Experience culture and nature on two stages of the Jagst Cultural Hiking Trail

The new castle, also called the White Castle, is in Jagsthausen. Photo: Michael Harmsen

The second and third stages of the Jagst Cultural Hiking Trail are located exactly in the region of the Kocher, Jagst and Seckach valleys. The two stages together are about 26 kilometers long, but can easily be split in Möckmühl.

The starting point for hiking is the large car park at Neudenau Cemetery, from where you can immediately admire a beautiful view of the idyllic small town above the Jagst. The beautiful old town is dominated by the parish church of Saint Laurentius. The Pilgrimage Church of St. Gangolf, which is only open on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm, is only a few minutes’ walk away. Groups can also book an appointment with a guided tour.

The track now leaves the valley and we climb slowly but surely to the level above Jagst. The view from here is wonderful. Smoking chimneys can be seen from the Heilbronn power plant, as well as Südzucker and even steam above the Neckerwestheim cooling tower, reminding us that it’s a walk in the area, very close to home.

Dominic Castle from the outside

On the steep slope of Siglingen Hill, we take a break on a sunlit bench with a view of the valley. But soon it will. The path alternates between old meadow groves, fields, meadows, and beautiful wooded areas. Soon we reach Dominic’s Castle. The castle is privately owned and can only be admired from the outside. This is also the case with the castle complex in Möckmühl. At least you have a nice view of the facilities from outside. This makes up for it a little.

Möckmühl will appear soon. We get a great view of the old town and castle. Here you can end the trip and return by car from the beautiful train station. The train runs almost every hour.

But we still wanted to take a tour of Möckmühl. Up to the castle with a view of the beautiful half-timbered houses in the old town. Stroll the streets, Möckmühl is a lovely place, even if you are thinking of stopping by, this is the place to be.

Experience culture and nature on two stages of the Jagst Cultural Hiking Trail

This group on Kessach looks almost medieval. Photo: Michael Harmsen

In order to get back on the hiking trail from Möckmühl, you unfortunately have to walk a little along the way on a narrow sidewalk. When a wide truck comes along, it’s best to lower your head to be on the safe side. After a few minutes we hit the road and climb up the steep incline behind Mukmul. With every step the view becomes more beautiful. Above all, the view back to Möckmühl is worth it.

Along the vineyards and orchards of meadows, it goes in the direction of Ruchsen. The Simple Evangelical Church is the only one that catches the eye. A cultural hiking trail leads up over the valley which isn’t too spectacular. A highlight is the view of the 880-meter-long, 80-meter-high Jagsttal Bridge near Widdern. Road building masterpiece.

Aries is the second smallest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The beautiful half-timbered houses, Gemmingensche Castle, and tower guard house make Widdern a worthwhile stopover. Once again, the path along the walls of the vineyard leads us to the level above the Jagsttal. Unfortunately, the constant noise from the highway is our constant companion. We are compensated time and time again with beautiful views of the Jagsttal. Kulturwanderweg Jagst, Jakobsweg and Martinusweg work together here. We are traveling here on the historical pilgrimage trails.

Explore the city of Goetze

The highlight of this hike is of course Jagsthausen, the town of Götz von Berlichingen. With Götzenburg, the Red Castle and the White Castle, the city has a lot to offer. There is also a small and simple Jakobuskirche, Rommerbad and much more. The Village Shop is the first stop for hikers and cyclists. Centrally located, outside under the shade of trees in summer, you can enjoy regional products at fair prices and strengthen yourself here.

This brings us to the end of this hike. The bus takes you back to the starting point. So far, bus and train transportation has been very good in all the phases that have been completed. So if you miss a departure, you rarely have to wait more than an hour, and in these places worth seeing, it ends quickly, sometimes very quickly.

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