From Singen Railway Station to Radolfzeller Aach
Start at the signpost in Singen. Simply follow the mark, a yellow diamond (also marked as Ludwig-Finckh-Weg) directly into the city center. Turn left into Ekkehardstraße and pass Ekkehard school and St. Peter and Paul church. Cross the main street and walk past the guildhall to the municipal park. Afterwards, cross the bridge at the park, which leads across the river Radolfzeller Aach.
Over Billionenbrücke to Ettenberg Castle Ruin
Continue right across Billionenbrücke bridge, which was built during the big inflation. Then cross the street Schaffhauser Straße, step across the train tracks and follow the path upwards to the hotel Widerhold. You will be able to get a first glance of the mountain Hohentwiel. Now turn right and hike on street Hohentwiel, on the path Wiederholerweg and the path Ten-Brink-Weg until you reach the province Hohentwiel. There you will also find the information centre. Subsequently, the path leads along the north face towards the former state border and down to the path connecting Schwärzehof and Hilzingen. Turn left first, then right and cross the A81. Afterwards, hike left bowed along the foot of the vulcanic mountain to Ettenberg. Continue following the yellow diamond towards Staufen and from there to the castle ruin. The ruin is the biggest castle ruin in Germany and the view up there is fantastic.
On Roggensteig to "Eiche"
Afterwards, turn right and pass the farm Stauferhof, get to the street Hegaustraße in Duchtlingen. There, turn left and get on L190 to the mill Lochmühle. Now start ascending onto the steep path Roggensteig. Therefore walk left along the edge of the woods and at Tiefental walk back into the woods. Shortly afterwards, you will get to Ob dem Sennhof, from where you have the possibility to get to two additional peaks and enjoy a great view.
Via Hohenhewen Mountain to The Destination
Arriving at Am Basaltbruch, walk down to the street Weidenbuschstraße in Weiterdingen. Continue further towards Welschingen, then turn left via Hinter den Reben to the inn Lindenstüble. Different trails will lead across the peak, but Ludwig-Finckh-trail leads around the peak along the east face. Finally, you will get to a mountain hut in Almen and further to Engen. When you reach the so called 'Fuchsloch', walk right through the underbridge to the train station in Engen. The tour ends here.
If you want to visit the castle ruin on your hike you have to get the tickets in Hohentwiel at the information centre.
- With an overall length of 14 miles the hike is among the 10 longest hikes in Baden-Württemberg available on TouriSpo.
- You shouldn’t forget to bring your hiking boots. There are some sections on the trail where sturdy footwear is required. If you get hungry along the way, there are places to rest and get food. Nevertheless it’s recommended to also have enough water and food in your backpack when hiking or biking.
Highlights of the tour
The hike features several peaks with impressive views as well as the largest castle ruin in Germany.
Sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing.
Travel on A81 and take exit 41 Kreuz Heugau, continue on road 191 towards Singen. At the townhall in Singen, turn right towards Gottmadingen, where parking is available. The most convenient car park is Landesgartenschau, since you will be able to get back there directly from the hike.
By public transportation:
There are two different trains that get you to Singen, Gäubahn and Schwarzwaldbahn. Simply start the hike from the train station. On your way back take the train at the station Engen.
Starting point is the signpost at the train station in Singen.