Odenwald

In the footsteps of knights – hiking the Burgensteig Bergstraße in 9 stages

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In the footsteps of knights – hiking the Burgensteig Bergstraße in 9 stages

Hiking Collection by Odenwald

7-14

days

3-6 h

/ day

89.4 mi

14,850 ft

14,850 ft

A beautiful stretch of landscape between the Rhine, Neckar and Odenwald – welcome to the Bergstraße. You can get to know this beautiful strip of earth in southwestern Germany especially well on the Burgensteig. Steep vineyards, flowering orchards and green hills accompany you on the 90 mile (about 144km) hiking trail from Darmstadt to Heidelberg. And, as if the dreamlike landscape was not enough already, you can also discover 30 castles, palaces and places of worship along the way. In this Collection, you can explore the area the Romans called the „Strata Montana“ in all its glory.

The Burgensteig Bergstraße follows the course of a trade route, which was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago. As, for a long time, the Rhine plain was too damp for the construction of a permanent road, the Roman settlers built a road where the slopes of the Odenwald and the Rhinish lowlands meet. This road, which would later be called Bergstraße, became the most important trading and military road between Heidelberg and Darmstadt – and today offers excellent hiking opportunities.

In this Collection, we have divided the trail into nine stages. Each section ends in one of the tranquil villages along the mountain road where you can spend the night. If you do not want to hike all the way at once, or if you just want to pick out a few day trips, you can reach all the start and ending points by public transport. We guide you along the Burgensteig from Darmstadt to Heidelberg, but you can also walk it in the opposite direction, from south to north.

With more than 14,700 feet (about 4500 meters) of elevation, the Burgensteig Bergstraße has some tough climbs, but the beautiful landscape rewards you at every turn. You can look forward to varied hikes with lots of nature and culture. While the northern part runs mainly through the forested area around Frankenstein Castle and Melibokus, the southern part leads you through the idyllic vineyards of Bergstraße. A quarter of wine tastes particularly delicious after an eventful hiking.

Do you want to discover more of the Odenwald and Bergstraße? More long-distance hiking trails and day routes can be found in these Collections:
komoot.de/collection/893327/der-alemannenweg-wandern-im-odenwald,
komoot.de/collection/893330/einfach-sagenhaft-7-etappen-auf-dem-nibelungensteig,
komoot.de/collection/893269/wein-weitsicht-welterbe-wandern-im-odenwald-und-an-der-bergstrasse.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    04:16
    8.81 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your first stage begins in Darmstadt in the Eberstadt district. You follow the marking of the Burgensteig, the blue castle on a white background, out of the city and into …

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  • Intermediate
    03:55
    8.44 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage, two outstanding castles await you on the Burgensteig.The first destination is the Alsbacher Schloss. The medieval fortress was probably built as a defensive fortress against the castle Auerbach. You can visit the castle the whole year from Wednesday to Sunday. After visiting the castle, the castle tavern awaits you where you can have a good break.

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  • Difficult
    05:26
    11.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On your third hiking day, the Burgensteig leads you first into the state park Fürstenlager.The princely camp is located in a park of more than 40 hectares and elegantly landscaped. In the heyday of the landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt, the counts built a lush summer residence with various mansions, stables, garden temples, pavilions and jewelery. On the extensive hunting trips here also the guests were royally hosted and accommodated.

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    9.53 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage does not await you with castle ruins, but with peaceful nature and great views.After strolling through the picturesque old town of Heppenheim, the Burgensteig leads you …

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  • Difficult
    04:43
    9.79 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fifth stage is a real mountain stage.Right after your start in Hemsbach it goes up to the Bocksberg. At the top of the summit you can find some …

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  • Intermediate
    04:48
    9.83 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the sixth stage, there are again two mighty castles, which, however, have a completely different story.First goal is the medieval castle ruin Windeck. Despite the advanced decline, it still offers a great sight. In recent years, large parts have been restored to preserve the current state of the castle for posterity. From the castle walls you can already discover the second Weinheimer castle, the Wachenburg.

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  • Difficult
    06:09
    12.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Großsachsen the path leads over vineyards up into the Odenwald. After entering the forest, you will find the two ruins on the Hirschberg and the Schanzenköpfle at a short …

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  • Intermediate
    04:09
    8.57 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start your eighth stage in Schriesheim and wander through idyllic vineyards, while you have a great panorama of the city, the countryside and especially on the towering Strahlenburg.The …

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    10.4 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The ninth stage is the grand finale of your hike on the Burgensteig.The first half of today's hike passes through vineyards and natural forest trails. Time and again beautiful views open up as the trees clear and clear the view of the Rhine plain.After you have crossed the Mühlbachtal it goes up in a steep climb to Heiligenberg. Up here, exciting historic sites await you.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    89.4 mi
  • Duration
    43:16 h
  • Elevation
    14,850 ft14,850 ft

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In the footsteps of knights – hiking the Burgensteig Bergstraße in 9 stages