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Sauschwänzle Trail

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  • View of the Wutach bridge
    View of the Wutach bridge
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The Sauschwänzle Trail gourmet trail, a nostalgic flair paired with beautiful nature. The unique panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, the unspoiled natural landscape of the Wutachflühen and the historic steam train ride make up the charm of this route.



Distance 12.4 km
4:30 h
188 m
412 m
802 m
478 m

This hike along the Sauschwänzle Trail is a special nature experience. It leads through fields and meadows with a unique panoramic view of the Swiss Alps and the unspoiled natural landscape of the Wutachflühen. Along the way, we learn interesting facts about Black Forest ham in an interactive way. The Sauschwänzle Trail leads past three installations that tell interesting stories about the homeland, tradition and production of Black Forest ham. The Sauschwänzle Trail with the Sauschwänzle Railway offers the perfect combination of exercise and experience. After the hike, we enjoy the historic steam train ride back to Blumberg- Zollhaus station. Here we experience nostalgic flair surrounded by beautiful nature.

This route is presented by Schwarzwaldhof.

Author’s recommendation

After the hike, enjoy the historic steam train ride with the Sauschwänzlebahn.

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Antje Benzing
Update: December 06, 2022
Highest point
802 m
Lowest point
478 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 7.80%Dirt road 13.43%Forested/wild trail 38.83%Path 35.98%Road 3.94%
1 km
Dirt road
1.7 km
Forested/wild trail
4.8 km
4.5 km
0.5 km
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Rest stops

Bäckerei Café Jim Knöpfle

Safety information

Surefootedness and good shoes are absolutely necessary! A head for heights is a prerequisite. Please enquire about the trail conditions in the Wutachflühen before starting the route at, especially after rainfall.

Assess your ability realistically.

Tips and hints

The Sauschwänzlebahn is a train route like something out of a famous German children's book: tracks wind through the landscape, tunnels lead through mountains, valleys are overcome with stately bridges and a historic locomotive in the middle of the route. The route runs 25 kilometers from Blumberg-Zollhaus to Weizen over four bridges, through six tunnels and back again. When people talk about the Sauschwänzlebahn, they are not referring to the locomotives, but to the route itself. Those who think of a little pig when they hear the name of the Sauschwänzlebahn are also wrong. The museum railway takes its name from one of its tunnels. The "Große Stockhalde" forms a spiral in its course. The train travels in a circle in the tunnel, so to speak, overcoming more than 15 meters in altitude. And because this route in the tunnel as a whole is reminiscent of a curled pig's tail, the railway line is called the Sauschwänzlebahn. Even though the name of the railway has nothing to do with "little pigs", an important Black Forest product is presented along the way: the Black Forest ham. The history and production of the world-famous product are presented at three interesting stations that you pass during
the route. The Blumberger Railway Museum and the Riding Signal Box at Blumberg-Zollhaus station should not be missed at the beginning of the route or after the ride. The museum, housed in the former goods shed of Blumberg-Zollhaus station, takes you through
the history of the Sauschwänzlebahn and displays many nostalgic mementos from the past steam railway era.


Blumberg customs house station (700 m)
47.837797, 8.555646
47°50'16.1"N 8°33'20.3"E
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Stop at Lausheim-Blumegg (10.5 km, hiking time approx. 3.5 hrs.) or Grimmelshofen (12.4 km)

Turn-by-turn directions

Start point is at the Bahnhof Blumberg-Zollhaus. After crossing the B27, walk left of the railway line to the road crossing at the Buchberg tunnel. The artistic ashlar construction of the north portal is easily visible from the hiking trail. Continue along the small trail to the field path below the edge of the forest in a southerly direction until you meet the hiking trail of the Black Forest Association (rhombus white-red on yellow). Follow this path in a westerly direction until you reach the Ottilienhöhe. Head south down the valley to the "Bühl" rest area. The Bielwasenhütte invites you to take a break and enjoy a barbecue. Before you enter the Wutachflühen, there is a great view down at the beginning. The Wutachflühen stands for steep rock towers, gigantic ferns, mossy stones and gnarled roots. You pass this "primeval forest section" on narrow paths, some of which are somewhat exposed. Those who are not so sure-footed and free from vertigo can also use the lower Flühenweg, which is signposted "Alternative Sauschwänzle-Weg". The trail leads along the Wutach river to the Wutach bridge. Here the two paths meet again. Cross the footbridge and continue to the Lausheim-Blumegg stop. From here it is possible to take the Sauschwänzlebahn back to Blumberg-Zollhaus station (please note the timetable, the train does not run daily, Alternatively, the hike can be continued to Grimmelshofen. From the bus stop "Grimmelshofen Ort", bus no. 7338 also takes you back to the starting point (again, please note the timetable Timetable Information).

Public transport

Stop at Lausheim-Blumegg and take the Sauschwänzlebahn back to the start of the hike

From the bus stop "Grimmelshofen Ort" back to the start of the hike, bus no. 7338 Timetable

By road

Blumberg-Zollhaus railway station, Bahnhofstraße 1, 78176 Blumberg


directly at the station customs house (Sauschwänzlebahn)


47.837797, 8.555646
47°50'16.1"N 8°33'20.3"E
32T 466749 5298367
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Good shoes absolutely necessary, possibly walking sticks


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Chris Ta 
August 04, 2022 · Community
Wir sind die Tour in die andere Richtung und vom Endhalt Weizen gelaufen. Das waren knapp 15 km und auch mehr Höhenmeter Anstieg. Fies ist der Schlussanstieg im Bereich Buchberg, vor allem da es meist über offene Flächen geht. Im Nachhinein vielleicht doch nicht die optimale Wahl, da es heute sehr heiß war. Aber wir wollten ohne den Druck einer fixen Rückfahrtzeit der Sauschwänzlebahn laufen. Die Tour selber hat uns sehr gefallen, vor allem der hohe Pfadanteil. Landschaftlich am schönsten fanden wir das Stück entlang der Wutachflühen.
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When did you do this route? August 04, 2022
Rina Z.
June 08, 2022 · Community
Wir sind mit der SauschwänzleBahn bis nach Weizen gefahren und zurück nach Blumberg gewandert. So konnten wir den Weg ohne auf den Fahrplan zu achten genießen. Wir haben die Alternativroute gewählt, da es am Vortag stark geregnet hat, aber auch dieser Weg ist sehr schön und absolut empfehlenswert
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When did you do this route? May 14, 2022
Martin Krohn
October 16, 2015 · Community
Der Weg war trotz schlechten Wetters ein Erlebnis. Ist uneingeschränkt zu empfehlen. Der Weg endet direkt an der Bushaltestelle. Ich habe dann den Rückweg über den Eisenbahnlehrpfad gewählt, der sich dann aber gezogen hat. (Ab Grimmelshofen direkt nach Fützen)
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When did you do this route? October 15, 2015

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12.4 km
4:30 h
188 m
412 m
Highest point
802 m
Lowest point
478 m
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