Germany Trip Plan:
Schwaigern, at the foothills of the famous Heuchelberg wine region

Germany trip plan: Schwaigern, at the foothills of the famous Heuchelberg wine region
Schweigern, GNU-Raphael Lutz
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Schwaigern-Niederhofen is nestled at the foothill of Heuchelberg in the river Lein-Valley. Wine growing has ancient tradition here, with many trails leading right through the vineyards and to wineries, inviting you to sample their outstanding products. Nearby are the cities Heilbronn, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, always worth spending a leisurely day.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Schwaigern-Niederhofen is nestled at the foothill of Heuchelberg in the river Lein-Valley. Wine growing has ancient tradition here, with many trails leading right through the vineyards and to wineries, inviting you to sample their outstanding products. Nearby are the cities Heilbronn, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, always worth spending a leisurely day.

Situated only 8 miles west of Heilbronn, Niederhofen, a town district of Schwaigern, offers perfect family recreation from the daily hustle and bustle. The nearby nature reserve Stromberg-Heuchelberg is not only the location of centuries old local wine growing tradition, but offers nature lovers a beautiful landscape, best discovered on foot or bicycle. Also wellness is a theme here and families will surely enjoy a visit to the Animal Park in the Lein-Valley, Schwaigern, with Germany\'s biggest chimpanzee enclosure, or maybe you need some more thrills, guaranteed at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, with more that 100 original attractions.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $714 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $200 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1584 / 2 days
 4 persons, starting at $1991 / 4 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at your vacation apartment

Day 1:  Arrival at your vacation apartment
Cyriakus-church Niederhofen, CC-Peter Schmelzle
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A great vacation lies ahead of you and once you've made yourself home in the new apartment, enjoy a stroll around the neighborhood and find out where to buy your fresh bread and rolls and have a look at the local butcher- and grocery shops.


Day 2: Schwaigern

Day 2: Schwaigern
Vinification plant Schweigern, GNU-Joachim Koehler
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Schwaigern can look back to a long history as you will discover today. Romantic half-timbered houses, historical churches and well-preserved city walls, Schwaigern is characterized by impressive structures. The town center is dominated by the protestant church, originated in the 13th Century. In addition to the church is the Rococo palace of 1702, fully inhabited, and therefore can not be visited. Opposite of the massive Art Nouveau Town Hall from1906 lies the renovated half-timbered former Vinification House, built around 1659. Only a short way in a southeasterly direction you will see the witches' tower, marking a slightly darker medieval chapter in the town's history. Parallel to the Frizstraße to the west runs the longest section of the former fortification wall of Schwaigern, topped only by even more impressive half-timbered buildings.

Wine in Schwaigern was mentioned first around 799. Since that time, excellent and distinctive wines mature on mount Heuchelberg, which has resulted in a supra-regional reputation. The wine experts offer a wide range of high-class wines due to the overall favorable growing conditions. Main grapes are, in addition to the National Swabian wine Trollinger and Riesling in particular, Lemberger and Schwarzriesling. Today, with the Heuchelberg winery, one of the largest wineries in Baden-Württemberg has its seat here.


Day 3: Heilbronn

Day 3: Heilbronn
Heilbronn Christmas market 2009, GNU-Joachim Koehler
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Today enjoy a shopping spree in nearby Heilbronn, which has also many historical sights to discover. The landmark of Heilbronn is the St. Kilian's Church, still unrivaled dominating the town center. The city itself is beautifully embedded in the river Neckar-Valley and has been for many centuries a cultural and business center of the region. Visit the Deutschhof complex and the Käthchen-House, the cities impressing fortifications and towers, beautiful medieval house ensembles and get a scenic view from the tower of the Wartberg-Mountain. From here you can walk through vineyards and maybe make a culinary stop at the Wine-Villa. The port of Heilbronn is an important transshipment point and you might like to see more during a relaxing harbor cruise later that day, before returning to your home-from-home.


Day 4: Nature Reserve Stromberg-Heuchelberg or spa-day

Day 4: Nature Reserve Stromberg-Heuchelberg or spa-day
Heuchelberger Warte, CC-Peter Schmelzle
[ source: Wikipedia]

Dress comfortably and spend a day in the nature reserve Stromberg-Heuchelberg. This area is with around 330 square kilometers one of the smaller nature reserves in Baden-Württemberg, and is shared by the counties Ludwigsburg, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe and Pforzheim. The reserve is dominated by its two mountain ranges which gave it the name, Stromberg and Heuchelberg. The parks theme is wine, woods and feel-good, which brings the special character of the wine-forest region to the point. On top of mountain Heuchelberg is the look-out tower, opening wide panoramic views of the hilly region. The tower is also home to a wonderful restaurant, where you can indulge in local specialties and, of course, wine.

If you prefer a day in a Spa we recommend a visit to AQUAtoll, situated in Neckarsulm near Heilbronn. It is a popular fun pool, known for its sauna landscape and especially for its speed slides. The sauna landscape offers a salt-grotto for inhalation, numerous Finnish saunas, a bio-sauna, a blockhouse sauna with wood heating, a steam bath and a Kela sauna. The large outdoor terrain offers a hydrotherapy- and a cold-water-pool and a Kneipp facility. The AQUAtoll's swimming area writes FUN in capital letters; especially older children and teenagers will enjoy the facility. The different fun pools and power slides, for example Black-Hole and Wild Water River, will proof that. But care is also given to the little ones, starting from 3 years old, at the Tuki-Club.


Day 5: Stuttgart

Day 5: Stuttgart
Stuttgart in winter, PD-BuzzWoof
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Stuttgart is spread across a variety of hills, some of them are vineyards, valleys and parks, which is rather unusual for a German city and often a source of surprise to visitors who primarily associate the city with its industrial reputation as the cradle of the automobile. Hardly any other region in Germany has such a picturesque landscape! Go on a walking tour in the historic town center with its little surprises around every corner or join a guided coach tour, taking you to the city's most important points of interest. Beautiful squares, noble castles and impressive buildings, displaying differing architectural styles, await you. From the TV Tower you will enjoy a splendid view of Stuttgart and its surroundings.


Day 6: Karlsruhe

Day 6: Karlsruhe
Castle Karlsruhe, PD-Frederik Ramm
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The city of Karlsruhe is nicknamed the Fächerstadt, the Fan-City, because of its deliberate layout, with straight streets running out fan-like from the palace. Karlsruhe Schloss, a majestic palace, is an interesting showcase of architecture; later, the adjacent Schlossgarten, including the Botanical Garden with its palm-, cactus- and orchid- house, invite you for a walk, as much as the woods stretching out to the north of it. Karlsruhe is located near the French-German border. Founded in 1715 just as the Karlsruhe Palace, the surrounding town became the seat of two of the highest courts in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and the Federal Court of Justice of Germany. Another point of interest is the market square with its stone pyramid built in 1825, marking the grave of the city's founding father.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Witch-Tower Schwaigern, PD-Hartman
[ source: Wikipedia]

Enjoy your last typical German breakfast in the inviting surroundings and in case you still have time left, maybe go on a last minute shopping tour before returning to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!


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Schwaigern
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