Stage Gundelsheim to Bad Wimpfen

Guttenberg Castle and the 'Ehrenberg' – Jewish cemetary – Bergkirche (church on the hill) – Heinsheim Castle – vineyards – path along the Neckar riverbank – Imperial Palace of the House of Staufen – listed historic old town of Bad Wimpfen.

Length: 13.5 km
Start / End: Horneck Castle, Gundelsheim / historic old town of Bad Wimpfen.
Difficulty:  210 m ascent and 230 m descent

The Neckar Trail (Neckarsteig) leads right past Guttenberg Castle. It is a late medieval hilltop castle that has never been destroyed and has been continuously inhabited for almost 800 years. The grounds accommodate the German Raptor Centre as well as a castle museum and a restaurant. The Jewish cemetery lies outside the village of Heinsheim in the district of Bad Rappenau, a resting place for the dead from Bad Rappenau and another 25 Jewish communities in the area Since the 16th century. The 'church on the hill' was first mentioned in the 10th century and as such, one of the oldest buildings. Ehrenberg Castle above Heinsheim dates back to the 12th century. The castle in Heinsheim is now a hotel and restaurant. Along the way you have wonderful views of the terraced vineyards. The landmark of Bad Wimpfen, the Blue Tower, can be seen from afar. Bad Wimpfen is the largest imperial palace north of the Alps and, with its impressive  history, a highlight for which one should plan in a bit more time.


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