42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg
42 Aargauer Weg

Hiking

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Aargauer Weg

Stage 1, Frick–Wittnau

Route report
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Aargauer Weg

Our walk today through the lush pastures and romantic Jura forests was once inhabited by dinosaurs 210 million years ago. Hike past the Alt-Tierstein ruins and along the ridge with a view across the Table Jura to the Black Forest. The trail leads to Wittnau via the Buschberg Chapel, a place of pilgrimage and power.
After Frick, the home of the Dinosaur Museum, the path rises, leading past pretty farmhouses, lush meadows and apple and cherry trees towards the ruins at Alt-Tierstein. This part of the trail is a unique experience, particularly in spring when the cherry trees are in blossom. The castle site offers a wonderful view across the Table Jura. Built on a landslide boulder, Alt-Tierstein is considered the ancestral castle of the counts of Tierstein and was inhabited from the 11th to the 15th century.

At the highest point of the route on the Tiersteinberg (750 m above sea level), the varied path runs by some beautiful fire pits. The ridge once again affords fantastic, sweeping views across the plateaus and to the Black Forest. At the Buschberg, it’s worth making a short detour to the right to visit the chapel of the same name, a popular pilgrimage site. Legend has it that the miller Benedikt Martin had an accident here in 1668 with his cart – or narrowly escaped one, for a «lucky stone» saved his shins from being crushed by the wheels. The area around the Buschberg Chapel has also become known as a place of power in recent years after an exceptional force was reportedly detected here using a rod and pendulum. One thing is for sure: the lush and expansive meadows in the peaceful forest clearing are an inviting place to stay.

The hike continues past the remains of the prehistoric fortress on the Wittnauer Horn, whose walls are still clearly visible. The site was first settled by Celts in the Bronze and Iron Age. Later, it was the Romans who sought refuge here. At the foot of the «Sunnehalde» state forest, the trail passes the idyllic Lourdes Grotto and makes its way down to Wittnau.
Our walk today through the lush pastures and romantic Jura forests was once inhabited by dinosaurs 210 million years ago. Hike past the Alt-Tierstein ruins and along the ridge with a view across the Table Jura to the Black Forest. The trail leads to Wittnau via the Buschberg Chapel, a place of pilgrimage and power.
After Frick, the home of the Dinosaur Museum, the path rises, leading past pretty farmhouses, lush meadows and apple and cherry trees towards the ruins at Alt-Tierstein. This part of the trail is a unique experience, particularly in spring when the cherry trees are in blossom. The castle site offers a wonderful view across the Table Jura. Built on a landslide boulder, Alt-Tierstein is considered the ancestral castle of the counts of Tierstein and was inhabited from the 11th to the 15th century.

At the highest point of the route on the Tiersteinberg (750 m above sea level), the varied path runs by some beautiful fire pits. The ridge once again affords fantastic, sweeping views across the plateaus and to the Black Forest. At the Buschberg, it’s worth making a short detour to the right to visit the chapel of the same name, a popular pilgrimage site. Legend has it that the miller Benedikt Martin had an accident here in 1668 with his cart – or narrowly escaped one, for a «lucky stone» saved his shins from being crushed by the wheels. The area around the Buschberg Chapel has also become known as a place of power in recent years after an exceptional force was reportedly detected here using a rod and pendulum. One thing is for sure: the lush and expansive meadows in the peaceful forest clearing are an inviting place to stay.

The hike continues past the remains of the prehistoric fortress on the Wittnauer Horn, whose walls are still clearly visible. The site was first settled by Celts in the Bronze and Iron Age. Later, it was the Romans who sought refuge here. At the foot of the «Sunnehalde» state forest, the trail passes the idyllic Lourdes Grotto and makes its way down to Wittnau.
12 km
440 m | 400 m
3 h 20 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Frick
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note postbus recommendation No. 297 Frick–Wittnau
Bypass Tiersteinberg
297
Bypass Tiersteinberg
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Frick, Bahnhof–Wittnau, Post
or
Wittnau, Post–Frick, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 400m.
SBB Timetable
Ascent Salhöhe
298
Ascent Salhöhe
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Aarau, Bahnhof–Salhöhe
or
Salhöhe–Aarau, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 400m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Wittnau, alte Post
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Contact

Signpost management
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Aargauer Wanderwege
Dorfstrasse 7
5036 Oberentfelden
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Restaurant Adler
Hotel Restaurant Adler
Frick
Hotel Restaurant Platanenhof
Hotel Restaurant Platanenhof
Frick
Landgasthof Krone
Landgasthof Krone
Wittnau
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Places

Frick
Frick
Wittnau AG
Wittnau AG
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization