Nibelungensteig: Erbach to Amorbach

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Nibelungensteig: Erbach to Amorbach is a 63.9 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Erbach, Hesse, Germany that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and backpacking.

Distance: 63.9 km Elevation Gain: 2,090 m Route Type: Point to Point

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Stage 1: Start in the district town of Erbach with the sightseeing highlights Schloss Erbach, Ivory Museum and historic old town. Another tip is to visit the koziol-Glücksfabrik (www.koziol-gluecksfabrik.de). From the station, walk through a residential area and come to Wildpark Brudergrund. The nearly 14-acre recreation area is home to red deer, fallow deer and mouflon. Then hike steadily uphill to the Mossauer Höhe and enjoy the magnificent view of Mossautal and the Odenwald hills. Walk along an avenue of trees on the ridge until you reach the Marbach reservoir in a wide arc. There you can relax and set up your tent for the night on the Meisengrund campground of the Bergstrasse - Odenwald nature park (www.geo-naturpark.net). In warm weather, you can swim in the reservoir or make a round trip by pedal boat. Stage 2: Walk without marking signs to the Himbächel viaduct, where you will meet the Nibelungensteig mark. The 250-meter-long arched bridge consists of ten arches, each 20 meters wide, with a maximum height of 43 meters above the valley floor. The bridge was a contemporary outstanding engineering achievement and the most significant railway bridge in Hesse. Hike up the mountain. Shortly before the end you reach the Ebersberg Felsenmeer. The cuboid rocks of the Ebersberg rocky sea are made of sandstone, which are solidified by silica. In the nearby Bullau, the stones were used in earlier times for the construction of houses and stables. The stone blocks were created when wind and rain removed the softer material over many millions of years, while retaining the harder rock. At the top you can walk to the slide. The Rutschstein is a corridor and natural monument near Erbach-Bullau. It consists of sandstone and has two parallel grooves whose meaning is unknown. Eventually trees were pulled over the stone here for the production of charcoal because there was a former coal mine nearby. Slightly downhill you can rest before you reach Hesseneck- Schöllenbach with the youth tent Eutersee (www.geo-naturpark.net) next to a lake of the same name. If you do not want to continue hiking, you can head to Bullau. Buses depart every two hours for Erbach. Otherwise, the stage ends and you can drive back from Hesseneck-Schöllenbach station. Stage 3: The first few meters of the tour are also the hardest. There is some altitude to overcome before Hesselbach. Continue up the hill along the Nibelungen climbing mark to the Dreiländerstein. Then in a wide arc around the Waldleinigen castle and upwards (on this stage the Nibelungensteig lives up to its name) to Ottorfszell into the next valley. But the next climb comes immediately to Preunschen. Here you can take a break at the forest museum Watterbacher house. It is considered the oldest surviving farmhouse of the Odenwald and can be visited. Soon after comes the Wildenburg ruin. The castle ruins of Wildenberg is historically significant site. Inscriptions on the inner archway tell of the builders. The noblemen of Dürn, deserving followers of the Hohenstaufen emperors, built Wildenberg Castle in the decades around 1200, in particular, valuable artistic forms of jewelery. The building has a special position in that the name Wolfram von Eschenbach can be associated with it. He wrote on Wildenberg a part of his Parsifalromans. From the Wildenburg the route goes steeply downhill to the Mud, before the next rise after Beuchen takes place. Now it is not far to the Zittenfelden campground (www.schneeberg-odenwald.de), where you can relax after this exhausting tour. Stage 4: Today's stage is a shorter distance to Amorbach. First run back and come to the Zittenfelder source. The Nibelungenlied is the most well-known heroic seal of the Middle Ages. In it, Siegfried von Hagen von Tronje is stabbed while drinking from a spring. However, several springs in the Odenwald (such as the Siegfriedsbrunnen at Grasellenbach or the Lindelbrunnen) are also suitable for this location, and the Zittenfeld spring is said to be this legendary place. Via the panoramic path in the lovely Morretal, you will reach the village of Amorbach. Amorbach impresses with its old town and the Benektinerabtei. The Princely Abbey of Amorbach consists of the magnificent abbey church, the large convent building and the princely Seegarten.

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