Hiking tour at the wineyard of Stuttgart
TOUR WINEYARDS IN STUTTGART
Mid-August, even summer gives us beautiful sunny days, although it is not surprising that the temperature usually drops during some days of the week, in addition to bringing rainy days with the smell of autumn, but this time we were lucky, we checked the forecast of the weather and apparently it will be a Sunday with very good weather to enjoy a walk. This time we love a tour inside the vineyards in the Unterturkheim region towards Oberturkheim.
The complete tour is within Zone 1, and you can start from the highest part to get off or you can also start from the lowest area and climb the meadows, we recommend the simplest, go from top to bottom! You can also do the bike tour, but the tour is relatively short, walking is about an hour, in case you use the bike you can explore much more, the scenery is amazing and the trails are extensive.
We start the journey from Hauptbahnhoff central station, look for the S1 line in the direction of Kircheim, and get off at three stations at the Unterturkheim terminal. Then it is necessary to take the bus to Rotenberg terminal.
Immediately we find several viewpoints with panoramic views of the Neckar River and the Bad Canstatt area, Rotenberg is a small town on the top of the hills with several weinstube, which are small traditional shops / restaurants that offer to taste the good wine of the city, some open only for seasons.
A few meters from the bus terminal begins the tour, we begin with the visit to the Sepulchral Chapel, (Grabkapelle) magical place that involves a great story. It is a neoclassical architectural work built in the 1824s by King Wilhelm 1st, in memory of his beloved Queen Catherina, in this chapel are the remains of both and their descendants. Access to the small memorial park is free, inside the park is where you can see the best view of the city of the entire route, although the entrance to the Chapel has a cost of EU4, with the entrance also includes the headphones with the that you can listen to the informative audio about the place in English, French and German, for an additional euro you can go along with a guide in German language a scheduled tour that lasts one hour.
We took the respective photos of the landscape, but we knew that the beauty of the chapel would be difficult to obtain from the same place, we needed a better angle and adequate light, so we then began our journey down in search of a better location.
The paths are very varied, the landscape of the vineyards is very unique, the drawing of stripes by grape trees in different symmetrically arranged directions is impressive, the paths that delimit the plantations, trace the parameters by changing the directions of the sown fields, a work of art that combines nature with the work of experienced local farmers who have enjoyed tremendous scenery by tradition of hundreds of years. In the background, expectantly, the Sepulchral Chapel on the top of the mountain that is the cherry of the cake.
Our final destination was the town of Oberturheim, this is noted from above, it is the closest town under the hill, and the road is quite obvious among the vineyards, our reference point was the church tower. We descend the zigzag meadow until finally reaching an apple plantation, this is distinguished by being the only one among all the vineyards, and especially since next to it comes the beginning of the town. The same instinct took us to the center, the road within the town is quite picturesque, many houses even with wooden columns next to wineries that denote that they were used for the storage and production of wine. A town that once was completely agricultural and dependent on the delicious drink.
In the center of the town we finally reach our destination, the Oberturkheim Wine Museum. A small winery of great historical importance, where you can see a small exhibition of the history of more than 2000 years of the wine culture of the Stuttgart region, the entrance to the exhibition is 3 Euros. This time our goal was not to visit the exhibition, but only to enjoy a good wine in the wine cellar of the place ..
In front of the museum, next to the church, is the bus station that takes us to the train terminal, again line S1 in the direction of the central station and end our Sunday tour.
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