Swabian Tuscany - hiking in Württemberger Weinland

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"Wonderful is Bacchus' gift, balm for the torn heart". That's how the poet Friedrich Schiller described the wine. Born in Marbach am Neckar, Schiller is a wine lover by birth. Marbach lies in the heart of the 11,000-hectare Württemberg wine region. A region that is also called Swabian Tuscany. Why? Sunny terraces full of vineyards, a Mediterranean climate, quaint villages and towns with a unique flair, lush green river banks and lots of historical treasures await you here. Let yourself be enchanted by the Württemberg landscape and get to know the culture of broom making 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 cuper to loess, shell limestone and sandstone to volcanic stone, the soil diversity is very high. The region is also very diverse in other respects. Not for nothing have numerous poets, thinkers and painters been inspired by the wine landscape. Theodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic, is said to have written his speeches inspired by a glass of Lemberger. And the poet Friedrich Hölderlin also appreciated the corner in southern Germany.

In this Collection, we present seven hikes that you can go on as day trips, the lengths of which vary. There are often worthwhile sights along the way. Therefore always plan enough time for them. Refreshments are included with every Tour, but from time to time only at the end. If you like, you will find a good glass of wine almost everywhere. With public transport you can get to any starting point or return from your destination. The larger cities in the region - such as Stuttgart or Heilbronn - are good starting points.

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

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

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Tours & Highlights

  • 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 the view of the Neckarschleife. Sounds impressive - it is. On this round trip with start in Mundelsheim you walk right through the steep terraces, hear the wind rustling through the grapevines and will quickly understand why this region is also called the Swabian Tuscany. The path leads you to very special gardens and the picturesque Liebenstein Castle. Since you cover a few meters in altitude right from the beginning, you will be rewarded with beautiful views from start to finish on this tour. After almost 17 kilometers, the trail ends again in Mundelsheim.There is a restaurant in Liebenstein Castle. But on this tour it is worth packing your own food and stopping at one of the sunny viewpoints overlooking the Neckar. If you keep your eyes open, you'll see little cottages now and then in the vineyard terraces. These can be rented - or provide benches for tired hikers. If you're on the eve of vintage, you can snack on a few mature pigeons here and there. After the hike you will find several restaurants in Mundelsheim with good traditional cuisine.To the starting point in Mundelsheim you come by bus from the train station in the neighboring Besigheim. Take the line 459 towards Freiberg. In Besigheim you have a good train connection to Heilbronn and Stuttgart. By car you reach Mundelsheim on the A81, the exit is between Stuttgart and Heilbronn. In the village there are several parking spaces for hikers, all of which are signposted.

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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.

    During this walk you will find the Neckar valley and the Hohenlohe plain at your feet. From Neckarsulm the trail leads you right at the beginning to the Scheuerberg. In the former castle area you can expect cozy benches, from which you can enjoy the view. About beautiful, narrow forest trails and other viewpoints on the wine region you come back after about 16 kilometers back to Neckarsulm. Finally, you walk past orchards and vineyards.During this hike, you will come to some broom farms towards the end. Therefore, you should pack enough food. By the way: A real broom has a maximum of four months in the year open. An original can be seen on the brush over the door.How about a bit of relaxation after completing the hike? You'll find a generous sauna world in Neckarsulm. Are you more interested in the two-wheeler museum or the history of the city? The complete leisure offer in Neckarsulm you can read here: neckarsulm.de.From Heilbronn there are regular trains to neighboring Neckarslum and back again. The journey from station to station takes five minutes and costs you 3.10 euros.

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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, of course, the Bottwartal a term. For 1,000 years, the various grape varieties have been grown on the slopes of the rivers Neckar, Murr and Bottwar. But a hike in the region will inspire you even if you are not a wine fan. This 15-kilometer hike takes you from Beilstein past fragrant orchards and on through the Buchwald to Lichtenberg Castle. After about four kilometers, the trail climbs a bit steeply. Once you've gotten this part over, you'll continue for the next five kilometers on the plateau before descending into the valley.The hike ends in a brooms typical of the wine region. A visit to such a restaurant is mandatory. On the menu you will find all kinds of regional specialties and the wines of the winegrowers. If hunger already bothers you before, you can have a great rest at the Krugeiche. There you will also find a barbecue area.If you arrive by public transport, you come from Marbach with the bus 460 to Beilstein. By car you can reach the village via the A81, exit 12 to Ilsfeld / Lauffen / Beilstein / Abstatt. Parking you will find enough.

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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 is clear that the city of Weinsberg is located in the Württemberg wine country. As early as 1271, viticulture was first mentioned in this place. Reason enough to get to know the city and its surrounding region better during this hike. This 17-kilometer tour starts in Weinsberg and takes you up and down the vineyards. Beautiful views of the Neckar valley included. The pig mountain, the highest point on the hike, you reach at halftime. Then it's mostly downhill towards Heilbronn.You can plan a long break in the hunting lodge, in Heilbronn City Forest. There are many rest areas along the way. Be sure to pack enough water and sunscreen as the region is not called Swabian Tuscany for nothing.Incidentally, this year you can experience a thriving highlight in Heilbronn. From April 17 to October 6, the Federal Garden Show, short Buga, takes place on the banks of the Neckar. All information can be found here: buga2019.de.The starting point of the hike can be reached quickly from the Heilbronn train station. The S4 runs regularly towards Weinsberg or direction Öhringen Cappel. A trip costs 3.10 euros.

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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", so the opinion of the poet Friedrich Schiller. A fitting quote for this hike: the 15-kilometer route starts in Schiller's birthplace Marbach and takes you along the Neckar River through the beautiful nature on the riverbank. The more than 360 kilometers long Neckar is a tributary of the Rhine and an important waterway through Baden-Württemberg. You can watch the shipping traffic during your hike and you might even see the lock in Poppenweiler in action. Then you let the Neckar continue to flow towards Stuttgart and wanderst in meadows and fields back to Marbach.The famous son of the city is omnipresent in Marbach. On 10 November 1759 he was born in Niklastorstraße 31. Today there is a museum in the house, which you can visit daily for 3 euros admission. There are more Schiller memorials scattered throughout the city. For his birthday, the city organizes a Schiller week with a wide cultural program. All information about Schiller and the city of Marbach can be found here: schillerstadt-marbach.de.You can reach Marbach very well by train. For example, S-Bahn trains run regularly from Stuttgart Main Station. Several parking spaces are available in the city, including the train station, the starting point of this tour.

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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 era and even further into the Middle Ages, you can experience all this on this 20 kilometer hike. The first highlight awaits you right at the beginning: the Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, one of the largest baroque castles in Germany. Start early, so you have plenty of time to walk through the beautifully landscaped castle garden and visit the magnificent building. The path continues from Ludwigsburg towards Asperg. Even from a distance you can see the Hohenasperg. The ascent to the fortress is short and crisp, but the magnificent view rewards you. The tour will take you through Bietigheim-Bissingen to your destination Besigheim.In the villages you walk through, there are many ways to stop, rest and refill the water bottle. In Bietigheim-Bissingen you can rest on the banks of the Enz in the shade of the trees.From the train station in Besigheim every half hour the regional train back to Ludwigsburg. You can also plan the tour of the castle at the end of the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    04:24
    9.17 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,525 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 in Remstal. After a detour to the Y-castle, the path leads you to the vantage point Kernerturm. Think of the ascent, what a terrific view you will expect above, then run the good 250 meters altitude much easier. Continue through the vineyards down to Rotenberg. The funerary chapel in the Stuttgart district is well worth a visit. Via the vantage point Katharinenlinde you walk down to Esslingen am Neckar.The viewpoints on this 15-kilometer route are ideal for breaks. Before the detour to Rotenburg you will pass a barbecue area. On the way to the Katharinenlinde is the Waldschenke "7 Linden" (Wednesday closed from 15 clock, Thursday day of rest). Many restaurants are located in the Esslinger old town.There are two detours on the track that you can skip. If you leave the ascent to the Y-Burg and the funerary chapel in Rotenberg, you shorten the hike by a good three kilometers.The bus X20 direction Waiblingen drives regularly from the central bus station in Esslingen to Stetten. It's best to leave the bus back in the morning, then you can hike back to Esslingen. From Stuttgart, you can easily take the S-Bahn or the regional train to Esslinger Bahnhof. There are many ways to park your car in the city.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    71.9 mi
  • Duration
    32:22 h
  • Elevation
    7,100 ft

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