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:
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.