The nine hiking stages listed below are tour suggestions. Of course, you can also vary them individually according to your hiking wishes. Numerous entry and exit points are available along the Neckarsteig. The public transport offers very good connections and allows you to organize the hikes as one-day or multi-day tours. There are good markings throughout in both directions, allowing a free choice of walking direction.

Plan enough time to explore the old towns, castles, villages, historical buildings and the nature park trails with panels as well as the scenic attractions. For the perfect hiking experience, of course, do not miss the culinary delights in the inns of the region.
When planning your time, please bear in mind that the Neckarsteig, with its abundance of adventure points and its magnificent course, involves some differences in altitude with challenging ascents and descents. Of course, the right footwear and sufficient drinks belong to every hike.

Stage 1: Heidelberg – Neckargemünd

Places of interest: Heidelberg old town and castle, Königstuhl lookout point, Felsenmeer rock sea, Reichenstein Castle, catered hikers' hut at Neckarriedkopf, Neckargemünd old town.

Length: 12.6 km

Start / Finish: Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Wolfsbrunnenweg), Neckargemünd (Neckargemünd-Altstadt S-Bahn station)

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 600 m up - 650 m down

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Stage 2: Neckargemünd – Neckarsteinach

Places of interest: Neckargemünd old town, Bockfelsenhütte viewpoint, Tillystein, Dilsberg castle fortress, Neckarsteinach Neckar promenade and old town.

Length: 9 km

Start / Finish: Neckargemünd (S-Bahn station Neckargemünd-Altstadt), Neckarsteinach (Neckar shore, boat landing stage)

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 350 to 350 m down

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Stage 3: Neckarsteinach – Hirschhorn

Places of interest: Neckarsteinach castles, Goetheblick vantage point, Hagedornweg trail, "Rotes Bild" wayside shrine, Freischärler grave, Hirschhorn old town and castle, Neckar barrage with ship's lock

Length: 16.5 km

Start / Finish: Neckarsteinach S-Bahn station, Hirschhorn Old Town

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 500 m up - 480 m down

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Stage 4: Hirschhorn – Eberbach

Places of interest: Hoppe hut, Steinerner Tisch rest area, Umlaufberg Tannenkopf, Gretengrund, Eberbach old town.

Length: 11,5 km

Start / Finish: Hirschhorn old town / Eberbach old town

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 450 m up - 450 m down

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Stage 5: Eberbach – Neunkirchen

Places of interest: Breitenstein cultural landscape, Teufelskanzel viewpoint, crossing a barrage, Stolzeneck castle ruins, Wilder Waibelstein alpine section, Neunkirchen village tour.

Length: 18 km

Start / Finish: Eberbach old town / Neunkirchen village edge

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 950 m up - 700 m down

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Stage 6: Neunkirchen – Neckargerach

Places of interest: Minneburg ruins, striking notch valleys (Klingen), circulating valley around Mittelberg - village visits to Neckarkatzenbach, Guttenbach and Neckargerach - Linde lookout point.

Length: 17,6 km

Start / Finish: Neunkirchen outskirts / Neckargerach S-Bahn station

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 350 m up - 470 m down

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Stage 7: Neckargerach – Mosbach

Places of interest: "Margaretenschlucht-Pfad" with nature park panels, river loop, Ludolfs-Klinge, "Schreckberg-Pfad", Buntsandstein and Muschelkalk outcrops, Hamberg nature reserve, old town of Mosbach

Length: 14 km

Start / Finish: Neckargerach S-Bahn station / Mosbach Tourist Info

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 450 m up - 450 m down

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Stage 8: Mosbach – Gundelsheim

Places of interest: Memorial of the deported Jews of Baden, Hornberg Castle, foot and bike path bridge near Haßmersheim Michaelskapelle, historical path in the old town of Gundelsheim, Horneck Castle.

Length: 13 km

Start / Finish: Mosbach Tourist Info, Gundelsheim Horneck Castle / Neckarstrasse

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 450 up - 500 m down

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Stage 9: Gundelsheim – Bad Wimpfen

Places of interest: Guttenberg Castle and Ehrenberg, Jewish cemetery, Heinsheim Mountain Church, Heinsheim Castle,section of trail along the banks of the Neckar River, Stauffische Kaiserpfalz (imperial palace) and listed historic old town of Bad Wimpfen.

Length: 13.5 km

Start / Finish: Gundelsheim Horneck Castle / Neckarstrasse, Bad Wimpfen historic old town

Difficulty: ♦ ♦ ♦

Altitude difference: 210 m up - 230 m down

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