When coloured leaves cover the ground and fresh dew blankets the alpine meadows, it's time to put on your waterproof hiking boots. The Swabian Alb and the Black Forest are only a short train ride away from Stuttgart. With meandering streams, quiet forests and karstic rock, the landscapes here are unique. With more caves than anywhere else in Germany, it's no wonder that the Swabian Alb is known as the "Swiss cheese of the mountain world."
Gentle hills, romantic valleys and magnificent vantage points make the region southwest of Stuttgart a hiking paradise. The mountains, towering up to 1000 meter (3280 feet), showcase a magnificent view as far as the Alps. Outdoor fans can also enjoy the unique natural canyons like the Monbachtal. With such spectacular scenery, the Swabian Alb and the north of the Black Forest are a dream destination for short multi-day hikes. Plus they are found only a stone's throw away from Stuttgart.
In this Collection, you will find three multi-day hikes which guide you through the most beautiful corners of this fantastic landscape. On the "2-day hike through mystical valleys" we take you from Weil der Stadt through romantic valleys to Bad Teinach-Neubulach. On the "2-day tour Balinger Mountains", you will experience stunning summit panoramas between Lautlingen and Schömberg. On the "3-day hike mountains and water", water will never be far away as you walk past brooks, lakes and waterfalls. On the way from Engstingen to Bad Niedernau, you can also visit two fascinating castles.
If two or three days are not enough for you, you can combine the two hikes "3-Day Tour Mountains and Water" and "2-Day Tour Balinger Mountains" perfectly. The three-day hike ends at Bad Niedernau station where you can take a train to Lautlingen, the starting point of the "2-day tour Balinger Mountains", in just over an hour. These hikes can be used like building blocks to put together the right adventure for you. One thing is certain in any case: the diversity of the landscape will inspire you on all three hikes.
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This two-day hike takes you through the most beautiful valleys of this region west of Stuttgart. You start at the station Weil der Stadt and climb up to the Kuppelzenhütte. Before you reach Bad Liebenzell, the destination of the first stage, you wander through the romantic Monbachtal. From there you follow the course of the Nagold south to Bad Teinach-Neubulach, from where you can take the train back to Stuttgart (bahn.de).The starting point of the first stage is the Weil der Stadt train station, which you can reach from Stuttgart on the S6 in 40 minutes. Along the brook Würm you come by the village of Merklingen and wander up to Kuppelzenhütte. The rustic wooden hut with the large guest garden is cultivated on Sundays and public holidays. The exact dates can be found here: ogvm.de/kuppelzen/kuppelzentermine.htmlAt 500 meters you follow the path on the flank of the Büchelberg and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Through wide fields and green forests you go further west.The Monakamer Weg meets at Hahlenberg on the Monbach. This section is the last and at the same time the most beautiful of this stage today: the wild and romantic Monbachtal snakes through the landscape. Here nature may still be as it is: moss-grown stones, fallen trees and a great diversity of species await you. In autumn, the leaves shine in all imaginable red, yellow and brown tones and make the Monbachtal even more magical. Caution is only required at high tide, because then the Monbach can turn into a raging river and the creek crossings become impassable.The Monbach flows into the north of Bad Liebenzell in the Nagold. The last three kilometers you follow the river into the beautiful place. If you still feel like it, you can visit the imposing castle Liebenzell am Schlossberg.In Bad Liebenzell you can look for accommodation in the center or you spend the night at the campsite. If you do not want to bring your own tent, it is possible to rent caravans (campingpark-bad-liebenzell.com/de).
Following the course of the Nagold you leave Bad Liebenzell on the second day of your tour. In the south of the city you walk through the park and Sophi Park. Soon you leave the place behind you and walk along the Liebenzell path.After about two kilometers, you will come to another highlight on your valleys tour: the Wolf Canyon, or Wolf's Gorge called, offers a very special flora and fauna. In the clear water that splashes over striking rock formations, trout and crayfish frolic. On the shore of the Brombache grow huge ferns and moss cushions. In addition to the well-known Monbach Gorge, the Wolf Canyon is still an insider tip, so here you can enjoy nature to the fullest.In the village Hirsau you can visit the interesting ruins of the monastery Hirsau. In the past, this former Benedictine monastery was one of the most important in Germany. After the fire in 1692, the buildings were not rebuilt. In the cozy monastery café you can take a break.After crossing the Nagold, you will hike up to the highest point of this two-day tour. At 591 meters high Webersfeld you have a great view of the area. Continue on to the next romantic valley, the Rötelbachtal. Here you can experience original nature and feel a bit like in the jungle. A well-walked path winds along the stream and leads through bridges and stone steps through the forest.At the end of the valley you come back to the Nagold and follow it to the train station to Bad Teinach-Neubulach. From here you start the one and a half hour journey home.
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This two-day tour takes you from the tranquil Albstadt-Lautlingen through shady forests and colorful fields to Schömberg. On the way you will climb the Balinger mountains, among other things, from which you have a breathtaking view. The journey by train from Stuttgart to Lautlingen takes two hours. Out into the country and into the countryside, you already notice that on the way there: The Hohenzollerische Landesbahn (SWEG) holds in Albstadt-Lautlingen only as needed, so do not forget to press the button (bahn.de).
The first stage starts with the ascent of Heimberg and Graebelsberg. Through shady forests you will reach the Hossinger ladder, a great eaves alley with well-built steps and bridges. Along the rushing creek and the overgrown cliffs, you can quickly make some altitude difference.The viewing plateau below the 943 meter high summit of the Heimberg is perfect for a rest. On the wooden bench you can eat your brought provisions and enjoy the great panorama.Without major differences in altitude, it continues on the Gräbelesberg. From the summit there is a beautiful view of the opposite Schalksburg.Afterwards you follow the forest paths down to Tieringen, where you will spend the night. The choice of accommodation in Tieringen is not very large, we recommend booking in advance. Our tip is the holiday village Tieringen, where you can rent colorful wooden houses (feriendorf-tieringen.de).
On forest trails you leave Tieringen and climb north of the village to the 963 meter high Lochenstein. Striking is the bright rock of the mountain in the Swabian countryside. In this rocky area, a characteristic natural landscape has been preserved. Here you can find rare plants like the rock starfish. From the summit cross of the Lochenstein you look over to the castle Hohenzollern and in the south you can see the Alps.Between the Wenzelstein and the high rock you walk to the quarry on the Plettenberg. Here is a special attraction, the Skywalk. Here you can take a look at the bright rock walls. In the middle of the quarry, a turquoise lake has formed, in contrast to the light colored rocks. In the quarry limestone is mined for cement production, pay attention to the passing vehicles for your safety.Then it goes up to the more than 1000 meters high Plettenberg, the highest of the Balinger mountains. Once at the top you can hike to the mountain cross and enjoy the magnificent view of the entire Northern Black Forest. In the Plettenberghütte managed on Sundays and public holidays you can strengthen yourself for the further way.From the Plettenberghütte you will come through dense forest back into the valley. On the way to the train station you still pass the reservoir Schlichemtalsperre. Take the bus from Schömberg train station to Rottweil, where you take the train. The way back to Stuttgart takes about two hours.
This exciting tour is characterized by the element of water: crystal clear streams, idyllic bathing lakes and a beautiful waterfall are part of this three-day hike. On the first day we lead you from Engstingen over the fairytale castle Lichtenstein on the Roßberg, before it continues on the second stage over wooded mountains to Mössingen. After a night in Mössingen, on the third day you will hike through wide forests to the Weilerburg and then to Bad Niedernau, from where you will start your journey home.This water-rich tour starts at the bus station in Kleinengstingen. From Stuttgart you take the train to Reutlingen and then continue by bus. The journey takes a total of one and a half hours. More information about the train connections can be found at: bahn.deLeave Reutlingen heading north and follow the trail to the imposing Lichtenstein Castle. Like a fairy tale, the white castle sits enthroned on a cliff. The most beautiful castle of the Swabian Alb can be visited during a guided tour. The rustic Schlossschänke outside the complex is suitable for a break.Afterwards, you will reach the impressive fog cave on forest trails. Already in the 16th century, visitors came here to visit the cave. The numerous soil paving stones and the colorful light show are a special experience. Since the temperature is ten degrees throughout the year, we recommend you bring a warm jacket.
From the Nebelhöhle you hike steadily downhill and after a few kilometers you reach the lower Gönninger See. At this idyllic lake, you can cool off or take a break on the extensive lawns.The element of water accompanies you further: following the course of the Wiesaz, you come to the Mittlerer Wiesaz waterfall. In the idyllic Wiesaztal lie the three Gönninger lakes and two streams meet. This wealth of water makes nature blossom and so has created a green water landscape. In the clear waters of the lakes you have the opportunity to refresh yourself again before the last climb of this day is due.The Wanderheim with lookout tower on Rossberg is your destination today. The view from the top of the hilltop is great and at sunset the landscape is bathed in a dreamy light. On a clear day you can even see the spikes of the Alps. The Wanderhotel Roßberg offers double and multiple-bed rooms. (Https://tuerme-wanderheime.albverein.net/wanderheime/wanderheim-rossberghaus)
After the night in the hiking center, the second stage begins with a fantastic view. From Rossberg you can see the Swabian Alb, its foothills and the Black Forest. Via the valley of the Öschenbachtal you reach the Bolberg. It is one of the most beautiful vantage points in this area. On the flat area at the summit there is a small shelter and a barbecue with benches.On quiet forest paths you descend to the nature reserve Meisenbühl. Now you cross the sprawling meadows, which have been declared a nature reserve because of the rare plants. Here you can find flowers like wild orchids and blue-glowing gentians.At the southeast end of the Magerwiesen you reach the forest edge the viewpoint Teufelsloch on Filsenberg. The 801.5 meter high point marks an imposing tree and a seating group with benches. With a great view of Talheim and the opposite Farrenberg this is a nice place to rest.You follow the forest path down to Mössingen, your today's destination. The city has a large selection of hotels and pensions. Our tip is the Bäck Stage in the north of Mössingen, which is not only a modern hotel, but also an excellent restaurant and a master bakery (baeck-stage.de).
On the third day you leave Mössingen and cross the river Steinlach near Ofterdingen. On a beautiful path, you will hike along the wooded Rammert ridge and enjoy the expanse of the forest. After ten kilometers, you will pass the Dünnbachhütte, where you can take a break. At the simple shelter there are seating and a barbecue area.The trail leads you through a small valley to the Weilerburg. You can climb the tower of the medieval ruin that towers over the hamlet of Weiler. The view over the treetops on the Albtrauf and the steep drop of the Swabian Alb is fantastic. The hissest flag indicates whether the local bar of the Alpine Club is open.After visiting the castle ruin you walk through hamlets and follow the course of the Katzenbach. After a short time you will reach the Seven Valleys Cave. Armed with a flashlight, you can carefully explore the home of some bats. 207 meters, the karst cave leads into the rocks. Since stones can be removed from the ceiling of the natural monument, you should only enter the Seven Valleys Cave with a helmet.On the last kilometers of the third stage we lead you through the idyllic spa park in Bad Niedernau. High reeds grow on the small lake and the ducks make their way. You cross the Neckar and reach the destination of your tour, the train station. The drive from Bad Niedernau to Stuttgart is one and a half hours.