Welcome to the "Altes Schloss und Battert" trailhead
From the "Altes Schloss und Battert" trailhead you can reach one of Baden-Baden’s most impressive natural features: the Battert rocks (Battertfelsen). The crags and rock faces were made accessible for lovers of the outdoors at the beginning of the 19th century. Many of today’s paths, including "Unterer Felsenweg" and "Oberer Felsenweg", as well as the paths linking the Battert area with the town centre, were created at that time to complement the town’s main promenade, the "Lichtentaler Allée". This makes the Battert rocks one of Germany’s oldest natural features opened up to public access.
Battert also played a key role in the development of climbing as a sport in Germany’s sub-Alpine mountains at the start of the 20th century.
Today Battert, ranked among Germany’s most important geosites, is a protected area. The rock faces are a designated nature conservation area, while the surrounding forest enjoys protected unmanaged status (“Bannwald”).
A walk around Battert thus offers not only spectacular views, but also an insight into precious ecosystems and the flora and fauna to which they are home. The interpretation boards provide detailed information on these.
The wooden bridge at the top of the rock face (Felsenbrücke) is closed from January until the end of July because of nesting birds.
“Bannwald” is unmanaged forest which is left completely to its own devices. This increases the risk of branches breaking off trees or trees falling down. Do not enter this forest in high winds, heavy rain or snow.
circular route 2.8 km: Altes Schloss (castle) - Ritterplatte - Obere Batterthütte (shelter) – Bergwachthütte (shelter) -Untere Batterthütte (shelter) - Unterer Felsenweg (path) - Altes Schloss (castle).
circular route 10 km: Altes Schloss (castle) - Unterer Felsenweg (path) - Untere Batterthütte (shelter) - Furtwängler Gedenktafel (memorial plaque) - Engelskanzel und Teufelskanzel (rock outcrop) - Wolfsschlucht (small ravine)- Verbrannter Felsen (rock outcrop)- Ruine Alt Eberstein (castle ruins) - Untere Batterhütte (shelter) - Oberer Felsenweg (path) - Altes Schloss (castle).
"Panoramaweg" – the panoramic trail
The "Panoramaweg" is a 40km-long circular trail around the town of Baden-Baden. It comprises four sections which, depending on fitness levels, can be walked individually or combined.
From "Altes Schloss" (castle) you can follow the "Panoramaweg" to the viewing point "Sophienruhe" and then continue down into the spa town of Baden-Baden. Alternatively, you can head in the opposite direction to the Merkur funicular railway lower terminal (Merkur-Bergbahn), continuing via the Eckhöfe farmsteads through the meadow orchards above Oberbeuern to the hotel and restaurant called Forellenhof. This route takes you through the Märzenbach and Pfrimmersbach valleys, both of which are within a nature conservation area.
Covering an area of 7,500 hectares, Baden-Baden’s municipal forest is one of Germany’s biggest areas of publicly-owned forest and is first and foremost intended as a place of recreation for visitors to it. The goal of ensuring that you enjoy your time here and of preserving the forest for future generations can only be achieved if we show consideration for each other‘s needs and respect the plants and animals living here.
We therefore ask you not to leave the paths and to keep your dogs on a lead. We ask mountain-bikers to only use tracks which are at least two meters wide, or the specially designated mountain-bike trails. Please ride carefully.
Along with your happy memories, please also take your rubbish with you when you leave.
Baden-Baden municipal council wishes you a pleasant and memorable visit.