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8.6 kilometres | 220 metres of altitude

Second stage of the Panorama Trail

Idyllic orchard meadows, picturesque views, encounters with peacefully grazing highland cattle – beautiful landscapes on the second stage of the Panorama Trail.

Starting point: Valley Station of the Merkur Mountain | End point: "Forellenhof"

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


 GPX file Panorama Trail Stage 2   (octet-stream – 31.94 kB)

Merkur Mountain and Merkur Funicular Railway


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

Wildlife Reserve


The home to fallow deer, roe deer and wild boars

St. Mary's Chapel


With its location on the Eckberg, nestled between shady woods and a sun-kissed vineyard slope, the St. Mary's Chapel offers the perfect place for a short break.

The idyllic

Route description stage 2

The second stage begins at the valley station of the historic, newly restored Merkur mountain railway. The valley station can be easily reached with the bus lines 204 and 205 or by car. A free parking lot is available.

If you would like to take a short break before starting the hike, you can choose between the gastronomy of the Waldcafé at the foot of Baden-Baden's local mountain and the gastronomy of the Merkurstüble on the summit of the Merkur.

The walk continues towards "Häslichmatte", a sun-kissed lawn for sunbathing in the middle of the forest. Along the shady forest paths you reach the so-called "Eckmatte", where a turn-off leads to the Wildlife Reserve. It is the home of mouflon, fallow deer, red deer and wild boars. The trail continues uphill towards Eckberg. Along the historic corner courtyards you can enjoy wonderful views of Baden-Baden and the Lichtenthal Monastery, founded in 1245. A short detour to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary's Chapel) is a must, as forests, sunny vineyards and a wonderful view meet here – perfect for taking a break.

Afterwards, the paths lead through idyllic orchard meadows and lush greenery, where you will meet peacefully grazing highland cattle. The tour ends at the fish culture of the former TV location "Forellenhof". The hotel of the same name "Waldhotel Forellenhof" invites you to stay and enjoy its gastronomic offer.