Wolfach Travel Guide

  • Wolfach
    by Kathrin_E
  • Wolfach
    by Kathrin_E
  • Wolfach
    by Kathrin_E

Wolfach Things to Do

  • Rafters Monuments

    Wolfach's modest wealth in former times derived from the profession of rafting. Wood cutting and trade are aabout the only ways to make a living from the land in a mountain region with no space for fields and few meadows. The wood was tied to rafts and transported down the Kinzig river to be sold on the markets of Strasbourg and elsewhere. The...

  • Jakobus Chapel in the Forest

    The pilgrimage route through the Black Forest is an old one. The first chapel here was founded in 1433 but destroyed in the 30 Years War. It was then repaired and the pilgrimage reintroduced. Due to aumenting numbers of pilgrims a larger chapel, the present one, was built in 1680. The interior is ornated with three elaborate baroque altars. The...

  • Pilgrimage on the Camino di Santiago

    Huh? Yes indeed, there is a stretch of the Camino di Santiago that hits Wolfach. Pilgrimage is highly en vogue and a Jakobusweg from Loßburg to Schutterwald has recently been remarked. In the forest above the town there is an old pilgrimage chapel dedicated to St Jakobus the Elder, or St James as the English-speaking world calls him. Even if you...

  • Protestant Church

    There is a second, much smaller church by the river opposite the old town: the church of the protestant community, who are a minority in town. This church is administered as a filial by the parson in nearby Kirnbach.The facades show a 19th century historistic appearance but the interior of the little church is entirely modern.

  • Catholic Church of St Laurentius

    The parish church of the predominantly catholic town is located on the opposite river bank, where a suburb has already formed in medieval times. Tower, southern facade and choir show medieval elements. The late gothic choir dates from the 15th century. The inner walls show rests of faded frescoes, the topic of the pictures is hard to guess. The...

  • Roman Milestone

    Already the ancient Romans used the Kinzig valley as a major travel route from Strasbourg to Raetia (today Württemberg). A copy of an ancient Roman milestone has been put up by the Kinzig bridge. The inscription dates the building of the road to 73/74 A.D. The distance to Argentorate (Strasbourg) is given as 20 miles (32 kms).

  • Town Hall

    The neo-Renaissance town hall pretends to be older than it is. It substituted an older precedessor in the late 19th century, the date above the door says 1893.The large mural on the gable is an even younger addition. It was painted in the 1930s. After the end of the war the obvious Nazi elements have been removed and substituted by 'harmless'...

  • Hauptstraße - Main Street

    Wolfach's main street leads from the castle and gate tower to the Kinzig bridge. Its remarkable width tells of its function as market square. Nowadays there are several restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating, very pleasant. Due to the fires that hit Wolfach several times, the houses along the main street mostly date from the 18th and 19th...

  • The Castle

    The Kinzig valley has always been a major route through the Black Forest in West-Eastern direction. Not all passers-by came with peaceful intentions. Whenever a war was around, troops passed here. The town has seen a number of destructions and fires in its history.After the desastrous experience of the 30 Years War, the Counts of Fürstenberg built...


Wolfach Hotels

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  • Silencehotel Adler

    St. Roman, Wolfach, Baden-Wurttemberg, 77709, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Kirnbacher Hof

    Untere Bahnhofstr.6, Wolfach, 77709, de

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Kreuz

    Hauptstrasse 18, Wolfach, Baden-Wurttemberg, 77709, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Wolfach Transportation

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    by Kathrin_E Updated Mar 7, 2011

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    Wolfach is connected to the world by the Ortenau S-Bahn, a network of tiny and cute (photo 2) but modern and reliable local trains centered in Offenburg. The relevant route runs from Offenburg to Freudenstadt via Gengenbach, Haslach, Hausach, Wolfach, Schiltach, and Alpirsbach. These trains run once per hour, also on weekends.

    The easiest connection to regional trains is in Hausach, just 4 minutes away. Here the S-Bahn enters resp. leaves the Schwarzwaldbahn route Karlsruhe-Konstanz. Unless there are delays somewhere the connections work well with a 12-15 minute interval for changing trains.

    The line is part of the regional network named Tarifverbund Ortenau - unfortunately their website is in German only. Connections can also be found via http://www.bahn.de

    Wolfach train station Ortenau S-Bahn in Hausach station
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Wolfach Local Customs

  • Fastnacht: The Monday Parade

    Wolfach is one of the busiest places in the Alemannic Fastnacht: In the run of eight days they have twelve parades in their little town, and they still find time to join parades in neighbouring towns. The biggest parade, though, is the one of Monday afternoon, starting at 14:00. The jesters assemble outside the castle gate and then parade along the...

  • Narrenbrunnen - the Jester Fountain

    Wolfach celebrates an elaborate carnival of the Alemannic Fastnacht style with 12 different parades and whatnot. So far I have only had the chance to attend the events on Monday afternoon (see the other Local Custom tips). The jester fountain assembles the main figures and events. Photo 2: The five jester types (Hansel) with the Wohlauf in the...

  • Fastnacht: Wohlauf - the Awakening

    On Carnival Monday in the wee hours of the morning, at 5:30 a.m. to be exact, the town is awakened by the Wohlauf song. In fact, everyone is already awake because they are all out in the street, but anyway... The Wohlauf singer is rolled along in a huge bed and accompanied by hundreds of jesters in white nightshirts. Every now and then they...


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