Those who like to dream of castles will find the most dreamlike of all hiking trails here - a story of castles, fantastic valleys, enchanted forests and extraordinary encounters.
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"hochgehträumt" for all those who want to dream with wide-awake senses even during the day. You start dreaming at the car park of Lichtenstein Castle, which takes you via a short path directly to the most beautiful setting for all princesses (and princes) - Lichtenstein Castle, towering majestically on a naturally chiselled rock. Those who would like a little adrenaline kick in the midst of all this revelry should not miss the Lichtenstein Adventure Park in the heights of the treetops. Afterwards, a detour to the old forester's lodge is tempting. There you can recharge your energy reserves to continue on the dreamy path through dense forests and lively meadows, which gradually takes you to the most fabulous vantage points such as the Brunnenstein; the rocky Breitenstein, with an incredible view of Lichtenstein Castle or the Gießstein, with benches that invite you to take a break. Finally, all that remains is an entertaining walk to the astonishingly imposing Nebelhöhle, which is literally waiting to be discovered and the tour then slowly draws to a close.
With Lichtenstein Castle, this trail definitely has an inspiring happy ending for all hiking enthusiasts and visitors!
A visit to the fog cave.
We start at the car park at Schloss Lichtenstein. From there, a small circular path leads us first to the Wilhelm Hauff Monument, from where you have a unique view over the upper Echaz valley. From here, it is also possible to make a short detour to the ruins of Alt-Lichtenstein. The path then takes us past the fairytale-like Lichtenstein Castle over to the picturesque "Altes Forsthaus" inn. A barbecue area with playground and an adventure park also invite you to linger.
At the old forester's lodge, the path leads us into the forest, where we keep to the right at the first fork and then turn left at the next one. After a short stretch through the deciduous and coniferous forest, we finally reach the edge of the forest, along which we continue straight on.
We follow the path, which bends to the right in the course, up an incline to the Brunnenstein viewpoint. The path continues along the Alb ridge through the beautiful deciduous forest to the next viewpoint, the Breitenstein. From here you have a wonderful view of Lichtenstein Castle and the Lichtenstein district of Honau in the valley.
We continue along the Albtrauf until the path joins a gravelled road. Here we turn right and follow it to the Gießstein viewpoint. Here, benches invite you to take a short break to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view.
From the viewpoint, the path turns right into the forest. We follow this through the light-flooded beech forest to the Kalkofen hikers' car park. Here we find a rest area with several barbecue sites.
We cross the road and walk along the forest path up the hill to a fork in the path, where we keep to the right and follow the path to the car park at the Nebelhöhle, where the Maultaschenwirt invites you to stop for a bite to eat. A visit to the impressive Nebelhöhle is definitely worthwhile.
The forest path leads us further along the road for a short distance until we cross it and finally turn right at the first opportunity. We follow this path, which offers us a beautiful panorama of the municipality of Sonnenbühl, until we reach a T-junction, here we turn left.
Before the edge of the forest, keep to the right and follow the path along the fenced quarry. At the first opportunity, keep left and walk along the fields until you reach a gravel path, where you turn right.
After a short climb, follow the signs to rejoin the path along the quarry. After passing a small wood on the right, we turn left and follow the path. After a slight ascent, we keep to the right.
The path now leads us through extensive meadows with a variety of flora and fauna until we reach a tarred road, which we turn right into and follow for about 500 m. Here we finally turn right into a road that leads to the quarry. Here we finally turn right into a forest path that leads us through the adventure park back to our starting point at Lichtenstein Castle.
Sturdy footwear is recommended.
Your safety is important for us, which is why you will find emergency call badges along the road at regular intervals, clearly marked with the emergency number 112. By means of the exact location marking, the emergency services can reach you more quickly in an emergency.
Special features of the trail:
Again and again great views into the Echaz valley
Partly narrow paths along the edge of the slope
Lichtenstein Castle, also known as the fairytale castle of Württemberg