Heidelberg King's Tour is a 12.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 12.1 km Elevation Gain: 543 m Route Type: Loop


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With the S-Bahn you can easily reach the Karlstor / Heidelberg station. First, you have to overcome a few meters in altitude, before you reach the small rocky sea on a forest path. There is a hut as the first rest stop. Continue on to the Holenkenkästenbaum hut and the Erlenbrunnen to the "via naturae-Lehrpfad", where many information boards provide interesting facts about the forest and its inhabitants. Shortly before the Königstuhl, make a detour on the forest adventure path with a climbing station, rest areas and play stations. Then you will reach the Königstuhl with the inn and falconry. In the falconry (www.tinnunculus-heidelberg.de) you can observe eagle owls and hawks up close to their prey when diving. In addition, there is a magnificent view of Heidelberg, the Rhine valley and the Odenwald. Via the Himmelsleiter, a staircase-like forest path, you will go downhill. If you already have tired legs, you can take the mountain railway (www.bergbahn-heidelberg.de) to the castle or back to the old town. The Heidelberg Castle (www.schloss-heidelberg.de) is one of the most impressive sights in Heidelberg and therefore usually welcomes a large crowd of people. But you should not be put off. For a visit to the castle with its magnificent sculptures from the Renaissance and the large wooden barrel is always worthwhile. The romantic castle garden and the fountain with the sculpture "Father Rhine" invite you to linger. Take the steps next to the castle and go down to the Kornmarkt and back to Karlstor station. Tip: On the Königstuhl you can visit the "House of Astronomy" (www.haus-der-astronomie.de)

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