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Five days of adventure on the Neckarsteig


Five days of adventure on the Neckarsteig

Hiking Collection by Jesko



55:55 h

75.9 mi

10,925 ft

Sometimes plans just don't work out. But every now and then, you spontaneously change your idea. Our adventure on the Neckarsteig was just such a case. We’d actually been planning for a long time to hike in the Julian Alps, but chaos with the Deutsche Bahn blighted our journey. We missed our pre-planned overnight stay, which would have disrupted our ambitious itinerary.

So we were stuck in Frankfurt with our backpacks packed and barely a week to spare, somewhat frustrated, and wondering what we should do. We’d thoroughly lost the desire for another long train journey. Instead, we used komoot's radius search and it showed us hiking Tours nearby. Central Germany has so many beautiful regions; you don't always have to travel far. So, we chose the Neckarsteig.

The usual direction is from west to east, but we set off for Bad Wimpfen as it suited us better. We had provisions, a cooker and overnight equipment with us anyway, so we were pretty independent and didn't have to plan much. We just knew that we wanted to spend some time in Heidelberg at the end of the hike.

If you think that a hike along a river is boring, take a look at the altitude profile. The Neckarsteig rarely runs directly along the riverbank. Most of the time it moves above the valley. The ‘Steig’ in the name is a reference to the many steep climbs, which often lead over narrow, natural paths. If you’re carrying a heavy backpack, don’t underestimate the elevation gain. In return, you enjoy fantastic views and discover some highlights along the way.

The signposting on the trail is consistently good in both directions. There were only two or three places where we were unsure which was the correct way, so we were happy to have the route downloaded.

We slept two nights in shelters, once at a campsite and once in a hotel. With a little planning, you can spend all the nights in hotels should you wish, as the trail passes through villages at regular intervals.

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Abenteuer auf dem Neckarsteig

69.5 mi

10,450 ft

10,650 ft

Last updated: October 28, 2022

Tours & Highlights

  • Day 1: Bad Wimpfen to Mosbach – adventures on the Neckarsteig Trail

    19.3 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,450 ft
    1,925 ft

    We get off the train at the train station in Bad Wimpfen and go directly to the trail without any detours. The signage begins directly at the platform. The first five kilometers are not very spectacular along the Neckar, but you can already see that the organizers have put a lot of thought into the route

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  • 08:41
    7.84 mi
    0.9 mph
    875 ft
    1,150 ft

    The alarm clock rings just before sunrise, but it's so cozy here that we stay in bed for quite a while. When we finally break camp, the first joggers come by and greet us in a friendly way. A steep, stony path takes us down to the village where a baker is waiting for us. A day can hardly start any better

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  • 10:37
    14.2 mi
    1.3 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft

    The stage from Neckargerach via Neckarkatzenbach to Neukirchen is described in various sources as rather boring, as it mainly runs over wide forest roads. We therefore decide to simply skip a part and instead take the direct route to Minneburg from here, which turns out to be a steep and narrow mountain

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  • 10:51
    15.6 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,550 ft
    1,750 ft

    As we leave the hotel, the weather has changed drastically. Instead of the sunshine of the last few days, a gray sky is now waiting for us. The first half of the day it rains heavily. But that doesn't bother us much, after all we are well equipped. In addition, the additional layers of clothing make

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  • 13:33
    18.9 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,275 ft
    4,225 ft

    The last stage has it all again. Many rocky paths both uphill and downhill, but also beautiful places and vantage points are waiting for us. After we have climbed the tower of the castle near Neckargerach, our stomachs are slowly growling. We are admiring a vegetable garden when the owner comes by, unlocks

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    75.9 mi
  • Duration
    55:55 h
  • Elevation
    10,925 ft

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