Wednesday 19 September 2012

Stuttgart Vineyards Running Route

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Length 5.2 km (3.2 miles), terrain hilly

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Stuttgart is one of the few big cities with a variety of vineyards found within the city limits. Stuttgart if full of hills, and in southern Germany, vineyards are always laid out on the sunnier south slopes of hills, to add warmth to an otherwise cool climate.
Vineyard path on the Mönchsberg
Here's a nice little vineyard run in northern Stuttgart, if you're staying in the Zuffenhausen neighborhood, near the Porsche factory. It's fairly short but has a lot of uphill running to give you a good workout in a short time, with more than 100 meters vertical climb. It heads up to the Mönchsberg (Monks' Hill), with a great view for many kilometers. I did this run on a glorious autumn evening and was rewarded with beautiful scenery in every direction.

This run starts at the Kelterplatz intersection, with two U-Bahn stations, so it's easy to get to: U7 Kelterplatz or U15 Zuffenhausen Rathaus, so you can easily do this run even if staying elsewhere in the city.
Kelterplatz: turn right at the first cross-street
The street leading eastwards is called Haldenrainstraße. Follow it 100 meters until you come to the first side-street on the right, Hohenloher Straße, where you turn right.

This street curves to the left as it goes uphill. Run a few blocks until you see Möckmühler Straße on the right, after the long fence. Here, you turn right, heading south.
Lamppost with trail-markers on Öhringer Straße
After just a block, at the playground, turn left and -- after a few steps -- right again, on Öhringer Straße. You'll see some trail markers on the lamp-posts for the red trail markings. Just follow this street as it heads uphill. After 200 meters, the houses end and it turns into a paved bike- and pedestrian trail, and you'll soon run by the first vineyards.

We are now on the lower-level trail. There are others above and the mid-level and at the top of the hill.
Vineyard along the trail
You will cross a littler path going straight uphill but just stay straight on this trail. After xxx km, after passing an open field on the right with a great view of northern Stuttgart, the path starts going steeply uphill towards some houses at the hilltop.
View from low-level trail
Before you get to the houses, you'll see the path serpentine off to the right to become the mid-level trail. Turn left here and run back north, above the vineyards you just passed on the way south.
The grapes were ripe during my run
You'll pass one turnoff that goes to the right, up to the hilltop, but just keep going straight.
Head uphill at this spot
When the path ends at a cross-trail, turn right to continue uphill, past some private garden plots full of fruit trees and flowers.

This trail ends further uphill, where you turn left and run north again for a hundred meters, where the trail comes to an intersection. 
Turn right at this junction, continuing among the garden plots
You could keep running down the trail that goes steeply downhill here, but let's add some distance here and turn right to keep running along the hilltop among the garden plots.

When the paved trail makes a sharp right-turn, keep running straight along the gravel path.
Private garden paradise
Eventually, the path will come out to the main street along the mountaintop (Roter Stich).

Just before you get to the main street, with the military base higher up along the ridge-line, turn left on the little paved path with the post blocking the path.
Turn left here, just before Roter Strich and head back home along the rough-paved trail
Now you head down a set of steps and follow the old, rough paving past a couple of turnoffs for the new neighborhood. Just follow the old paving as it goes through more private gardens.

In just 200 meters, the path runs into Hohenloher Straße again, which you follow all the way back to the U-Bahn station at Kelterplatz.

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