Rickenbach has a very long history - it was first mentioned in an official document in 1257, when it was called "Rickinbach". The village quickly developed into a focal point of the southwestern Hotzenwald forest. As a state-recognised climatic health resort, Rickenbach is the ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and quiet and people who love sports.


In the village, the Catholic parish church of Sts. Gordian and Epimachus, one of the most important churches in the southwest of Germany, is an art gem. The artist Emil Wachter created a modern chancel image and an impressive glass window with unique colour brilliance.

The Energiemuseum in Hottingen provides information on the topic of energy and its production, which has shaped the region from time immemorial. A terrain model presents the past and present locations of hydroelectric power generation. In the museum's relaxing outdoor area there are various devices to try out.


Long tours along well-marked hiking trails will reveal magnificent views of the surrounding region, the Jura and the Swiss Alps.
The Murgtal Valley Path (total length: 24 kilometres) features wild, romantic gorges with waterfalls and rock tunnels. While you're out and about, the ruins of Wieladingen Castle, towering high above the Murgtal valley on a steep crag, are worth visiting. The castle keep, at c. 30 meters high, is imposing and will reward you with views down to the bottom of the gorge and up to the Swiss Alps.
Another high point along the way is the romantic Strahlbrusch waterfall. From a ledge (and secured by a railing!) you have a clear view of the 13-metre-high wild, thundering waterfall.

The Maisenhardt forest adventure trail at Egg consists of 18 stations and is c. 3.5 kilometres long. The trail mostly leads you through natural surroundings along unsurfaced paths and is also suitable for prams. Here there are interesting things to try out and experience, such as the bog field station, a mirror maze, the forest memory, a power station and much more. The large adventure playground with barbecue area offers children a lot of space for playing and letting off steam.

The 18-hole golf course and driving range benefits from an exceptional location on the Hotzenwald plateau, offering fascinating spectacles of the flora and fauna and a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps. The facility's large driving range has both open and covered tees. For newbies the golf club offers taster courses.

A scenically located glider airfield with restaurant and a launching spot for paragliders provide a panoramic view of the Hotzenwald forest landscape from a bird's eye perspective.
Tennis, riding, Nordic walking, cycling and mountain biking round off the many sports activities on offer.

Highlights in Rickenbach

Rickenbach - Segelflugplatz Hütten

freely accessible / always open

This is flying as nature intended – without an engine.

Burgruine Wieladingen

freely accessible / always open

Wieladingen Castle and its mighty keep – surely the most imposing feature of the present day ruins – crown a rocky promontory high above the Murgtal valley.

Rickenbach - Wasserfall Strahlbrusch

freely accessible / always open

The Strahlbrusch waterfall is located in the romantic wilds of the Murgtal, an eroded valley bursting with primal natural beauty south of Rickenbach in the Hotzenwald.

Rickenbach - Golfclub Rickenbach e. V.

The varied and challenging 18-hole golf course blends harmoniously into the delightful Hotzenwald landscape.

Rickenbach - Kath. Pfarrkirche St. Gordian und Epimach

freely accessible / always open

Built between 1838 and 1842, the Catholic church of St. Gordian and Epimach at Rickenbach is the heart of a parish whose roots stretch back to the Middle Ages.

Rickenbach - Energiemuseum

The museum of energy traces the development of energy generation in Hotzenwald through hydro-electric power, from the early days to the present time.

Hotzenwald Tourist-Info
Hauptstr. 7
79736 Rickenbach

phone +49 (0) 77 65 / 92 00 17
fax +49 (0) 77 65 / 92 00 30