Burgbach Waterfall

Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach / Black Forest / Freudenstadt District, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

About Burgbach Waterfall


Hiking Distance: 1.8km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2018-06-22
Date last visited: 2018-06-22

Waterfall Latitude: 48.40954
Waterfall Longitude: 8.33554

The Burgbach Waterfall was another one of the waterfalls we visited while making the drive between Freiburg and Baden Baden.

This pretty tranquil waterfall was said to have a cumulative drop of 32m in a well-forested setting.

Burgbach_Waterfall_066_06222018 - The Burgbach Waterfall
The Burgbach Waterfall

The trail to it was lightly used and tranquil, which was the kind of combination that compelled us to choose this excursion over several others that we had considered in our limited time in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald).

According to my GPS trip logs (corroborated by the signage), they suggested that the hike was 1.8km round trip, which took me around an hour away from the car.

For a bit of nomenclature semantics, I’ve seen this waterfall referred to as the Burgbachwasserfall and Burgbach Wasserfall.

These were among the variations that I’ve come across when it came to how Germans appeared to have referenced it.

Burghbach Waterfall Trail Description

Burgbach_Waterfall_016_06222018 - Walking along the Burgbachstrasse past some residences en route to the Burgbach Waterfall. Note the lookout towards the top of this photo
Walking along the Burgbachstrasse past some residences en route to the Burgbach Waterfall. Note the lookout towards the top of this photo

The hike to the Burgbach Waterfall began from a car park right off the road near Bad Rippoldsau (see directions below).

I then walked along a narrow residential road (called Burgbachstrasse) that passed by a few homes.

During this stretch of the walk, I noticed what appeared to be some kind of lookout (I believe it’s called the Burgbachfelsen).

It was perched atop a cliff that would yield views of the Wolftal Valley (the valley containing Bad Rippoldsau).

While it made me curious, it turned out that it required a detour on the hike to get up there.

Burgbach_Waterfall_092_06222018 - Looking over the residences along the Burgbachstrasse while continuing to go up the narrow trail towards the Burgbachwasserfall
Looking over the residences along the Burgbachstrasse while continuing to go up the narrow trail towards the Burgbachwasserfall

After about 500m, a narrow trail on the right ascended steeply into the greenery as it left the Burgbachstraße.

This narrow trail continued for around another 300m more providing nice views over the residences I had just passed.

Then, the trail joined up with a wider and more well-signed trail at a T-junction.

At this point, I made a left at the T-junction where the signage suggested it was another 0.1km further to the Burgbachwasserfall.

Burgbach_Waterfall_020_06222018 - Context of where the trail to the Burgbach Waterfall left the Burgbachstrasse and ascended onto a narrower track
Context of where the trail to the Burgbach Waterfall left the Burgbachstrasse and ascended onto a narrower track

Shortly after following the wider path, I reached another trail junction.

This time, a green sign pointed to the right as it then led up some steps towards the now-visible Burgbach Waterfall.

With all the trees in the way, I had to get further up this ascent in order to get past the trees and get a cleaner look at the falls.

There was a bit of a trade off between getting clean looks at the falls versus getting its context.

Burgbach_Waterfall_027_06222018 - Looking towards the Burgbach Waterfall from a footbridge revealing an intermediate cascade
Looking towards the Burgbach Waterfall from a footbridge revealing an intermediate cascade

If I got very close to the falls, it made the Burgbach Waterfall appear smaller than it really was.

If I stood further back amongst the trees, then I had to contend with the late morning sun, which shone right against my line-of-sight towards the falls.

I was also able to scramble a little bit higher for a more angled top down view of the falls, but for all intents and purposes, this was the end of my excursion.

While there were opportunities to do a little more exploring (especially to the top of the falls and possibly to the lookout that I saw perched on a cliff earlier on), I wound up returning to the car park.

Authorities

The Burgbach Waterfall resides in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) near the town of Bad Rippoldsau in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. It may be administered by the Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may try visiting their website.

Burgbach_Waterfall_001_06222018 - Looking towards some neighboring farm from the Burgbach Waterfall car park
Burgbach_Waterfall_010_06222018 - Walking along the Burgbachstrasse en route to the Burgbach Waterfall
Burgbach_Waterfall_011_06222018 - Looking back towards the car park for the Burgbach Waterfall as I started on the hike to the waterfall, which started along this road
Burgbach_Waterfall_012_06222018 - Passing by a rest bench en route to the Burgbach Waterfall as I continued along the road portion of the hike
Burgbach_Waterfall_014_06222018 - Looking up at some overlook perched atop a cliff as I was walking the Burgbachstrasse towards the Burgbach Waterfall
Burgbach_Waterfall_021_06222018 - On the narrower trail to the Burgbach Waterfall as it passed by this rest bench
Burgbach_Waterfall_022_06222018 - The narrower trail to the Burgbach Waterfall passing by some wildflowers in bloom on the left
Burgbach_Waterfall_023_06222018 - The trail to the Burgbach Waterfall approaching a trail junction where the trail coming up was a bit wider than the one I just took
Burgbach_Waterfall_025_06222018 - Now on the next trail leading to the Burgbach Waterfall, which was a bit wider than the interlude trail I had just taken
Burgbach_Waterfall_081_06222018 - Going up the last steps to get up to the base of the Burgbach Waterfall
Burgbach_Waterfall_076_06222018 - A couple of other hikers approaching the base of the Burgbach Waterfall providing a sense of scale
Burgbach_Waterfall_034_06222018 - Looking right up at the Burgbach Waterfall while fighting the late morning sun
Burgbach_Waterfall_050_06222018 - Right at the base of the Burgbach Waterfall, where it seemed like the closer I got to the falls, the smaller it appeared
Burgbach_Waterfall_041_06222018 - After a short scramble higher up the steep rocky hillside by the Burgbach Waterfall, I managed to get this angled (albeit awkward) look at it
Burgbach_Waterfall_087_06222018 - Heading back from the Burgbach Waterfall and on my way to return to the Burgbachstrasse
Burgbach_Waterfall_088_06222018 - Back on the interlude trail descending towards the Burgbachstrasse en route to the Burgbach Waterfall car park
Burgbach_Waterfall_090_06222018 - Continuing on the narrow interlude trail towards the Burgbachstrasse en route to the Burgbach Waterfall car park
Burgbach_Waterfall_094_06222018 - Returning to the Burgbachstrasse on the return hike after having had my fill of the Burgbach Waterfall
Burgbach_Waterfall_095_06222018 - Walking back amongst the residences on the last leg of the fairly short return hike from the Burgbach Waterfall
Burgbach_Waterfall_097_06222018 - Continuing along the Burgbachstrasse en route to the Burgbach Waterfall car park to end my short hike

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We managed to drive to the Burgbach Waterfall from Freiburg, which we recognize wasn’t the closest approach, but we’ll describe this route anyways since it was how we did it.

We’ll also describe the route from Offenburg since that seemed to provide the most straightforward route to this part of the Black Forest.

Driving from Freiburg to Burgbach Waterfall

From Freiburg, we headed north on the B3 before branching northeast on the B294 after around 7km from the city center.

We remained on the B294 for a little over 48km before turning left onto the Schiltacherstraße on the left towards Wolfach (shortly after passing through the Reutherbergtunnel).

We then followed the road into Wolfach, then we continued to head north along the Wolftalstraße towards Bad Rippoldsau for the next 19km.

Burgbach_Waterfall_099_06222018 - The trailhead parking for the Burgbach Waterfall
The trailhead parking for the Burgbach Waterfall

There was a signed car park right off the road at the Burgbachstraße on the right about 2km beyond the Wolf and Bear Animal Park.

That car park had limited parking space, however, and we noticed that it filled up quickly shortly after we were one of the first ones to show up at around 11am.

Overall, this drive took us around 90 minutes.

Driving from Offenburg to Burgbach Waterfall

Coming from the B28 exit off the A5 autobahn by Offenburg, we would then drive east on the B28 for about 23km towards the town of Oppenau.

Continuing on the B28 for another 22km, we’d then turn right on the L96 Road towards Bad Rippoldsau.

After a little over 8km (now within the town of Bad Rippoldsdau), we’d keep right to continue on the Wolftalstraße.

Burgbach_Waterfall_002_06222018 - Looking back towards the entrance of the car park for the Burgbach Waterfall
Looking back towards the entrance of the car park for the Burgbach Waterfall

Then, the Burgbach Waterfall car park was another 1.8km along the Wolftalstraße on the left.

According to GoogleMaps, this route would take about an hour.

It took us about 40 minutes to cover the 32km between the waterfall’s car park and Oppenau (where we found a pretty good lunch spot).

For geographical context, Offenburg was about 65km (45 minutes drive) north of Freiburg, about 53km (over half-hour drive) south of Baden Baden, 32km (30 minutes drive) east of Strasbourg, France, 26km (under 30 minutes drive) west of Oppenau, and 48km (about an hour drive) west of Bad Rippoldsdau.

Video showing the falls from three different vantage points as I started from higher up then worked my way down

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