Your new hiking shoes are waiting for their first use? You want to get out and spend a whole day in nature — immediately and without having to travel too far? Then we've got the perfect Collection for you: gentle hilly landscapes, rustic forests and the picturesque river valleys of Enz and Neckar extend around the Stuttgart basin. The many streams and picturesque reservoirs hidden in the dense woods are particularly beautiful destinations for a hike.
We have selected seven hikes for you to explore the nature around Stuttgart. Directly on the southwestern outskirts of the city, the Park lakes and the Heslacher waterfalls lure you to a short excursion. Further south you can explore the lovely Seven Mill Valley. And in the north, the valley landscapes around Neckar and Enz await you. Thanks to the cosy inns, restaurants and beer gardens, you won't miss out on anything culinary on your tours.
Particularly practical: most of our tours can be reached by underground, S-Bahn or regional train directly from Stuttgart main station. Just get on the train, out into the countryside without any traffic jams and up onto the hiking trail.
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Southwest of downtown Stuttgart lies the Wildpark nature reserve and the Pfaffenwald - both extensive, hilly forest areas that are perfect for both leisurely and extended hikes. On our tour we take you from the Stuttgart Unicampus on the edge of the Pfaffenwald to the park lakes in the Wildpark. There is always along the shore once around the lakes around and a stop at the excursion café Bärenschlössle may not be missing.The S-Bahn S1, S2 and S3 bring you quite comfortably from downtown Stuttgart to the stop University. Here you cross the campus and then stroll through the forest to the shore of Lake Pfaffensee. Once there, you turn to the right. With a beautiful view of the lake and its wooded shore, it's a leisurely stroll along the water. Soon it turns left around the lake and on the other side of the river.The Pfaffensee is followed by the Neue See and finally the Bärensee. On its shore you will also find the excursion café Bärenschlössle, which is now perfect for a relaxing break. Strengthened it then goes around the Bear Lake and then on the New Lake back to the starting point at the University.
Another highlight on the southwestern edge of Stuttgart are the Heslacher Wasserfälle. The Glems, which is dammed in the wildlife park to the park lakes, rushes here in many small waterfalls down to the Nesenbach. It crosses the narrow, steeply cut valley heather blade. Next to the valley and the waterfalls, our tour takes you up to the Birkenkopf with its great panoramic view over Stuttgart.Starting point is the subway station Heslach-Vogelrain, which is served by the lines U1 and U9. From here it is only a few minutes to the heath blade. On a beautiful hiking path, it goes through the narrow, wooded valley steadily uphill to the Heslacher waterfalls. These are especially impressive after heavy rains, but otherwise they give off an idyllic picture. After wandering along the waterfalls, you cross a bridge over the B14.After crossing the main road, you hike on beautiful forest trails to the birch head. From the summit cross of the at least 511 meter high mountain, you have a great view of the Stuttgart Bay. The route then meanders through the forest down to the starting point of the tour, the underground station Heslach-Vogelrain.
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After several flood years in Herrenbachtal, it was decided in the 1970s to build a floodwater reservoir in the upper part of the valley - fortunately for hikers and nature lovers, because the sparkling lake and the surrounding forest are a great region for leisurely tours. On our route we will take you around the Herrenbach reservoir once.From the train stations Schorndorf and Göppingen the bus line 260 will take you all week to the starting point in Unterberken. From here you follow a comfortable forest path down to the lake shore. Around the Herrenbachstausee, there are not only picturesque nature and beautiful views to discover, but also several theme and nature trails. The barefoot path, the stag trail and the woodpecker forest are just a few of the themed trails that are especially fun for children.Our route leads you clockwise around the still lake. At the southernmost point worth a short detour to Herrenmühle, in which today is a quaint inn. After a break, continue along the lakeshore and back through the woods to the bus stop.
South of Stuttgart stretch wide, hilly forest areas, which are crossed by many streams and small rivers. This includes the Sulzbach, which tends to flood in some years. To prevent the high water levels, a flood retention basin was set up in the densely forested Sulzbachtal, just before the confluence with the Aich. The Sulzbach reservoir is picturesquely situated in a long valley and together with the surrounding forest it attracts hikers to its shores. For you we have put together a small forest hike, where you can discover the forest, the meadow-lined Sulzbachtal and of course the reservoir.Starting point of your hike is the hiking car park Sulzbachstausee, which is located directly on the Aich. A signposted hiking trail leads you directly to the wide dam. From here you have a great view over the sparkling lake, whose water level can vary considerably over the course of a year. From the dam, our tour snakes through the forest and leads you gently uphill towards Sulzbachtal.Once here, you can take a break in the restaurant Sulzbachtal - in the summer also in the cozy beer garden. Then you stroll along wide wildflower meadows along the Sulzbach until it flows into a dense forest. Here he meets the Klingenbach and together they splashing through a tunnel under the Schönaicher Straße to the reservoir. Also for you it goes through the short tunnel and a little later you reach the peaceful lake. Along the lakeshore, you finally hike back to the starting point of your hike.
The Reichenbachtal south of Stuttgart also bears the name Siebenmühlental, because even today you will find here seven historic mills, which were once driven by the waters of the Reichenbach. The mills are used today in various ways - as an inn, as a horse farm or as an organic farm. But all mills have one thing in common: the picturesque location in the peaceful, unspoiled Reichenbachtal. Our route takes you on forest trails from Leinfelden to Reichenbachtal and then upstream along the mills.The Leinfelden station is approached from Stuttgart by the U5 and the S-Bahn lines S2 and S3. First you follow the route through the small town and then into the forest. On forest paths and forest roads we lead you to the cooking mill, your first mill in the Siebenmühlental. It is already worth a break here - especially on Fridays and Saturdays, because then the famous roast roast is served.From the cooking mill you hike - always upstream along the stream - over the wide, wooded meadows of the Reichenbachtal. You pass the Reiterhof Walzenmühle, the Gasthaus Schlösslesmühle, the Biobauernhof Schlechtsmühle, the event location Seebruckenmühle and finally the Mäulesmühle. Not only is there a cozy inn here, but in the adjoining barn, theater comedies are performed in Swabian dialect. The Komede barn is known throughout Germany via the SWR.At the Mäulesmühle you finally leave the valley and reach the station Leinfelden a little later.
North of Stuttgart Enz and Neckar with picturesque river valleys lure to extensive hikes. Especially beautiful: the Hessigheim rock gardens at the mouth of the Enz in the Neckar. Rugged limestone cliffs rise high above the Neckar from the sun-drenched valley slopes. On a circular route we lead you through the vineyards on the Neckar, over the rock gardens and to the most beautiful vantage points around Besigheim and Hessigheim.The starting point of the tour, the station Besigheim, you can easily reach from Stuttgart with the regional train R4. Here you walk through the cozy town, which is bordered on one side by the river Enz and on the other side by the river Neckar. With a view of the confluence of the Enz, you cross the Neckar and climb directly to the Hessigheim rock gardens. On the exciting rocks you can see climbers on many days of the year, trying on the steep walls. There is also a fantastic view of the Neckar valley for free.Above Hessigheim, you will continue to stroll through the vineyards, admire the Neckarschleife and then descend to the shore. Here you cross the river and follow a narrow footpath directly along the shore. Soon, the trail climbs gently. During the climb, you can take a look at the rock gardens on the other side of the river and reach Besigheim a little later. From the train station the train will finally bring you back home.
The Leudelsbach flows from Möglingen leisurely down to Enz. North of Markgröningen and just before its confluence with the Enz, the cheerful Bach has created a deeply cut valley, which spoils you with its quaint forests, peaceful glades and beautiful viewpoints. We take you on our round trip once through the valley down to the Enz and on the way back to the most beautiful panoramic views over Enztal and Leudelsbach. The tour is rounded off with three comfortable rest stops.The starting point of your tour is the hiking car park Tammer See. After just a few meters, you will reach the Leudelsbach, which will show you the way into the Remminger valley. First, you walk along the stream over gentle meadows, but soon the valley flanks steep and the forest is denser. Sometimes it goes on the trail over quiet clearings and sometimes through the quiet forest. Always there: the Leudelsbach.At its confluence with the Enz, you will also find the first opportunity to rest on the hike. The kiosk Enzeckstüble pampers its guests with grilled food - but only on Sundays. During the week, continue on the shores of the Enz to the Schellenhof, where you can dine on hearty Swabian dishes. Above the Remminger valley and with a beautiful view of the Enz, you hike back to the starting point of the tour. Here you can expect the restaurant Flohberghaus.