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Waterfalls, lakes and rivers of the Black Forest – hike the WasserWeltenSteig

Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Waterfalls, lakes and rivers of the Black Forest – hike the WasserWeltenSteig

Hiking Collection by Schwarzwald Tourismus

5-10

days

3-6 h

/ day

69.3 mi

7,450 ft

8,600 ft

You stand by a gushing waterfall on a hot day, the mist cooling your face; You contemplate life overlooking the calm waters of a lake; You lose yourself in nature hiking along a river. You can experience all this and more on the WasserWeltenStieg Trail through the Black Forest in Germany.

In this Collection, we present the 70-mile (110-km) route from Triberg in Germany to Neuhausen in Switzerland in 6 stages. On the way, you’ll explore the south of the Black Forest and the Randen plateau, as well as countless waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. Opening in July 2020, this trail is brand new so it offers something even for seasoned Black Forest hikers.

The WasserWeltenSteig trail begins at the Triberg waterfalls, one of the highest waterfalls in Germany. From here, you hike over gentle ridges, enjoy wonderful views of the Black Forest, run along the watershed between the Rhine and Danube and get to know the water-dominated landscape in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park. Beautiful forest trails, the exciting Gauchach Gorge, idyllic lakes, and, of course, the magnificent Black Forest await. Dotted along the trail, you will find observation towers that afford spectacular views all the way from the Alps to the Swabian Jura. The fifth stage takes you into Switzerland where you hike over the Randen high plateau before reaching Neuhausen, a small town in Schaffhausen. On stage 6, you reach the impressive Rhine Falls, the crowning glory of the WasserWeltenSteig Trail. This huge waterfall is the biggest in Europe and the perfect end to your adventure.

You can easily reach the starting point in Triberg by train and Neuhausen am Rheinfall also has good train connections to return home after your hike. Each stage destination offers accommodation, but it’s worth booking in advance as this region is very popular with hikers. You’ll find lots of restaurants en route where you can try out the local cuisine. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit as you can take a dip in Lake Kirnberg and relax on the beach on stage 3.

You will be amazed by the water world between Triberg and Neuhausen. We wish you a happy adventure from the Black Forest to Switzerland and from waterfall to waterfall!

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Last updated: May 27, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Triberg auf den Brend – WasserWeltenSteig

    Intermediate
    04:22
    9.25 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,825 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 109 km long WasserWeltenSteig begins with a rushing highlight: the Triberg waterfalls with a total height of 163 meters. The first stage of the long-distance hiking trail takes you on a 15-kilometer route from the Black Forest pearl Triberg to the promising Brend. You can easily reach the starting

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  • Difficult
    06:42
    14.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The second stage on the WasserWeltenSteig begins at the highest point of the long-distance hiking trail, the Brend. Enjoy the wonderful panorama from the observation tower over the Rhine valley, the Vosges, the Black Forest peaks Feldberg, Schauinsland and Kandel as well as on clear days to the Alps

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    7.38 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the third stage of the WasserWeltenSteig you can take it easy. On the twelve-kilometer route, only an ascent awaits you, the rest of the way is largely flat. But don't worry: the earlier you arrive in Unterbränd, the more time you have to splash around in Lake Kirnberg.

    

    You start in Hammereisenbach

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    13.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On stage 4 of the WasserWeltenSteig you can look forward to exciting gorge hiking. You walk over bridges, footbridges and stairs through the charming Gauchach Gorge - a wonderful section of the path. The destination of the almost 22 km long hike is Achdorf.

    

    You start your hiking day in Unterbränd. You

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  • Difficult
    07:31
    15.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,700 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fifth stage of the WasserWeltenSteig, two challenging climbs await you. But: If you hike high, you also enjoy a wonderful view. The 25-kilometer route to Siblinger Randenhaus begins in Achdorf. On the way you cross the border and hike through Switzerland on the second half of the route.

    

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  • Difficult
    03:52
    8.51 mi
    2.2 mph
    400 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Look forward to the sixth and last stage on the WasserWeltenSteig. The route is almost 14 kilometers long and almost only leads you downhill - so you can take it easy. And in the end, a rushing highlight awaits you, the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen. The end of the six-day WasserWeltenSteig couldn't be more

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    69.3 mi
  • Duration
    31:40 h
  • Elevation
    7,450 ft8,600 ft

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