Westweg Stage 12: Kandern to Basel

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Westweg Stage 12: Kandern to Basel is a 26.1 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kandern, Baden-Württemberg, Germany that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking.

Distance: 26.1 km Elevation Gain: 621 m Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

On the last stage in the border triangle between France, Switzerland and the German side of Baden-Württemberg, the Black Forest shows unusually open and easy after the high mountains of recent days. Light green beech forests and lush meadows accompany the hiker on the way from Kandern on the creek of the same name and along the route of the historic Kandertalbahn railway through the Wolfsschlucht to Hammerstein. First vineyards show that you are now traveling in Markgräfler Land. Shortly after Wollbach, the path disappears in the forest and heads for the Rötteln castle ruin, which stands powerfully above Lörrach. The castle immortalized by Johann Peter Hebel in his poems is the landmark of the city and one of the largest castles in South Baden. Two towers offer a good overview of the resort, town and meadow valley. Also, the nearby church of Rötteln is worth seeing. In the more than 1,250-year-old church can be found in a vault-covered chapel, the grave goods of Margrave Rudolf III. of Baden and his wife. Over the highway and short through tower rings it goes on the Tüllinger mountain. While strolling through the geologically interesting landscape conservation area between Lörrach and Weil am Rhein, there are once again beautiful views of the Dinkelberg, the border triangle on the Rhine knee and the urban collections around Basel. It was less idyllic here at the time of the Spanish War of Succession. In a bloody battle without real victors French troops of the "Sun King" met with imperial troops under the command of Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm. A memorial on Tüllinger Berg today commemorates the Battle of Beetle Wood. A little later, the church of Obertullingen is reached, where the final descent into the plain begins. The Swiss border is crossed and crossed the river meadow. Along it goes through a park-like landscape surprisingly green to Badischer train station in Basel.

backpacking
1 month ago

Our last leg of the Westweg started as a rainy one, our first encounter with precipitation while on the trail. We departed Kandern and headed to our final destination of Basel. While the trail had some good views of Basel and nearby towns it was somewhat disappointing as a good deal was spent in an urban setting. Also ending at Basel Badischer Bahnhof was anticlimactic with no portal for a final photo. We did however get the clerk at the BBB information desk stamp our postcard that we used for the other stamps.

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