The Achalm is the iconic Reutlingen lookout and with its 707 above sealevel one of Reutlingen's main attractions. The hicking trail to the summit leads past amazing alleys and green fields. On the mountains summit stands the castle ruins of the Achalm. The views last from the Swabian Alb to the tower of Stuttgart and, in good weather conditions, until the Black Forest.
The Achalm was build between 1030-1050 A.D. by the Earls Egino and Rudolf von Achalm. It was first historicly mentioned in 1090.At the end of the 11th century the castle was widely extended. In 1367 the castle went into the property of the Count of Württemberg. Already in 1498 the castle already had fallen to ruins and was partly demolished in 1650. In 1822 Kaiser Wilhelm had rebuilt the tower on the old foundations. This was renovated in 1932 due tothe danger of imminent collapse of the building.
Starting point is the Restaurant Achalm. If you look towards the summit, you’ll find the beginning of the hicking track. Follow the track towards the summit. After about 10 minutes walk you get to the first intersection. Continue here straight and take the next right. Follow the way clockwise around the mountain until you reach the main path. Here turn right. The way leads all the way to the top of the mountain, 707 m above sealevel. Once on top, you may climb up the stairs of the Achalm-Tower and enjoy the views. Also benches and a fireplace invite for a break. follow the main track on the way back. Just underneath the treeline a small path runs of to the left. After about 200m you get to the “Rappenplatz” ,a place, where mayor archaeological finds have been made. Return to the main track and a short walk will take you back to the starting point.
Festes Schuhwerk, evtl. Stöcke, Regenjacke (je nach Witterung).
Jeder selbst bleibt für die Wahl seiner Tour verantwortlich, sowie für deren Gefahren. Die Einschätzung der Tour hängt von vielen Faktoren ab, z.B. von der persönlichen Verfassung (Tagesform), dem Wetter oder dem Zustand des Bodens.
Planning and arrival
Take the B28 from Reutlingen to Metzingen. Befor leaving Reutlingen, turn right and follow the road signs towards Achalm