Schonach in the Black Forest

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Coat of arms of the municipality of Schonach in the Black Forest
Schonach in the Black Forest
Map of Germany, position of the municipality of Schonach highlighted in the Black Forest

Coordinates: 48 ° 9 '  N , 8 ° 12'  E

Basic data
State : Baden-Württemberg
Administrative region : Freiburg
County : Schwarzwald-Baar district
Height : 881 m above sea level NHN
Area : 36.71 km 2
Residents: 4045 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 110 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 78136
Area code : 07722
License plate : VS
Community key : 08 3 26 055
Address of the
municipal administration:
Hauptstrasse 21
78136 Schonach
Website :
Mayor : Jörg Frey
Location of the community Schonach in the Black Forest in the Schwarzwald-Baar district
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Schonach in the Black Forest is a municipality in the central Black Forest in the northwest of the Schwarzwald-Baar district . The climatic health resort is also known as a center of winter sports .


View from the south

Geographical location

Schonach is located northeast of Freiburg im Breisgau , about five kilometers from Triberg in a high valley that has a connection to the neighboring Elztal in the Emmendingen district . In the north the place borders on the Ortenaukreis . The three districts meet at the triangle , a take-off point for hang-gliders, which offers a view of the lower Kinzig valley , the Upper Rhine plain near Offenburg and, on a clear day, the Vosges . In the Schonach district, a secondary summit of the Rohrhardsberg near the Griesbacher Eck on the Farnberg plateau forms the highest point in the Schwarzwald-Baar district at 1163 m.

Neighboring communities

The community borders in the east on Triberg , in the south on Schönwald in the Black Forest (both Schwarzwald-Baar district), in the west on Simonswald and Elzach (both districts of Emmendingen ) and in the north on Hornberg ( Ortenau district ).

Community structure

The municipality of Schonach in the Black Forest with the formerly independent municipality of Rohrhardsberg includes 81 villages, hamlets, Zinken , farms and residential areas.

In the municipality of Schonach in the Black Forest in the territorial status of 1970 is the abandoned village of Riediswald.

The municipality was divided into the districts of Schonach in the Black Forest (main town) , Rohrhardsberg and Schonachbach , which at the same time formed residential districts within the meaning of the Baden-Württemberg municipal code.


Until 1806

The name of the place comes from Old High German and means brightly flowing water . It was first mentioned in a document in 1275, but settlement is suspected since the beginning of the 12th century.

In his local history of Schonach from 1925, the senior teacher at the time wrote a. DA Hodapp: "Originally there were 3 farms in the Schonach Valley, one of which was Augustin Hör's Friederhof in Obertal and when it was built, it had the year 1111 on a beam."

Cuckoo clock in Schonach, built around 50: 1

Around the year 1000, the monasteries began to develop the narrower valleys and the rougher heights, and they also made the area of ​​Schonach arable for human settlement. Gradually, the " Meiertum " or the " Vogtei " Schonach emerged from the individual farms , which from 1100 to 1200 belonged to the Althornberg area with ten other districts.

The reclamation always began with a clear cut; This was followed by the burning of the wood masses on the ground, finally the digging up of the roots of the hive came until enough forest soil was made usable for a settlement, farmstead, meadow, a field and a pasture field.

With numerous occurrences of bears, wolves and wild boars, forest and field work and cattle herding were associated with dangers to the lives of people and animals.

The end of this settlement is not exactly known, but it is documented that Schonach already had a parish church in 1275.

Schonach belonged to the Triberg rule from the beginning, which after many changes of ownership in 1640 subordinated itself to Austria and remained in front of Austria until 1806 , when this area also fell to the newly created Grand Duchy of Baden .


Rohrhardsberger coat of arms Rohrhardsberg was incorporated into Schonach in the Black Forest on January 1, 1971.


Schonach remained Roman Catholic even after the Reformation . Even today there is only one Catholic parish in town. The evangelical believers are parish in Triberg .


Municipal council

Local elections 2019
(+ 7.2  % p )
(+ 10.9  % p )
(-3.6  % p )


The municipality council in Schonach consists of twelve elected honorary councilors and the mayor as chairman. The mayor is entitled to vote in the municipal council. The local elections on May 26, 2019 led to the following official final result:

Parties and constituencies %
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany 41.9 5 49.1 6th 38.4 5
FW Free electoral association 35.8 4th 24.9 3 33.0 4th
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany 22.4 3 26.0 3 - -
OGL Open green list - - - - 28.6 3
total 100 12 100 12 100 12
voter turnout 66.4% 62.1% 61.9%


Jörg Frey (independent) has been the current mayor since 1995. He was re-elected in 2003, 2011 (99.4%) and 2019. In the 2019 election he received 95.19 percent of the valid votes with a turnout of 65.85 percent. There were no competitors.

coat of arms

Blazon : "In silver a gold-crowned Mother of God growing out of a golden crescent moon with a gold ring nimbus, blue robe and red veil, in the right a golden scepter, in the left the baby Jesus with a red robe, a golden ring nimbus and a golden globe in the left hand."

Economy and Infrastructure


The Black Forest Railway ( Offenburg - Konstanz ) runs across the district ; the next train station is in Triberg, half of which is in the Schonach district. From Triberg, Schonach is also connected to the A 5 in Offenburg and the Lake Constance region in the south via the B 33 . The southern section of the Black Forest High Road to the Upper Rhine in Waldshut also begins in Triberg . The public transport ensures the transport association Schwarzwald-Baar . There are daily bus connections to and from Triberg train station. The bus timetables are tailored to the trains.


With the Dom-Clemente-Schule there is a primary and secondary school with a technical secondary school in Schonach . This also offers all-day care. There is a Roman Catholic kindergarten for the youngest residents .


Schonacher costume
Schonacher Trachtenbrunnen

The health resort, which has been officially recognized since 1972 and has around 130,000 overnight stays per year, is best known for its tourist attractions, such as the world's largest original cuckoo clock (and this twice), and as the center of some winter sports.

Ferienland GmbH has been taking care of tourism development since 2000. The towns of Schonach, Schönwald, Furtwangen and St. Georgen concentrate their forces in the GmbH.


Schonach wind turbine

There are three wind turbines in Schonach: a Nordex S77 with a hub height of 90 m, a rotor diameter of 77 m and an output of 1.5 MW on the Gitschbühl, which went into operation in 2001, a Südwind S 77 with a hub height of 96.5 m, a rotor diameter of 77 m and 2 MW power, which went into operation in 2002 and an Enercon E-70 with 98 m hub height, 70 m rotor diameter and 2 MW power, which went into operation in 2006.

Culture and sights

The 100 kilometer long distance skiing trail Schonach – Belchen , the longest ski hiking trail in the Black Forest, begins in Schonach . By Schonach remote trail leads west route of the Black Forest Association . The place is on the German Clock Road . All of these paths lead past various sights.


Natural sights


The Langenwaldschanze in winter 2015/16

Winter sports such as Nordic combined and cross-country skiing are of great importance in Schonach. At the beginning of each year, Schonach was the venue for the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup for the Black Forest Cup until the 2014/15 season , and since the 2015/16 season these competitions have been held in March. In 1981 and 2002 Schonach was the venue for the FIS Junior World Championships in Nordic sports.

The 100-kilometer rucksack run around the “ Wäldercup ” to Multen am Belchen also starts in Schonach , with the variant of the small rucksack run to Hinterzarten (in February) on the route of the Schonach – Belchen long-distance ski trail.

Well-known skiers from Schonach (Olympic champion, world champion, Olympic participant and the like) are for example in the Nordic combination Urban Hettich , Hans-Peter Pohl , Christian Dold , Georg Hettich and the ski jumpers Hansjörg Jäkle and Alexander Herr .

Since 2002 the Slalom Trophy Schöne Aussicht , a car race with touring car classics, has been taking place in September on a district road near the ski jump .


Sons and daughters of the church

People connected to the community

Web links

Commons : Schonach im Schwarzwald  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office Baden-Württemberg - Population by nationality and gender on December 31, 2018 (CSV file) ( help on this ).
  2. ^ The state of Baden-Württemberg. Official description by district and municipality. Volume VI: Freiburg region Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-17-007174-2 , pp. 586-587
  3. Main statute of the municipality of Schonach in the Black Forest of May 4, 1999, last changed on November 18, 2003 ( Memento of the original of April 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Werner Hamm: Chronicle of the community Schonach in the Black Forest
  5. ^ Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 504 .
  6. State Statistical Office - Local Elections 2019 , accessed on March 30, 2020
  7. ^ State gazette Baden-Württemberg - Mayor election Schonach , accessed on March 30, 2020