This route is a loop around the Schlossberg hill. It can get a bit steep as you walk up the hill, but there’s a proper path that’s nice and wide. Once you’ve reached the target altitude, you’ll stay at the same level. If you’re keen to explore, follow the Schlossberg signage system.
The route is flat from the Kanonenplatz lookout point and suitable for all ages. No special footwear required. You can choose to explore one of the themed routes by following the Schlossberg signage system. If you’d like to make more of a day of it, follow the signage to St. Ottilien, the Rote Hütte pavilion or the Herdern vineyards.
Start/end: Schwabentor gate Length: 4 km | 1–2 hours
Suitable for wheelchairs – People using wheelchairs or walkers may find it easier to make use of the step-free Schlossberg railway to avoid the slightly steep stretches at the start of the route. Suitable for prams/pushchairs – People with prams or pushchairs may find it easier to make use of the step-free Schlossberg railway to avoid the slightly steep stretches at the start of the route.
On the way
The only way is up!
Starting from the Schwabentor gate, head left and cross the striking wooden bridge at the bottom of the Schlossberg hill. From here, the path involves some twists and turns and some slightly steep stretches, leading you past the Kastaniengarten beer garden. If you continue uphill from here, you will pass a children’s play area, where you’ll be able to stop and catch your breath before heading up just a few more steps to the highest point on this route, the Kanonenplatz lookout point.
A bird’s eye view of the city
From this point, you can chill out a bit and enjoy all the fresh air as you admire the stunning view of the Oberau and Wiehre districts and the historic old town. Walking along the edge of the forest, stick with Burghaldering to complete a loop of the hill. You’ll find that there’s plenty to explore all around you but you can also just enjoy the exercise and the natural surroundings.
All roads lead somewhere
At around the halfway point, a sign might tempt you to take one of the other paths leading to exciting destinations including Sieben Linden, St. Ottilien and Krottenweiher. Maybe make a plan for another time but stick to this route for now. You’ll need to stay on Burghaldering. After a sweeping left turn, you’ll be treated to a view of the north-east of the city.
Flora and fauna galore
Along the next stretch, information boards will tell you all about a Caritas grazing project dedicated to biodiversity and wildlife conservation. The aim is to preserve the historical landscape and natural habitat of native species of flora and fauna. You’ll soon come across a fountain – this could be the perfect time to cool down and enjoy a break in the shade under the trees.
Restaurant and railway
Your peace and quiet might come to an end now, as things get a bit livelier from this point. Why not check out the view from the terrace at the Schlossbergrestaurant Dattler on the left? The restaurant is right next door to the summit station of the Schlossbergbahn. Carry on straight ahead back towards Kanonenplatz. The view of the cathedral is incredible from the restaurant Greiffenegg Schlössle – just look at its magnificent tower stretching up high into the sky.
Top tips and hidden gems
Café Marcel, Im Stadtgarten 1 Dattler Schlossbergrestaurant, Am Schlossberg 1 Greiffenegg Schlössle, restaurant and Kastaniengarten beer garden, Schlossbergring 3 Waldrestaurant St. Ottilien, Kartäuserstraße 125