On foot in the nature park Stromberg-Heuchelberg
© Ulrike Klumpp
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.
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".
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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There are three idyllic lakes along this nine-kilometer circular hike. Starting from the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park center, follow the path on the banks of the Ehmetsklinge reservoir. In summer the clear water is a welcome cooling.The hike leads through an enchanting 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 with a snack at the small kiosk and enjoy the beautiful view.Without any major inclines, the route continues to the third body of water on this tour: The Michelbacher See lies in a valley floor below the Spitzenberg. Since the lake is located in the nature reserve, swimming is not allowed here. But the sight alone is wonderful.Via the village of Zaberfeld you get back to the starting point at the Ehmetsklinge reservoir. There you can stop off at the Wirtshaus am See or visit the interesting nature park center.
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.
On this almost 43-kilometer hike, you will immerse yourself in the history of the multifaceted landscape between Eppingen and Mühlacker. Along the historic defenses of the Eppinger Linien, which were built in the 17th century, you come to wonderful places high above the Kraichgau. Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden had the ramparts and trenches built to defend against the French. Nowadays you can enjoy the views from the raised elevations. You have the option of dividing this tour into two daily stages, for example with a stop in Sternenfels.The starting point is at Eppingen train station. On well-developed paths you follow the Eppinger lines south. Through the beautiful Hardtwald you climb up the Ottilienberg, where there is a fortified pilgrimage church. Here you can enjoy a wonderful panorama over the Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park.You hike through beautiful forests, along small streams and over gentle vineyards. Sometimes you can still see the course of the wall-ditch system very well. Since 2014 there have been sculptures along the way that provide information about the interesting history of the Eppingen lines. You can take a break at Schlossberg near Sternenfels: there are picnic areas and a kiosk here.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 extensive complex is considered to be the best preserved of its kind north of the Alps. After refreshment in the monastery restaurant, the tour continues through the idyllic tub forest. Before you reach Mühlacker, you can enjoy another impressive view of the Kraichgau from the Sauberg. Your destination is Mühlacker train station, from where you can start your journey home.
On this hike you are probably on the most beautiful path of the Brackenheim hiking triad: The path leads you past a viewing pulpit for almost ten kilometers, you can learn a lot about wine on the nature and wine trail and you can learn a lot about wine towards the end of the day Relax hill sofa.
The middle path of the so-called Wanderdreiklangs offers you a wonderful panorama with a view of Neipperg Castle, Haberschlacht and Stocksberg Castle. From the Zweifelberg the panorama extends over the beautiful Zabergäu.
Finally, on Sundays and public holidays, fine wines and small dishes await you at the wine bar on the Zweifelberg. At the wine photo spot, you can take a photo to remember the beautiful day of hiking. It is best to park your car at the Wanderdreiklang parking lot in Zweifelberg above Neipperg. The other two tours of the Brackenheim hiking triad also start there.