In a journey of discovery – Wutach – Badische Zeitung

The first adventure trip in Wuty inspires 40 participants.

(BZ). Everyone knows gypsum as a building material in plasterboard. Its use as a fertilizer is less known. However, the fact that Ewating plaster was the raw material for the outstanding works of art in the convent church of Salem surprised many participants at the opening of the Wutach tour (see info box).

The approximately nine-kilometer route starts at Wutachhalle in Ewattingen via Bachtal to Wutachmühle, then up Wutach to Kanadiersteg, then back to Ewattingen via the Mundelfinger forest nature trail to Bruderhof. “The route is not only embedded in a very beautiful and partially protected natural landscape, but also leads hikers to interesting modern historical witnesses Ewattingen from Bachtalmühle, the former plaster tunnel and the Chapel of St. Wolfgang with Bruderhof ”, praised Mayor Christian Mauch at the official opening of the tour.

40 participants wanted to investigate it themselves under the supervision of the water guide expert Günter Nosbüsch. His in-depth explanation of the mining of Bachtalmühle and the gypsum at Wutachmühle was especially exciting for everyone. Interesting accounts of participants who in their youth experienced the plaster tunnel as an adventure playground brought the history of the mine back to life. Anyone who crosses the Wutach Gorge with Günter Nosbüsch immersed themselves intensely into the life of beavers. The fascination with this animal, which is highly adapted to the aquatic environment, immediately overwhelmed the visitors, and at the latest, when anyone was allowed to stroke the beaver hair or feel it on the tooth, they all agreed that this species, despite possible conflicts, was a miracle of nature. With a liquid snack offered by the Wutach community in the chapel of St. Wolfgang Markus Binninger told the story of the Bruderhof and the chapel renovation which was completed in 2020.

As one or the other wanted to stop at the kiosk at Wutachmühle, the group split up at Wutachmühle. Participants found that the new round could rightly be called an adventure tour and offered many options. The route can be extended with the Mundelfingen information forest nature trail or only partially crossed as the existing bus connection can be used to and from Wutachmühle.

Christian Mauch was also clearly pleased with the new tour. Finally, he thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the new path, in particular Günter Nosbüsch for the great excursion, the Binninger family for agreeing to receive tourists at their property through the showroom window, and Martin Schwenninger from the Black Forest Association for Marking. Those who do not like guided tours can get new information at the four stations on the information boards on gypsum mining, aquatic life, adapted agriculture and St. Wolfgang or just admire the beautiful flowers along the way.

Basic fabric for art

Alabaster was a popular material in the Baroque era. Externally, fine-grained gypsum resembled precious marble, but it is easier to work with. Alabaster was sensitive to atmospheric influences, so sculptors used it only for interiors. White alabaster was considered particularly beautiful, not only in art. The pale alabaster skin was perfect for noble women – and served to distinguish them from lower-class women who worked in the sun. We protect ourselves with hats and umbrellas to preserve the special beauty of our own skin.

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