Spring in the land of 1,000 hills – Kraichgau-Stromberg in Germany
Kraichgau-Stromberg Tourismus e. V., Foto: Christian Ernst
Gently rolling vineyards, magnificent castles, countless lakes and historic paths: the Kraichgau-Stromberg region, known as the land of 1,000 hills, is a paradise for hikers. Here, you will find a rich cultural landscape, wonderful wines and pristine nature. The region is especially beautiful in spring when the fruit trees blossom and the vines come alive with green leaves. In this Collection, we present 12 Tours that show you the wonders of the Kraichgau-Stromberg region, one of the most spectacular wine-growing regions in Baden-Württemberg.
Fruit and wine cultivation is typical in the Kraichgau-Stromberg region. Because of its fertile loess soil, the area has always been considered the granary of southern Germany. The landscape is also characterised by the course of the Neckar and Enz rivers, which flow past the region’s cultural and historical sights and varied nature. The river bends are spectacular in spring when they contrast with the steep, green vineyards. On the way, you can relax at the sofas that are dotted along the hillside and enjoy a picnic with a 360° view.
In the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park culture and untouched nature coexist in harmony. Here, you can find rare plants and animals, such as the wildcat, as well as beautiful vineyards. If you like red wine, then you should visit the Zabergäu, the largest red wine-growing region in Germany. This charming region is surrounded by the Stromberg and Heuchelberg mountain ranges.
En route, you can fill up on delicious local food and wine at the Besenwirtschaften. These traditional inns are cultural treasures and can be found in converted barns, rustic cellars, and even in the living rooms of winegrowers (so-called Wengerter). You’ll experience lots of warm hospitality here.
So, if you are a wine lover with a thirst for culture and wanderlust, then the Kraichgau-Stromberg region is the perfect place for you! But don’t worry, beer is brewed here too. Get ready for a wonderful adventure through a very special region – welcome to the land of 1,000 hills.
On this hike you are probably on the most beautiful path of the Brackenheim hiking triad: The path leads you past a viewing pulpit for almost ten kilometers, you can learn a lot about wine on the nature and wine trail and you can learn a lot about wine towards the end of the day Relax hill sofa.
The middle path of the so-called Wanderdreiklangs offers you a wonderful panorama with a view of Neipperg Castle, Haberschlacht and Stocksberg Castle. From the Zweifelberg the panorama extends over the beautiful Zabergäu.
Finally, on Sundays and public holidays, fine wines and small dishes await you at the wine bar on the Zweifelberg. At the wine photo spot, you can take a photo to remember the beautiful day of hiking. It is best to park your car at the Wanderdreiklang parking lot in Zweifelberg above Neipperg. The other two tours of the Brackenheim hiking triad also start there.
This tour offers wonderful viewpoints of the Schwarzrieslingdorf Kürnbach. From the historic market square with its numerous half-timbered houses, you walk, following the yellow signs, to the adjacent vineyards in an enchanting landscape. Past the Hessenkelter and the moated castle, turn left into Klosterstrasse to Schlosswiesensee.The new adventure golf park is located there. Here you can try a special kind of sport that combines mini golf and normal golf. There is also a restaurant with a sun terrace in the golf park. You can find more information here: https: //adventuregolfpark-kürnbach.deAfter your excursion into the world of golf, continue towards the forest until you pass a barbecue hut and a viewpoint at the edge of the forest. You continue into the forest to the lookout point with the mirrors - the ingenious art object "Weitsicht" - and from there you get over the vineyards to the Dorfberg lookout point. The descent leads over Schulstrasse past an old wine press to the market square. Now you can sip a Riesling with relish!
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On this beautiful circular tour in the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park, you will be rewarded with a swim in the Horrheimer Seewaldseen at the end of the hike. A little tip: the lower lake is a touch prettier than the upper one. Before that, you hike through the Fleckenwald, up to the Wachtkopf, along the Hamberger See and finally through the Gündelbach vineyards. But let's start at the beginning.It starts on the hiking car park at the Seewaldseen between Horrheim and Gündelbach. Past the fisherman's hut, which offers shelter, you go to the Lauerbrunnen and the Stromberghütte. If you plan ahead, you can light the grill and fry delicious sausages. There is also a playground here.Later you can take the Rennweg to Lake Hamberger and the Wachtkopf with further barbecue facilities and a playground. Your eyes wander over the Mettertal and the beautiful Gündelbach, which spreads out directly below you. After a leisurely break, it goes back to the starting point - where you take the well-deserved and long-awaited bath in the Horrheimer Seewaldsee. Have fun splashing around!
On this almost 43-kilometer hike, you will immerse yourself in the history of the multifaceted landscape between Eppingen and Mühlacker. Along the historic defenses of the Eppinger Linien, which were built in the 17th century, you come to wonderful places high above the Kraichgau. Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden had the ramparts and trenches built to defend against the French. Nowadays you can enjoy the views from the raised elevations. You have the option of dividing this tour into two daily stages, for example with a stop in Sternenfels.The starting point is at Eppingen train station. On well-developed paths you follow the Eppinger lines south. Through the beautiful Hardtwald you climb up the Ottilienberg, where there is a fortified pilgrimage church. Here you can enjoy a wonderful panorama over the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park.You hike through beautiful forests, along small streams and over gentle vineyards. Sometimes you can still see the course of the wall-ditch system very well. Since 2014 there have been sculptures along the way that provide information about the interesting history of the Eppingen lines. You can take a break at Schlossberg near Sternenfels: there are picnic areas and a kiosk here.The cultural highlight of this hike awaits you in Maulbronn. The monastery there is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular venue. The extensive complex is considered to be the best preserved of its kind north of the Alps. After refreshment in the monastery restaurant, the tour continues through the idyllic tub forest. Before you reach Mühlacker, you can enjoy another impressive view of the Kraichgau from the Sauberg. Your destination is Mühlacker train station, from where you can start your journey home.
Bönnigheim, Besigheim and Bietigheim-Bissingen - these three localities are namesake for the 3B-Land. Traditional craftsmanship, a unique landscape and historic old towns await you here. The region is one of the oldest wine-growing areas in Germany. On this 60 kilometer tour you get an optimal overview of this beautiful corner of southern Germany. Of course, you can split the tour into three days so that you can enjoy the sights along the way. The circular hike starts in Bönnigheim.You wander through tranquil forest and meadow landscapes, pass medieval city gates and let your gaze wander over the meanders of the Neckar. From the numerous viewpoints along the way you always have a fantastic view. You wander through the terraced vineyards and can try the local wine in the traditional wine bars.Numerous sights lie along your way: the picturesque old town of Bietigheim, the Hessigheim rock gardens, the idyllic view from the Käsbergkanzel to the Neckar loop or the Liebenstein Castle. Let yourself be surprised by the varied hiking trail.Since the path is planned as a circular hiking trail, you can also start in one of the other cities. You will find enough places to stop for refreshments and overnight stays in the 3Bs. If you only have one day, you can pick a part of the way. You can easily get back to the starting point by public transport.
There are three idyllic lakes along this nine-kilometer circular hike. Starting from the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park center, follow the path on the banks of the Ehmetsklinge reservoir. In summer the clear water is a welcome cooling.The hike leads through an enchanting landscape of vineyards, forests and fields. Another highlight is the Katzenbachsee. Surrounded by lawns and large trees, it is a true natural paradise. During the summer months you can fortify yourself with a snack at the small kiosk and enjoy the beautiful view.Without any major inclines, the route continues to the third body of water on this tour: The Michelbacher See lies in a valley floor below the Spitzenberg. Since the lake is located in the nature reserve, swimming is not allowed here. But the sight alone is wonderful.Via the village of Zaberfeld you get back to the starting point at the Ehmetsklinge reservoir. There you can stop off at the Wirtshaus am See or visit the interesting nature park center.
On this tour through the Eppinger Forest you can enjoy wonderful views, beautiful forest paths and a picturesque lake. The 13-kilometer circular hike starts at Villa Waldeck at the hiking car park in Eppingen.You cover the first section on the so-called Eppinger Line. This was built around 1695 by the "Türkenlouis" Margrave Wilhelm von Baden to protect against the French. Next, the path leads to the ladder to heaven. This is an ascent in the Eppinger Forest with 202 steps. Once at the top you can sit down and rest at the Baumannshütte.Not far, then the Kraichgau view offers you a wonderful view over Eppingen and deep into the Kraichgau. With good visibility you can even see as far as the Odenwald. On a flat surface, you continue hiking on forest paths. Keep your eyes peeled for the “7 Brothers” - a rare seven-stemmed maple tree. In the spring you will be accompanied by the spicy smell of wild garlic on your hike.Soon you will reach the Jägersee. It is surrounded by forest and lies at the foot of the Ottilienberg. A nice place to take a break and eat the remains of the Vespers you brought with you. It's not far from the lake to the starting point of the hike. If you have enough time and nothing against a few additional meters in altitude, then a short detour from Jägersee to the 310 meter high Ottilienberg, Eppingen's local mountain, is worthwhile.
The tour is characterized by great views and steep slopes: In one of the most beautiful wine towns in Germany you can enjoy the wonderfully beautiful vineyards of Württemberg and spectacular views from two wine pulpits.On the beautiful path you can also enjoy the exquisite products of the local wine growers and distilleries. On the way you will experience the area where the Enz flows into the Neckar, over which the former castle towers with a view of Besigheim and Walheim. It must have looked like this here in the Middle Ages. Simply spectacular!The tour takes you along the vines on well-tended forest paths through the region and offers you not only scenic beauty but also culinary highlights in the local taverns in Erligheim and Löchgau. There are also many options for detours: for example, to the historic old town of Besigheim or to the Roman Museum in Walheim.
Bretten in the beautiful Kraichgau, on the edge of the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park,
has more to offer than a historic city center. Because the area around the city is an ideal hiking area. The city's most famous son is the church reformer and Luther contemporary Philipp Melanchthon, which is why Bretten calls himself "Melanchthonstadt".Alongside Martin Luther, Melanchthon was the most important church political actor and theological author of the Wittenberg Reformation. Important basic writings of the Reformation originate from his pen: The “Loci communes” (1521), the first, highly influential dogmatics of the Protestant Church, and the “Augsburg Confession of Faith”.The city is very proud of its heritage and for this purpose has built the Melanchthon House, a museum on the history of the Reformation and a research facility on Philipp Melanchthon. In addition to an exhibition on Melanchthon's life, you will find a research center, a special library and a documentation center for international Melanchthon research.The little Brettener Südweg goes through quiet forests and open landscapes and to wonderful views that offer distant views as far as the Palatinate and the Odenwald. You always follow the orange-colored path markings. West of Ruit, the hike leads over the Altenberg with a beautiful view of Ruit and the Stromberg, through the Burgwäldle, the remains of the Ebersteinburg and back to the starting point.
This almost ten-kilometer tour starts with a stately highlight: it starts at the parking lot at Ravensburg Castle. Either you walk through the beautiful castle garden right at the beginning and enjoy the magnificent view from the tower or you save that for the end of the hike.After one and a half kilometers you will reach the wild fruit farm. There you can enjoy delicious cakes with a view of the lush fruit trees and Ravensburg Castle. How about a tour through the cultivation areas and production?We continue through shady forests and along typical Kraichgau vineyard slopes. A very special vantage point awaits you after just under four kilometers. The path continues through the characteristic landscape of the Kraichgau until you arrive back at the Ravensburg. A visit to the castle complex is now worthwhile at the latest.
The Häfnerhaslacher Wald- und Seeweg combines tradition and modernity: On your hike you will experience viticulture, the typical handicraft of the region and great leisure time at the lake - on top of that you can expect a good dose of relaxation. The tour starts at the Häfnerhaslacher sports field at the Heiligenbergsee car park. From there the path leads into the extensive forest area of the Stromberg. Passing the Heiligenbergsee, the path bends north. There you pass the highest elevation of the round tour, the Schlierkopf.At almost 450 meters, it is the second highest elevation on the Stromberg. The way up is steep, but worthwhile. Imposing views above the vineyards, however, make up for the most demanding part of the circular hiking trail.Later you will hike through the historic pottery village Häfnerhaslach am Stromberg. Where pottery was once the livelihood of many residents, today the focus is on viticulture and forestry. You can experience these aspects vividly along the circular route. Later you come to the Heiligenbergsee, which is both a water reservoir for the surrounding vineyards and a hotspot for sports and fun. Your tour ends here - but the bathing fun can really start now.
Your tour takes you into the almost 900 hectare forest between Sternenfels and Diefenbach. You can expect the wonderful silence of nature and a special, mystical atmosphere in the forest.The circular hiking trail begins in the center of Sternenfels and takes you quite steeply from there to the Schlossberg. On the Schlossberg you can expect an incomparable view of the surrounding forests and fields. The Schlossbergkiosk is also open in summer, where you can buy a sparkling lemonade or sweets. The Schlossberg tower will also open then.When you have looked around the Schlossberg enough, it goes about five kilometers through the beautiful forest along the old sand farmer's path. Stromberg and especially Sternfeld was known for his stone carving. In 1700 stone carving really flourished and with it the grinding of residual stones to sweeping sand developed. Numerous sand mills were built. The sand was sold throughout Germany. The last sand mill closed in 1935.Later you will come to a small forest lake where you can take a break. At the end you will reach the Sandberg. Here you leave the forest to run in the middle of a beautiful vineyard. You then hike back to the center of Sternenfels along the vineyards and get in the mood for a delicious Vesper with accompanying wine.