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Westweg: stage 12 west (Kandern - Basel)

· 2 reviews · High qualitiy trails · Schwarzwald
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The Westweg passes through the docile Markgräfler Land toward its destination in Basel. The wild and romantic Wolfschlucht ravine, majestic beech forests, small wine hills, and the powerful Rötteln fortress ruins are all found along the path. The Westweg passes Tüllinger Berg, which is rich with beautiful views, descending down to the river Wiese. The area turns surprisingly green on the journey into the Swiss town at Rheinknie to the train station Badischer Bahnhof in Basel.
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26.1 km
7:30 h
522 m
609 m
From Kandern, the Westweg first passes along the valley Kandertal. At the Kander hillside, cliffs have split off and now form the Wolfsschlucht ravine. Narrow trails lead through tight cliff passes and steep slopes underneath the roof of the dominant mountain Buchen, at times ascending and at times descending until reaching Hammerstein. The first wine hills accompany hikers over Egerten to the cabin Baselblick-Hütte above Wollbach. Behind the quaint Markgräfler village, the trail disappears into the forest and steers toward the powerful Rötteln fortress ruins, passing over flatland. The fortress, built in its current dimensions following the 1356 earthquake in Basel is one of the largest fortresses in southern Baden. The climb up to the Staufer castle keep is definitely worth the time – especially considering the view of the fortress, the city, and the valley Wiesental. The nearby church in Rötteln is also worth seeing. It is more than 1,250 years old and houses the burial site of Margrave Rudolf the Third of Baden and his wife in a vaulted chapel. The path continues through Turmringen to Tüllinger Berg to reach the cabin Daur-Hütte, where even more nice views can be found. When hiking along the forest edge to Tüllinger Höhe, a constant string of new views present themselves into the valley Wiesental, Dinkelberg, and the city Lörrach. Just a short time later, hikers will find a spectacular view of Basel from the terrace of the Ottilien Church. Hikers then continue through the Swiss wine hills to reach the meadow Flüsschen Wiese. The field dam leads through the Lange Erlen area to the animal park of the same name. From there, it’s just a few more minutes to the train station Badischer Bahnhof.

Author’s recommendation

The Westweg officially ends at the train station Badischer Bahnhof in Kleinbasel. However, it would be nearly a sin to not take one of the tram lines to Marktplatz and wander around Basel a bit. Marktplatz and Rathaus, the Cathedral, and the narrow alleys in the old town with its colorful fountains (especially the fountain Tinguely-Brunnen at Theaterplatz) are definitely worth a visit.
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Sascha Hotz
Updated: January 30, 2020

Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
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Highest point
452 m
Lowest point
253 m
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Public transport

To Kandern: ca. 1x per hour from Freiburg on a train toward Müllheim, Weil-Haltingen or Basel. There, change onto a train toward Kandern. Ride duration: 1-2 hours, change trains 1-3 times.

From Basel: Take train (also ICE) toward Freiburg.

Coordinates

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47.713975, 7.660998
DMS
47°42'50.3"N 7°39'39.6"E
UTM
32T 399566 5285378
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Speziell zum Westweg gibt es eine wasser- und reißfeste Karte im Maßstab 1:50 000 für EUR 6,95 zzgl. Versand. Sie ist erhältlich bei der Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH, dem Schwarzwaldverein oder im Buchhandel. Alternativ gibt es im selben Maßstab ein Kartenset beim Schwarzwaldverein (www.schwarzwaldverein.de). Einen Hikeline-Wanderführer zum Westweg ist beim Verlag Esterbauer erhältlich (www.esterbauer.com).


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Distance
26.1 km
Duration
7:30h
Ascent
522 m
Descent
609 m
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