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On foot in the nature park Stromberg-Heuchelberg

Luscious vineyards, quiet forests and refreshing lakes characterise the Kraichgau-Stromberg region, also known as the land of 1000 hills. A network of well-developed hiking trails runs through the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park which is home to rare plant and animal species. Along the way, you can find colourful orchids and wildflowers. You may even be lucky to spot a rare wildcat that live here as they sneak quietly through the dense forests. The six walks in this Collection take you through this wonderful flora and fauna of Kraichgau-Stromberg.

The Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park is not only a fantastic hiking area for nature lovers, but also for those interested in culture: romantic villages with historic markets and alleys are nestled between the rivers and hills. On the Eppinger-Linien-Weg you can walk along an old rampart and immerse yourself in the eventful history of this landscape. The ascents in the Land of 1000 Hills are mostly gradual, but despite their ease, the views over the stunning landscape are still impressive.

Wine is another reason to explore this varied region. The sun-kissed slopes with their countless vines influence the landscape and gastronomy. Along our hiking trails, you will find many traditional restaurants and wine bars where you can indulge yourself with regional delicacies. The contrast between woods, orchards, waters and vineyards makes these hikes so exciting. The Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park is one of the most diverse hiking regions in Germany – experience it for yourself.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 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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  • Difficult
    16:25
    37.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    2,975 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On 60 kilometers through beautiful vineyards, the beautiful Neckar valley and historic old towns: this is the 3-B-Landtour, which you can divide into three or more stages. The paths through the varied region, which is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in Germany, are easy to commit and require no special skills.You start at the Stadionschen castle in the beautiful Bönnigheim am Mühlbach. Through the beautiful vineyards, it goes gently uphill and downhill towards Erligheim. You follow the splashing Baumbach, which brings you to the banks of the Neckar. Again and again you come in the terraced vineyards to lookout points, the wonderful panoramas release. Walheim was awarded the "Most Beautiful Wine View" in 2012.In the Enztal you walk through quiet forests and over picturesque orchards. Several times you cross glittering rivers and streams. In historic towns and places like Besigheim you can get to know the culture of viticulture and stroll through medieval markets. A special highlight are the Hessigheimer rock gardens, which are under nature protection. From the rugged limestone cliffs you have a unique view.The castle Liebenstein seems to have sprung from a storybook and worth a visit. The stately complex also offers a restaurant and a hotel. You reach the starting point via the idyllic Kirchheim am Neckar.

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    5.78 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Three idyllic lakes lie along this good nine-kilometer circular walk. Starting from the nature park center Stromberg-Heuchelberg, you follow the path on the bank of the reservoir Ehmetsklinge. In summer, the clear water is a welcome cooling off.The hike leads through a charming landscape of vineyards, forests and fields. Another highlight is the Katzenbachsee. Surrounded by lawns and large trees, it is a true natural paradise. During the summer months you can fortify yourself at the small kiosk with a snack and enjoy the beautiful view.Without major gradients we continue to the third body of this tour: Lake Michelbacher lies in a valley below the Spitzenberg. Since the lake is located in the conservation area, you are not allowed to bathe here. But the sight alone is wonderful.About the place Zaberfeld you reach the starting point at the reservoir Ehmetsklinge back. There you can stop at the inn by the lake or visit the interesting nature park center.

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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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  • Difficult
    11:29
    26.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this almost 43-kilometer hike you dive deep into the history of the multi-faceted landscape between Eppingen and Mühlacker. Along the historical defenses Eppinger Linien, which was built in the 17th century, you come to magnificent places high above the Kraichgau. Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm of Baden had the ramparts and ditches built for defense against the French. Today, you can enjoy the views from the surveys you have created. You have the opportunity to divide this tour into two daily stages, for example with a stopover in Sternenfels.The starting point is at the station Eppingen. On well-developed trails you follow the Epping lines south. Through the beautiful Hardtwald you climb up to the Ottilienberg, where there is a fortified pilgrimage church. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panorama over the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park.You wander through beautiful forests, along small streams and over gentle vineyards. Sometimes you can see the course of the Wall-Trench system very well. Since 2014, sculptures and sculptures are on the way, informing about the interesting history of the Epping lines. At Schlossberg near Sternenfels you can take a break: there are picnic areas and a kiosk.The cultural highlight of this hike awaits you in Maulbronn. The monastery there is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a popular venue. The sprawling complex is considered the best preserved of its kind north of the Alps. After a refreshment in the monastery's own restaurant, we continue through the idyllic Tannenwald. Before you reach Mühlacker, you can once again enjoy an impressive view of the Kraichgau from the Sauberg. Your destination is Mühlacker station, from where you can start your journey home.

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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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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    94.5 mi
  • Duration
    41:36 h
  • Elevation
    7,575 ft

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