Yburg in Stetten

Around my home town of wine there are many other beautiful destinations. One of them is the YBurg (Y-castle) in Stetten-Kernen. The YBurg (sometimes written Y-Burg) is a more or less square building in the vineyards, which in my opinion hardly deserves the term “castle”, but is really beautifully situated and offers an unbelievably great view of the Rems valley towards Stuttgart.

By the way, it is pronounced E-castle (e in english is pronounced more like i in German) and not Ypsilon-castle, as some people might think now. It is also supposed to be called Yberg or Eibenburg, but I have never heard these terms from the locals. But apparently the old name of the area was “Eibenberg”. And that again is the origin of this quite strange looking name.


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About YBurg

The YBurg is located above the village of Stetten in the Rems valley at 330m above sea level. The former pure residential castle is surrounded by vineyards and built directly into the slope. You will not find any fortifications or similar on the grounds of the castle. About the history of the YBurg Wikipedia says:

The exact date of foundation of the Yburg is unknown; it was built in the early 14th century by the Truchsessen von Stetten. After the construction of the moated castle in the valley (1384-1387), however, the Yburg lost more and more of its importance for the Stetten dominion. In 1443 Hans von Yberg sold the castle and his share of the village to the House of Württemberg. The castle, which was described as dilapidated in 1598, was repaired in 1659 and given a fourth floor.

By order of Duke Carl Eugen von Württemberg, the castle was finally demolished in 1760/61, down to the outer walls which are still visible today.

Vineyard house in the vineyards around the Y Castle

How to go to Stetten

Stetten is unfortunately not directly connected to the S-Bahn. From the train station in Waiblingen, it is best to take bus line 211 to Kernen-Stetten.

If you come by car, you will find plenty of public parking spaces in town. Please note that driving on the paths between the Wengerten is only allowed to a limited extent. Unauthorized driving can result in an administrative fine.

Stetten

How to get to YBurg

From the village you can reach YBurg via concrete farm roads and stairs. Driving through the vineyards is only permitted to a limited extent, which is why the castle can only be reached by tourists on foot in a legal way. There are also no parking spaces. However, it is also possible to take a long detour through the vineyards to reach the YBurg via paved roads only, and it is also possible to reach the castle with prams or wheelchairs.

The direct way up is not very long, but partly quite steep. In the upper area, just before one reaches the castle, there are some signs that inform about the local flora and fauna. For example, cacti and peach trees grow here, and with a bit of luck you may also see lizards. Around the YBurg and also in the walls themselves, 16 sculptures by the artist Karl Ulrich Nuss from Weinstadt Strümpfelbach have been installed since April 17, 2011.

Nuss-Statue

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Wine tasting of the Stettener Weingärtnergenossenschaft

At the end of August the Stetten Wine Growers’ Cooperative organises a wine tasting at the YBurg. When I was there in 2015, there were some tents, tables, benches and parasols at the castle, all of which were well attended. At that time I only allowed myself an apple spritzer. The apples for the spritzer all came from the region. Here in the Rems valley there are so many apple trees growing that you can’t even eat the whole apples and many fruit meadow tenants have their apples processed into juice.

Except for the wine festival, there are no catering facilities at the YBurg. There are also no sanitary facilities. However, there are some further up on the vineyard at the Sängerheim, where hungry hikers can also stop for a bite to eat and also have a very nice view of Stetten and the surrounding area.

Around YBurg

In the immediate vicinity of the castle there are mainly vineyards. A little further up the mountain there is the natural monument “Sieben Linden”. And even further up the mountain you come to the aforementioned singer’s home. There in the forest there is also a nice round hiking trail of about 6km length.

Since it is a gravel forest path, it is probably only very limited suitable for wheelchairs, but with an outdoor stroller you can walk it very well. There are some gradients, but by far not as steep as in the vineyards.

At the Sängerheim also starts the Herzogliche Kugelbahn, a real fun for young and old. You can buy one or more balls directly from the machines and visit the individual stations. The goal of the marble run is the climbing garden.

The Remstal is really very beautiful, and if you ever come to Stuttgart or the surrounding area, you should consider a detour there. Especially in late summer, when the wine is ripe and the leaves can change colour, I would recommend everyone to visit the Remstal! You have a wonderful view of the setting sun.

View of a part of the ducal marble run



Circular Path 3 in Nassach – Not so circular?

Germany is the Germa’sn favourite country to travel. Why? Because it’s beautiful! Many beautiful places are just a little bit hidden. If you want to see the “real Germany, you need to see more than the most famous tourist places. That’s why I want to introduce the Nassach Valley to you.

Nassach Valley –  the “Valley of the Happy”

The Nassach valleys is located between the small towns of Uhingen and Ebersbach an der Fils, not too far away from Stuttgart. Why it is called “Valley of the Happy”, I do not know, but if you go there in summer, see the people and the beautiful nature, you might get an idea why it is called that way.It seems as if time has stopped and everything looks so calm and relaxed and not at all hectic!

How to get there:

This place is so hidden if you want to go there, you need a car. No bus or train will stop near the point I started from. But as in most countries, you need a car to get to the most hidden places.

Where to stay

If you want to stay in abig city, I suggest you stay in Stuttgart. Esslingen is much smaller but still also a very nice place to stay. You can also find some small hotels and guest rooms in the area around Nassach.

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Where I started from
Overview of hiking trails

 

 

Circular Path No. 3

Breakfast, water and my camera in my bag, I started off from my home, which is about 20 minutes away (by car). It was very shortly after sunrise, so I had the opportunity to take really nice photos of the sunset in Manolzweiler on my way to Nassach! But actually, my plan was to go into the forest, so I went on. The very small parking lot from where you can start a circular hike is hidden and not easy to find, if you have not checked google maps thouroghly.

The trail starts directly at the parking lot. After a few minutes there is a crossroads where you can choose whether to take the circular pathNo. 3 or 4. I chose No. 3, as this path should be shorter.

The labeling was quite good at first, the corresponding numbering easy to find. But soon I came to another crossroads. From then on, unfortunately, it was not obvious where I had to go. So I went straight ahead.

Strait circular hiking trail

After about 10 minutes suddenly this: a dead end. So that was the wrong way. I had to go back again. The way back was almost more beautiful because some wafts of mist moved through the forest and bestowed it something mystical. On the one hand the sun shining through the leaves, on the other the mist. So beautiful.

After another 10 minutes, I came back to the crossroads where I went straight. Since I had looked at the map before, I decided that it would be the right way to the left, up the mountain. The slope was initially moderate and pleasant to walk. But that should also change soon. About at the height of the dead end the path suddenly bended to the left. Behind the bend a steep, not really developed path full of stones and mud holes was waiting for me.

Well, I knew that the way would not be flat. But that I almost would have needed a mountaineering equipment was a bit surprinsing to me. But I went on and climbed up the hill. So early in the morning no one else is in the forest, the light falls golden through the leaves and you hear nothing but the birds!

I give up…

At the top, I turned right. Theoretically, this should have been the right way. Unfortunately, I have not seen any signs here either. After about 10 minutes I decided to turn back, because the cell phone reception was not very good and I did not have the faintest gleam, whether I was really on the right way.

On the way back I took one or the other branches leaving the main path and discovered beautiful, almost mystical places in the forest, which one cannot see from the main path. Don’t worry, I stayed on forest trails and didn’t run wildly through the woods. The places invited to linger and have breakfast. And as I had no hurry to come back to the car, I stayd a while and just enjoyed the nature. But eventually I reached the car again.

More impressions from the beautiful forest at Nassach

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I was not really hiking this morning, more wandering around. But I have found beautiful places in the forest. And next spring I will probably find the correct way.

Do you know the Nassach Valley? What are your tips for walking around?

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Christmas Market in Stuttgart

Not the oldest, but with 280 stands and around 4 million visitors (booth 23. December 2011) One of the biggest Christmas markets in Germany is the Christmas market in Stuttgart. So we were in Stuttgart on a Saturday afternoon to look at the Christmas market.

Christmas Market Stuttgart
Christmas Market in Stuttgart

Arrival by car

Especially Stuttgart is known for its outstanding traffic! Outstanding many building sites, a great deal of traffic jams and the parking prices are partly also extreme. When we drive into the city, we always park a little outside, the parking garages Tivoli and at the song Hall are priced quite OK. However, the Tivoli is a bit cramped at the intake and exit, so you have to be very careful with larger vehicles. The evening fare is about €3.5 (Lieder Hall €6). And at €1.50 per hour (Lieder Hall €1.9) quite cheap. Those who are good on foot are also in 10 minutes at the Christmas market.
If you don’t like to walk that far, you can also park in the city centre, but the hour may cost €3 at a maximum rate of €20 (Tivoli €12).

Arrival by Train

The journey by train is certainly the most recommendable in Stuttgart, if you come from outside and drive alone. Unfortunately, the prices in the VVS are so high that for example it is hardly worthwhile to ride by train, if we are two already double not. Stops from which you are quickly at the Christmas market are for example city centre, Castle Square or town Hall Square. From the main station you can also not go so far. It is hardly worthwhile to switch to another train, you should come by the first train or train only to the main station..

On the Castle Square runs a train

Offer

On the Christmas market, there is pretty much everything there is on other Christmas markets. Candy, Christmas decorations, covers, candles, stuffed animals, kitchen accessories, cribs with matching figures, jewellery and of course lots of food and drink. At a booth there was tea and spices, I took some things with me. I have also indulged in a delicious white mulled wine. And a Langos, a Hungarian speciality that is widespread here in the south, but which we do not know in the Ruhr area. For that we have Poffertjes at home, and they are not known here.

Christmas Market Stuttgart
Tea light glasses at the Stuttgart Christmas Market
Christmas Market Stuttgart
Even more tea lights
Christmas Market Stuttgart
Christmas decorations
Christmas Market Stuttgart
At noon it was still not so crowded

Conclusion

Since we have already met at 13:30, it was of course still bright. As a result, the crowd was not as big as it probably is on a Saturday night. Overall, the part of the Christmas market that we looked at did not please me so much. After more than 30 years of Christmas market experience, it is often only the same. But we skipped the Finnish Christmas village (Don’t ask me why!), somehow we went so far that we didn’t come by. Maybe I’ll make it to the Christmas market this week, and I’m sure I’ll stick to it.

Spices and Tea

Overall, I think Stuttgart is nothing special. The Christmas market is spread over several squares and alleys, and the whole thing is so slightly distorted. It also has a much more comfortable effect, but the offer has not really blown me away. I don’t know if it’s worth taking 2 hours of track, I think I’d rather be disappointed. But if you do the same as we do and visit Stuttgart at noon or early afternoon and then continue to Esslingen, then you are also worth 3 hours of arrival!

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Have you been to the Stuttgart Christmas market? How did he like you? Or do you have any other recommendations? If you have written about it, then please link your post in the comments!