Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgarter Rundwanderweg/Rösslesweg

The Rösslesweg is a roughly 50 km, hilly hiking/running loop surrounding the city of Stuttgart. While most runners (with the exception of ultra-marathoners) probably won’t want to take on the whole of the trail in one run, the track is a good reference for finding routes all around the city. With such close proximity to downtown, it’s easy to run a leg of any distance, then hop on a bus or tram to return. The Rösslesweg utilizes paved trails, city sidewalks, and quiet roads, including some lovely stretches of elevation overlooking the Neckar River. To follow the trail, find the red arrow signs marked “Stuttgarter Rundwanderweg.” Some favorite sections include Bad Cannstatt to Untertuerkheim (close to the Neckar River Path), and the Birkenkopf (listed as a separate route here). Note: Some sections very hilly!

This site has good information on the Rundwanderweg, with recommendations on segments and an altitude profile.

Essentials
  • Sections up to 50 km (31 miles)
  • 973 meters (3191 feet)
  • Varies
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