Calw a town of monks, half-timbered houses and Hermann Hesse

Scenic Calw lies in the beautiful Nagold valley. Here the meadows and hedges of the hilly Gäu region end and the vast coniferous forests of the Northern Black Forest already begin in the middle of the town.

Enjoyment of culture in Calw can therefore be perfectly combined with enjoyment of nature.

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Up close and personal with Hermann Hesse

In Calw you will feel close to Hermann Hesse. When you visit the original settings of his stories, the literature comes alive. Houses with the finest timber framework line the streets of Hermann Hesse's hometown. Breathe in the unique flair of the town on a leisurely stroll around the pretty shops and charming cafes. Discover the sites of its moving history in the exciting museums.


An impressive piece of history

…is waiting for you in the former Benedictine Abbey of St Peter and St Paul. Immerse yourself in the fascinating atmosphere of this historical place. Let the charm of bygone days work on you in the monastery of St. Aurelius and its museum. Take a break in the delightful monastery cafe to round off the eventful afternoon.


Worth seeing:

Historical town centre with half-timbered houses, Hirsau Monastery, Waldeck Castle ruins, various themed tours

A rich variety of museums: Hermann Hesse Museum, Monastery Museum, Tannery Museum, Farmhouse Museum, Town Museum in Palais Vischer, "The Tall One" tower (a former prison), Railway Signal Box 1 Calw-South


Experience tours:

- Historical walking tour (May to October, Saturdays at 14:30 from the Market Square – in German Language)

- Guided tour of Hirsau Monastery (May to October, Saturdays at 14:30, Sundays/public holidays 11:00 from the monastery's main entrance – in German Language)

- Guided tour in the steps of Hermann Hesse (May to October, Sundays at 14:30 from the Market Square – in German Language)

- Other interesting guided tours are available, with themes such as Hermann Hesse, Calw's timber framework, the women of Calw and many more.

- Tours for groups can be booked 365 days of the year.


Leisure tips:


Premium hiking on the path for slow enjoyment alongside water, forest and meadows :

Nature park moments and tours; GeoTours; over 240 km of signposted hiking trails, including the famous Ostweg and Gäurandweg routes; monastery route hiking trail; Huguenots' and Waldensians' way; 12 Nordic walking routes; geocaching tours



The longest cycle path in Baden-Württemberg, along the German Half-Timbered Houses Route, leads through Calw; there's also the Nagold Valley Cycle Path, the Literary Trail, the Monastery Routes Bike Path, mountain bike trail network, e-biking tours 

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