Hiking from Waldenbuch to the hidden Lake Schönbuch

Hiking from Waldenbuch to the hidden Lake Schönbuch

Hi guys! Moritz and I are determined to make the most of this beautiful, sunny autumn, hiking-wise. We like the area called Schönbuch, a national park south of Stuttgart, a lot. So we checked my dad’s guide book “Ausflugsziel Schönbuch” and decided to hike from Waldenbuch to the hidden Schönbuchsee (Lake Schönbuch).

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Zavelstein Castle at the beginning of the black forest

Zavelstein Castle at the beginning of the black forest

Hi guys! Isn’t this weather we’re having lately, lovely? It makes you wanna step outside and enjoy the nature. And I know just the right place to do so! Moritz and I wanted to do a nice hike and looked through the guide book “Burgenziele im Ländle” (of course written by – you might guess it by now – my dad Dieter Buck Smiley) and came across an easy 10 kilometer hike close to Calw. Starting at Wimberg, it leads you through Rötelbachtal and passes the remains of Zavelstein Castle. We packed our bags and off we went.

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Hiking the 2nd part of Möhringen Witch Trail

Hiking the 2nd part of Möhringen Witch Trail

Hi guys! After we had enjoyed the first part of the Möhringer Hexenweg (Möhringen Witch Trail) lately, Moritz and I decided to hike the second part, as well. Again, we took the hiking book Stuttgarter Wanderbuch, written by my dad, Dieter Buck, with us. However, we didn’t follow it’s instructions at the beginning: We did not start at U-Bahn station SSB Zentrum, as instructed in the guide book, we took the train to Fasanenhof and began our hike from there – sorry dad! Zwinkerndes Smiley

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On the Möhringer Witch Trail on a sunny winter day

On the Möhringer Witch Trail on a sunny winter day

Hi guys! Even though the calendar tells me it’s winter, I don’t really believe him. No snow but blue sky and sunshine. So Moritz and I made up our minds to go for a walk today and explore some new sides of Stuttgart. We decided to do the first part of Möhringer Hexenweg which means Möhringer Witch Trail in English.

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Mini-Honeymoon at Hotel Waldsägmühle in the Black Forrest

Mini-Honeymoon at Hotel Waldsägmühle in the Black Forrest

Hi guys! Now that I am done with all the posts about our wedding, I would like to show you where we’ve spent our wonderful Mini-Honeymoon at Hotel Waldsägmühle in the Black Forrest.

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Hiking in the Schönbuch Nature Park

Hiking in the Schönbuch Nature Park

Very close to Stuttgart you find the Schönbuch Nature Park. It is located between Tübingen in the south and Waldenbuch in the north and between Herrenberg in the west and Neckartenzlingen in the east. From the city center of Stuttgart, you can be there in 30 minutes by car. The Nature Park is a great recreation area for everybody who likes hiking and cycling.

Two week ago, my husband Moritz and I decided to do one of our favourite hikes there. It’s a round trip that begins in Bebenhausen. As usual when hiking in and around Stuttgart, we took one of my fathers guide books  with us. This time, it was “Ausflugsziel Schönbuch” published by Silberburg-Verlag. We parked our car outside of Bebenhausen and passed the village on the south side, following the Goldersbach.

After a while, we arrived at Geschlossener Brunnen where you can find a barbecue area and a playground. Here we turned right until we reached the Tellerbrücke, where we headed left. The trail leads you up a hill and you can see the Goldersbach below you. You are surrounded by lovely old trees and walking these trails sets you back into medieval times. At least, that’s what I always feel when hiking there. 🙂

Before the trail leads you down again, you turn left and take the Jägerweg. We followed this track until we saw the sign pointing out the Königliche Jagdhütte. We followed the sign by turning right again in order to arrive at the old blockhouse.

Crown prince Wilhelm of Württemberg built this cabin in 1888. It’s quite interesting to see this nice cabin and think about how one hundred years ago, a king went hunting in these woods from here. It is also a nice place for a barbecue or a picnic and you have quite a nice view. However, when Moritz and I arrived, all the seats where taken and a lot of children were running around so we decided to head on and look for another place where we could have lunch.

After the Königliche Jagdhütte we turned left and the track led us down again. We passed an old oak tree, the Münsteiche, and made the mistake of turning right instead of walking straight ahead. But that didn’t matter because we reached another old tree, called Kaiserlinde, where we sat down and had a nice little picnic.

A few other hikers and bikers came by and two of them asked us for the way, they got lost as we did. But because my guide book contained a little map, we could help them find the right track again. After lunch we continued walking and came back to the right trail. It leads to the game reserve Saurucken.

Here again you find barbecue places and playgrounds and – as you would expect in a game reserve – deer and wild boar. This is a great place for families with kids. I remember my parents and my grandparents coming here with me very often when I was a child and I always loved it. There’s nothing more interesting than  young boar when you are 7 years old. 🙂

The way back from the Saurucken to Bebenhausen is tarred and very even. It leads you through the Arenbachtal. You pass more old trees which look beautiful in autumn when the leaves turn yellow and red.

Back in Bebenhausen, I recommand having a look at the old abbey. It was founded around 1183/84 and served several purposes since: It used to be one of the wealthiest monasteries in Württemberg, then served as a protestant monastery school and as a hunting palace and it became the state parliament of Württemberg-Hohenzollern later.

This hike is 13 kilometers long and takes about 3 hours to complete. It is one of my favourite hikes in the area because you pass so many different attractions and the nature is so extremely beautiful out here. When you go there, tell me if you like it as well.

More information about the Schönbuch Nature Park:

Wikipedia article

Abbey Bebenhausen

Guide Book “Ausflugsziel Schönbuch” from Dieter Buck