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Burgen & Schlösser - Tour | Schönbuch-Runde

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This pedelec tour connects 9 castles and palaces in the Tübingen district over a length of almost 70 kilometers and leads in particular through the Schönbuch nature park.
Distance 70.4 km
5:24 h
692 m
537 m
533 m
308 m
From Rottenburg, the tour leads across the field and partly along the Neckar to Tübingen and on towards Kirchentellinsfurt. From there, a short but steep ascent to the Einsiedel plateau begins. It goes through the Schönbuch Nature Park, past Bebenhausen, to Hohenentringen Castle, and from Poltringen and Reusten back to Rottenburg. On the way there are a total of 9 castles and palaces, including Hohentübingen Castle, the Bebenhausen Monastery and Castle, and the Poltringen moated castle.

Author’s recommendation

You should definitely plan enough time to explore the Bebenhausen palace and monastery!
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Update: June 23, 2022
Highest point
533 m
Lowest point
308 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 29.45%Dirt road 48.22%Forested/wild trail 7.66%Path 10.17%Road 4.12%Unknown 0.35%
20.8 km
Dirt road
34 km
Forested/wild trail
5.4 km
7.2 km
2.9 km
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Gasthaus Hirsch
Schloss Hohenentringen
Hotel-Gasthof Rössle
Hotel Restaurant Martinshof

Safety information

Wearing a helmet should be a matter of course for all cyclists.

Tips and hints

Ein Tourenbuch mit allen Informationen zu dieser Tour erhalten Sie auf Anfrage kostenfrei per Post von der Tourismusförderung des Landkreises Tübingen. Kontakt über

Ebenfalls steht das Tourenbuch hier zum Download bereit.


Bahnhof Rottenburg (347 m)
48.472716, 8.935415
48°28'21.8"N 8°56'07.5"E
32U 495226 5368844


Bahnhof Rottenburg

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting in front of the station building in Rottenburg, the Schönbuch Nature Park - Round of Castles & Palaces - Tour leads about 100 meters down Bahnhofsstraße to the north. From the signpost at the first intersection, the tour follows the district's official cycle path signs and is marked with the red castles and locks inset. Cross the flat field and the suburb of Kiebingen to Bühl, where the Bühler Castle is already approaching from the town entrance see is. It served as a model for Hirrlingen Castle, which is part of the circuit through the Upper Neckar Valley and is just over ten kilometers away. From the field path between Bühl and Kilchberg, when the visibility is good, there is a double view of the castle, both of the castle complex in Kilchberg as well as Hohentübingen Castle some distance away. Along the property of Kilchberg Castle, the tour runs over a level crossing and through the wide Neckar Valley to Tübingen. When you arrive in Tübingen, the route leads past the outdoor pool and through the park to the Neckarsteg, from which Hohentübingen Castle seems only a stone's throw away. The pedestrian and bicycle tunnel through the Schlossberg is the fastest connection to the old town of Tübingen. On hot summer days, the tunnel with its consistently cool air offers a short refreshment. At the other end of the tunnel, there is the option of a short detour on foot up to Hohentübingen Castle. A small, steep path leads in two bends up to the fortress-like complex. For a short excursion into the center of Tübingen's old town, it is advisable to lock your bike to one of the many bicycle racks and explore the pedestrian zones of the city center on foot, past the Jakobuskirche and the historic one Nonnenhaus, the route runs along the Ammer in a large arc around the Österberg. In the Lustnau district, where the Goldersbach flows into the Ammer, there is the option of shortening the route by around 20 kilometers and heading directly to Bebenhausen Castle. Follow the regular cycle path signs in the direction of Bebenhausen. The complete tour leads down to the Neckar and then on the Neckar valley cycle path through the Neckar valley, which is very wide in this section, to Kirchentellinsfurt. There follows the most demanding ascent of the tour up to the extensive plateau of Einsiedel in the Schönbuch nature park. An avenue leads to the small town of Einsiedel, at whose northeast end the ducal domain of Einsiedel Castle can be found. A hiking rest stop is operated here on Sundays and public holidays. The tour continues through the Schönbuch Nature Park, first over the field and later through the forest to the beginning of the Kirnbach Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Schönbuch. After crossing the Rotwildgattersperre of the nature park, the valley continues gently downhill for six kilometers to the Goldersbach. On the way there is a spacious rest area with a barbecue area about halfway up. When you reach the bottom you can see the monastery and castle Bebenhausen, which is harmoniously located in the middle of the nature park and offers a variety of sightseeing opportunities, just a few pedal steps later. From Bebenhausen, the route follows the course of the Goldersbach and later the Arenbach upstream. At the Triangle Garmerklinge, where there is also a rest area with a barbecue area, the tour branches off to the right and follows the side valley with a moderate gradient uphill to the highest point of the tour: the royal hunting lodge in Schönbuch. From the hut at 536 meters you can enjoy a view of two well-known landmarks when the view is good. On the one hand, the Wurmlinger Chapel - the landmark of the Tübingen district - can be seen through the trees. On the other hand, you can see the striking silhouette of Hohenzollern Castle on the horizon. Through the forest of the nature park, it goes downhill again to the Entringen car park and from there slightly uphill to Hohenentringen Castle with an excellent view of the Ammertal and first-class excursion gastronomy. It is only a stone's throw to the next castle: past a horse farm, the tour leads along the Schönbuchtrauf to Roseck Castle, which towers over Unterjesingen further across the field to Poltringen. At the end of the village, the Moated Castle Poltringen awaits, surrounded by a moat, is nestled on the back in an almost fairytale landscape of wild brooks and plants. The tour continues upstream along the Ammer, past the impressive lake of the Reusten quarry and behind the village Short but steep ascent towards Oberndorf on the fields. From the fields in front of Oberndorf there is a fantastic view of the Ammertal with Hohenentringen Castle, Roseck Castle, as well as the Wurmlinger Kapelle. On a gently sloping route, the tour leads from Oberndorf via Wendelsheim back to Rottenburg, where you can explore the episcopal city.

Public transport


The Rottenburg station has a regular regional train connection from Horb and Tübingen with the Kulturbahn. City and regional buses complete the offer. Please note the regulations for taking bicycles with you, if applicable!

By road

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, follow the signs to the train station in the town


There is a large, free Park+Ride car park directly behind the train station (to be reached via the gated level crossing).


48.472716, 8.935415
48°28'21.8"N 8°56'07.5"E
32U 495226 5368844
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A free tour book is available on request from the Tübingen district tourism agency, contact via Detailed cycling and hiking maps are also available there for a fee.

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No special clothing required; If necessary, take a snack and enough drink with you for a break at one of the many rest areas.

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Jasmin Knecht
September 15, 2021 · Community
Heute entschieden wir kurzfristig, diese Runde mit dem E-Bike abzufahren. Da wir die Runde schon seit längerer Zeit auf unserer Liste hatten, haben wir nur schnell den gpx-Track heruntergeladen uns los ging es.... Eigentlich hatten wir uns die Runde ein bisschen anders vorgestellt, den zu den Schlössern und Burgen wurden wir nicht hingelotst, was man unserer Meinung nach aber erwarten wenn schon die Runde diesen Namen trägt... Wie soll man als Ortsunkundiger wissen, wo sich die Sehenswürdigkeiten befinden. Dieses könnte der Autor noch verbessern, damit die Runde würdig diesen Namen trägt.....
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When did you do this route? September 13, 2021
Michael Heinemann
June 02, 2019 · Community
Nachdem ich die Beschreibung gelesen hatte war ich schon sehr gespannt auf die Tour. Leider wurde ich etwas enttäuscht. Die Tour war zwar im großen und ganzen ganz toll, ich hatte sie mir aber schöner vorgestellt. Immer wieder fährt man neben oder auf befahrenen Straßen oder auf stark frequentierten Radwegen entlang. Die meisten Schlösser und Burgen muss man als nichtortskundiger schon suchen damit man sie findet.
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5:24 h
692 m
537 m
Highest point
533 m
Lowest point
308 m
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