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On the track of the knights – 7 stages on the Hohenzollernweg

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On the track of the knights – 7 stages on the Hohenzollernweg

Hiking Collection by Baden-Württemberg

6-13

days

3-6 h

/ day

88.1 mi

11,175 ft

10,525 ft

Distinctive, imposing, unique: Hohenzollern Castle welcomes its visitors from afar. High up on the horizon, the magnificent building towers over the cone-shaped Zollernberg. Hohenzollern Castle is a Highlight that you will walk past on this seven-day Tour along the Hohenzollern Trail - one of many Highlights. As you go, you will pass other pretty castles, weathered castle ruins, Roman sites and remains from the Stone Age on this 60-mile-long (100 kilometers) hiking trail. A diversity that is also reflected in nature: You start in the charming Neckar valley, hike over the high mountains of the Zollernalb and the panoramic Alb plateaux, descend into the lush green valley of the Lauchert and end the hike in the romantic rocky valley of the Danube breakthrough. The coat of arms of the Hohenzollern - a black-silver/white quartered sign - helps you to find your way along the way. Look forward to a varied hike with lots of noble flair.

Hiking in this region of Baden-Württemberg is fun from spring to autumn. However, nature is at its most beautiful when the leaves of the trees change color in late summer and autumn. The natural spectacle in the Danube Valley is particularly impressive, because the rugged, bright limestone rocks form a wonderful contrast to the yellow-orange leaves, while down in the valley the blue Danube splashes leisurely. A landscape to flow into.

Along the route, you will always find plenty of places to stop. The stages are planned in such a way that you can reserve accommodation in each destination. However, the choice of inns and hotels is limited in some cases, and it is advisable to reserve in advance. But the area is very well prepared for tourism. If the accommodation in one place is already occupied, then you will certainly find what you are looking for in the neighboring village. With the public means of transport, you get well through the region. All places along the Hohenzollernweg can also be reached by bus or train. You can find some general information and a list of the hosts on this page: ferienland-hohenzollern.de.

If you have more time, you can walk back from Beuron via Meßstetten, Schömberg and Rosenfeld to your starting point Sulz-Glatt and complete the Tour.

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10,600 ft

9,925 ft

Last updated: November 23, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Glatt nach Haigerloch – Hohenzollernweg

    Difficult
    05:34
    11.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    What a princely start – the first stage of the Hohenzollernweg begins at the moated castle in the Glatt district of Sulz. Here you are standing in front of one of the oldest Renaissance castles in southern Germany. So start your day early so that you have time to visit the well-preserved palace complex

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  • Difficult
    05:16
    11.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the start of this stage, you first get an overview. Because from the viewing platform of the Roman Tower you have a fantastic view of the Zollernalb region. Haigerloch, the so-called "Pearl of the Eyachtal" is at your feet. Beautiful forest trails lead you over the Owinger Berg and past fruit trees

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    12.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,325 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Absolutely outstanding - Hohenzollern Castle on the striking Zollernberg is an imposing feature on the edge of the Swabian Jura. Thanks to the conical shape of the mountain, you can easily recognize the castle from afar. On today's stage you get very close to the building at an altitude of 885 meters

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    13.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Historic walls, impressive forest passages, mainly gentle climbs - this 21-kilometer route takes you from Burladingen to Gammertingen. You hike a lot on shady forest paths and along the Fehla, an 18-kilometer-long Danube tributary. After the first ascent to the Killerberg, you already have the steepest

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  • Difficult
    07:42
    17.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Always along the water. On this 29-kilometer stage you follow the Lauchert from Gammertingen to Sigmaringen. On its way to the Danube, the Lauchert flows past romantic forests and lush meadows. Castle ruins and impressive caves are also on your way. Did you know that the Swabian Alb is one of the most

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  • Intermediate
    04:49
    10.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Welcome to the Danube Valley. The bright steep walls of the limestone cliffs are a feature of the region and offer an unforgettable hiking backdrop, affectionately known as the "Swabian Grand Canyon". Thousands of years ago, the Danube dug its way through this valley and formed an unmistakable landscape

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    10.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Just change your perspective: On this stage you hike the first third over narrow paths and secured climbs through the steep rocks down into the Danube valley. The path then follows the river in the direction of Beuron. The views of the castles, ruins and rock massifs are also impressive from the valley

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    88.1 mi
  • Duration
    40:54 h
  • Elevation
    11,175 ft10,525 ft

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