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  Triberg Falls, Black Forest
by CatherineReichardt

Unlikely though it might seem, Germany's biggest waterfall is not somewhere in the Alps, but in the small Black Forest town of Triberg.

Now obviously, there are many ways to determine 'biggest' when it comes to waterfalls, and these debates keep purists happily occupied in heated debate, especially when there is mileage to be gained in tourist campaigns. Is the the greatest distance that water falls from top to bottom? The highest single drop? The widest? The largest flow?

Well, in Triberg's case, 'biggest' means longest total drop from top to bottom. In this case, the Gutach River has scoured out a fault zone in the granite to create a series of seven cascades that drop a total of 163m.

The falls are pretty rather than spectacular, and much of their charm lies in the surrounding woodland. Compared to the steep gradients in the rest of town, the walk from the car park to the falls is relatively flat, and, better still, the woods are home to a group of enchanting red squirrels.

I have only visited in summer, but I suspect that this is one of those fortunate tourist attractions that would be gorgeous in any season: in spring with the vibrant green of trees coming into new leaf, in autumn when the leaves are on the turn and in winter, when icicles and snow must transform the falls into a wonderland.

Coming from Britain, where the native red squirrels have all but been driven into extinction by bully boy grey squirrel imports, I still get very excited at the sight of the slight, tufty eared red squirrel, which fortunately is still relatively common in Germany. The squirrels here are fairly habituated to people, so particularly if you're travelling with children, be sure to bring some nuts along to feed them - just please ensure that these are unsalted, as the salt plays havoc with their health.

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2011
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