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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Last updated: September 16, 2022
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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…
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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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…
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…
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…
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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