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Auf den Katzenbuckel is a 9.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Zwingenberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 1,788 ft Route type Point to Point
Hiking Forest River Views
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Via train it goes to the station to Zwingenberg am Neckar. From there we start our tour on the highest mountain of the Odenwald, the Katzenbuckel (626m). After a few hundred meters we reach the imposing Zwingenberg Castle. Immediately behind is the entrance to Wolfsschlucht. The Wolfsschlucht ( is said to have inspired the famous opera composer Carl Maria von Weber to perform his opera "Der Freischütz". At almost two kilometers, the original nature of the gorge can be experienced on narrow paths with overhanging rocks along a rushing creek. After overcoming nearly 400 meters of altitude we reach the Oberdielbach ( and walk mostly on asphalt roads to the Katzenbuckel, which sees us from afar. For the origin of the word "Katzenbuckel" there are various unsecured explanations. According to a legend, the shape of the mountain is said to have reminded the people around the curved back of a cat. We pass the Katzenbuckel Lake and walk along the crystal nature trail to the observation tower on the Katzenbuckel. A beautiful view of the wooded Odenwald and the Hohenloher country can be enjoyed on beautiful days. We walk downhill and admire the Königstuhl view again the beautiful panorama and then hike in the forest down to the castle ruins Eberbach. The castle ruins, consisting of fore, middle and Hinterburg, lies hidden in the forest and informs the hiker about the history of the castle. Now we reach the city center of Eberbach and can strengthen ourselves in the numerous cafes. Tip: Three museums ( and the Nature Park Center Neckartal-Odenwald ( make Eberbach the first museum address in the Odenwald.

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