In the Odenwald on the Bergstraße, you can expect a gentle low mountain range with colorful deciduous forests, orchards, and flowering pastures, as well as romantic castles and palaces. In short – a hiker's paradise. In this Collection, we show you nine day routes, where you help you get to know the different sides of the Geo-Nature Park Bergstraße-Odenwald, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015. Immerse yourself in the hilly landscape of the Odenwald, learn more about viticulture along the Bergstraße, enjoy dreamlike views and let yourself be enchanted by the historic sites. The region is especially stunning in autumn, with its golden colors.
So that you know immediately what is in the foreground during the respective hikes, we have arranged the routes thematically: the first two hikes lead you to important world heritage sites, whilst the next two revolve around wine. Three day trips promise scenic views, and two more routes will teach you about the region’s myths and legends. This way, you can enjoy the varied hiking trips in Odenwald and on the Bergstraße. No matter which route you choose, fun is guaranteed. The level of difficulty and length of the hikes varies, including something for everyone. You can decide which one to choose depending on how you feel on the day.
The infrastructure in the Odenwald and on the mountain road is great for hikers. The trails in the area are well signposted and you will always come across quaint restaurants where you can enjoy regional food with a glass of wine or sparkling cider. The hikes usually start at large parking lots, so you can easily travel by car. If you are planning a longer stay in the region, you can use Darmstadt, Heppenheim or in one of the picturesque half-timbered towns as your base camp.
Do these day hikes make you crave more? You can get to know the region even more intensively on one of the three long-distance hiking trails: the Nibelungensteig, the Burgensteig or the Alemannenweg. More information can be found in the collections:
In this 13-kilometer hike, the name says it all: south of Darmstadt there are seven hills that make it easy to hike. You can expect only 170 meters in altitude, but you will still be rewarded with wonderful views over Darmstadt and the Odenwald. Start of the tour is at the Ostbahnhof in Darmstadt. Not far from the station is the first hill: the Mathildenhöhe, the center of Art Nouveau and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This circular walk leads you over quiet and flat forest paths from Messel to the hunting lodge Kranichstein. Along the 15 kilometer route, you will find small ponds, the nature reserve Silzwiesen and a ducal hunting pavilion. At the end of the hike, you can look forward to a journey through the history of Earth's evolution 48 million years ago. Starting point of the tour is the station in Messel.
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70 stations, seven kilometers and lots of art - on the adventure trail wine and stone awaits you a lot of variety. Starting point is at Winzerbrunnen at Le-Chesnay-Platz in Heppenheim. There you will find out more about the track and the various stations on an overview board.You walk out of the village into the vineyards, past the Bergsträßer …
Ready for the island? The eleven kilometer-long Odenwälder Weininsel trail leads you through open landscapes and along the edge of the forest of the scenic vineyards in the northeast of the small wine town Groß-Umstadt. Starting point is at the parking lot at the Stadthalle in place.You walk past the entrance to juicy orchards, a little later you dive …
You will get to know Erbach and Michelstadt on this 16 kilometer round trip. You will enjoy beautiful panoramas of the two villages and let you drift away from the special charm of the historic half-timbered town. So the hike is wonderfully varied. Start of the tour is on the large parking lot at the bee market in Michelstadt.Right …
This eleven-kilometer round hiking trail leads you over promising dirt roads and through quiet forests. Again and again your eyes wander from the ridge Tromm over the Odenwald and the Rhine plain to the Palatinate. Start of the tour is at the striking "books well" in Wald-Michelbach.Soon the trail leads you uphill on the mountain trail to Tromm, the …
This panorama trail takes you in 17 kilometers around the Sensbachtal. You wander a lot through the forest, but again and again, you also have beautiful views of the meandering in the valley Sensbach and the surrounding mountains - including the Katzenbuckel, the highest point of the Odenwald. Start of the circular hike is at the Waldgasthof Reussenkreuz.The path …
On this twelve-kilometer circular trail you will discover the legendary Rodenstein Ruin, the Falling Stream, the rock landscape at Wildweibchenstein and enjoy wonderful views into the Odenwald - simply amazing! Start of the hike is in the center of Reichelsheim.The first three kilometers are uphill over meadows and forest paths. After just under five kilometers you reach a great rest area with great foresight. How about a first, promising break?
This ten kilometer hike takes you to the Gotthardsberg with its impressive church ruins. From there you have a wonderful view of seven valleys. Start of the tour is at the Altstadtparkplatz in Amorbach.You leave the place and climb up the Sommerberg in serpentines. On the way you pass a few beautiful vantage points, ideal for breather and enjoyment. …