Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach

Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach (Low Alemannic: Ribbeldsau-Schaba) is a municipality in the district of Freudenstadt in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany.

Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Church of Our Lady of Sorrows
Coat of arms of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Coat of arms
Location of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach is located in Germany
Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach is located in Baden-Württemberg
Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach
Coordinates: 48°22′38″N 8°17′31″E / 48.37722°N 8.29194°E / 48.37722; 8.29194Coordinates: 48°22′38″N 8°17′31″E / 48.37722°N 8.29194°E / 48.37722; 8.29194
Admin. regionKarlsruhe
 • MayorBernhard Waidele (CDU)
 • Total73.14 km2 (28.24 sq mi)
410 m (1,350 ft)
 • Total2,041
 • Density28/km2 (72/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Dialling codes07440, 07839
Vehicle registrationFDS; bis 1973: WOL


The Municipality is located in the black forest in the Wolftal valley, 15 km away from Freudenstadt. The Municipality is divided into two villages, Bad Rippoldsau and Schapbach. Bad Rippoldsau has an elevation of 560 meters and Schapbach has an elevation of 410 meters.


The first historical mention of Bad Rippoldsau was in 1179, of Schapbach in 1220. Until 1974 the two villages were two municipalities, but then they became one. Since the 15th century there has been a spa in Bad Rippoldsau.


- The Catholic pilgrimage church of Bad Rippoldsau, which was built in 1829 by Christoph Arnold, a pupil of Friedrich Weinbrenner.

- The baroque church of Schapbach

- The Kastelstein, a rock near Bad Rippoldsau.

- The Glaswaldsee, a cirque lake which was formed by glaciers during the last ice age

- The Burgbach Waterfall, at 32 metres, is one of the highest free-falling cascades in Germany

- From September 2010 there has been a wildlife park here with bears and wolves, located between the villages of Schapbach and Bad Rippoldsau.

Sport and recreation facilitiesEdit

- The spa of Bad Rippoldsau

- The open air bath in Schapbach


The current mayor of the municipality is Bernhard Waidele.


  • George Michael Gaisser (1595–1655), Prior in St. Nicholas and Lord in Klosterbad Rippoldsau during the Thirty Years' War
  • Christian Haldenwang (1770–1831), artist and engraver, buried in Bad Rippoldsau
  • Christoph Arnold (1779–1844), architect, builder of Rippoldsau Catholic Church
  • Joseph Victor von Scheffel (1826–1886), writer, poet of The emergence of Rippoldsau or the story of brother Rippold and The Sweden in Rippoldsau
  • Heinrich Hans Jacob (1837–1916), writer, author of numerous stories about the Wolf valley
  • Marc Rosenberg (1852–1930), art historian, philologist and collector, owner of the "Schlössle" on the Schmiedsberg in Schapbach where parts of his collections were housed.[2]
  • Otto Goeringer (1853–1920), the hotel owner and operator of the spa
  • Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926), poet, spa guest in Bad Rippoldsau
  • Otto Kuner (1879–1953), lawyer and politician (BCSV, CDU) was born in Bad Rippoldsau
  • Anna Schmid (1928–2010), long-time head of Rippoldsauer old plant, holder of the Federal Order of Merit
  • Adolf J. Schmid (1934–2011), historian, local historian, author of several chronicles the upper Wolf valley, honorary citizen of
  • Chris Weller (born 1957), musician and composer, grew up in Schapbach
  • Ralf Bernd Herden (born 1960), Lawyer, lecturer, writer, historian, masonic scholar, mayor from 1991 to 2007
  • Wolfram Lotz (born 1981), known playwright, grew up in Bad Rippoldsau

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Hermann Fautz: The Schlößle on Schmiedsberg. In: The Ortenau 1970 330-333