Go for a ride and discover the Museum Railway from Blumberg, following the valley of the Wutach river, to Weizen, a part of the town of Stühlingen. The unusual route, planned in 1887 for strategic reasons and running very close to the Swiss border, gave its name to the "Sauschwänzlebahn" (Pigtail Railway). Imposing bridges, viaducts, loops and Germany's only rail tunnel that turns back on itself are an impressive evidence of the best art of engineering.
The landmark of the town Stühlingen is the castle Hohenlupfen. It was supposedly built on the foundation of a Roman watchtower. According to tradition, here started the Peasant War in 1524. The castle grew into its present shape in 1620, since 1639 it has been the property of the noble family Fürstenberg. The Hohenlupfen can be visited on the occasion of the Schlossfestspiele (Castle Festival) in summer.
The Wutachschlucht (Wutach Ravine) is one of the last natural savage river in Central Europe. The Wutach and its tributaries form an overwhelming landscape with steep rock faces and impenetrable forests. The gorge has been strict protected since 1939, as it shows the history of the Earth straight out of the textbook. This jewel, with a unique variety of fauna and flora, is an unforgettable experience for every hiker.
Make a trip to the Black Forest with its dark forests and the huge Black Forest Houses. Visit the "Hüsli" in Rothaus, which became renowned thanks to the German television series "Schwarzwaldklinik" (Black Forest Clinic). As museum of Local History of the Waldshut area, it houses a collection of old Black Forest art.
The wildlife and amusement park in Löffingen attracts the visitors with play and fun. In the extensive natural preserves live native animals like red deers, wild boars as well as lynxes, wolves, apes, bisons and yaks. The summer toboggan and an originally arranged playground will be fun for children and adults alike.
The Schluchsee Lake is a savage beauty and a paradise for watersports. It is the largest lake in the Black Forest - a reservoir lake whose dam has a height of 63 metres and was built in 1933.
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The historic Old Town of Schaffhausen is a real point of interest with its Renaissance houses, painted facades, numerous fountains and squares. Over the town looms the mediaeval Munot fortress. Today the former Benedictine monastery "Allerheiligen" (All Saints) is a museum well-known beyond this area and it houses an extraordinary Art and Cultural History collection.
Not far from Schaffhausen, the Rhine with its Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall, offers an imposing spectacle. 373 cubic metres of water of the still young river fall every second from a height of 23 metres in the depth thundering over the rocks.
The water of the well-known thermal spa Bad Zurzach rises from a sodium sulphate (also known as Glauber's Salt) spring at a depth of 1000 metres to surface and has a temperature of almost 40°C. The water massages and relaxes your body wholesomely. It is particularly helpful in the treatment and prevention of rheumatic complaints or in case of limb movement and circulatory disorders.
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