When it get's warm outside, we want to go out into nature and we want to take our loved ones with us. Therefore we created a collection of ten family tours with beautiful highlights. The start points of these small, easy adventures can be reached by both public transport and by car. Most tours are hikes but, seeing as it’s normally no problem to take a bike on one of the regional trains, you can also make them into a nice Sunday bike ride.
Munich is also one of the German cities with the highest quality of life due to its surroundings. In Wolfratshausen at the end of the Munich S-Bahn line S7, the Alps, Lake Starnberg and the river meadows of the Isar are within reach. The 18,000-inhabitant town is the scene of the television series Hubert & Staller. And even these Bavarian chaos cops are not able to tarnish this Upper Bavarian ideal of healing world. If you like, you can hike, bike or ride a raft or dinghy on the Isar, which is about 30 kilometers from Wolfratshausen to the center of Munich.For a leisurely Mother's Day excursion, we hike from Wolfratshausen station to the two-mile raft landing at the Marienbrücke (Isar-Floss starting point). After crossing the river Isar, turn left towards the nature park Pupplinger Au. The path always leads Isar downwards from the river through the riparian forest, later along the riverbank. Before the Loisach flows into the Isar, you will find in the river numerous sandbanks, on which wonderful sunbathing, picnicking and dangling between the small rivers with the soul. (FKK-Baden is here, as in the entire area of the Isar before Munich, tolerated and not uncommon). Then it's always on the right bank of the Isar river to the Ickinger weir. From here it goes over the Isar-Werk-Kanal and the Isar then up to the S-Bahn stop (S7) of Icking, the end of the tour. Refreshments, especially cozy inns, there in Wolfratshausen, Icking and a bit away from the actual tour, the monastery Schäftlarn with his Bräu Stüberl.So if you still feel power in the legs at the Ickinger weir, you can walk a few kilometers down the Isar river to the Schäftlarn monastery and then to the Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn S-Bahn stop and from there take the S7 back to Munich.This tour is suitable, with slightly modified route, also excellent as a bike tour of Wolfratshausen Isar-down direction Munich. Endpoints are the respective S-Bahn stops of the S7.
A traditional highlight in the Swabian Alb south of Stuttgart is the Urach waterfall - one of the highest waterfalls in Germany outside the Alps. The classic starting point for easy hikes on the Urach Waterfall Trail is either the stop "Bad Urach Wasserfall" of the Ermstalbahn or the hiking car park Maisental (P23) a little bit along the way. So if you want to give up the car on Mother's Day, just drive from Stuttgart Central Station in just over an hour (with transfers in Metzingen) directly to the starting point of the tour.From the "Bad Urach Wasserfall" stop, after just under a kilometer, you reach the Brühlbach, from where you continue along the picturesque creek to the actual waterfall, which you reach after another 1.5 kilometers. Although the path is slightly uphill, it is so well developed that it can be mastered well with an all-terrain stroller. If you would like to see the waterfall from above and follow the route suggested by us, then along the waterfall you will go up the rather steep steps to the high meadow where there is also a sheltered hut and a barbecue area. If you want to return from the refuge comfortably, take the well-developed Upper Waterfall Trail back to the starting point of the hike.Anyone who follows our tour wanders through the so-called "hell", which requires a little surefootedness. After having crossed the "hell" on narrow paths, it goes on well-developed trails to Gütersteiner waterfall, the second waterfall highlight of this tour. From the Gütersteiner waterfall, the path then leads over the barbecue area / shelter cattle station and through the rear Maisental back to the starting point of the hike. In this tour, you circle around the round mountain, a large part of this tour takes place in the forest or along the edge of the forest.If you need some rest after the hike, you will definitely find it in the thermal baths or spa hotels of Bad Urach - a few minutes walk from the starting point of the hike.Bad Urach Tourism badurach-tourismus.de
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At around 880 meters, the Großer Feldberg is the highest peak in the Taunus. He is rightly a popular destination in the Frankfurt area and especially on busy Sundays and public holidays best to reach by public transport. From the U-Bahn station Oberursel-Hohemark, the bus line 57 brings you in less than 30 minutes on the Great Feldberg, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the bus runs every hour.Arrived at the Great Feldberg, we start our always slightly downhill leading tour on the Brunhildispfad through the forest of the Taunus towards Weil source. After we have reached the romantic spring and later passed the former Roman fort "Feldberg", after 2.5 kilometers of the route we reach the Gasthaus Rotes Kreuz, which offers a refreshment stop as well as a bus stop 57.If you do not want any more, you can travel from here to Königstein or Oberursel and from there by train back to Frankfurt. However, we continue on the gravel path "Hühnerstraße", past the climbing rocks Großer Zacken and the following lümmelfelsen. From Lümmelfelsen there are then still nearly two kilometers to the church in the center of Oberreifenberg, where there are rest stops and from where the bus goes back to Oberursel.
The floodplain landscape around the river Zschopau is certainly one of Saxony's natural jewels. Not least because of its leisure activities and its liner shipping, the area around the dammed Zschopau before the dam Kriebstein is ideal for Mother's Day tours of any length. Starting point of our tour is the visitor car park in the area of the Zschopautal-Halle in Mittweida-Lauenhain. The easiest way to reach the starting point is by car, especially during the week. From the center of Leipzig it is about one and a quarter hours, from Dresden it is a bit shorter. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, bus 642 "Zschopautaler" from the bus station in Chemnitz (near the main train station) also takes 15 minutes to the start and end of the tour. If you want to start the tour from Leipzig main station by public transport, you have to expect about two and a half hours to get there.So we start at the large visitor car park in Mittweida-Lauenhain and go - right hand always the Zschopau - past the Hotel Waldhaus first a little bit on asphalt up to the crest rock. Then we move most of the tour on unpaved trails, through beautiful forests and always within reach of the romantic riverside. After a good three and a half kilometers we reach Tanneberg, where for the first time we have the opportunity to change to one of the ships or the bus back. There is a possibility for boarding at the Hotel am Kriebsteinsee after about five and a half kilometers in the area of the dock Höfchen. If you go a kilometer further, you will find in the area of the lake stage Kriebstein near the end of the tour at the dam more restaurants. Back to the starting point, you can either take the boat or the Zschopautaler bus.If you are not tired at the end of this tour, you can also visit the Kriebstein Castle, which is just two kilometers from the dam. And if the migratory fever has finally packed and who wants to continue, you can walk along the now freely flowing Zschopau to the next village Waldheim or even further to Limmritz, and return from these places by train.kriebsteintalsperre.de
You do not need to drive far up the Rhine from Cologne to enjoy the fullness of Rhein-Romance. Our Mother's Day hike from the Margaretenhöhe near Königswinter through the Siebengebirge to the romantic Drachenburg Castle and down to the Rhine runs mainly through forests and from time to time offers wonderful views of Germany's longest river and the surrounding landscape. The starting point of our hike is the car park / bus stop Ittenbach Margaretenhöhe near Königswinter. Not only on busy weekends, this tour is recommended using public transport: From Cologne Central Station in about 40 minutes in Königswinter, then take the bus line 521 from there directly to the Ittenbach Margaretenhöhe stop. Including waiting times you have to expect public transport from the center of Cologne with one and a quarter hours for the arrival to the start of the hike.From the Margaretenhöhe it goes first a short bit uphill, and then on leisurely trails past numerous beautiful places to the castle Drachenburg steadily downhill towards the Rhine. There is a refreshment stop at Gasthof Milchhäuschen, after about three kilometers of the way. The undisputed highlight of this tour is the castle Drachenburg, the "Neuschwanstein am Rhein". If you do not want to continue here, you will quickly come to Königswinter with the Drachenfelsbahn cable car and from there you can return to Cologne by train. If you are still good on foot, go a bit further up to the castle ruins Drachenfels with a magnificent view of Königswinter and the Rhine. After visiting the castle ruins, it goes through the forest and some vineyards relatively steep down to Rhöndorf, the northernmost wine town on the Rhine and the long-time residence of the German post-war Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. There you either return or take the Regional Express back to Cologne.Website of Castle Drachenburg: schloss-drachenburg.de
At Schloss Marienburg, the leash enters the North German Plain. The castle is today one of the most impressive monuments in Germany - it was built in the 19th century as a summer residence and was a testimony of love of the Guelph King George V of Hanover to his wife Marie. The landscape around Marienburg Castle also has its charms for nature lovers: between the castle and the state capital of Lower Saxony, the leash snakes through a vast river landscape with fields, as well as some lakes and ponds. The banks and banks near the shore are ideal for walks, hikes and bike rides.From the beginning of spring until late autumn, Schloss Marienburg can easily be reached by the Regiobus 300/310 from Hanover main station. Accordingly, we start our Mother's Day tour directly at Marienburg Castle. From here it goes down to the leash and then on the riverbank always down-leash to the place Schulenburg (Pattensen). In Schulenburg there are rest stops and a bus back to Hanover or to the nearest station Barnten.Of course you can do the walk in the opposite direction. Or you can take the train from the central station in Hannover to the Nordstemmen station in just under 20 minutes and then walk about 45 minutes (just under 3 kilometers) up to the castle and from there on to Schulenburg.Castle Marienburg: schloss-marienburg.de
The nature reserve Krickenbecker Seen is characterized by its untouched lakes, fields and break areas. For hikers, cyclists, water sports enthusiasts but also for ornithologists, the water landscape in the nature park Maas-Schwalm-Nette near the Dutch border offers pure relaxation and recreation. From Düsseldorf main station we can reach the station Kaldenkirchen in just over an hour by the regional express. From there we take the bus or the call collection taxi (note!) To the stop "Trafohaus", the starting point of our tour.The comfortable walk leads us - right hand the water - along the shore of the De Wittsee and the Nette. Along the way there are some beautiful spots on the water and refreshments. After about two kilometers we make a short detour into the biotope with the "Wasser.Blick Rohrdommelfläche". Then you continue through forests and fields to the information center of the Biological Station, the end point of the hike - and at the same time the starting point for further explorations. In the information center there is a permanent exhibition to the nature park and not far from here also rest stops exist. The return to the station Kaldenkrichen takes place with the call collection taxi.Call collection taxi Nettetal: +49 2153 7979Information Center of the Biological Station Krickenbecker Seen: bsks.de
The unique natural landscape of the Wadden Sea in the Jade Bay can be explored not only by extensive beach walks and walks on dykes. Biking tours are also ideal for experiencing the flat marsh landscape along the North Sea coast.We start our mother's day tour at the train station in Sande near Wilhelmshaven, which we reach in about one and a quarter hours by the regional express from Bremen. From Sande it goes first on the bike to the small village Cäciliengroden, where we meet after nearly two kilometers to the sea. Then it goes, the Wadden Sea on the left, always along the water to the resort of Dangast with its extensive leisure facilities. The Wattenblick World Heritage Site, the World Heritage Playground "Wattbuttjer" or the Dangastquellbad with Watt'n Sauna are worth a visit, followed by a walk along the beach to the Varel harbor and from there about four kilometers to the Varel train station the trains go back to Bremen.The surroundings of Dangast are of course also ideal for hiking and walking along the Wadden Sea. Buses to Dengast run regularly from the Varel train station - so if you prefer to hike along the beach and then use the recreational activities offered by Dangast, you will certainly get your money's worth.Tourist Information Nordseebad Dangast: dangast.de
With its untouched forest, lake and river landscapes the Müritz National Park is a natural jewel in the Meklenburger Seenplatte. The starting point for many excursions in the national park and the surrounding landscape is the small town Waren (Müritz) with its beautiful old town. From the Berlin main station one is by train at the latest in one and a quarter hours in goods. In addition to hiking and cycling, the area can also be excellently explored on the water - by excursion boat, motorboat or by canoe.
We start our cozy Mother's Day hike directly to the beach promenade of goods, which we reach with the city bus. From there it goes counterclockwise along the water along at the campsite and the bathing area Ecktannen down to the viewpoint Schnackenburg. Then it goes inland through dense forest to the Wienpietschseen. Once we have passed or circled it, we continue through the forest to the starting point of our hike.
With its renovated old town and the nature discovery center "Mürizeum" goods are worth in any case a longer stay. Those who are good on foot, the tour to the Wienpietschseen can take directly from the center goods in attack - with the way from the train station through the city and back this tour then takes about three and a half hours.
The Wadden Sea is a unique natural landscape - and it is actually right on the doorstep of Hamburg. Especially since the small North Sea island of Neuwerk, strategically located in the area of the Elbe estuary, is officially a district of Hamburg. Nevertheless, the regional express from Hamburg main station to Cuxhaven requires one and a quarter hours without having to change trains.Arrived in Cuxhaven you have three options to get to Neuwerk: At low tide on a nearly three-hour mudflat hike, with a carriage ride through the Wadden Sea or at high tide by ship. When the ship is wrong or Watt migrations are possible, depends on the respective tides. In addition, Watt walks are not without risk and should be undertaken with knowledgeable people. In addition, the water you occasionally wade through may still be very cold in the spring.For our leisurely Mother's Day excursion, we therefore decide on a tour on the island Neuwerk and the ship of the shipping company Cassen Eils, which leaves in Cuxhaven from the investor "Alte Liebe" and takes one and a half hours to the island. (From the train station, the jetty is about a kilometer away and can be reached by city bus, and there is also a car park at the car park). Arrived on Neuwerk, we circle the island - depending on your mood - on ufernahen ways clockwise or counterclockwise. Refreshments are available in the center of the island a few hundred meters from the ferry dock. In any case, you should fix the return trip from Neuwerk to Cuxhaven in advance.Ship to new value / shipping company Cassen Eils - cassen-eils.de/linienverkehr/insel-neuwerkWattwagen Wattenpost - wattenpost.de/wattwagenfahrt-nach-neuwerk.html