Scheidegger Waterfalls

Scheidegg / Lindau District, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany

About Scheidegger Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: 1.4km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2018-06-24
Date last visited: 2018-06-24

Waterfall Latitude: 47.59139
Waterfall Longitude: 9.83901

The Scheidegger Waterfalls were a collection of fair-sized waterfalls all experienced from a single excursion within the Rohrach Gorge.

The main waterfalls consisted of a 22m upper drop followed by an 18m lower drop on the Rickenbach Creek.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_034_06232018 - The Scheidegger Waterfalls
The Scheidegger Waterfalls

There was also a more intimate “Kleiner Wasserfall” (Small Waterfall) further upstream where I was able to walk behind it.

In addition to viewing the waterfalls, there was also a playground and animal petting zoo to pre-occupy the little ones.

Amongst the playground apparati were more signs discussing the hydroelectric heritage of the Rickenbach as it was apparently the site of one of the first such water works in Bavaria.

In terms of nomenclature, I’ve chosen to refer to this falls as the Scheidegger Waterfalls as the literature seemed to support this usage more so than the Scheidegg Waterfalls.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_110_06232018 - The 'small' Scheidegger Waterfall
The ‘small’ Scheidegger Waterfall

In German, these falls were referred to in its plural form as die Scheidegger Wasserfälle.

Scheidegger Waterfalls Trail Description – Weg 1

From the car park (see directions below), I backtracked across the bridge over the Rickenbach towards a well-signed footpath that then followed the creek downstream.

It soon reached a cafe and kiosk, where I paid my 2 euro adult admission.

Note that the cost was 4 euros for the whole family as of 2018, and there was a drop slot outside of opening hours.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_008_06232018 - Descending towards the entrance kiosk for the Scheidegger Waterfalls. Note the area behind the fencing on the left was a petting zoo
Descending towards the entrance kiosk for the Scheidegger Waterfalls. Note the area behind the fencing on the left was a petting zoo

Next, I had my choice of trails to take.

Even though I didn’t do the trails in this order, they were labeled weg 1, weg 2, and weg 3.

The word weg is German for “path” or “way”.

Weg 1 forked to the right (on the north side of the Rickenbach Creek), which swung around the gorge rim towards a protruding overlook of the upper Scheidegger Waterfall.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_061_06232018 - Looking down at the upper drop of the main Scheidegger Waterfalls from the protruding overlook on the gorge rim
Looking down at the upper drop of the main Scheidegger Waterfalls from the protruding overlook on the gorge rim

In the morning, this view was against the sun as there was nothing to really block the sun’s rays from this position.

And in looking downhill, I could clearly see that I was just upstream of the lower Scheidegger Waterfall.

So continuing on the trail, it then descended a series of steps revealing a more frontal view of the upper waterfall as well as a further descent into the Rohrach Gorge for a more profile view of the lower waterfall.

This was my turnaround point so I had to go back up all those steps in a fairly sweaty affair.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_079_06232018 - Direct look at the upper drop of the Scheidegger Waterfalls as well as the protruding overlook adjacent to it
Direct look at the upper drop of the Scheidegger Waterfalls as well as the protruding overlook adjacent to it

The round trip distance of this out-and-back way was around 450m.

Scheidegger Waterfalls Trail Description – Weg 2

Back at the kiosk, I then continued onto weg 2, which crossed another bridge over the Rickenbach.

Then, the path traversed the playground with interpretive signs about various aspects of hydroelectricity and the heritage of it here.

The path continued towards a pair of views with the last one at the dead-end where I managed to get the view you see pictured at the top of this post.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_019_06232018 - Looking back across the playground on the way to the 'wasserfall panorama'
Looking back across the playground on the way to the ‘wasserfall panorama’

This view revealed both the upper and lower Scheidegger Waterfalls in one “wasserfall panorama”.

It appeared that over the years, the lower waterfall view became more obstructed due to the growing foliage below.

I had seen cleaner views in the literature than what I was able to get on my visit in June 2018.

In any case, this out-and-back route was around 350m round trip.

Scheidegger Waterfalls Trail Description – Weg 3

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_120_06232018 - Context of the overhanging path going around the back side of the small Scheidegger Waterfall
Context of the overhanging path going around the back side of the small Scheidegger Waterfall

Finally, weg 3 started directly opposite the playground area on the south side of the Rickenbach Creek.

It was a roughly 500m loop path that followed along the creek before veering away from it along a side creek.

A bridge traversed this side creek, then the trail went downstream back towards the Rickenbach.

After rounding a bend, the trail then brought me in front view of the Kleiner Wasserfall (small waterfall).

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_116_06232018 - Looking back across the 'small' Scheidegger Waterfall from the locked gate on the other side of the waterfall
Looking back across the ‘small’ Scheidegger Waterfall from the locked gate on the other side of the waterfall

The path then continued through the backside of the waterfall, which afforded me the ability to get unusual views from behind it.

On the other side of the overhang through which the trail passed, there was a gate that was locked during non-business hours.

Under more normal times, this path would lead right through the animal farm and petting zoo before returning to the kiosk to complete the loop.

Overall, I had spent around an hour away from the car to cover the nearly 1.4km of trail that encompassed all three routes.

Authorities

The Scheidegger Waterfalls reside in a part of the Geopark Allgäu near the town of Lindau in the state of Bavaria (Bayern), Germany. It appeared to be privately owned. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may try visiting their website.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_005_06232018 - At the well-signed start of the walk leading into the Rohrach Gorge and the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_012_06232018 - Approaching the trail junctions for weg 1 (right), weg 2 (straight), and weg 3 (left) at the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_018_06232018 - Skirting past this playground en route to the Wasserfall Panorama, which was weg 2 at the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_027_06232018 - Partial view back towards the Upper Scheidegger Waterfall as I was approaching the Wasserfall Panorama, which was Weg 2 since I started my visit with that approach
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_029_06232018 - Context of the walkway of weg 2 leading to the Wasserfall Panorama of the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_030_06232018 - More open view of the upper drop of the Scheidegger Waterfalls as seen from weg 2
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_041_06232018 - The view of the Upper and Lower Scheidegger Waterfalls from the Wasserfall Panorama
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_053_06232018 - Context of the upper drop of the Scheidegger Waterfalls as I headed back from the Wasserfall Panorama
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_096_06232018 - Looking back at the trail for weg 1 en route to the bottom of the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_058_06232018 - Looking across towards the Upper Scheidegger Waterfall from the protruding lookout platform on the rim of the Rohrach Gorge
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_064_06232018 - Lots of stairs involved in getting down and up between the Upper and Lower Scheidegger Waterfalls lookouts
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_068_06232018 - Looking down at the context of the upper drop of the Scheidegger Waterfalls as I descended into the gorge along weg 1
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_070_06232018 - Descending the steps along weg 1 at the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_085_06232018 - View from the lowermost viewing platform peer across the Lower Scheidegger Waterfall
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_092_06232018 - Climbing back up the steps after having had my fill of the lower drop of the Scheidegger Waterfalls on weg 1
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_093_06232018 - Looking back at the descending trail for weg 1 en route to the bottom of the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_016_06232018 - Starting on the weg 3 towards the Kleiner Wasserfall at the Scheidegger Waterfalls complex
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_098_06232018 - Heading along weg 3 towards the Kleiner Wasserfall, which was the uppermost of the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_103_06232018 - Approaching the bridge over the Rickenbach Creek en route to the Kleiner Wasserfall of the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_106_06232018 - First look at the Kleiner Wasserfall as I was rounding a bend shortly after crossing a bridge over a side stream feeding the Rickenbach Creek
Scheidegger_Waterfalls_112_06232018 - Direct look at the Klener Wasserfall on the Rickenbach Creek

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We’ll describe the driving directions to the Scheidegger Waterfalls from the scenic town of Lindau since that was the closest development of significance and notoriety.

Direct route from Lindau to the Scheidegger Waterfalls

From the turnoff for the island of Lindau, perhaps the most straightforward way would be to head east on the Bregenzerstraße before turning left onto the B12 heading north at the roundabout (third exit).

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_004_06232018 - Context of the narrow road leading to the car park for the Scheidegger Waterfalls, which was past the walkway and the bridge you see ahead
Context of the narrow road leading to the car park for the Scheidegger Waterfalls, which was past the walkway and the bridge you see ahead

From there, we drove about 2.8km to the ramp on the right to get onto the B31/E54.

Then, we headed east on the B31/E54 eventually becoming the B308 after passing by the A96 autobahn (about 2km from the ramp).

Next, we continued about 10km before turning right at the signposted turnoff for the Rickenbach Road and the Scheidegger Waterfalls.

After 200m on the Rickenbach Road, we reached the car park right after the bridge over the Rickenbach Creek.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_001_06232018 - Looking back at the narrow road leading to the car park for the Scheidegger Waterfall
Looking back at the narrow road leading to the car park for the Scheidegger Waterfall

Overall, this drive took us about 30 minutes.

Alternate route from Lindau to the Scheidegger Waterfalls

Alternatively, we also could have kept going east on the B12 at the roundabout (first exit) and continued about 2.5km following the signs to the A96 autobahn ramp.

Then, we’d take the A96 autobahn north for about 2.8km to the exit 3 (Sigmarszell) for the B308 road.

Finally, we’d take the B308 road east and follow the directions as given above for the falls.

Scheidegger_Waterfalls_002_06232018 - Looking back at the car park for the Scheidegger Waterfalls
Looking back at the car park for the Scheidegger Waterfalls

Going this route would take a similar amount of time (30 minutes).

For geographical context, Lindau was about 56km (under an hour drive) northeast of St Gallen, Switzerland, 104km (about 90 minutes drive) east of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 139km (over 90 minutes drive) east of Zurich, Switzerland, 117km (over an hour drive) southwest of Ulm, 100km (a little over an hour drive) west from Füssen, and 129km (90 minutes drive) northwest of Landeck, Austria.

Checking out the upper and lower waterfalls from the viewpoint


Checking out the upper waterfall from its bottom before walking to other lookouts including one that revealed the lower falls


Checking out the small waterfall upstream from the main waterfalls

Tagged with: scheidegg, lindau, bavaria, germany, waterfall, rickenbach, rohrach



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