Löffingen Things to Do

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    Witterschnee Pilgrim Church

    by Loeffle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Witterschnee

    This church is located 1km North West of Loeffingen's city centre, cutting the distance between Loeffingen and Schwarzwaldpark/Waldbad in two one km pieces.

    The myth behind this church is the following:
    Around the year 1732 a trader got lost in a heavy snowstorm and praying to God "Give me a sign and when I survive and I will build a cross for you here to thank you". The next morning he heard the church bells of Loeffingen, and some forest workers found him (almost frozen to death) on his way to town.

    The trader kept his promise and built a wooden cross. But cold winters caused it to break down quickly. Anyway people started "hearing strange voices and sounds" around that spot and built therefore a new cross out of better wood with a small roof to protect it from wind, snow and rain. This can still be see today (part of the old wooden church besides the bigger one out of stone).

    This smaller wooden chapel around the roof was built in 1846, because more and more pilgrims came to visit the place. In 1894 the chapel became too small and a pilgrimage church out of stone was built.

    Nowadays there are at least three bigger pilgrimages every year. From Mai to August there's a mass every Monday at 19:00 and church should be open at daytime. Rest of the year the church is locked. Then you should go or drive 500 m in direction Schwarzwaldpark/Waldbad and stop at the farm/house to the left. The inhabitants have the key to the church.
    "Witterschnee" is old German and means "wide snow" relating to the wide and snowy plains in winter.

    You can see the church also when you drive on B 31 from Freiburg to Donaueschingen. Just leave B 31 at Loeffingen and take a look!

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    Lotenbachklamm

    by himalia11 Written Jul 25, 2010

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    Waterfall in the Lotenbach gorge
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    The Lotenbachklamm is another gorge that joins the Wutach gorge at the Schattenmühle. There are car parks at both ends. The gorge is very nice - it's a narrow gorge with rocks and some lovely waterfalls and the path is not difficult to go although it's a bit steep. But it's just 1,5 km and it took us a bit more than 30 minutes to walk from Schattenmühle to the car park. We already were pretty exhausted from our long hike before and did a short break - it's always great to put your feet in the cold water!

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    Schleifenbach waterfalls

    by himalia11 Written Jul 25, 2010

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    The Schleifenbachfälle are some waterfalls west of Blumberg. If you walk stage 2 of the Schluchtsteig hiking path, you will automatically pass them. Coming from Blumberg, a 8m high ladder goes down to the waterfalls. I had read about this and prefered to not take this ladder, so we came from the other side and walked there from Achdorf. From there it's a steep but wide path through the fields and the forest until it goes down in a few serpentines on a smaller path to the waterfalls. It took us 30 minutes to reach the two waterfalls. It's a nice place!

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    Gauchachschlucht

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    Gauchach gorge at the inn Burgm��hle
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    The Gauchachschlucht is the gorge of the river Gauchach which joins the Wutach west of the Wutachmühle. It's nice as well - smaller than the Wutach gorge but less wild than the Lotenbach gorge. The path goes over several bridges, always close to the river, sometimes along the rocks. In the gorge also is an inn called Burgmühle that offers some snacks and accomodation. There also is another gorge that joins the Gauchach gorge which is the "Enge Schlucht".

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    Enge Schlucht

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    The narrow gorge
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    The "Enge Schlucht" (narrow gorge) is indeed a narrow gorge. It starts east of Löffingen-Bachheim and ends a bit north of the Burgmühle in the Gauchach gorge. You can take the 3-gorge-loop-trail and walk through the Wutach gorge, Gauchach gorge and Enge Schlucht - it took us 4 hours, with several stops.
    The Enge Schlucht is really a nice gorge, but at several parts it was very muddy and slippery although it hadn't rained for a few days. The river even had few or rather none water. The path mostly goes above the gorge and is pretty steep (in contrast to the Gauchach gorge), we were happy when we finally made it! It's about 4 km from the Gauchach river to the hiking car park in Bachheim and we needed 1,5 hours for this.

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    Wutachschlucht and Schluchtensteig

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    The Wutachschlucht is the 33 km long gorge of the river Wutach - or rather a series of three gorges. The river Wutach first is named Gutach until it joins the Haslach river near Lenzkirch. Already at these two rivers you find nice valleys. The gorges then end in Stühlingen-Grimmelshofen, but the Wutach continues until it joins the Rhine river. It's a very nice area for hiking although I more liked the narrow gorges from the tributary rivers!

    The hiking path along the gorge is called Schluchtensteig. This long distance hiking path spans not only the Wutachschlucht but also other gorges like the Wehraschlucht. It goes from Stühlingen until Wehr and has 118 km. The Schluchtensteig is divided into 6 stages that can be walked in one day each. We walked a good part of the stages 2 (Blumberg - Schattenmühle) and 3 (Schattenmühle - Schluchsee-Oberfischbach) and mostly liked the piece from Bad Boll to the Wutachmühle. Here you find a nice waterfall and the path goes along some rocks, sometimes high above the Wutach - I still wonder that I managed to walk there, with my vertigo! Please see my travelogues for more photos & information.

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    Hexenbrunnen (witches fountain)

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    Witches fountain

    This fountain is a kind of carnival fountain. In Löffingen there are three groups that take part in carnival, one of them is the witches group which was founded in 1934. They consist of only men who wear self-made masks. This witch group did donate this fountain in 1975, and there had been quite some discussions if this fountain should be really placed there.
    If you want to learn more about the carnival traditions, you can visit the carnival museum in the Maienländer Tor.

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    Demetrius fountain

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    Demetrius fountain

    Saint Demetrius is the patron saint of Löffingen. You can find the reliquies in the church St. Michael. The original fountain was destroyed during WWII by a bomb. The statue fortunately kept intact and a new fountain was built in 1953, with the statue on it.

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    Maienländer Gate

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    Mail��nder Tor

    The Maienländer Tor (or Mailänder Tor) is a nice red-painted gate and is one of the city gates. There originally had been three gates, but only the Maienländer Tor is left. It was built 1580 but did burn down in 1921 and was rebuilt afterwards, with a larger passage.

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    Market square with town hall

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 25, 2010

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    Market square & town hall
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    Löffingen had been a market town since a long time and mainly grain was traded. It's a small square at which you find all kind of nice houses, among them the town hall. When the old town hall became too small in 1831, a new one was built that you can see today.

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    Schwarzwaldpark

    by Loeffle Updated May 27, 2003

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    Plan of Schwarzwaldpark

    This is a very popular "kind of" theme park for young and old, located just 2 km's North West of Loeffingen.

    You can easily reach it directly from B 31, through the town or by food/bus from station (hourly connections to Freiburg/Titisee or Donaueschingen).

    Originally this park was a little zoo with local animals as mayor attractions. Through the years the park was expanded and "fun events" like wild water rafting, oldtimer track, bob racing track and other things like that were built. Especially children and teenagers love those things.

    Schwarzwaldpark combines a zoo with a theme park so it offers a bit of both worlds. Of course you can also eat something there (cafe, cafeteria, restaurant) or even stay for a couple of nights in the new wellness Black Forest Park hotel.

    The Park is open from april to november. Entrance fee is 4 EURO (age 15 and below)/ 7 EURO

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