Escape the noise – trail running around Stuttgart

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adidas TERREX

Swabian lifestyle and bustling metropolitan flair are easily found in Stuttgart. Nestled between wooded hilly landscape and romantic vineyards, culture and nature meet in a unique way in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart's special location allows you to easily travel from the center of the city to green countryside, where a variety of running tracks await you. Here, you can conquer challenging climbs and enjoy breathtaking views from extensive panoramic paths and impressive viewpoints. You can walk through shaded valleys, past gushing waterfalls and romantic forest lakes. And, when you're back from your run, you can treat yourself to a relaxing break in one of Stuttgart's many cafés.

A short run after work is just as worthwhile as an hour-long run at the weekend. All seven trail running routes in this Collection are perfectly accessible by public transport so you can look forward to a stress-free sporting challenge. What are you waiting for? Put on your running shoes and off you go!

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Trail Running Tours Around Stuttgart

  • Difficult
    02:01
    10.7 mi
    5.3 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    On this run it goes up high: From the station Untertürkheim you run up into the Schurwald, a wooded ridge east of Stuttgart, whose highest point you reach at the Kernenturm at 513 meters.From the station it goes first a while uphill. Quick you leave the urban area behind you and walk on quiet side roads and paths through the vineyards east of the Neckar. The higher you get, the better the view. On the edge of the Kappelberg, it is worthwhile to stay for a while and enjoy the wonderful view of the valley before you dive into the Schurwald.Over the wooded ridge you reach the Kernenturm after a few kilometers on unpaved roads and trails. He is together with the water tower of Oberberken highest point of Schurwaldes. If you fancy an extra session of calf training, it's worth taking the 155 steps to the 27-meter-high observation deck. Above you can enjoy a really impressive panoramic view of the Stuttgart Kessel in the west, the Neckar basin in the north and the Schurwald and the Albtrauf in the east and southwest. Down in the tower is a kiosk that has opened on nice days and invites you to a little refreshment.On the way back you will enjoy a few shady forest paths before the vineyards above the river Neckar and the beautiful view will set you in the holiday mood. From now on, it's just downhill, so you can run away with relish.From the center of Stuttgart you reach the station Untertürkheim with the S1 in just ten minutes. If you want to save altitude and prefer to walk directly through the Schurwald, you can alternatively drive to the Kappelberg and park it in the car park at Waldschlösschen.

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  • Intermediate
    01:18
    7.18 mi
    5.5 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    In the steeply cut wooded valley of the Heideklinge are the Heslacher waterfalls, which you run to the start of this lively round west of Stuttgart. It remains wet and cheerful when you then reach the shore of the idyllic Pfaffensee lake and then take a break at the Bärenschlössle with the best view of the Bärensee lake.On we go: gently uphill you head towards Birkenkopf, also known as "Monte Scherbelino". It is Stuttgart's highest inner city point at 511 meters altitude and the view from up here is intoxicating. From here it's just downhill until you have reached the starting point of the round, the subway station Heslach Vogelrain.As idyllic as this run on the outskirts of Stuttgart today is, so interesting is the emergence of many highlights along the route: The Heslacher waterfalls and the Pfaffensee and Bear Lake were created in the 16th century due to massive lack of water in Stuttgart. "Monte Scherbelino" is a rubble mountain of the Second World War and reminds one of the darkest chapters of German history.Starting point of the run is the subway station Heslach Vogelrain. The subway lines U1 / U12 or U9 / U7 bring you here in a few minutes from the center of Stuttgart and back after the race.

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  • Difficult
    03:22
    18.2 mi
    5.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This run is a colorful mix of urban terrain and beautiful trails. Not least because of its length, it is quite a challenge. And the goal of the tour is truly seductive ...You start in Esslingen at the train station, which can be reached from Stuttgart by regional express in a few minutes. Right at the beginning, after you've been walking along the Neckar for a while, you're going uphill steeply. Now begins the varied mix of trails and paths in an urban environment. Again and again you cross a few streets and cross cozy villages in the Stuttgart countryside. But before you know it, you dive back into a small forest and enjoy the narrow trail that leads through the middle.The goal of the tour is very special. It is a piece of homeland love and a sweet seduction: When you reach Waldenbuch, you are in the home of the world famous Ritter Sport chocolate, which has been produced since 1930 in the small town south of Stuttgart. In the Ritter Café you can fortify yourself with small dishes and of course chocolate specialties. Alternatively, a detour to the small but really beautiful old town of Waldenbuch is worthwhile.The start of the race can be reached within a few minutes with the Regional Express R1 from Stuttgart. Back you drive from Waldenbuch post office (bus line 828) to Echterdingen and from there with the S2 back to the Stuttgart main station.Tip:
    If you do not want to be on the road for so long, you can roughly halve the distance by running only to salt-eaters. From there, U3 and U6 will take you back to Stuttgart Central Station in 23 minutes.

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  • Difficult
    01:57
    9.85 mi
    5.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    Plochingen is also called the gateway to the Stuttgart region. Conversely, this also means: Here it goes out. Out of the urban environment, into the idyll and the tranquility of nature. This river has nothing to do with the city: You come through an idyllic spell forest, through beautiful brook valleys and over promising mountain tops. You run away from paved roads mostly on loose paths and paths. It goes up and down until you have collected 430 vertical meters in the end.Start of the run is at Plochinger station. From here it is initially relatively steep uphill in the picturesque Bannwald Schachen. This forest has been left to its own devices for about 15 years, and as you walk through it you can watch nature slowly recapture the formerly managed forest.From the forest, go to the creek. Along several small streams, you now walk on a rather easy passage through a wonderfully calm valley, before you go uphill again for a short while. If you cross the steep road along Kaiserstrasse, you have reached the highest point of the run. Enjoy the beautiful view for a while - you can already see your destination, Schorndorf-Winterbach. From now on it's just downhill. If you have circled the small Lehnenbach reservoir, you are almost there. The last meters lead you through Winterbach directly to the train station, from where you can drive back to Stuttgart.Although you are completely out of the urban area of Stuttgart, the journey by train (R1) to Plochingen takes just 17 minutes. A little longer (32 minutes) needs the S2 for the return to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof.

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  • Difficult
    02:16
    13.1 mi
    5.8 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Rössleweg is a well-known hiking trail, which leads once around Stuttgart and on a few urban sections also. Although the path leads you mostly on paved paths, thanks to its many great vantage points, the vineyards around Stuttgart and many, idyllic places just outside the city of the circuit enjoys but rightly, especially among ultra runners great popularity, the way to a Prelude a piece - the entire Rössleweg is around 58 kilometers long.We broke up the Rösselweg into three parts, resulting in three beautiful running tracks. Start and finish can each be reached from the Stuttgart center with the Stuttgart (S) trains within a few minutes. Perfect if you do not feel like a long journey, but still want to get out of the city.The southwest part of the Rössleweg you run from the Stuttgart district Haigst to Feuerbach. The race starts entertaining when you drive with the iconic Stuttgart rack railway, the "Zacke", from Marienplatz close to the center to the start in Haigst. From there it does not take long until you walk on small side roads or forest and country lanes through the green belt of Stuttgart. Highlights on the tour are the Schwälblesklinge, the Heslacher Wasserfälle and the "Monte Scherbelino" - from the top of the Trümmerberg at 511 meters altitude you can enjoy a fantastic view of Stuttgart. Then it goes on, up and down, until you reach the finish of the run at the subway station Feuerbach Pfostenwäldle.The start and finish of the race can all be reached in a few minutes by the Stuttgart light rail. After Haigst you come with the "Zacke" from Marienplatz. Alternatively, you can take the U6 / U12 to Weinsteige from the main station. Back to the main station takes you the U6.

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  • Difficult
    01:47
    10.3 mi
    5.8 mph
    775 ft
    1,025 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Although the northern part of the Rössleweg includes most urban sections, it is still very varied. Especially on the panoramic paths through the vineyards on the Neckar you will not come out of amazement.The run starts with the best view as soon as you get off the subway in Feuerbach Pfostenwäldle: A short, steep uphill section and you are on the Feuerbacher Höhenweg with the best view of Stuttgart. Here you have the choice: on the paved trail you can enjoy the far-sightedness. Parallel to the trail, there is a small trail in the forest, which you can also follow until it meets the main route by itself.After a piece through the southern city forest, it's a first time down to the city. In Zuffenhausen, you cross the railway tracks and the main road and take the course to the Robert Bosch Hospital, which you circle around on a panorama path. Again, the view of Stuttgart is just great.The best comes last. Now you walk in the direction of Bad Cannstatt, cross the Neckar and follow it for a while on the paths through the Cannstatter Zuckerle, the top vineyard in Stuttgart. The view from the steep slopes to the walled terraces of the vineyards and down to the Neckar is just to enjoy. Take another deep breath before running along the Neckar River to the finish line.From the Stuttgart S-Bahn station Nürnberger Straße you can easily get back to the city: the S2 or S3 take just seven minutes to reach the main station. To start the tour to Feuerbach Pfostenwäldle you can take the U6 from the main station.

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  • Difficult
    02:21
    12.7 mi
    5.4 mph
    1,550 ft
    925 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The southern part of the Rössleweg takes you from Bad Cannstatt up to the romantic funerary chapel on the Württemberg. The climb up is steep and demanding - the view up is wide and impressive. From here you can already see how it goes on.First you run down to the Neckar. After you have crossed it, it goes straight up again through the Wangen vineyards above the Dürrbachtal. The narrow paths between the individual plots are simply picturesque.Slowly but surely, you continue to run upwards until you reach the highest point of the route at 468 meters altitude shortly before your destination. You cross the Neue Weinsteige and walk directly to the stop of the "Zacke", with which you can comfortably drive back to the center of Stuttgart and enjoy the great view of the city.This run starts directly at the S-Bahn station Nürnberger Straße, which you can reach from Stuttgart main station in a few minutes. From the finish you can take the rack railway "Zacke" back to the center. Alternatively, the U6 / U12 underground lines will take you from the Weinsteige stop directly to the main train station.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    82.1 mi
  • Duration
    15:03 h
  • Elevation
    8,425 ft

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