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D-73033 Göppingen

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Göppingen: Hiking, City Tours, Shopping

The Hohenstaufen with its striking cone shape forms not only the landmark for the city of Göppingen but at the same time is the center of the Staufer Land, that region steeped in history, in which the famous imperial family had its origin around Frederick I, called Barbarossa. The ruins of the ancestral castle of the Staufers is located on the 684 meter / 2,223 foot mountain. From there you can enjoy a fantastic 360-degree view of the entire county of Göppingen. You look in silence at the beautiful Staufer Land, borrow audio guides free of charge, sit down on a chaise wave or a wooden bench and immerse yourself in myths, history, and songs all about the mountain.

The idyllic scenery around the Three Imperial Mountains Hohenstaufen, Rechberg, and Stuifen offers ideal conditions for very enjoyable hiking and walking. Young and old can experience the beautiful scenery and the impressive views around Göppingen with the seven new Göppingen circular trails and the two Lion's Paths certified by the German Hiking Association. There is something for every hiking fan – from the 3.5 kilometer / 2.19 mile long Sunday midday hike or walk, to the one-day tour with a length of 12.8 kilometers / 8 miles on the trail of the Staufers up to the 26 kilometer / 16.25 mile long two-day tour across the Three Imperial Mountains.

If you would rather devote yourself to the history of the Hohenstaufen City and its different main topics, you will get your money's worth in Göppingen with the wide-ranging topical city tour program. We would be happy to arrange a city tour for groups for your desired date.

Our Tip:

Book the tour "Spurensuche Märklin" / "Searching for Traces of Märklin" or "Familie Märklin, ihre Villa und das Badhaus" / "Märklin Family, Their Villa, and the Bathhouse".

Our Hiking Tip:

Löwenpfad / Lion's Path "Climbing Tour" with photo points for railroad fans. More information at

For Shopping-Fans - Bosch Confectionary with a World of Indulgence

The Confiserie Bosch GmbH, manufacturer for indulgence has produced high-quality confectionary specialties, genuine Swabian Wibele cookies, jelly fruits, and chocolate-coated fruits of the best quality as well as praline eggs and sugar bunnies since 1911. The glassed-in production facilities as well as the over 300 square meter / 3,000 square foot Bosch Confiserie World of Indulgence with a visitor's center is unique in this form in Baden-Württemberg.


Useful Information

Contact: Betriebsführungen/Verwaltung

Hours of Operation: Mo - Fr 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM                                                    

Plochinger Str. 1, 73066 Uhingen

Tours: Mo - Fr 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Tel.: 07161/944-4711

Tour lasts: 1.5 to 2 hours

E-mail: info(at)

Bus Parking: Yes


Distance from Märklineum: 5 km / 3.13 miles

For Automobile Fans: Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

The future needs an origin – visitors to the Mercedes-Benz Museum experience this fascinating interaction between innovation and history again each day.The museum makes its history and stories about the relation of technology and everyday life come alive with contemporary history and popular culture. More than 160 vehicles of all kinds are the main actors here. They range from several of the oldest automobiles in history to legendary racecars to research vehicles. Together with other exhibits, they form the core of the permanent exhibit. The museum is completely accessible.


Useful Information

Contact: Classic Kontakt Center  

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM                                                              

Mercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart

Restaurant Seating: 200, Outdoor Area 60

Tel.: 0711/17 30000

Tour lasts: 2.5 hours

E-mail: classic(at)

Bus Parking: 7 bus parking spaces close by


Distance from Märklineum: 39 km / 24.38 miles


For Automobile Fans: Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

Since 2009, the Porsche Museum has presented the automobile history and fascination of Porsche in an incomparable manner. This impressive building is located in the heart of the headquarters in Zuffenhausen.

Around 80 vehicles and various small exhibits in the spacious exhibition area entice visitors from around the world into the unique history of Porsche. The constant change in the exhibits contributes to the dynamism of the display. For over 90 percent of the vehicles are still drivable and are used around the world as a "Rolling Museum" at historic racing events and presentations. Visitors can experience live how Porsche classics are restored in the museum's workshops and how they are prepared for use in racing.


Useful Information

Porsche Museum  

Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM                                                                               

Porscheplatz 1, 70435 Stuttgart

Restaurant Seating: 80

Tel.: 0800/3560911

Tour lasts: 1-3 hours


Bus Parking: It is possible to get off at the museum, see signs for bus parking space


Distance from Märklineum: 46 km / 28.75 miles


For Shopping Fans: The Metzingen Outlet City

The METZINGEN OUTLETCITY offers its guests numerous premium and luxury brands in flagship outlet stores with an excellent selection of product and prices reduced up to 70%* all year long. The picturesque location 30 kilometers / 18.75 miles south of Stuttgart is the most successful factory outlet in Europe with about 4 million visitors from 185 countries annually.

Yet Metzingen has much more to offer: The old town is worth seeing and paired with modern, prize-winning architecture is located in the middle of a biosphere region rich in tourist attractions.

*Compared to former suggested prices from the manufacturer as long as available.


Useful Information

Contact: Herr Lehne

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 8 PM, Saturday: 9 AM – 8 PM                                                         

Friedrich-Herrmann-Str. 6, 72555 Metzingen

Tours: Group tours can be booked

Tel.: 07123/9234371

Tours last: 1 day

E-mail: traveltrade(at)

Bus Parking: Yes


Distance from Märklineum: 45 km / 28.13 miles

For History Buffs: The Steiff Museum in Giengen

In the Steiff Museum, children, adults, collectors, and fans of plush toys have the unique opportunity to learn about the history and the products of the world famous teddy bear brand Steiff “Knopf im Ohr” / "Button in the Ear". Over 2,000 Steiff animals can be viewed and experienced in German, English, and Japanese in an area of 2,400 square meters / 24,000 square feet and on three levels.

The teddy bears Knopf and Frieda tell the mystery of the teddy bears that disappeared on a trip and join the visitors in the search. In another section of the museum guests can dip deeper into the over 130-year history of the Margarete Steiff GmbH company and become acquainted with the unique variety of products. The striking architecture of the round, brass-colored building in Giengen an der Brenz symbolizes the company's trademark, the "Knopf im Ohr" / "Button in the Ear".


Useful Information

Contact: Ute D'Elia      

Hours of Operation: Daily 10 AM – 6 PM                                                              

Margarete-Steiff-Platz 1, 89537 Giengen

Restaurant Seating: 70 indoors and 70 outdoors

Tel.: 07322/131500

Tour lasts: 2-2.5 hours

E-mail: museum(at)

Bus Parking: Yes, at the museum


Distance from Märklineum: 60 km / 37.5 miles


For History Buffs: Hohenzollern Castle

History with a Majestic View

Swabian counts and princes as well as the Prussian kings and also the German emperors have their roots here: the Hohenzollern Castle – situated in the heart of Baden-Württemberg exactly between Lake Constance and Stuttgart. At an elevation of 855 meters / 2,778.75 feet, this proud fortress is enthroned on the cone-shaped Zoller Mountain and it offers a majestic panoramic view from its bastions with up to 100 kilometers / 62.3 miles of visibility.

During the tour of the showrooms, the visitor will experience useful, entertaining information from the life of the highnesses and majesties, about art, and architecture. Underscored with anecdotes, this excursion into long past times is entertaining and amusing. Even for children. For they also get in addition to the obligatory felt slippers a red royal cloak for the length of the tour.


Useful Information

Contact: Burg Hohenzollern      

Hours of Operation: Summer 10:00 AM – 5 PM, Winter 10:00 AM – 4 PM                                                              

72379 Burg Hohenzollern

Restaurant Seating: 150 in 3 rooms, Garden: 150

Tel.:  07471/2428

Tour lasts: 3-4 hours

E-mail: info(at)

Bus Parking: 10 spaces


Distance from Märklineum: 83 km / 52 miles