The first essential step for the tourist development was the founding of the mail coach scheduled service through the Black Forest in the year 1760. At that time the house of today’s Hotel am Sophienpark had already existed for over 30 years. Not under this name and only as tavern “Zum Goldenen Lamm”. Ignaz Rössler obtained the permit to convert the house to an hotel in 1840. This was at a time when nobles went with their equipage to the spa towns for relaxation. While the nobility stayed in the spa towns, wealthy city dwellers in the 19th century looked for the summer retreat in the countryside.

The Schwarzwaldverein (Black Forest Association) was founded in 1864 and the trails and shelters were then built in the following decades. Gradually there were hiking maps, restaurants and cableways. Tourism developed splendidly particularly at the start of the 20th century. This is also evidenced by our cableway on the Merkur, that with 28% -54% slopes is one of the longest and steepest funicular railways in Germany. Once you reach the top, you can typically stop and observe the gliders at the start at a height of 668 m.

For all who would like to fortify themselves on hikes, we have listed some nice, typical restaurants here:

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Altes Schloß Hohenbaden
Peter Zorn
Alter Schloßweg 10
D-76532 Baden-Baden
Telephone: +49 (0) 7221 26948
Fax: +49 (0) 7221 391775
https://schloss-hohenbaden.de/

Waldschänke
Hungerberg
D-76539 Baden-Baden
Telephone: +49 (0) 7221 / 32212
Coordinates (map reference system WGS 84)
Latitude: 48.767135856
Longitude: 8.246107438

Geroldsauer Mill
Gateway to the North Black Forest national park
Geroldsauer Straße 54 D-76530 Baden-Baden
+49 (0) 7221 9964680
+49 (0) 7221 99646820
info@geroldsauermuehle.de

The Badener Höhe Friends of Nature House is on the Westweg (West Trail) on the mountain of the same name in the North Black Forest, in the vicinity of Herrenwies, Mehliskopf and Hornisgrinde. Car park and bus stop: “Sand”: https://www.naturfreunde-karlsruhe.de
Coordinates (map reference system WGS 84)
Latitude: 48.666447
Longitude: 8.257813

Waldgaststätte Scherrhof
Im Stadtwald
D-76534 Baden-Baden
Telephone: +49 (0) 7221/7417

https://www.waldgasthaus-scherrhof.de/
Coordinates (map reference system WGS 84)
Latitude: 48.70105
Longitude: 8.28152

Burg Alt Eberstein
Rosenstr. 50
D-76530 Baden-Baden / Ebersteinburg
Telephone: +49 (0) 7221 288 99
https://www.alt-eberstein.de/
Coordinates (map reference system WGS 84)
Latitude: 48.783851
Longitude: 8.270645

Waldgaststätte Bütthof
Jörg und Birgit Lass
Bütthof 1
D-76534 Baden-Baden
Telephone: +49 (0) 7221 / 73747
https://www.buetthof.de/
Coordinates (map reference system WGS 84)
Latitude: 48.71115
Longitude: 8.24829

Turm Fremersberg
Fremersberg Turm 1
D-76530 Baden-Baden
Telephone: +49 (0) 7221 / 99 53 31
Fax: +49 (0) 7221 / 99 53 32
https://www.turmfremersberg.de/
Coordinates (map reference system WGS 84)
Latitude: 48.75270
Longitude: 8.20235

YBurg
Yburg Burgruine 1
D-76534 Baden-Baden-Varnhalt
Tel. +49 (0) 7223/8007090
E-Mail: info@yburg.net
website: www.yburg.net

Restaurant Merkurstüble
Merkuriusberg 5, D-76530 Baden-Baden
Tel: +49 (0) 7221 31640

Hotel-Restaurant Waldcafé Baden-Baden
Merkuriusberg 1, D-76530 Baden-Baden
Tel: +49 (0) 7221 22560

If that is not enough, the Vesper app can be downloaded:
https://bz-vesper.de/