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The Neckar Valley

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  • Hirschhorn

Take a day trip with a visit to Bad Wimpfen, Hirschhorn, Hornberg Castle or Eberbach.

Over a length of 50 km, the Neckar breaks through the Odenwald, digs deep into the red sandstone, describes bends and loops, and still poses a thousand riddles to geologists today. Steep slopes rise directly from the riverbed, reaching heights of more than 400 meters above the valley floor. Mighty rock faces have the warm red tone that we find at the castle and the Old Bridge in Heidelberg.

The Neckar is dammed today, a whole number of barrages transform into a tremendously long lake; the wildness is changed into an idyll. The Neckar has something dreamy about it; mountains, clouds, forests, castles, and old cities are reflected in its smooth water. But it is precisely this interaction of all those things that man loves and longs for that makes the Neckar a real river. And it is certainly no coincidence that at the beginning of this section of the valley lies the old imperial city of Bad Wimpfen, and just where the Neckar leaves the mountains again, the electoral city of Heidelberg. Everything we understand by romance is united here: castles, palaces, villages with spidery corners, wild forest gorges, bizarre rocks, and ravines like the Wolf Gorge in Zwingenberg, in fact, a world of legends and fairy tales. This romantic world continues beyond the heights of the river banks. The Neckar Valley Road opens up the beauty of the Odenwald and the river valley. Since it has no inclines, it is particularly suitable for cyclists.

Why not make a day trip with a visit to the Greifenwarte and Bad Wimpfen, or an excursion to Hirschhorn, Guttenberg Castle, Hornberg Castle, or Eberbach.

The 4 Castles Tour and Dilsberg Fortress

Neckarsteinach is only about 10 km away from Heidelberg and can be easily reached by car via Ziegelhausen or by boat (departure point Kongresshaus Heidelberg, Weisse Flotte Heidelberg). The area around the 4 castles in Neckarsteinach - Vorderburg, Mittelburg, Hinterburg, and Schadeck (Swallow's Nest) offers charming hikes of any length with beautiful viewpoints over the Neckar. Combine recreational pleasure and culture!

Not far away, on the other side of the Neckar, lies the Dilsberg with its wildly romantic fortress. Since 988, the Dilsberg belonged to the diocese of Worms as part of the forests between the Neckar, Elsenz, and Lein (Wimpfener Bannforst), which were declared a forest.

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The Neckar Valley
69434 Hirschhorn

Phone: +49 6221 58 44 444

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