The "Hessigheimer Felsengärten" are famous around Stuttgart because of its location the great view from the top to the vineyards and the river Neckar.
The cliffy shell limestone rocks above the Neckar are a geological attractivity as this is unique in Germany.
In this integral nature reserve are many seldom plant and animal species.
The history of nature was continued with the viniculture in the steep positions around.
The "Hessigheimer Felsengärten" are also very well-known for sportsclimbers around Stuttgart.
There are 131 routes in this climbing area with all difficulties.
So you meet there both - beginners and cracks.
There are also some hiking trails in this area, so there are often many hikers who enjoy the great nature and view and who watch the climbers.
The height of the rock is between 10 and 13 meters.
Getting ThereIt is difficult to get there by public transport.
The only possibility is by city train from Stuttgart to Freiberg/Neckar (line S4) and there by bus to Hessigheim. But this needs more than 1 hour and the bus doesn´t drive very often at the day.
By car you drive the autobahn A 81 Stuttgart - Heilbronn. You leave the gateway Mundelsheim and drive from Mundelsheim to Hessigheim.
Drive through Hessigheim till the end. Then on the right side you see a buildung of the vintager association. There you can park.
From the parking place you hike in 15 minutes to the Hessigheimer Felsengärten.
Red TapeThere are some rocks which are prohibited.
Hold on it! Don´t try to climb there because these rocks are very dangerous of big rockfall!
Climbing is not allowed at the side falling down to Neckar! Rockfall!
The area is a integral nature reserve and it was a hard and long struggle to climb there. So respect the prohibition or maybe the complete area will be closed for climbers again!!!
External LinksThe side www.sportclimbing.de. has a description of all of the 131 routes in the Hessgheimer Felsengärten.
Don´t camp in the vineyards.
You can camp near the rocks.
7 routes: difficulty III
10 routes: difficulty IV
30 routes: difficulty V
42 routes: difficulty VI
33 routes: difficulty VII
6 routes: difficulty VIII
3 routes: difficulty IX