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Hiking In The Swabian Alb

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The Swabian Alb is a large area south of Stuttgart that goes to Lake Constance and is bordered by the Black Forest. This area is considered the foothills of the Alps.

It’s popular for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Here you’ll find five caves, castles, waterfalls, hiking & biking trails, and even theme parks.

How to Find Hikes Near Stuttgart

For hikers, use either Schwäbisch Alb or Outdoor Active to find hikes in the area.

Both have apps too. I recommend doing a bit of research before you head out in case you don’t have a great connection.

Where to Get the Best Shot of Hohenzollern Castle (Schloss)

I was hoping to find a trail that would have a nice view of Hohenzollern Castle. When we went we weren’t able to find the trail.

Since then, however, I’ve discovered where this trail is actually located. To get a good close shot of Hohenzollern Castle, go to Hotel Restaurant Zollersteighof (Zollersteighof 2, 72461 Albstadt, Germany), and hike the side trail to the right of the hotel. Don’t park at the hotel, though, you’ll have to find street parking nearby.

As you can see below, we were nowhere near close enough to get a good image. You can see the castle far off in the background in the photo below.

We made it to the top of one of the trails and found this.

The closest my 85mm lens could get to Hohenzollern Castle.

The Best Hikes Near Stuttgart

These are some of my favorite day hikes near Stuttgart.

Hohenwittlingensteig (Bad Urach Waterfall) – This is my favorite little day trip to get some fresh air. It’s a really popular trail, so I recommend going early before parking fills up. The parking lot is small, but it is possible to park further away and walk up the road to the trail. There’s also a train station with a stop nearby. There’s a stream from the waterfall that runs alongside the trail, which is so nice on a hot day. There is a larger loop that is about 7 miles total and a decent elevation gain. But if you’re not up for an all day adventure, you can easily walk to the falls and back in about two hours.

Once you’re at the 121-foot-tall falls, you can marvel at the water falling off the limestone. Even though some people do it, they ask that you not walk in the waterfall area to protect the habitat. There are trails with stairs where you can go above the falls to a large opening. There’s a snack and beer stand (it is Germany, after all) that is open seasonally. Then you can continue on the circular route if you plan to do the full 7 miles.

Hochgehberge I (Schloss Lichtenstein) – This 6.7-mile loop only has an elevation gain of 721 feet, so it’s more of a long walk than a hike. But still, you get beautiful views surrounding Schloss Lichtenstein, one of the best castles in the area.

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