A few weeks ago, after Bill and I visited Glaswaldsee in Bad Rippoldsau, I read up on what else was in the area. I learned that the tiny spa town, also home to the wolf and bear park, is also where there are splendid waterfalls and hiking trails. In fact, Bad Rippoldsau is not only beautiful, but one could spend a whole weekend busy with things to do in nature. And if it’s too rainy, there are spas to visit in nearby Bad Peterstal-Griesbach and a glass blowing factory in nearby Wolfach. Once again, I am reminded of why I really like where we live, for Unterjettingen is just on the edge of the Black Forest, where there are plenty of cool things to do.
Today, while everybody else was watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married, I had tentative plans to visit two waterfalls. We only made it to one, the Burgbach Wasserfall, which is very close to both Glaswaldsee and the wolf and bear park. After reading up on the official info, which is in the first link in this paragraph, I read a more personal account of visiting the waterfall. A very helpful guy who lives in The Netherlands wrote up his experience hiking around the falls.
Bill was a little worried there would be rain today, but we had perfect weather, at least while we were actually hiking. There is a large, free parking lot on the side of the road, where there is a map showing where the falls are. The waterfall can be accessed by two trails. One is .8km, but a bit steep. The longer one is about twice as long, but a bit more gradual. We took the short hike to the falls and the longer trail back. I think that’s the better way to do it, especially if you’re in crappy physical shape like I am. The .8km trail is a bit steeper, but it’s shorter. You still have to walk up hills on the longer trail. The hills aren’t as intense, but they take longer to climb. I do recommend taking the longer trail back, because it’s a very beautiful walk. In fact, we even saw a family with their young boy riding his bike and the mom pushing a stroller. That’s pretty hard core!
Below are some photos from today’s hike to the waterfall. Afterwards, we had a marvelous lunch, on which I will report after the photos!
The helpful map. There is also a picnic table near this map, though we also saw people eating lunch by the falls. Bear in mind that it’s a wild area, so there are no trash cans or other facilities at the falls. There are also no admissions fees!
The first glimpse of the creek…
We’re in the right place. We took the road in the photo. We could have also turned right onto another road which allows a longer hike to the falls. The longer way appears to be easier, but it’s kind of deceptive. The hills aren’t quite as steep, but they last longer.
The area is full of beautiful wildflowers. I don’t think I quite did them justice with my camera.
Helpful signs show you where to go.
In the distance, I spotted what appeared to be a burg on the mountain. To get to the waterfall on the shortest route, you pass through a neighborhood. It appeared that they had a trout farm there, though I can’t swear to it.
I stopped on the trail to take a photo. There are some beautiful views.
Our first glimpse of the falls. There were a few other people there and some who had braved a walk up to the burg we spotted on the way into the woods.
Near the base of the falls.
I think it was worth the trip… the falls are very photogenic and not too hard to get to, even if you’re not in great shape.
After a quick pit stop, Bill and I headed back down the long way.
Glad I had a zoom lens.
This is what the road looked like most of the way down. However, we made the mistake of going all the way back to the highway. I would not advise doing that, especially if you have children or are in any way mobility challenged. There isn’t much of a walkway by the road and it gets very busy with scary bikers and speeding cars. There is another, well-marked trail on the gravel road before you get to where the traffic is. That’s probably the one you’d want to take, rather than trying to walk by the highway. However, because we didn’t take that trail ourselves, I can’t swear to the accuracy of my advice.
Stop and enjoy the views!
This was on the walk back, which was pretty scary due to no sidewalk or trail. However, I did get a few shots of the wildflowers.
The restaurant where we had lunch was at a hotel called the Klösterle Hof, which is the site of an old monastery. Bill and I had noticed it the first time we visited the area, but didn’t happen to be there at a time when it was open. Today, we had no problem getting a table, even though there was a wedding going on at the huge church next door. There are a couple of other restaurants near this hotel, but I had read about the hotel restaurant and noticed the stellar reviews. Having eaten there today, I can add my own stellar review. We really enjoyed our lunch, even though we got caught by a rainstorm.
We sat outside at first, along with a large group of bikers and another couple.
A very kind waitress, who appeared to be working alone, brought us wine and water. I loved the little wine barrel pitchers the wines came in. I had a riesling and Bill had a gray burgundy. Both were local and very good. The riesling tasted of limes, while the gray burgundy had a honey essence.
We ordered our food and waited a bit, but the sky began to darken right after the church bells stopped ringing for the wedding. Our waitress kindly opened a previously closed dining room for us, since all of the inside tables were taken.
It was very quaint and comfortable.
Bill ordered the fresh trout, which probably came from a very local source. It was grilled with lemon and served with a green salad and parsleyed potatoes.
I had Seeteufel medallions (a dense white fish– kind of like catfish without the dirt flavor) with white asparagus and Hollandaise sauce… as well as the aforementioned potatoes.
This sauce was the real deal. No blender cheats with this one!
And a nice table full of digestives, of which we did not partake. Our bill was about 62 euros and well worth the expense. I felt great after lunch– not too stuffed and like I’d eaten really high quality food.
While we were eating, a group of gentlemen from the wedding showed up. If I had to guess, I’d say they might have been part of a band. They came in, had a round of beer, and headed to the church. We saw them all waiting on the front stoop as we drove past on the way home.
The outside of the restaurant and hotel as it was pouring rain. There was no rain once we got over the mountain toward Freudenstadt. Had it not rained, we might have tried to visit the other waterfall I read about. As it is, we’ll save that one for another day. I would love to go back to the restaurant and try the Black Forest ham, which I noticed the lady sitting next to us having. It smelled wonderful.
A trippy photo I took as we drove through the misty mountains. I love visiting the Bad Rippoldsau area. It feels like a mini vacation.
Below are a few more photos of Burgbach Wasserfall I took with my digital camera. I’m really glad we visited. The falls are beautiful and, at least today, not nearly as crowded as some of the other waterfalls we’ve visited. I would highly recommend a trip there, especially if you’re looking for something different and cheap to do.