Introduction to the Kraichgau

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Country trail between pear trees and a canola field

A rough geographical description: The Kraichgau is the region in a triangle between Heidelber, Heilbronn and Karlsruhe, limited by the Neckar valley in the north and east, the Upper Rhine plain in the west and the Pfinz valley in the south. Its boundaries are not exactyl clear, opinions differ - for example, whether Stromberg and Heuchelberg hills count as part of it or not. I am in favour of a 'wider' definition so I can fit more destinations into here;-)

The Kraichgau is a landscape with rolling hills and picturesque villages. There are few small forests, the hills are mostly covered in fields and orchards, so you have wide views of the open landscape from every hilltop.

Many towns and villages have little castles and palaces. This landscape has a particular history.

In the fields in spring
It was not entirely part of Baden, Pfalz or Speyer or any larger territory around, although these owned some bits here and there. Instead, it was home to several noble families who were Reichsritter (imperial knights) and ruled independent territories, subjects to the Emperor and no one else. These independent territories consisted of hardly more than one or two villages and the surrounding fields, but anyway. Nobility lost its independence in 1803 but many of these dynasties still exist and thrive, they play an important role in public life.

The hilly landscape of the Kraichgau offers lots of options for easy hikes. Bike tours can also be done but due to the ups and downs of the hills biking is more strenuous than walking. The open landscape means hardly any shade, though. Hiking here is not recommended on hot summer days. My fayourite season is spring when the fruit trees and the canola fields are in bloom, and autumn with fall colours and ripe fruit.

Three S-Bahn lines run through the Kraichgau: the S 31 and S 32 from Karlsruhe/Bruchsal, they split up in Ubstadt-Weiher, one proceeds to Menzingen via Gochsheim, the other to Odenheim. The third is the S 4 via Bretten to Eppingen and Heilbronn. Hiking routes can easily be planned between S-Bahn stops and lines. 

HORSCHECK says:
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Country trail between pear trees a…
Country trail between pear trees …
In the fields in spring
In the fields in spring
Wide open landscape
Wide open landscape
Path in the countryside
Path in the countryside
Fields, meados and fruit trees
Fields, meados and fruit trees
Wide view over Gochsheim
Wide view over Gochsheim
Blooming orchard
Blooming orchard
Landscape view near Bretten
Landscape view near Bretten
Golden October with walnut trees a…
Golden October with walnut trees …
October landscape near Wössingen
October landscape near Wössingen
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