Stretching over 33 kilometers (21 miles) through the Black Forest, Wutach Canyon is the largest canyon in Germany. Formed by the river Wutach and its adjoining rivers, the canyons reach heights of 60 meters up to 170 meters (230 feet up to 525 feet).
Located in the protected nature reserve of the South Black Forest, the Wutach Canyon is a wonderful destination for all hikers and those looking to explore nature's many facets. Hiking acroos the entire canyon takes about two day trips. While the area is rather difficult, there are some trails that are also suitable for children. Recommended starting points into the trail are the Gutach bridge near Kappel as well as the Schattenmühle in Löffingen-Göschweiler.
The area is home to 1,200 different species of plants and 500 types of butterflies. Many types of birds can also be found here and it is classified as a European Bird Reserve.
How to get there
There are several parking places for hikers to enter the gorge. The parking lots Wutachmühle (near Wutach), Boll (near Bonndorf) and Schattenmühle (near Bonndorf) are very suitable and free of charge.
The four stations closest to the gorge: Rötenbach (Friedenweiler), Löffingen, Döggingen (Bräunlingen) and Neustadt (Black Forest).
Between Löffingen railway station and the entrances to the Wutach gorge, a hiking bus runs between the end of April and October on weekends and public holidays.