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Endlessly beautiful – 11 stages on the Rems Valley Trail near Stuttgart

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Endlessly beautiful – 11 stages on the Rems Valley Trail near Stuttgart

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

9-20

days

3-6 h

/ day

135 mi

15,850 ft

16,100 ft

On its journey to the Neckar, the Rems flows through historic towns, past blooming orchards and steep vineyards through a unique landscape: the Rems Valley. The best way to get to know this beautiful piece of earth east of Stuttgart is to hike on the Rems Valley Trail. In eleven stages, the long-distance hiking trail leads you along one side of the valley to the source of the river and on the other side back to the mouth of the Neckar. You hike through romantic vineyards, enjoy wonderful views from the plateau into the valley, travel through Roman history and relax after a long day of hiking in the cozy villages with half-timbered charm. A lot of variety awaits you at 133 miles (about 215 kilometers) and more than 15.750 feet (4.800 meters) of altitude. For me, the Rems Valley is a beautiful place at the gates of Stuttgart, which always enchants me. In this collection I will show you what makes the Rems Valley so special.

The Rems Valley Trail is fairly new, but still an old acquaintance. The new Rems Valley Trail was inaugurated as part of the Rems Valley Garden Show 2019. But actually, the long-distance hiking trail is the amalgamation of the Rems Hiking Path with the Remstal-High Trail. In preparation for the garden show, the network of trails in the Rems Valley was revised and newly signposted. The blue infinity symbol on a yellow background now marks the route of the Rems Valley Trail. For the garden show, many spaces in the Rems Valley were also spruced up and several projects were realized, such as the architectural project „16 stations“ or over 200 bee-friendly flowering areas. This makes your hike along the river even more varied.

You hike many stages of the path along the plateau above the valley. The larger towns in the Rems Valley – such as Schorndorf, Schwäbisch Gmünd and Lorch – are on the banks of the Rems. Therefore, it often makes sense to descend into the valley at the end of a day of hiking. At the individual stages, I will give you tips on where you can best spend the night. On the way you always come through small and larger towns, so that you can stock up on provisions. You will also find some shelters along the way, but not at every stage.

You can easily reach the start and end point of the Rems Valley Trail from Stuttgart Central Station by public transport. If you only want to hike a section of the way or pick individual stages of the day, that's no problem either. Thanks to the Rems Valley train, you can quickly get from Stuttgart to the valley.

The steep vineyards and lush orchards are typical of the Rems Valley. So you hike along blooming, fragrant trees in spring and experience an Indian summer in the vineyards in autumn – a play of colors that never ceases to amaze me. Enjoy the tranquility and idyll in the immediate vicinity of the big city, let yourself be infected by the leisurely flow of the Rems and look forward to Swabian traditions with a „Viertele“ (quarter liter of wine) after a long day of hiking. The Rems Valley is varied, eventful and simply infinitely beautiful!

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Der RemstalWeg

134 mi

15,875 ft

16,125 ft

Last updated: November 24, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    9.75 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Romantic vineyards, wonderful views and art along the way - the first stage of the RemstalWeg gives you a great start into the 215-kilometer long-distance hiking trail. The 15 km long tour starts in the center of Fellbach. From Stuttgart Central Station you need less than half an hour by public transport

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  • Difficult
    06:27
    13.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 2 on the RemstalWeg leads you in a beautiful up and down from the idyllic Strümpfelbach to Schorndorf-Steinmäurich. Look forward to picturesque vineyards, shady forests and lush orchards - including wonderful views of the Rems Valley. At the beginning of the 22-kilometer tour, you get your circulation

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    10.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It continues with stage 3 on the over 200 kilometers long RemstalWeg. The 17 kilometer route starts in Schorndorf-Steinmäurich and leads you to the tranquil Unterkirneck. If you have spent the night in the old town of Schorndorf, go gently up the mountain for two kilometers to the starting point. Did

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    7.39 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage on the RemstalWeg is relaxed with its almost twelve kilometers and 240 meters of altitude, so you can start the day comfortably. If you have spent the night in Lorch, you can take a round through the town to start the day and have a look at the monastery. By the way, Lorch was on the

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    11.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the fifth stage of the RemstalWeg, you can look forward to a varied hike across meadows and through shady forests. On the second half of the almost 19-kilometer tour, a nice climb awaits you - of course including a great view. Start your hike to Heubach at the chapel in Straßdorf.

    

    At the beginning

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  • Difficult
    06:58
    14.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You come up high on the sixth stage of the RemstalWeg: You hike from Heubach over the Rosenstein, at 735 meters the highest point of the long-distance hiking trail. The goal of the almost 24-kilometer tour is Mögglingen. Today's stage is the turning point of the RemstalWeg. In Essingen the route bends

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  • Difficult
    05:47
    13.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It continues with stage 7 on the RemstalWeg, more than half of the 215 kilometers are already behind you. The almost 22-kilometer tour takes you from Mögglingen to Schwäbisch Gmünd. Look forward to a beautiful hike across fields, through the forest and along the Limes World Heritage Site. No big climbs

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    10.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On stage 8 of the RemstalWeg, great views alternate with an exciting flora. This is how you pass giant sequoias that feel very comfortable in the Swabian soil. The destination of the almost 18-kilometer tour starting in Schwäbisch Gmünd is Lorch.

    

    You leave the Staufer city and climb a bit steeply uphill

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  • Difficult
    06:18
    13.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Lorch was built on the site of a former Roman fort on the so-called "Limesknie". The Upper German and Raetian Limes once met nearby. This is how the ninth stage starts on the RemstalWeg from Lorch to Miedelsbach on the former course of the border - you can still clearly see the wall.

    

    The path leads you

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  • Difficult
    06:37
    14.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the tenth stage on the RemstalWeg, lush orchards, idyllic villages and romantic vineyards await you - pure Remstal. The almost 24-kilometer hike starts in Miedelsbach near Schorndorf and ends in the municipality of Buoch. If you have spent the night in Schorndorf, you can take the train back up to

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  • Difficult
    06:23
    14.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Final spurt on the RemstalWeg: With stage 11 you complete the long-distance hiking trail through the picturesque Remstal. The 23-kilometer hike starts in Buoch. If you have spent the night in Grunbach, you can either take the bus back up out of the valley or warm up before. Look forward to the typical

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    135 mi
  • Duration
    61:55 h
  • Elevation
    15,850 ft16,100 ft

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