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The Mutzbach Waterfall – One of Nature’s gems

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A hike through the peaceful wooded Mutzgraben to the 14 m high Mutzbach Waterfall, then on to Wynigen over the gently undulating heights of the Wynigenberge. Short sections are on paved surfaces, even outside the residential area.
easy
Distance 8.3 km
2:20 h
280 m
250 m
696 m
496 m
From the bus stop at Riedtwil railway station (no longer in service), our first stop is in the village centre. Next we follow the Oschwand road to the somewhat dilapidated old mill. The next section along the Mutzbach stream takes us through a delightful landscape. The Mutzbach itself meanders among the wooded hillsides from one side of the valley to the other, with crossing points at many a little bridge. As the valley gradually narrows, the hiking trail becomes a grassy track. Very soon the gushing sound of the Mutzbach Waterfall becomes clearly audible. These vast volumes of water, considerable in spring, cascade down a sheer sandstone rock face into a cauldron, with a stairway going around it. There is even a short metal ladder to take us up a small rock face. A narrow path blasted into the rock runs along the upper edge of the cauldron before crossing the stream on a small wooden bridge and following the water through a magnificent beech forest as it carves its course into the sandstone. Next up is a rather steep climb up to the heights of Rüedisbach. The panoramic views open up more and more as we cross from Hinter Leggiswil to Riedere, from where a narrow path leads us along a sandstone ravine down to Wynigen. The church with the delicate Dutch gable tower is where Albert Bitzius (Jeremias Gotthelf) was wed to Henriette Zeender.
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Author
Markus Schluep 
Update: November 21, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
696 m
Lowest point
496 m
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Track types

Asphalt 17.76%Forested/wild trail 48.26%Path 12.39%Road 21.57%
Asphalt
1.5 km
Forested/wild trail
4 km
Path
1 km
Road
1.8 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant
's Trio Beizli - Rüedisbach
Landgasthof zur Linde - Wynigen
Restaurant Bahnhof - Wynigen

Safety information

The vast majority of this route is along hiking trails.

Tips and hints

Start

Riedtwil (496 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'619'358E 1'221'067N
DD
47.140295, 7.693823
DMS
47°08'25.1"N 7°41'37.8"E
UTM
32T 400957 5221582
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Destination

Wynigen

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'619'358E 1'221'067N
DD
47.140295, 7.693823
DMS
47°08'25.1"N 7°41'37.8"E
UTM
32T 400957 5221582
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wandervorschlag aus dem Wanderbuch Kurzwanderungen, Wanderbuchreihe der Berner Wanderwege

Author’s map recommendations

Swisstopo Wanderkarte 1:50'000 233T Solothurn und 234T Willisau

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Equipment

Recommended gear: light trekking shoes, light backpack, sunscreen, rain jacket, first-aid travel kit, light picnic, plenty of fluids.

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Rating

4.5
(19)
Thomas Fuchs
May 21, 2021 · Community
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Doris Keppler
April 15, 2021 · Community
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Mutzbachwasserfall
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.3 km
Duration
2:20 h
Ascent
280 m
Descent
250 m
Highest point
696 m
Lowest point
496 m
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