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Forests and rivers from Germany to Switzerland – Hochrhein-Höhenweg

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Forests and rivers from Germany to Switzerland – Hochrhein-Höhenweg

Hiking Collection by Michi1001

6-12

days

3-6 h

/ day

83.5 mi

9,275 ft

8,775 ft

Light, scenic forest paths alternate with spectacular river valleys along the Hochrhein-Höhenweg, a fantastic hike from southern Germany into Switzerland. You hike through medieval towns and climb up to historic castle ruins. On the final day, a river guides you to Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls.

The Hochrhein-Höhenweg is the southernmost cross-country trail by the Black Forest Association. However, this adventure is not a typical Black Forest hike. Instead, you discover the wide plateaus of the Hotzenwald and the Kleiner Randen mountains, the foothills of the Swabian Alb. Every now and then you descend into the densely populated valley along the High Rhine. At the border crossings to Switzerland, the trail markings change, so a little attention is required here. Bring some francs with you and don't forget your passport; changing money in Switzerland costs more.

The differences in altitude on the Hochrhein-Höhenweg are limited and cannot be compared to the climbs on the major long-distance trails in the Black Forest. However, the lengths of the stages should not be underestimated and require a certain amount of hiking experience. The climate is one of the warmest in Germany (and Switzerland). However, you must also expect rain, as the Hotzenwald is a region with high precipitation.

The journey to Basel and the return journey from Schaffhausen are easy by train. It’s possible to travel directly back from Schaffhausen to Basel Badischer Bahnhof in about an hour with the Interregio train. On the way, Beuggen, Albbruck, Dogern and Waldshut have stations, all on the same line. In the stage descriptions, I point out ways to shorten the Tours.

If you’d like to extend your trip along the Hochrhein after your hike, you could visit the pretty towns of Laufenburg and Bad Säckingen or Basel. I wish you lots of fun in the south!

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Hochrhein-Höhenweg

77.0 mi

8,700 ft

8,275 ft

Last updated: September 16, 2022

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    Stage 1: Basel Badischer Bahnhof to Beuggen – Hochrhein-Höhenweg

    Difficult
    08:06
    17.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the Hochrhein-Höhenweg does not actually begin at the Badischer Bahnhof in Basel, where the famous Westweg also ends, but at the Hornfelsen on the German-Swiss border. If you want to save yourself the first few kilometers through Basel's residential areas, you can take a bus from the

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  • Difficult
    06:13
    13.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Beuggen Castle, don't miss the opportunity to follow the banks of the Rhine to Riedmatt. If you want, you can visit the Tschamber Cave at the entrance to the town, with an impressive waterfall inside the cave.

    

    In Riedmatt you will come across the marking with the white-blue rhombus again. On mostly

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Egg you continue to cross the plateau and hike through sparse forests until it suddenly goes steeply downhill. You are approaching the wild valley of the Murg river, not to be confused with the river of the same name in the northern Black Forest. Before you reach the Murg, you will pass the Wieladingen

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  • Difficult
    07:06
    15.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,875 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the center of Albbruck you meet the Höhenweg again and follow it via Dogern to Waldshut.

    

    Since this section of the trail leads you mostly through settlements and then directly along the railway line, I recommend that you take the train from Albbruck to Dogern or Waldshut. This gives you more time to

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    12.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A real mountain trail awaits you today. From Gasthof Küssaburg you continue to follow the southern edge, which separates the Klettgau from the Rhine Valley. You hardly pass through towns, so no rest stops are to be expected. So take a little snack with you.

    

    There are also no structural highlights such

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  • Intermediate
    04:52
    11.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    475 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On your last stage on the Hochrhein-Höhenweg you will experience the absolute contrast to the last few days. The Höhenweg is passé, but today you will explore some of the most beautiful places directly on the High Rhine, and without any major differences in altitude.

    

    After only two kilometers you will

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    83.5 mi
  • Duration
    38:07 h
  • Elevation
    9,275 ft8,775 ft

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