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Forests, meadows and lakes – hiking with toddlers in Germany’s Baden–Württemberg

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Forests, meadows and lakes – hiking with toddlers in Germany’s Baden–Württemberg

Hiking Collection by Milupa

20

Tours

33:15 h

72.8 mi

6,275 ft

With your baby in their carrier, you head to the countryside to experience their first steps through a forest together. There are so many good reasons to go hiking with young toddlers and babies. When your baby reaches for a blade of grass during a pitstop, when your toddler runs after a grasshopper and when they learn up close what snails and earthworms are – everyday life stays at home when you spend time together in nature. Hand on heart: Is there anything better than instilling a love of nature in children from their very first weeks?

TRAILS FOR LITTLE ONES

In this Collection, we’ve picked out hiking trails that are perfect for young families and suitable for a few–week–old baby or your energetic toddler. The hiking trails are between 2 and 10 kilometres (1.2 – 6.2 mi) long and are spread across Baden-Würtenburg. Whether your baby is only a few weeks old or already on its own wobbly legs, you’re guaranteed to find the right trip for you here.

We’ve made sure that the hikes are on paths that are suitable for walking with a baby carrier or rucksack. You can also use a pushchair along some trails. You’ll see this information in the Tour title. We’ve also included plenty of places to rest and change diapers and stops at playgrounds, lakes, huts and game reserves. Many of the trails are themed, helping your kids learn about nature, fairytales and animals at fun stations en route.

You can easily reach all of the hikes by car or travel by train or bus to some routes on the outskirts of larger cities. The hikes are either loops or end at a gondola so you can conveniently return home. You can shorten some of the hikes if your legs get tired or the weather turns. Extending the hikes is possible too.

OUR TIPS FOR HIKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

Hiking with babies and toddlers can be challenging, but roaming through nature together with your offspring and spending hours in the fresh air is priceless. To get off on the right foot, check out our six tips for your outdoor adventure with your kids:

1. Don't plan Tours that are too ambitious, but instead venture out slowly as a family and see which trail lengths and types suit you well.

2. If you’re out and about in the summer, start your Tour in the morning so that you’re not hiking in the midday heat.

3. You don’t need to think about any special equipment to feed your baby en route. Breastfeeding is ideal since you don’t need to think about anything else. If you prefer to feed with a bottle, this is easy too when hiking. Take enough clean bottles with you, fill small portion jars with the correct amount of powdered milk and fill two thermos flasks with water, one boiling and the other cold.

Along the way, use a small thermometer (a new, clean medical thermometer is perfect) to find the right mix of cold and hot water. You could practice at home before you set off so that you know it’ll work smoothly on the road. If your little one prefers to eat milk porridge, fill up tins with a portion of porridge powder for each meal and add water during your rest stops. You can bring fruit and plenty of water for snacks too.

4. Depending on the weather and season, make sure the route has suitable picnic huts, mountain pastures or inns. Otherwise, the Tours have everything you need, especially in summer. If you’re travelling with your baby and can’t find a bathroom, you can use any meadow as a changing table, just bring a cosy blanket with you.

5. If you’re deciding between a pram and sling, we recommend slings for most hiking trails. As long as you don’t plan to hike on concrete roads, a sling is more comfortable and can withstand unpaved surfaces. If your baby is six months or older, you can carry them in a back carrier. You can find out whether a trail is suitable for pushchairs directly in the Tour title.

6. For toddlers who can already walk, the Tours shouldn’t be longer than 3 to 5 kilometres (1.8 to 3.1 mi). Little ones take longer and need more stops.

Well prepared, you can fully engage with nature and spend a wonderful time in the countryside with your little ones. We wish you lots of fun and your first unforgettable memories with your children in nature.

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    The viewing platform on the 40 meter high wooden tower can be reached barrier-free via a spiral construction that winds upwards.
    From the top of the tower there is a unique view over the northern Black Forest.

    At a height of 25 meters there is access to a 55 meter long tunnel slide, through which you can quickly return to the ground on slide mats.
    Price per trip: 2 euros (only allowed for children over 6 years of age). The slide is closed in winter from November to March.

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    At Tripsdrill Park you can immerse yourself in another world for a day with the whole family. It is a mixture of adventure park with roller coasters and water attractions as well as a wildlife paradise with a petting zoo and flight show. The park is open from April to November. There are also many catering options on the premises. So everything is there for a whole family day outdoors.

    More information is available here: tripsdrill.de

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  • Kressbronn farm trail (suitable for pushchairs) – hiking with toddlers in Baden–Württemberg

    Intermediate
    00:47
    1.83 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    For its just under three kilometers, the farmer's path has everything you need for a nice break in nature. From the Max & Moritz brewery restaurant you hike around the highest point of Kressbronn through vineyards and past fruit trees and hops.

    

    In the spring it smells wonderful when the trees start to

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  • Easy
    01:17
    2.72 mi
    2.1 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hiking and learning something at the same time - that's what the "How does water live?" adventure trail connects that. Perfect. The hiking trail, which is about five kilometers long, leads you to various stations where everything revolves around the wet element. Even the youngest can, for example, listen

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    6.40 mi
    2.3 mph
    125 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The raftsman's path actually consists of two stages, which take you straight through one of the most beautiful valleys in the Black Forest. Here you will find the first part of the route from Lossburg to Alpirsbach. From Lossburg you always follow the river Kinzig and thus the historical trail of the

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  • Easy
    00:56
    1.99 mi
    2.1 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Butterflies feel particularly at home in the Eichbachtal on the edge of Tennenbronn. A good way to see the magnificent butterflies up close in summer is to hike on the butterfly trail, which is a good three kilometers long.

    

    It starts on the valley road and then always along the Eichbach through the so

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  • Intermediate
    01:44
    3.55 mi
    2.0 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you fancy a more adventurous tour with your toddler, then we recommend the six-kilometer hike to the Edelfrauengrab waterfalls. It is best to do this with a backpack and not with a pram, as the paths are mostly unpaved.

    

    From the train station in Ottohöfen you make your way into the Gottschlagal nature

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    5.65 mi
    1.9 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you set out to conquer a real castle. To do this, you have to cover a few kilometers in lush green nature and take part in one or the other "rumtobe unit" on the playground during a break. Then you reach the well-known Hohenzollern Castle, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view.

    

    You start your

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  • Easy
    01:04
    2.49 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Far away from the hustle and bustle of tourists and overcrowded paths, this small circular route takes you out to have a chat with Mother Nature near Pforzheim. From a parking lot on the "Im Grund" road, the path leads you along the outskirts to the south of Hohenwart.

    

    Between meadows and forests you

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    6.09 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    150 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    An idyllic hike along the shore combined with a ferry ride across the Schluchsee, on which you can really let your mind wander: This is what awaits you on the Seeblick tour, which begins in the Schluchsee spa town of the same name. From there you follow the shore path to the north-west.

    

    The first stop

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

    It doesn't matter whether it's during the almond blossom season or at another time of the year: the Almond Blossom Path in Diefenbach is always worth a visit for a walk through nature with wonderful views. The small hiking trail takes you around the village, which lies on a ridge, as well as through

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  • Easy
    01:09
    2.38 mi
    2.1 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can combine culture, nature, games and fun with the help of the "Spielburg-Runde" to create an entertaining and exciting hike for young and old. In addition to a climbing rock, sweeping views and a gorgeous church are waiting for you.

    

    You start the tour in Hohenstaufen, which borders directly on the

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    5.62 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Fluffy alpacas, ancient ruins and rustic resting places: A wonderful experience on the nine kilometers of the “Hochgehberge I” circular route. From Nürtingen you head north and first pass the "Villa Rustico", a historic Roman estate. A special remnant from a very long time ago that you can learn more

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    5.47 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you straight back to a time thousands of years ago. At that time, hunters and gatherers were still roaming the Lon Valley near Ulm, and you can follow their tracks on the Neanderthal Trail.

    

    On the good eight kilometers from the Lindau restaurant you will come across a huge cave in which

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    2.66 mi
    2.0 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The eaves in Baden-Württemberg are special premium hiking trails that have been awarded the German Hiking Seal. In order to do justice to families as well, the "Witches' Kitchen" was created. The starting point of the path is a wooden gate at Waldheim Ebingen.

    

    Then it goes around the Ebinger Schlossberg

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  • Easy
    01:19
    2.92 mi
    2.2 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hiking trail, which runs mostly through the forest, is quiet and secluded on the outskirts of Buchen (Odenwald). On the four-kilometre-long circular hiking trail, you will only come across the idyllic Hollersee, where you can rest wonderfully.

    

    What is especially nice is the proximity of the path

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  • Intermediate
    01:41
    4.04 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Gentle birch forests, dark moor lakes, a rich world of insects and wonderful wide meadows: The Pfrunger Ried is an idyll. And: You hike there through the second largest contiguous moorland in southwest Germany. We have chosen a relaxed lap of a good six kilometers for you, which you can also shorten

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  • Intermediate
    01:36
    3.37 mi
    2.1 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In Gegenbach, in addition to the big one, the little robber Hotzenplatz path awaits you. The latter is suitable for children of kindergarten and primary school age. There are various fairytale stations along the four kilometers, such as the cone hat and magical wooden figures. You can borrow a discovery

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  • Easy
    01:19
    2.74 mi
    2.1 mph
    425 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Pure Black Forest idyll - that's what the landscape near the German-French border promises. From the Pflingsteck pass you hike to the 445 meter high Schönwasen, a saddle from which you can see the Brettental. You are guaranteed to be watched by some donkeys and cows. The four-kilometer tour continues

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  • Intermediate
    01:41
    3.61 mi
    2.1 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The "NaTour" around the 1,054 meter high Seekopf is a barrier-free hiking trail that you can complete wonderfully with a pram. From the car park near the old Ruhestein National Park Center, the hiking trail takes you up the ski slope, which is popular in winter. After about 3.5 kilometers you can enjoy

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  • Tours
    20
  • Highlights
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  • Distance
    72.8 mi
  • Duration
    33:15 h
  • Elevation
    6,275 ft

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