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).
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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.
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.