Neckargemuend's 'old town' – 'Bockfelsen' Hut – Tilly Stone – Dilsberg Fortress – Neckarsteinach's 'old town'.
Length: 9 km
Start / End:
Neckargemuend ('Altstadt' train station)
Neckarsteinach (river bank, moorings)
Difficulty: 325 m ascent, 345 m descent
Neckargemünd impresses with its small but beautiful old town and its imposing city gate. Up in the forest above Neckargemünd you reach the ‘Bockfelsen’ Hut. From here, one has a unique view of the town of Kleingemünd, the Neckar loop and Dilsberg. The Tilly Stone is a monument to the siege of Dilsberg in the Thirty Years War by Tilly’s troops. The trail leads around the fortifications. It is very worthwhile to make a detour through the tranquil village of Dilsberg with its castle. From the 16 m high castle wall you can see the Neckar as it meanders around the hill. At the ‘Friedenslinde’ (linden peace tree) outside the rear wall, there is an inviting rest area to take a break. Between Dilsberg and Neckarsteinach the route follows a beautiful path through mixed deciduous forest. In Neckarsteinach you cross the Neckar for the first time at the the Neckar at the weir, where you might see a barge going through the locks. Numerous park benches and the nearby restaurants with shady beer gardens invite you to linger around the Neckar promenade. Alternatively, you can explore the four castles of this town which lies in the state of Hessen.