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  • Griesbacher Wasserfall
    Griesbacher Wasserfall
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Magnificent views, imposing rock formations and hidden places of power, a waterfall in pristine nature - there is a lot to discover on this almost 7-kilometer tour.
Distance 6.9 km
3:00 h
427 m
316 m
953 m
580 m
The start is at the summer ski jumping hill. Now we go to the Griesbacher waterfall, which cascades over the rocks. On moss-covered stone steps along the waterfall you have to conquer the first ascent. And uphill for the next few kilometers, past the Sexauer Hütte, over adventurous paths and stairs to the Teufelskanzel, a large rock formation on the way. The challenging part of the tour is now over, because after the Bear Rock, the narrow root path ends at the Marienruhe viewpoint at an altitude of 900 meters. It is worth taking a break here, where you can enjoy the wonderful mountain panorama. The view extends over Bad Griesbach, located in the valley, to the Black Forest National Park.

It now goes downhill in a zigzag, past the Rappenenschliff, a gigantic steep gully with broken rocks in the red sandstone. In the further course we cross the so-called Silbereck, an area not far from the Haberer Tower where silver ore was formerly mined.

The Haberer Tower marks the end of the tour. The 16 meter high, sandstone-walled tower was built in 1899 in honor of the former medical councilor and sponsor of the Renchtal baths, Dr. Albert Haberer.

Special tip for those interested in mushrooms

If you look closely, you will quickly discover that this bizarre nature offers the ideal ground for all kinds of mushrooms. If you want, you can find out something worth knowing from the accompanying information boards and immerse yourself in the fabulous world of mushrooms.

Author’s recommendation

There is a fountain at the Sexauer Hütte. Here you can refill your water bottle with fresh spring water before the further ascent.
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Update: April 01, 2023
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Highest point
Bärenfelsen, 953 m
Lowest point
Kreuzkopfschanze, 580 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 37.85%Forested/wild trail 32.91%Path 29.22%
Dirt road
2.6 km
Forested/wild trail
2.3 km
2 km
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Safety information

The steps along the way can be slippery when it rains. Surefootedness is necessary in some places.

Tips and hints

Tour descriptions and maps are available from the Bad Peterstal Tourist Information Office 


Kreuzkopfschanze Bad Peterstal-Griesbach (597 m)
48.447723, 8.240491
48°26'51.8"N 8°14'25.8"E
32U 443836 5366343
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Kreuzkopfschanze Bad Peterstal-Griesbach

Turn-by-turn directions

From the ski jumping hill we follow the signs to the Griesbacher waterfall. Here we cross the bridge and climb the stairs on the opposite side until we come across a wider meadow path. We go left uphill to the forest road, cross this straight ahead and take the small path uphill.

After a short time, this path crosses a wide gravel road again. We go left, follow the signs to the Sexauer hut. We leave the hut on the left and continue uphill to the “Teufelskanzel” location, turn right there and stay on the path that leads us over stairs directly to the Teufelskanzel. We climb this partly on steps, partly on foot-wide paths - surefootedness and careful hiking are required here!

After the Teufelskanzel, the path meets a wide gravel path again. We turn right and follow this for about 500 meters, then hike right at the Wildwies location over a foot-wide path past the Bärenfelsen to Marienruhe. There we keep left downhill to the next intersection, then right again. A narrow path zigzags downhill to the Rappenschliff location, over the Silbereckle to the Haberer Tower.

After we have enjoyed the view from the tower, we go back the same way for about 50 meters before a small path turns off on the left. The path ends above the Kreuzkopfschanze, just turn right once more and we are back at the starting point.

Public transport

From Offenburg (ICE and IC stop) or Appenweier you can reach Bad Peterstal-Griesbach with the Ortenau-S-Bahn.

Ortenau-S-Bahn (OSB): main train station Bad Griesbach

Southwest bus: station at the church

From here it is approx. 1 kilometer to the Kreuzkopfschanze.

By road

Both the Rheintalautobahn (A5) and the Bodenseautobahn (A81) can be reached quickly via the federal road 28.

How to get to the hiking car park at Kreuzkopfschanze: Autobahn A5, exit Appenweier, B28 via Oberkirch and Oppenau to Bad Peterstal-Griesbach, exit from Bad Griesbach, the entrance to the Kreuzkopfschanze is on the right-hand side

the A81 motorway, exit Horb, B28 via Freudenstadt to Bad Peterstal-Griesbach, center of Bad Peterstal, the entrance to Bad Griesbach, the entrance to the Kreuzkopfschanze is on the left


Free parking at the Kreuzkopfschanze

Please note that the parking lot at the ski jump can be overcrowded on the weekends of ski jumping. Please use the public parking spaces in town!


48.447723, 8.240491
48°26'51.8"N 8°14'25.8"E
32U 443836 5366343
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Bad Peterstal-Griesbach hiking brochure

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map Bad Peterstal-Griesbach


Good footwear, if necessary also hiking sticks

TIP: LOWA hiking boots can be borrowed and tested outdoors in the LOWA test center of the Bad Peterstal Tourist Information Center!

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Questions and answers

Question from Jochen Klinger · April 26, 2021 · Community
gpx track verfügbar?
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Hallo Herr Klinger, sie können sich unter den GPX Track oben rechts über dem Bad Peterstal Logo downloaden.
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Heinz Lausch
January 11, 2023 · Community
Einfach eine tolle Tour, ich hatte noch das Glück dass oben Winterwunderland über Nacht kam mit gut 10 cm Schnee. Schön wäre es noch gewesen wenn man die Lettstätter Hütte in den Wanderweg mit einbezogen hätte. Aber auch so wunderschön zu wandern auch die neu gestaltete Marienhöhe. Absolut zu empfehlen diese Wanderung
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When did you do this route? January 10, 2023
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Ralf Dirr
January 08, 2023 · Community
Tolle Wanderung, absolut empfehlenswert!
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When did you do this route? January 08, 2023
Harry Heilmann 
November 13, 2022 · Community
Wir haben zwar die Tour etwas verlängert und sind bis zum Glaswaldsee gewandert, haben auf dem Rückweg auch den Haberer Turm besucht, aber den Teufelskanzelsteig haben wir uns selbstverständlich nicht entgehen lassen. Es geht auch schmalen Pfaden und über Stufen hinauf, an der Teufelskanzel vorbei bsi man herrliche Aussichten genießen kann. Der Weg ist hervorragend ausgeschildert und hat richtig Spaß gemacht. Hier lasse ich gerne 5 Sterne da, denn dieser Weg ist wirklich wunderschön und abwechslungsreich.
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When did you do this route? November 13, 2022
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3:00 h
427 m
316 m
Highest point
953 m
Lowest point
580 m
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