2-Tagestour an der südhessischen Bergstraße: Etappe 1 – FRANKFURT Weekend Escapes
adidas TERREX planned a hike.
August 13, 2019
This multi-day hike is not only characterized by stately castles and medieval towns, but also by the impressive expanses of the Odenwald. A perfect combination of history and nature. Partly we lead you on the well-known Burgensteig mountain road through the natural forests, partly to less known corners in this region.In two days you will be hiking from Heppenheim via Bensheim to Zwingenberg. The historic cities with their half-timbered houses are each a highlight in their own right. The journey by train from Frankfurt to Heppenheim takes three quarters of an hour. More information about the train connections can be found at: bahn.deYou start at the station Heppenheim and walk through the picturesque streets of the city. At the market square you can expect artful half-timbered houses, the impressive town hall and many nice cafes. The richness of the former merchants who settled hundreds of years along the mountain road is reflected in the magnificent facades.From the market square you climb the 295 meter high Schlossberg, on which stands the striking Starkenburg. The facility was built to protect the Lorsch Monastery and the trade route on the mountain road. In the 20th century, large parts of the castle were restored and restored. On the Starkenburg you can visit the castle courtyard, the keep and parts of the defensive wall.After visiting Starkenburg Castle, continue through forests and meadows uphill. Again and again you come to glades and beautiful vantage points. After seven kilometers you will reach Ober-Hambach, a picturesque plain of old farms and wide fields.On quiet forest paths, you hike to the west and climb to the Hemsberg, on whose summit a beautiful tower stands. On Sundays and public holidays, the tower is open and you can enjoy the fantastic view from the platform. In the small, adjoining cafe is worth a break.Then you follow the path down to the Meerbach Valley to climb up to the Blue Turret. Although the tower looks ancient, it was built in 1910 as part of an English landscape garden. Today you will find a barbecue and a playground here. After this last stage highlight, we will lead you down to Bensheim, where there are numerous accommodation options.
August 16, 2019