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Experience nature – hiking in the Odenwald and Neckar Valley

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Experience nature – hiking in the Odenwald and Neckar Valley

Hiking Collection by Touristikgemeinschaft Odenwald

10

Tours

40:08 h

87.0 mi

10,775 ft

Relaxation for your body, mind and soul in beautiful nature – that’s exactly what you will find in the Odenwald. Sandwiched between the Rhine, Main and Neckar rivers in Hesse, this low mountain range offers you great conditions for extensive hikes. On your forays through nature, you discover mountains with magnificent views, idyllic valleys, dense forests, cosy villages and historical treasures. The Neckar Valley winds through the Odenwald, creating varied landscapes that are perfect for hiking fun. In this Collection, we show you 10 particularly beautiful Tours that bring you closer to the low mountain range, step by step.

The hikes in this Collection are as varied as the region. Depending on your mood, you can choose whether you prefer an ambitious full-day itinerary or a leisurely family Tour. In any case, there is plenty to discover on all the hikes. The routes through Kameralwald forest and up the Katzenbuckel (an extinct volcano that is the highest point in the Odenwald) showcase spectacular views. At 630 metres (2,066 feet), the Katzenbuckel is the highest mountain in the Odenwald and the view from the summit is fantastic. History and castle enthusiasts will enjoy the Wildenburg Trail or the Staufer Circular Mountain Tour. In addition to fantastic nature, there are impressive ruins along the way to explore. The Neckar River flows around 70 kilometres (43 miles) through the Odenwald. You can get to know the landscape shaped by the river between the historic spa town of Bad Wimpfen and Neckargemünd. With a snack in your rucksack and a cosy stop off en route, the hike is even more fun.

The hikes in this Collection are almost all round trips, only the Katzensteig route near Waldbrunn is one-way. Thanks to the region’s well-developed infrastructure, you can return to the start quickly with public transport. You can also reach many starting points of other hikes by train from Heilbronn or Heidelberg. This way, you can set off for an eventful hiking day without any stress.

Have we caught your attention? Well then, lace up your hiking boots and get out into nature!

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    Katzensteig Waldbrunn – Tages- und Rundtouren im Odenwald und Neckartal

    Difficult
    08:30
    17.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    3,000 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At almost 630 meters, the Katzenbuckel is the highest mountain in the Odenwald. It goes without saying that ambitious hikers want to climb the extinct volcano, right? On this 28-kilometer circular hike, you do just that and discover other pearls of the Neckartal-Odenwald nature park.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:34
    7.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this almost 13-kilometer hike through the Kameralwald near Wilhelmsfeld, you hike in Sissi's footsteps, enjoy the tranquility and idyll of the forest and, at the end of the round, a fantastic view from the Telschi tower. Sounds promising, doesn't it?

    

    The hike starts at the Hinterbergweg hiking car

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    11.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Idyllic forests, green meadows and the leisurely flowing Neckar - the Staufer Castle Tour near Bad Wimpfen has the full program. And to make the 19-kilometer tour even more varied, stately castles are still waiting for you. The tour starts at the train station in Bad Wimpfen, which is by the way the

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    6.31 mi
    2.2 mph
    700 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You can discover a lot on the ten kilometer long Kappelbergweg: an impressive ruin, wonderful views of the Erftal and an ample portion of forest air. The tour starts at the welfare mill near Hardheim.

    

    Right at the beginning the path leads you uphill, finally you have to climb the Kappelberg. You wander

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  • Intermediate
    03:44
    8.36 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    There is a lot of variety on this 13-kilometer hike: you listen to the rattling mill wheel in Ünglert, explore the ruins of the Wildenburg and learn a lot about rural life in the Middle Ages in the forest museum. And of course there is also a good portion of Odenwald. Thanks to its great mix of nature

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.35 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Binauer Rundweg offers you a lot of nature, wonderful views and history. So look forward to a varied circuit, which, with its nine kilometers, is perfect for a hiking tour for the whole family. The starting point of the route is in the center of Binau - by the way, it is also very easy to reach by

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    10.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Are you more of the cat type? Then the ascent of the Katzenbuckel is almost a must for you. The eroded chimney of an extinct volcano is the highest mountain in the Odenwald at almost 630 meters. On this 17-kilometer circular hike, you gradually climb to the summit and are rewarded with a fantastic panorama

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  • Easy
    01:40
    3.57 mi
    2.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the seven-kilometer long Hemmrichs-Weg you walk through the idyllic Heilbronnerland. You get to know the Seckach, enjoy the cool shade and the fragrant forest air in the Hemmrichsholz and just leave the stress of everyday life behind you. The circular hike starts in the center of Roigheim.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    6.81 mi
    2.1 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Are you looking for a nice mix of nature, idyll and tranquility today? Then the eleven-kilometer Morretalweg is just right for you. In a varied up and down you hike through the forest and over meadows until you then dive into the Morretal. It starts at the hiking car park at the forest swimming pool

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    8.88 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Marsbachtal near Walldürn is made for hikers, there is plenty of nature and idyll for you. The 16-kilometer long river meanders through the green valley and you will accompany him on this hike for a long part of his journey. The 14-kilometer circular hike starts at the Auerberg car park in Walld

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    87.0 mi
  • Duration
    40:08 h
  • Elevation
    10,775 ft

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