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Trail of Secrets
A nature documentary along the
Westweg trail through the Black Forest

The oldest long-distance hiking trail in the Black Forest takes us through Germany's largest and highest low mountain range, via the western and eastern routes from Pforzheim in Germany to its destination – Basel in Switzerland – approximately 285 km in total.

Protected areas such as nature parks, forests, waters, but also small natural oases to the left and right of the path are the subject of the film. Breathtaking visuals provide exciting insights into the ancient natural and cultural landscape of the Black Forest.

After 4 years of production and great cinema success in Germany, the unique nature documentary for hikers, nature enthusiasts and all other Black Forest fans is now available for home cinema and mobile devices!

Available in more than 65 countries

Available on Apple TV and iTunes
Dolby Atmos
Available on Amazon Prime Video

5.1 Surround

aturVision Filmfestival 2023
aturVision Filmfestival 2023
Darßer NaturfilmFestival 2023
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Seltene Schönheit: Violetter-Feuerfalter
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Black Forest
New ways to nature

Away from the sporting efforts of hikers and the nature experience of those seeking relaxation, the biodiversity is also declining rapidly along the Westweg - the list of species threatened with extinction is getting longer and longer. The national park, the biosphere reserve, the nature parks and other valuable initiatives for nature conservation and sustainable regional development are already the first important measures to preserve natural cycles and traditional management in harmony with nature.

The challenge of stopping the extinction of species and slowing down climate change together will also determine the future of this unique region.

Hat Borkenkäfer zum fressen gern: Der Dreizehenspecht
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The muse
kisses the Black Forest

Being outdoors, experiencing a little adventure, being able to feel yourself, nature and your environment with all your senses is what connects most people on hiking trails. Some seek an escape from everyday life, aim to find themselves, unwind or unleash their creativity.

We have the privilege of accompanying two hikers along the Westweg who are determined to tackle the route with their guitars. Will nature inspire them before they reach their destination?

Available on Apple TV and iTunes
Available on Amazon Prime Video
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Westweg trail - Black Forest
285 km along the west and east route from  Pforzheim in Germany to Basel in Switzerland

Hikers typically cover the roughly 8,000 meters in elevation over twelve stages from the Northern Black Forest to the Southern Black Forest to Basel, or in the opposite direction. Until it reaches Feldberg, the Westweg trail is part of the European Long-Distance Trail E1 which runs from the North Cape to Sicily.

Trail of Secrets - The Westweg trail map
Trail of Secrets - Westweg
Trail of Secrets - The Westweg trail
NaturVision Filmfestival
NaturVision Filmfestival
Darßer NaturfilmFestival 2023

Title: Trail of Secrets - Black Forest  (Original: WildWestwegs - Schwarzwald)

Genre: Nature documentary • Year: 2023 • Duration: approx.105 min.

Resolution: Full HD (Scope: 2.39:1) • Sound: 5.1 Surround • Languages: English, German

Producer/director/camera: Marco Ruppert
Additional footage: Alexander Rösch • Production and directing assistance: Katrin Ruppert

Scientific project advice: Dr. Andreas Megerle • Voiceover: Mark Rossman (EN), Gunnar Schmidt (DE)

Production company: Ruppertfilm, Germany •

German version:

English version:


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