The 567.8 metre high Königstuhl is the highest peak in the Lower Odenwald forest. Here, at the top funicular station, an amazing view awaits you – over the Neckar valley, Rhine lowlands and on a clear day even as far as Alsace. High above the university town you will find peace and tranquillity on the numerous footpaths. You can experience the surrounding forests in a unique way on the “Via naturae” walking route or the Forest Adventure Trail, which is particularly suitable for children. You will also find a falconry centre, the Fairytale Paradise and an exhibition centre featuring exciting testimony to the history of Heidelberger Straßen- und Bergbahnen (HSB). Also, there is a tempting kiosk right by the funicular station, offering numerous regional products.
If you would like to start your journey from Königstuhl and take the funicular down into the valley, you can follow Klingenteichstraße to get to Königstuhl, and you can park there free of charge.
“Königstuhl” walking route
The signposted circuit is made up of two routes: the Kohlhof route (4.5 kilometres/blue route markings), which starts and finishes at the Heidelberg-Königstuhl rehab clinic, and the Königstuhl Route (4.8 kilometres/red route markings), which starts and finishes at Königstuhl itself. Experienced walkers like to vary the route by combining the two trails, and there is access to the other path at Leopoldstein and Kohlplattenbrunnen (length approx. 8 kilometres).
The natural paths followed by the Königstuhl Walking Route mean that it is good for coordination, and its minimal gradients make it ideal as a cardio-vascular workout both for beginners and more experienced walkers. This route also passes through the attractive landscape of the Stadtwald forest, offering a series of views down into the Rhine valley or of the Katzenbuckel mountain.
The well-signposted circuit has loops of 3.5 and 8 kilometres leading deep into the Schonwald Königstuhl forest. There are plenty of illustrated info boards telling visitors about the forest and its special features, to help them understand the forest as a part of their natural living conditions.
Forest Adventure Trail
The nature trail, which is around 2 kilometres long, is particularly exciting for children. It leads into the depths of the forest, where visitors can experience the woodland world with their eyes, ears, nose and hands. The route is also suitable for pushchairs. It starts at the entrance to the forest by the telecommunications tower and ends below the Fairytale Paradise.
The falconry Tinnunculus
The falconry centre based at the Königstuhl puts on exciting and interesting shows twice a day in the summer months, and from November to March you can marvel at the proud creatures once a day.
For those travelling with children, there is a chance to rediscover old fairy tales at the Heidelberg Fairytale Paradise, situated in the middle of the forest and yet still very convenient for the Königstuhl funicular railway station. Meet Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White or Nosey the dwarf in a completely different guise from the conventional pages of a book.
The little exhibition of the HSB
The theme of the little exhibition is the history of local public transport and the Heidelberg funicular railways. Admission is free of charge.
The Riosk Fuchsbau is located right next to the Königstuhl funicular railway station. It has a terrace with panoramic views over the Neckar valley, where most dishes served are regional specialities. It opens from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. in summer and from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. in winter.
Ordering tickets online
Have your tickets put by at the ticket office. Simply pick them up, jump aboard, relax and enjoy.