Blaustrümpflerweg – hike around Heslach

Although I lived in Stuttgart during my bachelor degree and am now living here for more than half a year, I still find myself in places I have never been before. One of these places was the historic cableway, which still runs between the Südheimer Platz and the Waldfriedhof.

Last sunday we set of at the Marienpaltz to follow the Blaustrümpflerweg around Heslach which includes a ride with the cableway and with the rack railway at the end. The tour is 7.5 km long and except of a steep start, easy going. The sign-posting is also very good but to be sure you can find the whole tour here.

sign-blaustrümpflerwegStarting our day with breakfast at galao, a really nice café at Marienplatz, we headed off for the hike at around midday. We followed the way up to the Karlshöhe where you can have your first break in the small beer garden. If you already fancy a beer or something to eat, this is a good place with a great view. Continuing up, the views of the city get even better.

wineyard-blaustrümpflerwegview stuttgart-blaustrümpflerwegAfter a steep part at the beginning of the tour the way leads even through quiet neighbourhoods. Going down I nearly forgot that we are walking near a big city. The forest felt like somewhere in the alps or in the countryside where I am originally from. It was really calm and the city felt miles away.

view2-stuttgart-blaustrümpflerwegFinally we arrived at the Südheimer Platz where we took the historic cablecar up to Degerloch. You don’t need an extra ticket for it. The normal SSB tickets are also valid. The wagons have a unique historic atmosphere with wooden seats and old signs telling passengers to sit down or grab a hold for saftey reasons.

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Arriving at Waldfriedhof we first got lost but quickly found back on the right way. From the Waldfriedhof the tour continues through forests to the rack railway in Degerloch. The rack railway also is an unique experience moving down very slowly and steep back to Marienplatz.

We finished our tour with some ice cream from Gelateria Kaiserbau which is deifinetely worth the long queue in front of the shop. The tour isn’t that hard to do and you have plenty of spots to stop for a break and to enjoy the views of Stuttgart.

Weißenhofsiedlung – exploring Stuttgart Nord

It has been a while since I have shared my last post with you. I just came back from a trip to Peru which I will share with you soon. But before, I will introduce you to a little museum in Stuttgart which covers a very important step in modern architecture. Within the restored house of Le Corbusier,  the Weißenhofmuseum tells the story of the house and the surrounding residential buildings The Weißenhofsiedlung.

Weißenhofmuseumweißenhof-3The whole area symbolises an important architectural movement called “Neues Bauen”. Seventeen different architects created different houses for an exhibtion in Stuttgart in 1927. The origin of the residential area , its history and its significance is described in the left half of the building.

The other half, however, was restored following the original plans of Le Corbusier and shows his simple but functional way of furnishing. So, for example, the beds could be stored away during night by pushing them back into the cupboards, making room for chairs and tables.  Both parts are connected by the roof terrace from which you can enjoy a great view over Stuttgart.

After visiting the museum the residential area around offers a lot more unique buildings. A short round walk leads you to all the preserved houses and gives more information on the different architects.

weißenhofsiedlungweißenhofsiedlungAll houses are by themselves very impressive because of their unregular shapes and architectural concepts. It is a really nice walk and being in the area, you should end your visit with a delicious piece of cake at Café Scholz or with a picnic in the near park Killesberg.

 

Hiking through an enchanted forest

HörrschbachRecently we did a great hike starting in Murrhardt a small city half an hour drive away from Stuttgart. The hike is 10km long and leads to two waterfalls and along a river wounding its way through the valley. The forest was glowing in all shades of green and the water was glittering and floating calmly past us. Hiking, especially along a water stream, is the best way for me to calm down and relax.

first waterfalls - Murrhardt

The hike starts in the center of Murrhardt leading you straight out of the town into the forest (Download the route and a description here). After twenty minutes we arrived at the first waterfall at the beginning of the valley. Up to this point, the way is pretty easy to walk on, but from there the ground gets more muddy following the stream to the end of the valley.

Since I have been a little kid I most enjoyed hikes like this where we walked over roots of trees, stones and were you had to cross the river ocassionally – either on a bridge or just by using the bigger stones sticking out of the water.

Crossing the river After an hour of marvelling at all the different shades of green and having fun on and around the water, we finally arrived at the second waterfall.

second waterfall Murrhardt

The water was dripping down the moss-covered stones which wasn’t what I expected but was still very lovely to watch. However, when we reached the top of the waterfall, we realised that this wasn’t the waterfall in its full power. Because the fiver is dammed up and hikers can control the waterfall with a small flap. After opening this flap the waterfall gets more powerful.

second waterfall - Hörrschbachtal – Doesn’t this look beautiful? –

At the top of the waterfall you can have a nice break and eat your paked lunch or you keep going until you hit the waterfall restaurant at the top-end of the valley. We had our paked lunch with us and continued the walk through the forest back to Murrhardt.

It took us roughly three hours to finish the hike. Not because of the distance but more due to the uneven ground and the fun we had balancing on stones and trees along the way. Stopping from time to time to take photos ;).

Murrhardt

Make sure, you walk around in Murrhardt as well because the town is also really lovely and what better than having some ice-cream as a reward for finishing the hike?

Cars, planes, engines – paradies for all tech-lovers

Concorde - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimAfter a really warm and nice past week, the long weekend was again very cold and rainy. My boyfriend always wanted to visit the Auto & Technik Museum (Car and technology museum) in Sinsheim and since the weather was dreadful and Sinsheim is just an hour away from Stuttgart we decided to give it a go.

I have to admit, that cars don’t attract my interest in general. I do like a well designed car (which will get clear in the pictures) but I can’t stare at 1.000 of different cars and marvel at their pace or power. So all in all, not the best starting conditions for a car and technology museum.

However, I was surprised that I actually quite enjoyed visiting it in the end…

Mercedes - Auto & technik Museum Sinsheimcars - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimThe museum offers vehicles for every taste. The two exhibiton halls are so huge that you just don’t know where to look first. They exhibit cars, motorcycles, cycles, tractors, and other machines on the ground and when you look up you spot different sorts of planes hanging from the ceiling.

Planes - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimIt is definitely heaven for everyone interested in engineering and technology.

turbine - Auto &Technik Museum Sinsheim

I have to admit I was fascinated by the huge machines and different sorts of planes. One highlight of the museum are the russian and french supersonic aircrafts on the roof of the museum which you can enter. Within these two planes, I felt very small knowing that people built these machines up to 50 years ago and achieved to fly faster than sound.

Another thing which really impressed me where the old steam engines. They are simply huge and kind of beautiful.

steam engine - Auto & Technik Museum SinsheimThe museum is open 365 days a year. There is a nice playground in the courtyard for children and if you like, you can combine your entry fee with a ticket to the IMAX cinema.

All in all, I did like the museum much more than I thought. With my background of not really being interested in cars, I enjoyed walking through the collection and just let myslef be amazed by the engineering knowledge on display.

I guess, I would have enjoyed it more if the museum would have had some kind of clear structure or story to tell. Most of the collection just seems like an accumulation of old and sometimes fancy things. So you find an old car next to a ship engine which might be next to an old jukebox. However, this chaos on the other hand has its own appeal and makes it possible to explore the exhibition follwoing your own interests and pace. So give it a go, when you are in the area of Sinsheim.

How about you? Are you into technology and old cars?