Baden Wuerttemberg Tour
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Baden-Wuerttemberg


9 days/ 8 nights


Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany’s sunny state in the Southwest

A land of natural beauty and charm. Here is where you find the world-famed “Gemuetlichkeit”. Picturesque little towns and villages, with their ancient half-timbered houses and small lanes, provide a romantic setting. Castles, palaces and gardens tell of days long past.
Be astonished by the variety of its landscapes: the Black Forest –known for vast woodlands and beautiful valleys, the Swabian Alb –the Jurassic park, fertile Neckar valley –doted with historic towns and flanked by vineyards, and crystalline Lake Constance surrounded by the sprawling landscape of gently rolling hills -Germany’s fruit orchard.


Day 1: Meet and greet

Gather in Stuttgart – the exciting metropolis. Charmingly situated in the heart of one of Germany ’s largest wine-growing regions, this vibrant ‘green’ city stands for quality of living and lifestyle. (2 nights)


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Day 2: Ludwigsburg

The largest baroque castle in Germany forms the magnificent centerpiece of Ludwigsburg. The ‘Swabian Versailles’ is surrounded by the permanent ‘Blooming Baroque Garden’, a unique grand landscaped parkland. But not enough, while walking through the Favorite Park, a nature and game reserve, you will encounter summer residence Favorite and Monrepos lakeside castle. A truly enchanting Baroque day…

Overall walking distance: ca. 7-8 km; walking-time approx.2.5 hours
-sneakers acceptable -


Day 3: Kinzig-Valley

A private transfer takes us to Lossburg, a small historic town located at the northern part of the Black Forest. Here, where one of the main rivers -the Kinzig- has its source, our gentle hike will follow along the so-called “Floesserweg”, reminding of the past tradition of the raftsmen, once the most important trade in the region.
Soon we’ll arrive in Alpirsbach, to admire the simplicity of the beautiful Romanesque basilica, a former monastery. Beer connoisseurs will love a mug of cold beer from the well-known local monastery brewery.

In the late afternoon we’ll reach our cozy lodging, located in Rottweil
–the state’s oldest town, featuring an impressive historic center. (3 nights)
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Walking distance of 9.5 km; with a gentle descent of ca. 250 altitude meters;
walking time approx. 2.5 – 3 hours
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Day 4: Swabian Alb – Hohenzollern Fortress

Today ’s destination is the Swabian Alb, a striking highland region that rose up out of the Jurassic sea millions of years ago, showing a combination of bizarre rock formation and gently rolling slopes. Where now the sheep graze peacefully among the juniper bushes, one can still find fossils from the prehistoric past.
While the morning hike will spoil you with the splendor of nature and astonishing vistas, the afternoon is dedicated to the world-renowned Hohenzollern fortress, majestically sitting atop a hill.

Walking distance of ca. 8 km; partly gentle uphill;
walking time approx. 2.5 hours

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Day 5: Black Forest

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The stunning center of the Black Forest will be the background for a wonderful day. Find everything come true when dreaming of Black Forest: walk under towering fir trees, learn about the culture and tradition of the ‘Bollenhut’ hat, listen to the sound of a cuckoo clock, enjoy a slice of a creamy Black Forest cake, be invited to sample the Black Forest ham at a typical farmhouse with long slanting roofs.
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To top all, you will simply love exploring the charming Schwarzwald houses in the Gutach valley open-air museum.

Walking distance of 10.5 km; descend of 500 altitude meters, walking-time approx. 3 hours
Day 6: Danube Canyon - Sigmaringen

Traveling from Rottweil towards southeast, you ’ll find the enchanting beauty of the young Danube’s canyon, a paradise for nature lovers. In addition, the region is rich of history proved by a number of castles, palaces and ruins sitting in splendor atop the rock faces on both sides. Stop en route at the ‘Knopfmacherfelsen’, one of the picturesque rock edges, pause a few minutes at the Benedictine abbey of Beuron and adore the timeless beauty of its church, before the footpath will lead to the rural park of Inzigkofen. Be welcomed at a farmers place and enjoy a hearty lunch –home made style. The day ’s walk along the Danube ends in the town of Sigmaringen, where the stately towers of its imposing palace greets from far.

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At days end we’ ll reach the quaint town of Konstanz on the lake that bears its name. (3 nights)
Walking distance of ca. 10-11 km; on the first part with very gentle ups and downs; walking time approx. 3 hours
Day 7: Stein am Rhein (Switzerland)

Close to Konstanz, where the lake becomes the Rhine once more, we will cross over the Swiss boarder, starting our scenic walk from Mammern eventually reaching Stein am Rhein, the inspiring little town on the banks of the Rhine river, famed for its unique painted façades of the houses of the old town.
High above town towers Castle Hohenklingen. You might want to conquer the castle hill taking part in an optional afternoon hike, rewarded with breathtaking views and a glass of sparkling wine.

Walking distance of 6.5 km: with an ascent + descend of 180 altitude meters; walking-time approx.2 hours

Optional afternoon hike: distance of ca. 4 km / 200 altitude meters / max. 1.5 hours walking time

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Day 8: Meersburg - Birnau

After a casual morning walk along the lake ‘s shore and through lightly forested trails, we will be ferried across the lake where alternating trails lead to the pilgrimage church of Birnau. Sitting on a knoll, surrounded by fruit trees and vineyards, this Rococo style gem creates a lasting impression.
End up a great day walking the magical village of Meersburg with its labyrinth of lanes lined with have-timbered houses and stately baroque buildings.


Walking distance of ca.13 km with a short ascent part; walking time approx.3.5 hours

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Day 9: departure

Our wonderful journey through Germany’s southwest will come to an end and after breakfast we have to say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’.
Level of walking: 2-3 Easy to moderate, on some days undulating terrain with steeper sections; varied paths including some that are narrow and rocky; slippery when wet.
- Shorter versions possible -
Please note: Itinerary can be changed by the guide on spot due to unforeseen circumstances like weather, etc.


Tour price (group size min. 6 pax)
1.980 EURO per person (based on two people sharing a room)
+285 EURO single supplement



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This tour includes

- Daily country walks averaging 3-7 miles

- A group size of 6 - 10 participants

- Fine lodging that exemplify the character and charm of the region and include private bathroom facilities

- Full breakfast daily and dinner incl. table-water and a glass of local wine

- 2 x lunch

- Services and expertise of a professional, English-speaking leader throughout the trip

- Services of local guest experts on scheduled events

- Admissions to schedule sites

- All ground transportation with public busses (some days with private minibus), trains, etc. during the trip


Not included:

- Flights and travel insurance

- Transport to/and from the starting/end point