Leisure Activities and Excursions

Leisure activities

In Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach you can find all kinds of leisure activities.


Inform yourself also on the pages of the municipality Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach and at the tourist information, Kurhausstr. 2.


Go for a swim

At the edge of the forest on the Kniebis lies the idyllic forest outdoor pool with a large swimming pool, a children's pool and a baby paddling pool as well as a large lawn and children's playground. In the district of Schapbach is the Wolftal adventure pool, which has just been completely renovated.

Mountain biking

With many routes and paths Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach is a real paradise for enthusiasts in this sport. 

Nordic Walking

The paths in the Black Forrest are also ideal for Nordic walking. In the surrounding areas of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach you'll find numerous possibilities for this healthy activity. 


The hilly surroundings of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach and the numerous side valleys are ideal for hikes and walks of all kinds.

Day trips from here


Here are some suggested destinations for wonderful day trips in the Black Forest, in the Alsace region, Lake of Constance region, and beyond.


Further information is also available on the websites of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach and on the official website of offiziellen Seiten des Schwarzwaldtourismus.

Excursions in the Black Forest region

Black Forest National Park

The Black Forrest National Park (German: Nationalpark Schwarzwald) was created on 1 January 2014 and is the first national park in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The national park has an area of 10,062 hectares and lies on the main crest of the Northern Black Forest, mainly between the Black Forest High Road (Schwarzwaldhochstraße) and the valley of the Murg. It comprises two separate areas, around Ruhestein and Hoher Ochsenkopf/Plättig and lies within the Central/North Black Forest Nature Park (Naturpark Schwarzwald Mitte/Nord). The park was officially opened on 3 May 2014.


is a world-famous historic spa town with a renowned casino and great shopping.


Freiburg has a lot to offer: stroll through the historic old town, where you could spend some time in one of the many cafes and cosy pubs, or indulge in some traditional Badisch cuisine and hospitality. 


The city is built in form of the board game Nine Men's Morris with the largest market square in Germany. Shops, cafés and restaurants invite you for shopping, to go for a walk or to enjoy the culinary delights. You can also find green oases and parks with fountains and works of art where you can relax and rest a while. 

Triberg Waterfalls 

are the highest waterfalls of Germany.

Europapark Rust

Germany's biggest amusement park is awaiting you with many attractions. You can enjoy the SilverStart, the largest roller coaster in Europe, whitewater rafting, or a flight simulator, and if you’re after less action-packed activities you can attend an ice-skating performance or a cabaret show.

Alternative Wolf & Bärenpark

Is located 9 km from the Gästehaus Absbachtal between Bad Rippoldsau and Schapbach. It can be reached comfortably by car or bicycle. It is worth a visit in any season. In the park you can observe the bears and wolves in their natural habitat. The wolves and bears that live here all come from circuses and other non appropriate habitats. Here, they are brought back to their original way of life and can spend their final years as wild animals again.

Excursions in Alsace region


Strasbourg, seventh city of France and prefecture of Bas-Rhin, is the intellectual and economic capital of Alsace. It is ideally situated at the centre of an international communications hub, making the city the perfect choice as the headquarters for European institutions. It’s beautiful historic streets and delicious Flammkueche will lure you in.

Excursions to Lake Constance


Rhine Falls in Schaffhausen
Every year, more than 1 million visitors enjoy the magnificent natural spectacle offered by the Rhine Falls. Depending on the time of the year, between 250 and 600 m3 of water per second plummet to the depths. Visitors can walk around the basin, cross the bridge above the Rhine Falls to Castle Laufen on the other side and proceed from there to the 'Känzeli' observation platform, a most spectacular viewpoint built directly beside the water.

Mainau Island
The Flower Island of Mainau in Lake Constance is worth a visit at any time of the year. The island is one enormous park, in which a beautiful palace church, magnificent rose gardens, tropical greenhouses and an old Baroque palace can be found. There are special interest themes which change every year. Other attractions include the butterfly house, arboretum with the Grand Ducal tree collection, Italian floral and water cascade and palm house with an orchid show in spring and, last but not least, the Mainau children's park with a playground, the Märklin garden railway, floral animals, farm, petting zoo and pony rides. 

Excursions in the North Baden + Palatinate region and in the Dreyeckland region



The name of Heidelberg stands not only for its world-famous castle, for Germany's oldest university and for lanes steeped in history in the Old Town, but also for a varied cultural scene. This attracts 3.5 million guests from all over the world every year.



Speyer is located on the Rhine, one of the most heavily traveled waterways in the world. Speyer, “The Emperor's City”, has had a rich and turbulent past as seat of Germany’s emperors. Its world-famous cathedral will surely blow your mind. Religious architecture steeped in history, impressive facades of various styles, winding alleys and romantic squares express the character of the city. 



Basel is a European cultural centre: almost 40 museums, amongst them famous 'Fondation Beyeler' and the 'Kunstmuseum', the Basel Theatre staging plays, operas and ballet, as well as 25 further small theatres, a musical stage, countless galleries, music stages of all sizes and over 40 cinema screens all contribute to a rich cultural life. The city ranks with the European élite in the fine arts, as is demonstrated by its hosting 'Art Basel', the world's leading contemporary art fair. 

Spend your next vacation with us in the Black Forest and enjoy a variety of leisure activities!

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