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9.4 kilometres | 460 metres of altitude

First stage of the Panorama Trail

From magical old town flair, historical monuments to rugged cliffs with breathtaking views – stage 1 could not be more varied.

Starting point: Kurhaus Baden-Baden | End point: Valley Station of the Merkur Mountain

Here you can download the hiking map and the matching GPX file:

 Panorama Trail Hiking Map   (pdf – 14.96 MB)

 GPX file Panorama Trail Stage 1   (octet-stream – 975.69 kB)

Panoramaweg Etappe 1: Kurhaus – Merkurbergbahn

Wandertour | medium

 9.4 km  460 m

Kurhaus Baden-Baden

Baden-Baden

Step into Baden-Baden’s Kurhaus and marvel at its unique Belle Epoch styled elegance. Whether it’s a concert, a casino visit, a midnight dinner or a star-studded ball, the Kurhaus represents Baden-Baden’s glittering center stage.

Kurhaus Colonnade

Baden-Baden

freely accessible / always open

Baden-Baden’s Kurhaus Colonnade keeps the nostalgic charm of the good old days thriving. The two parallel rows of boutiques with their precious jewels, high-quality fashion and sweet delicacies, bathed in the shade of the horse chestnut trees, invite you to take a leisurely look around...

Sophienstraße

Baden-Baden

freely accessible / always open

The epicentre of the most exclusive shopping addresses in Baden-Baden can be found in the Sophienstraße. On display are all the exceptional things that the world has to offer and these are here in their deluxe versions. From Hermès belts to Picasso...

Stiftskirche

Baden-Baden

Daunting though it may seem, do persevere and take the many steps up to the Marktplatz. The climb may be a little strenuous, but you will be rewarded at the top by the sight of Baden-Baden’s first parish church, the Stiftskirche.

New Castle

Baden-Baden

freely accessible / always open

Majestically situated on the Florentinerberg, a sun blessed hill overlooking Baden-Baden, is the Neues Schloss or New Castle – the former residence of the Margraves of Baden.

Florentinerberg

Baden-Baden

freely accessible / always open

The Florentine Hill in Baden-Baden - The place where you are expected to do nothing!

Old Castle

Baden-Baden

freely accessible / always open

For all castle fanatics amongst you, the Hohenbaden Castle, built in 1102, and known locally as the Altes Schloss (Old Castle), is an absolute must!

Battert Rock

Baden-Baden

freely accessible / always open

You want to go up in the world? On the Battert Rock in Baden-Baden, you will certainly be doing that!

Merkur Mountain and Merkur Funicular Railway

Baden-Baden

Merkur is German for Mercury. A planet, a Roman God, a metal and also Baden-Baden's landmark mountain!

The diversified

Route description stage 1

From the Kurhaus, the tour continues along the charming Kurhaus Colonnades to Leopoldsplatz in the heart of Baden-Baden's old town. Continue straight ahead along the shopping boulevard "Sophienstraße", then turn left to the market square and the collegiate church. From here, follow the steps of the steps up to the terrace of the New Castle on the Mediterranean Florentine Hill, where you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views over Baden-Baden. Uphill through the extensive park up to the Hungerberg, then on to the solitary Sophienruhe, past the St. Bernharduskapelle (St. Bernard's Chapel) to the mighty walls of the ruins of the Old Castle.

The Fidelitas Restaurant offers a wonderfully elegant place to stop for a bite to eat in a special ambience.

From the Old Castle you walk along the Battert Rock. Here, numerous stone viewing platforms attract visitors, including the so-called "Ritterplatte" at 488 m above sea level. Continue along the path through deciduous woods past the lower Batterhütte until you reach the Angels' Pulpit. Then down to the Wolfsschlucht (wolf's gorge). Here you can stop for a hearty meal: the Restaurant Wolpertinger and the Restaurant Wolfsschlucht.
Now, after a detour to the Devil's Pulpit with a heavenly view, you continue down to the valley station of the Merkur Mountain. This is where the first stage ends, but you shouldn't miss an ascent to Baden-Baden's local mountain, the Merkur. The MerkurBergbahn takes you up 370 metres to the summit. Probably the most beautiful view in the region with a fine stop-off point, the Merkurstüble, to round off the hike.