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Natural idylls near cities — hiking in Southern Germany

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Natural idylls near cities — hiking in Southern Germany

Hiking Collection by Baden-Württemberg

9

Tours

26:54 h

57.7 mi

7,275 ft

The cities in Baden-Württemberg have a unique flair. One moment, you could be enjoying the enchanting boutiques and inviting cafés in the time-honoured buildings of their historic old towns; the next, you can follow the call of one of the green oases that invite you to take a peaceful stroll. But it's not just greenspaces like botanical gardens, zoos and parks that make the cities of the South great holiday destinations. Even from the outskirts, you can set off with your hiking boots laced up and enjoy dense forests and panoramic vineyards.

To get to know the cities of the – in our opinion – most beautiful federal state in Germany from all these different sides, we’ve put together nine varied hikes in this Collection. On the Philosophenweg (Philosophers' Path), for example, you start your Tour in the middle of Heidelberg's city centre before diving into the surrounding wooded hills. You can enjoy the sunset on the banks of the Neckar in Stuttgart as well as a glass of wine in the nearby vineyards. And in Ulm, a high-altitude trail takes you to the unexpected idyll in the north of the city.

When choosing the Tours, we’ve made sure that there’s something for both leisure hikers and long-distance walkers. The hikes are between 4 and 45 kilometres (2.5–28 mi) long, but most of them lead you along easy to moderately difficult hiking trails. You can combine a holiday in the city with a wonderful, natural hike and it couldn’t be easier thanks to the great accessibility: most of the Tours can be reached by public transport.

Baden-Württemberg's cities are blissfully green and nature is always just a stone's throw away.

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    Panorama Trail Baden-Baden — hiking from Germany’s southern cities

    Difficult
    13:37
    28.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    4,425 ft
    4,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Legendary views from exposed rocks, romantic urban flair, the pure nature of Baden-Württemberg and fantastic places to stop: on the Baden-Baden Panoramaweg you combine all the advantages that our state has to offer. The long-distance hiking trail takes you almost 45 kilometers around the spa and festival

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  • Intermediate
    02:39
    5.94 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Have you always wanted to photograph a perfect postcard motif yourself? Then this fantastically beautiful hike along the Philosophenweg above the roofs of Heidelberg is ideal. There you will not only find a vantage point from which you can have an extraordinary view of the venerable city. In addition

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  • Easy
    01:28
    3.22 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Surrounded by the vineyards of the Wartberg, you hike along the Wein-Panorama-Weg Heilbronn over five kilometers through a magical cultural and natural landscape. Due to the exposed location of the hiking trail on the slope of the Wartberg, you can enjoy the view of Heilbronn throughout the tour.

    

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  • Easy
    01:40
    3.65 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The barrier-free educational forest trail "WaldWelt" is located between Hohenwettersbach and Durlach. This five-kilometer trail is particularly exciting for families with children, because you can go on a discovery tour with your offspring and the badger Diana along the way.

    

    

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  • Easy
    00:55
    2.24 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Since the 18th century, Pforzheim has developed into the most important location for the watch and jewelry industry in Germany. Much of the German jewelry is still made in the so-called "Goldstadt". If you want to get to know many of the cultural highlights of this special city, then we recommend the

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  • Easy
    01:21
    3.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Between the northern edge of the city of Ulm and the grounds of the university hospital you can enjoy the wonderfully quiet and - despite the proximity to the city - very natural high-altitude trail along the Oberer and Unterer Eselsberg. This takes you from the tram and bus stop at the Technische Hochschule

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    5.13 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stuttgart and its vineyards - it's a love story as written in a book. It is stuffed with romantic views, good food and fine wines. And here you can immerse yourself in this story - on the wine trail from Obertürkheim to Untertürkheim. Be sure to plan a whole day for this, even if the route is “only

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  • Easy
    01:23
    2.66 mi
    1.9 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In addition to all the beautiful sights in the heart of Freiburg, this small but nice hiking trail is waiting to be explored by you above the roofs of the city. It combines the most beautiful views of the city with the remains of the imposing castle that once stood on the Castle Hill.

    

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  • Easy
    01:31
    3.70 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Blossoming fruit trees and gentle waves lapping against the pebble beach and ducks running across the surrounding meadows: Even if the Reißinsel is not on the North Sea, there is a bit of a coastal feeling here in the middle of Mannheim. Outside the bird breeding season, you can explore this great piece

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    57.7 mi
  • Duration
    26:54 h
  • Elevation
    7,275 ft

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