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Hohenlohe + Schwäbisch Hall Tourismus e.V.
Münzstraße 1
74523 Schwäbisch-Hall

Idyllic Route
130 kilometres of idyllic walks and cycling

A quaint village nestled amid flower-filled meadows

The well-signposted Idyllic Route runs for 130 kilometres through an outstandingly beautiful holiday and recreation area, past forests, meadows, old mills and original remains or reconstructions of the limes, the boundary of the Roman empire. It leads through the Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Reserve, one of southern Germany's most delightful areas for walking. Steep, tree-clad slopes, wide-open plateaus, long valleys and dense mixed forests full of mysterious sounds all add to the charms of the nature reserve. There are also fields, pastureland, meadows and forests woven together like patchwork dotted with hamlets and farms. Other features to look out for are the orchid-filled meadows in the valleys, hillside orchards and pastures and dramatic rock formations in the forests of the steep Keuper escarpments.

Large stream-powered millwheel at a traditional mill

The Idyllic Route is perfect for walking, cycling and discovering an area with thundering waterfalls and tranquil lakes suitable for swimming. Visitors can admire impressive waterwheels and historical mills on burbling streams, or follow in the footsteps of the Romans. There are fascinating museums, neatly kept villages and romantic little towns all along the route - perfect for whiling away the hours. Priceless collections at a string of castles and palaces reflect the artistic passions of their owners, past and present. This circular route is also suitable for a cycle tour of the Swabian Forest, though touring or mountain bikes are recommended.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    Nature at its best, romance and nostalgia of the mills tradition

Highlights in brief

  • Mainhardt
    Roman museum

  • Fichtenberg
    Lake Diebach
  • Gaildorf
    Moated palace
  • Untergröningen
    Castle church with Madonna shrine, wild boar park
  • Welzheim
    Archaeological park, East Fort, Roman section with excavated finds in the municipal museum
  • Alfdorf
    Meuschenmühle mill
  • Fichtenberg
    Diebach reservoir
  • Kaiserbach
    Lake Ebnisee, Schwaben Park, summer toboggan run
  • Sulzbach-Murr
    Castle, arboretum (woodland park with 20 different species of tree from Asia and North America, sequoia trees)
  • Wüstenrot
    Georg Kropp museum (the first German building society), Maienfels Castle, "Silberstollen" silver mine