Rundwanderweg Kirbachtal mit Ruine Blankenhorn
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
WanderMicha went for a hike.
August 21, 2021
The Kraichgau-Stromberg-Tourismus eV has listed 10 favorite tours on its excellent website, including the "Rundwanderung Historisches Kirbachtal" (kraichgau-stromberg.de/enthaben/ausflugstipp-sachsenheim), which I have around one small detour to the Blankenhorn ruins.The starting point is the hiking car park at the old wine press in Hohenhaslach, the self-proclaimed "Pearl of the Stromberg" 😏There is a lot to discover right from the start into the vineyards: various stations on the Weitblickweg, geological faults and great viewpoints over Hohenhaslach.At the Luginsland hut, you dive into the forest and there follows a long passage with beautiful paths and some gravel paths up above Spielberg, where an adventurous path between the edge of the forest and vineyards offers wonderful views. We continue above Ochsenbach along the forest, then on wide forest paths in the direction of the Blankenhorn castle ruins. The "official" route, which is well signposted throughout, is left here, but the detour to the ruins of the castle, which was built around 1220, is definitely worth the additional 3km.The 111-step sky ladder on the Burgberg is unfortunately partially rotten and closed, but the barbecue area and picnic facilities in the former courtyard are very well developed.After a small Burgrunde, it goes back a little the same way and then over a beautiful path back on the main route, which then soon leads down to Ochsenbach. Above the village you have another beautiful distant view of the whole Kirbachtal, the village itself has some very beautiful half-timbered houses.From here, the rest of the route runs almost entirely on gravel and asphalt, the brave can take the way back over the Baiselsberg (about 250 meters in altitude and 2km more) - I'm lazy and stay on the official route. This leads past the Fontanis spring in Spielberg, a real meeting place for hikers and cyclists on such a hot SaturdayFrom here it's a good 3km through the valley floor and Hohenhaslach up to the starting point at the old wine press.All in all, a very nice tour with a decent amount of trails, great views and a small portion of culture. Absolute recommendation, especially since the local cobra turned out to be a grass snake after all😉(swr.de/swraktuell/baden-wuerttemberg/stuttgart/entwarnung-keine-kobra-im-kirbachtal-100.html)