest and of the valley towards Oppenau and Ottenhöfen.

The Lothar Path is easy to access, admission is free. There is a cash box at the end of the tour for voluntary donations.

Lookout platform
Photo: Lookout platform