Very close to the Hermann-Hesse town of Calw yet in the midst of
intact nature. Our breath-taking, varied pleasure trail begins directly
behind the municipal park just a few meters away from
the market place that is lined with half-timbered houses. You can of
course also start at the hikers’ hostel “Wanderheim” in Zavelstein
. In the initial ascent we are accompanied by ancient oak and beech
trees, then suddenly we are confronted by the first massive red
sandstone rock, the “Gimpelstein” , with a great view
of the pulsating life below. A moment later, an alpine path leads us to
the most gruesome spot in the Calw Forest, the scaffold , where executions used to be held. The highlight of the trail is undoubtedly the path through the Rötelbachtal valley. Hikers can refresh themselves in the natural water-treading basins. But take care, for the path can always be slippery.
… explore, experience, enjoy.
Another special attraction is the “Stubenfelsen” .
Here in earlier times ice-age hunters spent the night outdoors round a
campfire under this rock. When we reach the top our enjoyment of nature
is replaced by culinary delights. You will love the regional cuisine and
unique atmosphere of the “Wanderheim” in Zavelstein . From here it is worth making a short detour to the little romantic town of Zavelstein with its castle ruins . After a well-earned rest our journey continues through lovely orchard meadows and flat agricultural and forest paths back to Calw. And it is worth stopping for a few minutes of reflection at the “Wölflesbrunnen” (“Wolf’s Well”) or to look out for young boars in the wild boar compound.
Picnic areas: Barbecue area near the “Alte Saatschule” Calw-Wimberg, Bench (covered) at entrance to Sommenhardt and on the edge of the woods just before Speßhardt
Eating and drinking: “ Wanderheim” Zavelstein , Phone: +49 (0) 7053 8831, closed Mondays
Best hiking season: April to October, though it can be slippery all year round in Rötelbachtal. Following heavy rain the pathcan be temporarily submerged.