Carsten Götze

From hill to hill – hikes in Kraichgau-Stromberg

Nestled between the Neckar and the Rhine, the land of the 1000 hills offers everything that makes your hiking heart beat faster: sunny meadows, beautiful forests, great vantage points and lots of vineyard romance. In this collection, we introduce you to six day hikes with different lengths in the region. The Kraichgau Stromberg is not for nothing called the land of the 1000 hills. The advantages for you: The climbs are usually only short, the views are still fantastic. On all tours you have the opportunity to let your eyes wander over the sensual landscape.

The region on the former border is very varied: While the Baden Kraichgau is surrounded by rolling hills, orchards and sunken paths, the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park – predominantly influenced by Württemberg – with its wooded hills and picturesque vineyards. A beautiful landscape waiting to be explored by you.

A defining feature of this region of southern Germany is the wine – in the landscape as well as in the gastronomy. We would like to recommend you the stops along the hiking tours to enjoy the regional cuisine and of course the local wine. Typical and particularly cozy are the brooms and wine taverns. After all, what better way to end the day with a good glass of wine after a hike through the vineyards?

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    02:07
    4.55 mi
    2.1 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this hike you can expect great views, pure nature and a very "heavenly" stage. The seven-kilometer circular trail leads you around and on the Ottilienberg. Starting point of the tour is at the trail parking lot at the Villa Waldeck at the Kraichgau Stadium in Eppingen.After a short climb you walk the first few kilometers on level paths. On this route you already have a wonderful view of Eppingen. Soon you have reached the Jägersee, an ideal point for a first rest.Next is the short climb to the Ottilienberg, the mountain Eppingens 310 meters high. Once at the top, it is worth taking a look at the pilgrimage chapel. You wander over beautiful forest trails to the Kraichgaublick. From here you have a fantastic view of Eppingen, the Kraichgau and with good visibility to the Odenwald.The path leads you further to the so-called sky ladder. With its 202 steps, it makes the slope in the Epping Forest more pleasant for hikers - but you are hiking down this section. Once at the bottom, it is not far to the starting point of your tour.Pack some provisions for this hike. At the end of the hiking day, you can reward yourself in the restaurant of the Villa Waldeck with a fortification.

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  • Intermediate
    04:01
    9.02 mi
    2.2 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Pretty half-timbered houses and medieval flair greet you at the beginning of this good 14-kilometer hike on the market square in Vaihingen. The varied round trip leads you through the old, steep vineyards of the Roßwager stockpile, the deeply cut into the shell limestone slopes Enztal and cool forests and lush floodplains.You walk past Kaltenstein Castle and out of the city of Vaihingen. The trail runs along the quarry and into the picturesque landscape of the vineyards. From the steep slopes above the district Roßwag you have a great view over the Enztal.Then you cross the Enz, walk along the power station canal and enjoy the nature of the Enzaue. Now it is not far to the starting point of your hike. The castle and the powder tower welcome you from afar.In Vaihingen there are many restaurants and cafés for completing your hiking day. If hunger strikes you on the way, you will find cozy restaurants with regional cuisine in Roßwag. A good opportunity to taste the local wine.From Stuttgart or Pforzheim you can take the train to Vaihingen an der Enz in about 15 minutes. If you arrive by car, you can park for free at the parking lot "Im Mühlkanal".

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    10.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this route you walk through meadows, through forests and picturesque vineyards. The good 16-kilometer route offers you plenty of variety, historical treasures and great views. Starting point is at the Wanderparkplatz Horn at the geological window. From here, the path leads first relaxed downhill to Oberderdingen.In the village you will find many pretty half-timbered houses and the so-called Amthof. This was built in the early 14th century as a fortified nursing home of the monastery Herrenalb. The historic center invites you to a walking tour through the beautiful streets. On dirt roads, it continues, before you master the short and crisp climb through the dense forest. Not far, then you can take a long break at Kraichsee.After that, you will leave a few meters behind you, but you will be compensated with the wide views in the region. Shortly before the end of the hike you will reach the Derdinger Horn. The view over the region and the vineyards is unique. The starting point is only 500 meters from the Derdinger Horn.

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  • Intermediate
    02:57
    6.20 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hohenhaslacher enjoyment way is a perfect getaway from everyday life. You'll wander through a picturesque landscape on this ten-kilometer tour, enjoying beautiful views and enjoying the romantic landscape of the vineyards to the full. Start is on Kelterplatz in Hohenhaslach, Sachsenheim. The varied path leads you over wooded heights, fields and orchards. Get to know Sachsenheim and the Kirbachtal from different perspectives.Shortly before the end of the path leads you through the historically grown wine village Hohenhaslach. Here you can get to know the local brooms (like the wine taverns of the wineries that are open for a while) with their local wines. A stop at a broom shop is a must in the land of 1000 hills.On the way you will not pass any restaurants, so be sure to take enough water with you. In the restaurants in Hohenhaslach you get but to your wine also regional food for the hunger after an extensive hiking day.

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    5.80 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    During this hike, you are probably on the most beautiful path of the Brackenheimer Wanderdreiklangs on the way: The way leads you on its almost ten kilometers past a lookout pulpit, you can learn a lot about wine on the nature and wine trail and you towards the end of the day on the Relax on the hillside sofa.The middle path of the so-called walking triad offers you a magnificent panorama with a view of Neipperg Castle, Haberschlacht and the Stocksberg Castle. From the doubt mountain, the panorama extends over the beautiful Zabergäu.At the end of the day, there are fine wines and small meals waiting for you at the Weinausschank on the Zweifelberg on Sundays and public holidays. At the wine photospot you can take a picture to commemorate the beautiful hiking day.It is best to park your car at the Wanderdreiklang-Parkplatz Zweifelberg above Neipperg. There also start the other two tours of the Brackenheimer Wanderdreiklangs.

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    8.84 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Wonderful views, quiet forests, open meadows and panoramic views to the Palatinate and the Odenwald - all this awaits you on this 14 kilometer long hike. Starting point for the Brettener Südweg is at the zoo in place.Right at the beginning you dive into the great landscape of the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park and hike through green forests and blooming meadows. The path leads you past the Rotenberger Hof and to Ruit.In this Bretten district, you cross the idyllic Salzach Valley. Then you climb up to the plateau, where a lookout tower awaits you - on the former border between the Grand Duchy of Baden and the Kingdom of Württemberg. Then it goes back down to the Salzach Valley, on to the Burgwäldle, past the remains of the Eberstein Castle and back to the starting point. How about ending the tour with a visit to the largest petting zoo in Germany or the climbing forest Bretten?You can stop off in the Rotenberger Hof and finish in the zoo. There you will also find plenty of parking.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    44.7 mi
  • Duration
    20:09 h
  • Elevation
    4,450 ft

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