The last standing ruins of a castle in Stuttgart

Moritz and I are exploring more and more fun things along the Neckar these days. Today, we found the last standing ruins of a castle within the boarders of Stuttgart: Burgruine Hofen

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It’s very easy to reach, just take the U-Bahn to Auwiesen, cross the bridge and you can already spot the ruins on the other side of the Neckar.

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You have to climb up some stairs…

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… before you can step into what is left of “Burg Hofen”.

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The castle was built around the year 1250 and burned down during the Thirty Years’ War. In 1783 lots of the stones were broken down from the ruin and reused to build the church St. Barbara and other buildings in Hofen. The city of Stuttgart bought the ruin in 1999 and restored it as much as possible.

The ruin of Castle Hofen make a nice destination for a short excursion. Plus, there is a beer garden nearby Smiley . Just step down the stairs again…

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… and follow the Neckar downwards. You will find the beer garden “Neckarblick” after a few minutes on your right, just before you reach the pedestrian bridge which brings you on the other side of the river again. There you can hop into the U-Bahn again as the station “”Mühlhausen” is located right in front of you.

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Cycling along the Neckar to Marbach

I sometimes keep forgetting that Stuttgart is a city with a river. As the Neckar does not run through the center, it was out of my view most of the time. As Moritz and I have moved from the south of Stuttgart to the north lately, that has changed. During the last few weeks, I discovered a whole new face of Stuttgart. Today, we seized the day and the perfect weather for a bike trip to Marbach – of course along the Neckar.

We started at Max-Eyth-See, a beautiful place by itself, I will write a post about it very soon, too.

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There is a bike path next to the Neckar which we followed all the time. It is very well maintained, flat and thus easy to drive on. After 12 km we stopped at Zugwiesen, close to Ludwigsburg.This is a renaturation project next to the Neckar and a lovely place for a break or picnic.

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They have a tower from where you have a lovely view.

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Plus, you can observe animals…

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We rode on, had a little race duel with a freighter…

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… and won Smiley, came into a traffic jam…

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…and had to wait till the whole duck family had made it to the other side… and passed some lovely vineyards:

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After around 1.5 hours we crossed the Neckar and arrived at Marbach.

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Right next to the bridge is a lovely beer garden, the Bootshaus Marbach. That’s where we had lunch Smiley

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We turned around and cycled back to Max-Eyth-See.

What a lovely tour! Easy, with beautiful scenery and along a river. One of my new favorite weekend trips.

Have you explored the Neckar in or around Stuttgart already? What is your favorite place or trip?