Oak forest of Welmlingen

Efringen-Kirchen, Germany

The quietly situated mixed deciduous forest is located near Welmlingen in the municipality of Efringen-Kirchen. The municipality forms a cultural area steeped in history in the border triangle of France, Switzerland and Germany and with its extensive network of hiking trails (map) and the many bicycle paths it is a great and popular starting point for hikes, walks and bicycle tours. There are accumulations of deadwood scattered throughout the forest, which support a diverse insect world and make exciting observations possible.


From the crossroads in the Eichwald at the signpost "Eichwald 406m", we recommend a circular walk along the cycle path southwards to the junction "Kreuzeichenweg". Following this path, you reach a beautiful, inviting picnic area at the next crossroads. From here, head south to the edge of the forest above Mappach with a view of the Feuerbach valley. From the picnic area northwards, you first reach a large clearing with young oak trees and, at the northern edge of the forest, horse farms with a beautiful view over the Markgräfler hill country to the Blauen (1165 m) in the southern Black Forest.


In addition to the lovely picnic area in the forest, the Michelin-starred Restaurant Traube is available to discerning hikers in Blansingen. However, guests must book in advance.

Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity

Gravel pit Huttingen

Läufelberger Molassefels

Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner regionatur.ch on the 'Markgräfler Huegelland Natural Area'.


  • Barbecue / fireplace, Bike tour, Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Hike (good footwear), Sport, Viewpoint, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car

  • Barbecue / fireplace, Food must be brought along, Picnic area, Restaurant (special)

  • Birds, Cultural landscape / meadows, Forest, Insects, Reptiles

  • Tour

  • Buggies, Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Hikers, Pets, School classes, Sportspeople, Walkers, Wheelchair


From Basel, you can reach Welmlingen by car via Efringen-Kirchen. After reaching the edge of the forest, continue on the natural road. At the large crossroads with a signpost, you can park the car at the side of the road. Welmlingen is difficult to reach by public transport, so we recommend travelling by car.

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