This pedelec tour connects 9 castles and palaces in the upper Neckar valley over a length of almost 46 kilometers.
Distance 45.9 km
Highest point532 m
Lowest point338 m
From Rottenburg the tour leads via Weiler, Hemmendorf and Starzach to Börstingen and from there back through the upper Neckar valley. There are a total of 9 castles and palaces along the way, including the striking Weitenburg Castle. In addition, the tour runs through the wild and romantic Rommel Valley, which is ideal for a long snack on the edge of the stream.
After the last big ascent of the tour, when you arrive at the top you have the opportunity to take a short detour across the flat field to Weitenburg Castle with its excellent gastronomy, a highlight of this tour and a castle like a picture book!
The tour through the Upper Neckar Valley begins right in front of the train station in Rottenburg and initially runs for around 200 meters on Poststrasse in a westward direction to the gated level crossing. From the sign behind the level crossing, the tour follows the district's official cycle path signs and is continuously marked with the blue castles and palaces inset. Through the Rottenburg district of Kreuzerfeld, it goes to Weiler, a small village that was built specifically to supply the former hamlet of Burg became. Those who are not afraid of the almost 80 meters up to the highest point of the tour can make a short detour to today's observation tower at the site of the old castle ruins. A flag waving on the tower indicates that the tower and catering are open. Separately from the main road, the cycle path runs to Dettingen and continues across the open field to the castle of the Order of St. John in Hemmendorf. When the visibility is good, this section offers impressive views as far as the Albtrauf and especially to Hohenzollern Castle. Running flat over the plateau above the Neckar Valley, the tour leads to the neighboring town of Hirrlingen and straight to the almost completely preserved Renaissance castle including the moat and auxiliary buildings. A visit is worthwhile: The castle courtyard is freely accessible and with a little imagination offers the opportunity to take a short journey back in time to the 16th century Place leaves. When you arrive at the quarry, there is a short, crisp ascent in the direction of Wachendorf, which is easy to manage with the pedelec. In its arched gate, an elaborate ceiling painting tells the story of the aristocratic family. The tour leads over Bierlingen and a long downhill section down into the Neckar Valley and offers views of the 127 meter high Neckar Valley Bridge Weitingen and - after a few hundred meters in the direction of Börstingen - Weitenburg Castle , which towers proudly over the narrow Neckar valley.After the last big ascent of the round, there is the opportunity to take a short detour across the flat field to Weitenburg Castle with excellent gastronomy, a highlight of this tour and a castle like a picture book! From the fields between Weitingen and Eckenweiler there is again a fantastic view over the Neckar Valley and the Rammert, with the exception of the Albtrauf, which is almost 20 kilometers away. With good eyesight you can even see Hohenzollern Castle! Behind Eckenweiler the tour leads gently downhill to the beginning of the Rommel Valley below the Liebfrauenhöhe. The pleasant ride through the wild and romantic Rommel Valley down to Obernau is a very special experience of nature. Arrived down in the Neckar Valley, the Obernau Donkey Tower is located directly on the tour and tells of the history of the small town, which was shaped by the mineral water production, among other things. On the two long-distance cycle paths Neckartal and Hohenzollern cycle path, the tour runs past Bad Niedernau back to Rottenburg am Neckar.
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The Rottenburg station has a regular regional train connection from Horb and Tübingen with the Kulturbahn. City and regional buses complete the offer. Information on taking bicycles with you in the naldo network can be found here: Taking bicycles with you in naldo
Coming from the north and south on the A81 to the Rottenburg exit, then follow the B28a towards Rottenburg.
Coming from Reutlingen on the B28 to Tübingen, then on via Hirschau and Wurmlingen to Rottenburg. In town, follow the signs to the train station.
There is a large, free Park+Ride car park directly behind the train station (to be reached via the gated level crossing).
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A free tour book is available on request from the Tübingen district tourism agency, contact via firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed cycling and hiking maps are also available there for a fee.