Sulzbach Valley Wasserpfad
An adventurous 4.5 kilometre trail along the Sulzbach River takes you over bridges and stepping stones, past rare plants and animals. You can observe countless species of animals in their natural habitat. Visitors have six friends who join them along the way: a stone crayfish, a kingfisher, a caddisfly, a fire salamander, a dragonfly and a bullhead. You can also see these friends on the trail's logo, and they will explain their habitat in the Sulzbach to visitors.
For children and youngsters, there are interactive stops en route where they can explore the river's fauna for themselves. Or they can do experiments in the green classroom at the Badenova Water Station: young visitors can play at the five water workstations, while learning interesting facts about water purification.
You can walk the trail independently, or take a guided tour (maximum group size ten people; larger groups must set off at 15-minute intervals). Visitors need to be sure-footed, and wear waterproof footwear. The route is not passable in the event of flood, thunder or storm! The trail is completely closed from 1 October to 30 April.
Rules in paradise
The Sulzbach is a biotope, and so subject to strict protection.
The following rules therefore apply:
- The trail is open to visitors only from 1 May to 30 September.
- Groups are always limited to a maximum of ten people (leaving at 15-minute intervals).
- Caution, danger of slipping! Bring your waterproof footwear!
- Dead wood and rotten branches may fall down!
- Do not leave the trail; emergency routes off the trail are signposted.
- The trail will be closed following heavy rainfall and storms.
- Walking the trail is at your own risk.
- Do not litter – please take it home with you!
- You can stop for a break at the Sulzbachtalhütte.
Many routes lead to the Suzbachtal Wasserpfad.
If you are travelling by car, take the Lahr exit from the A5 motorway, and continue on the B36 and then straight ahead on the B415 towards Lahr. After the Lahr place-name sign, turn right towards Sulz. Stay on the B415, and take Lahrer Strasse through Sulz. Before a right-hand bend, turn left onto Bachstrasse. Follow the signs for 'Naturbad Sulz' swimming pool, and for 'Wasserpfad Sulzbachtal'. Parking is available at the swimming pool.
By train, take the local train from Freiburg or Offenburg and alight at Lahr station. From there, take bus number 105 towards Sulz, and alight at the Sulz Kirche (Sulz church) stop.
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