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Germany’s Swabian Tuscany — Württemberg Wine Country

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Germany’s Swabian Tuscany — Württemberg Wine Country

Hiking Collection by Vanessa Kopp

7

Tours

32:54 h

73.2 mi

7,200 ft

‘Wonderful is Bacchus' gift, balm for the torn heart!’ is how the poet Friedrich Schiller described wine. Born in Marbach am Neckar, Schiller was a wine lover by nature, for Marbach lies at the heart of the 11,000-hectare (27,180 ac) wine region of Württemberg. A region that is also called the Swabian Tuscany. Why? Sunny terraces full of vines, a Mediterranean climate, quaint villages and towns with a unique flair, lush green riverbanks and lots of historical treasures await you here. Let yourself be enchanted by the Württemberg landscape and get to know the culture of the Besenwirtschaften in the most beautiful way: on foot.

The character of a good wine is shaped by the weather, the cellar master and the soil. In Württemberg, the geological conditions play into the hands of the winegrowers; from heavy gypsum keuper to loess, and from shell limestone and sandstone to volcanic rock, the soil variety is particularly high.

The region is also very diverse in other respects. It’s not without reason that numerous poets, thinkers and painters have been inspired by the wine landscape. Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, is said to have written his speeches inspired by a glass of Lemberger and the poet Friedrich Hölderlin also appreciated this corner of southern Germany.

In this Collection, I present seven hikes that you can take as day Tours and the lengths of the routes vary. There are frequently worthwhile sights along the way so be sure to plan enough time for them. Refreshment stops are planned for each Tour, but sometimes only at the end. If you like, you can find a good glass of wine almost everywhere.

You can get to any starting point or back to your destination by public transport. The larger cities in the region, like Stuttgart or Heilbronn, are good central starting points.

You can hike in the Württemberg wine region all year round. Spring starts early and you can enjoy the mild climate and the many hours of sunshine in summer. In autumn, just before the grape harvest, the landscape is particularly beautiful. The vines hang full of juicy berries and the leaves gradually change colour to a bright orange – a unique natural spectacle.

Let yourself drift like the waters of the Neckar, Enz or Bottwar through Württemberg's fabulous landscape. Enjoy the breathtaking views and admire the picturesque half-timbered houses in historic towns. Soon, you’ll understand why the Württemberg wine region is so unique.

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    10.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    An oversized amphitheater with box seats for a view of the Neckar loop. Sounds impressive - it is. On this round tour starting in Mundelsheim, you will hike through the steep terraces right at the beginning, hear the wind rustling through the vines and you will quickly understand why this region is also

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    10.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike, the Neckar Valley and the Hohenlohe Plain are at your feet. From Neckarsulm, the hiking trail takes you to the Scheuerberg right at the beginning. In the former castle area, cozy benches await you, from which you can enjoy the view. You will return to Neckarsulm after a good 16 kilometers

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    9.24 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Wine connoisseurs are of course familiar with the Bottwartal. Various grape varieties have been cultivated on the slopes of the Neckar, Murr and Bottwar rivers for 1,000 years. But a hike in the region will also inspire you if you are not a wine fan. This hike with a length of 15 kilometers takes you

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    10.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It goes without saying that the town of Weinsberg is located in the Württemberg wine region. Already in 1271 viticulture in this place was mentioned for the first time. Reason enough to get to know the city and its surrounding region better on this hike. This 17-kilometer tour starts in Weinsberg and

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    9.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    "Nature is an infinitely divided God", according to the poet Friedrich Schiller. A suitable quote for this hike: The 15-kilometer route starts in Schiller's birthplace Marbach and takes you along the Neckar through the beautiful nature on the riverbank. More than 360 kilometers long, the Neckar is a

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  • Difficult
    05:37
    12.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    1,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the 21st century to the Baroque period and even further into the Middle Ages - you can experience all of this on this 20-kilometer hike. The first highlight awaits you right at the beginning: the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, one of the largest baroque palaces in Germany. Start early so that you

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  • Intermediate
    04:56
    10.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Castles, mountains and beautiful views await you on this hike. You start in the tranquil village of Stetten im Remstal. After a detour to the Y-Burg, the path leads you to the Kernerturm vantage point. During the ascent, remember what a magnificent view awaits you at the top, then the 250 meters in altitude

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    73.2 mi
  • Duration
    32:54 h
  • Elevation
    7,200 ft

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