The best path to health is the hiking path!
1 To the Bergsee (‘mountain lake’)
The idyllically situated Bergsee is a favourite destination. The numerous benches around the lake and the restaurant terrace invite you to linger. From spring to autumn trips with paddle boats offer a particular enjoyment. The Bergsee is a natural lake up to 13 meters deep and was changed by human hand in 1802 and 1803.
The comfortable hike starts at the train station. Following the marked path, the route will lead you along the Lindenallee. You will find 120 trees here which were planted as early as 1886 by the founding fathers of the Säckingen Black Forest Society and now offer shade along the hiking trail to the Bergsee. Animal lovers will have the chance to watch local game in the game enclosure. Wild boar as well as red, silka and fallow deer live here in several large enclosures. At the way marker Bergseekurve you will follow the marker in the direction of Wallbach to the northern banks of the Bergsee. Via the Winklenweg the way marker Lehmlöchlerweg will lead you in the direction of Weihermatten with a beautiful view and from there to the Bad Säckingen spa park. The Café Villa Berberich is ideally-suited for a cosy break. The Villa Berberich is a stunning building from the Gründerzeit where the Mineral Museum and frequent art exhibitions await visitors. Another recommendation is a detour to the Path of Healing in the spa park.
2 To the castle ruins of Wieladingen
The castle ruins of Wieladingen are the ruins of a spur castle on the Lehmbach above the Valley of Murg. Built in the 12th century using rusticated ashlars made from red sandstone, the castle belonged to the property of the Säckingen Abbey and was first mentioned in a document around 1250 as the property of the Lords of Wieladingen. The high keep offers a splendid view.
A demanding hike, but a very rewarding goal! From the train station the path to the spa centre will first lead you up steps towards the east, passing the Waldbad (‘forest pool’) at Spitzenbühl. You will then make the ascent to the Flut, straight on past the wayside cross, a shortcut without marking, you will continue towards Harpolingen. The marked hike continues to the ruins of Wieladingen, the way marker with the same name towards the Murgtalbrücke ('Murg valley bridge’) leads you to a detour to the castle ruins. Finally, you will follow the Hochrheinhöhenweg in the direction of Egg, from there towards Solfelsen. At the Egger Säge you will branch off and hike through the wildly romantic Schöpfebach Valley, following the rushing stream to the Bergseekurve. Unfortunately, the indicated route does not take you directly to the Bergsee so that a few additional steps to the lake are recommendable. Take the narrow path at the eastern banks towards the restaurant and along a short part of the street which will then take you back to the marked route. Taking the old Bergsee Street and the Lindenallee will lead you back to the train station.
3 Through the Haselbach Valley
In the quiet and green Haselbach Valley you will especially find protected animal and plant species. For a long time, the ecologically valuable habitat which is of significance beyond the region was faced with the threat of a large reservoir being built here.
The path leads you from the train station through the spa park to the Gewann Weihermatten and on to the natural monument of Galgenbuck. Past the forest cemetery, you will then take the Buchbrunnenweg to the way marker Duttenbergweg and from there take the Lehmlöchlerweg towards Bergsee all the way to the way marker Winklenweg. There you will find a narrow steep path up to the Haselbodenweg which you will follow west. At the fork, take the southern route ‘Vordere Straße’ leading down. At the turn-off at the Duttenberg you will leave the indicated path for a while and follow the wooden way marker ‘Stadtweiherweg’. The paved path will first lead you upwards and at the next fork follow the path to the left ascending through the Haselbach Valley. Once you have reached the Bergsee the old Bergsee Street and the Lindenallee will lead you back to the train station.
Please note: Unfortunately, the indicated route does not lead you to the Bergsee. A few additional steps to the lake are recommendable. Take the narrow path at the eastern banks towards the restaurant and along a short part of the street which will then take you back to the marked route.
4 To the Röthekopf
The Röthekopf (502m) is a beautiful vantage point across the High Rhine Valley and the Swiss Jura mountains.´A perfect hiking destination which one can particularly enjoy with a packed lunch. In 1934, marking the occasion of the 50th founding festival of the Säckingen local group of the Black Forest Society, the first refuge on the Röthekopf was built.
The hiking tour starts at the train station, through the Lindenallee and leads across the old Bergsee Street in the direction of the Bergsee. A short detour takes you to the Bergsee, which can be walked around on an even and comfortable path. Back at the branch-off, the ascent to the left first takes you along the Schöpfebach and then to the way marker Schöpfebachtal, up to the Röthekopf, the highest point of the tour, where you should treat yourself to a short break. The ascent leads you along the narrow road of the Günnenbacher Weg until you reach the game enclosure. Following the Barfußpfad (‘barefoot trail’) and the lower Schöpfebach Valley you will eventually reach the tennis hall. Stairs will lead you to the Lindenallee and finally the path through the Badmatten Park will take you back to the train station.
By the way: Between 1920 and 1924 the local historian Emil Gersbach found the remains of two cultures dating back to the Palaeolithic Age (10,000 year-old skullcap, Wallburg) during excavations at the Röthekopf.
5 To the Solfelsen
The Solfelsen which has a height of 5,4 m and a mass of 230 tons is not a boulder from the Ice Age, but rather an exposed rock which was formed by a long weathering process. When in 1895 a stone quarry was supposed to be established here, the Black Forest Society – Säckingen Section bought the distinctive rock and the surrounding terrain in order to rescue it from being destroyed. Since 1950 the Solfelsen has been a natural monument.
Starting from the train station, the route leads you along the Lindenallee and across the old Bergsee Street in the direction of the Bergsee. Leaving the path at the lake, you will hike a short stretch towards the restaurant and follow the narrow path at the eastern banks along rocks. At the next branch-off, head right to the way marker Bergseekurve and then continue towards the Solfelsen. Soon you will have reached the shaded Schöpfebach Valley. A way marker pointing west indicates a narrow path to the Jungholzer Rock. The rock is a four-metre mighty slab of Albtal-granite, whose formation evolved similarly to the closely-located Solfelsen, namely through weathering and erosion. Just a few steps back the marker leads on towards Eglesmatt and along the Hochrheinhöhenweg to Jungholz all the way to the Solfelsen. Here newly erected seating facilities with a far view to the west invite you to enjoy a relaxing rest. The way back takes you to the Spatzenhof and from there the way marker leads you in the direction of Windenplatz. Walking via Günnenbach the indicated route will take you through the game enclosure and back to the train station.
6 To the Totenbühl
The climb to the Totenbühl Pavilion is rewarded with a stunning view of Bad Säckingen, the Rhine River to the east and the Swiss mountain ranges. The viewing pavilion and the Totenbühl Well were built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Säckingen Black Forest Society. From the train station the route will lead you to the spa centre and then up the steps towards the east. Past the Waldbad (‘forest pool’), the path will take you to the Hasenrütti, the Bildbuche and the mighty Wolfseichen (‘wolf oak trees’). They are estimated to be 400 to 500 years old and were registered as a natural monument in 1985.
The Totenbühl Well is reached by a broad forest path and after climbing to the viewing pavilion one will enjoy the glorious view during a well-deserved rest. You will then continue along the Horizontalweg which will offer you beautiful views along the way. The way marker at Eggberg will indicate the direction of the game enclosure. The Eggberg is the distinctive southern edge of the Black Forest, the granite rocks found here are between 325 and 335 million years old. The Eggberg basin is located on the Eggberg, the upper basin of the cavern power plant of Bad Säckingen. Careful when crossing the curving road to Egg! A steep path leads to the Bildstöckle before you can easily walk on to Umeich. From there you will hike past the Silberhöhle (‘silver cave’) on to the game enclosure and back to the train station via the spa centre.