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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.

Calw is a 45 minutes drive away from Stuttgart and Wimberg is located just behind it.


We drove to the “Wanderparkplatz” (parking for hikers) and started our walk in the forest. We followed the track a few minutes and came to the main track, marked with the red and white diamond.


It brought us to a smaller track that led to game reserve. We were lucky enough to spot some of the inhabitants:



Cute, hum?

We walked on and turned into Sommenhardter Weg after 10 minutes. From now on, we followed the yellow blue diamond.


This track was smaller and led us downhill.



We crossed two other tracks…




…and entered Rötelbachtal (Rötelbach Valley). The closer we come to the little river, the mossier the surrounding got. We felt like in a Lord of the Rings movie



When we reached Rötelbach we were stunned by it’s magical beauty.













Seriously, would you have expected such beautiful, unspoiled nature less than one hour away from Stuttgart? We didn’t want to leave the valley at all but hiked on eventually because we knew more attractions were waiting for us along the way.

We left the valley and had to follow a road uphill. We left the forest and reached along a meadow and with it, the next highlight of our tour. The meadows around Zavelstein are famous for its crocus flowers in spring since 1825. Some decades ago, special trains ran from Stuttgart to Zavelstein to bring tourists to this place because everybody wanted to see the blue meadows. Well, that was some years ago. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. There were crocus flowers, of course. But the meadow was far away from being blue.


But I don’t want to complain. It was still a nice sight.



Now, we were at Zavelstein, a lovely little town with the beautiful remains of a Zavelstein Castle.




Very cute place!

After we had visited Zavelstein Castle, we walked back to the meadows with the crocus flowers. Just before we reached them, we turned left to the athletic grounds.  At a barn we turned left again and walked along the forest towards Speßhardt. Then, we saw a bench and decided to have a little picnic.Smiley




Refreshed, we walked on, turned left at a café in front of Speßhardt, then turned right again and crossed the Rötelbach. Then, we had to follow the blue diamond towards Calw. After the last houses we took the track on the right, leading straight on over a meadow and into the forest. We crossed a street and saw the red and black diamond again. A few minutes later, we recognised the track we walked on at the beginning of our hike and finally arrived at our car. What a lovely hike! It took us around 3 hours and we were stunned by all the beauty we found along the way!

More information about:

Crocus at Zavelstein (only in German)


Hiking book on amazon: Burgenziele im Ländle: Wandern, Entdecken, Erleben (affiliate link)


Hello and welcome to "living in Stuttgart". I am Mel and I love this beautiful city. There are so many things to explore, I can't wait sharing them with you. So come along and let me show you Stuttgart the way I see it.

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