Gengenbach - Schutterwald
GENGENBACH - Ortenberg (6 km) - Großer Deich - Offenburg (4 km) - Albersbösch - city forest - SCHUTTERWALD (4 km)
Total: approx. 16 km
This stage starts at the Gengenbach town hall (172 m) - we walk west along the main road - past the Niggelturm (tower) to Friedrichstrasse. There we cross (left) the railway line parallel to the railway to the cardboard factory Koehler, turn left and go along the Grünstrasse to Kinzig dam.
We continue on the dam towards the west until we reach a small bridge over a drainage dam.
At this point you have the possibility to make a worthwhile detour to the Ohlsbach Sole-Mineralbrunnen mit Wassertretstelle (brine mineral well with water treading place).
About 300m before the Ortenberger Kinzigbrücke (bridge across the river Kinzig) we leave the dam, first walk directly to the Ortenberger Schloss (castle), then around the sports facility and cross a busy road and come back to the Kinzig dam. In a large curve the dam leads us to the "Großer Deich" with a mighty weir, we cross over the footbridge to the other side of Kinzig and walk past the "Gifizsee" (lake with outdoor pool) over the "Kurt-Schumacher-Brücke" ("Kurt-Schumacher-Bridge"), underpass the highway and continue again on the dam to the railway bridge. There we leave the Kinzig dam and walk southwest along the railway line to the Feldschlößle inn, where we pass under the “Rheintalbahn” (Rhine valley railway). Through the Offenburg district Kreuzschlag we reach the city forest (pilgrims cross) and walk in the direction of St. Jakobuskirche (St. Jakob church) in Schutterwald (151 m), the end of today's stage.