Touristikgemeinschaft Odenwald

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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Tours & Highlights

  • 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 …

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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, …

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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, …

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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 through the shady forest and further up. But since the slope is quite gentle, you can fully enjoy the wonderful nature. After a good two kilometers you will reach the ruins of the hermit chapel, also known as the Kappel. The former church was built at the beginning of the 15th century; the last mass was held in 1557.A little more it goes up the mountain, then you have mastered the altitude for today. As a reward, you can enjoy a wonderful view from the Schächerstein, but people are happy to take the small detour. How about a little snack break on the rocks?

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Collection Stats

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

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