In glorious spring weather, the Neckarsteig office in cooperation with the municipality of Neunkirchen and the city of Eberbach officially opened the hiking season on Saturday, March 18, 2023 on the Neunkirchen-Eberbach stage of the Neckarsteig quality hiking trail.
After three years of Corona-related break, the joy was great to finally be able to hike again carefree. The hikers could take advantage of the service of the Neckar-Odenwald district when traveling to Neunkirchen and use the transfer with the Ruftaxi from Neckargerach station. "The Ruftaxi runs during the season on weekends at certain times on advance booking. And for little money" explained Jessica Henn and Isabella Walter, representatives from the District Office to those present.
The two mayors Bernhard Knörzer from Neunkirchen and Peter Reichert from Eberbach had the opportunity to pass on information about various stations along the almost 15-kilometer-long route in addition to the great nature experience on the most excellent quality hiking trail Neckarsteig. For example, the 45 participants learned interesting facts about energy or forestry. The two hiking guides provided an insight into local events from the past to the present in a very descriptive and humorous way.
The hiking group became aware that the Neunkirchen - Eberbach stage is the most demanding stage of the hiking trail when they passed the almost alpine section between the Reihersee lake and the Stolzeneck castle ruins. The narrow and idyllic path along the Wilden Waibelsberg with a view of the Neckar River, among other things, characterizes the near-natural trail and should only be walked with good footwear.
Everyone took a break at the Stolzeneck ruins to fortify themselves for the second section on the Eberbach territory. After quite a few meters of ascent through the Eberbach city forest, the Teufelskanzel (Devil's Pulpit), another highlight of the route, was reached. The vantage point is nestled between sandstone and mixed forest directly above the Rockenau quarry. The breathtaking view is directed towards the Neckar River with the Rockenau lock.
The last less demanding section of the route over the Breitenstein, the local mountain of Eberbach, was enjoyed by all participants because the finish was already in sight. To the delight of all culinary fans, the Eberbach Food Days took place over the weekend. At the numerous stands and food trucks, the participants could strengthen themselves at the end and let the beautiful hiking day come to an end.
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