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Merkur Mountain, Baden-Baden

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The Merkur or Großer Staufenberg is a mountain, in the Northern Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is the Hausberg of Baden-Baden and located between the spa town and the town of Gernsbach.NameThe mountain is named after the Ancient Roman god of trade and commerce, Mercury, to whom a Roman votive stone on the summit is dedicated. The Merkurstein has been recorded since the 16th century. Today, there is a cast of the original votive stone on the summit plateau; its prototype is in the Baden-Baden Municipal Museum collection. The original name of the free-standing conical mountain was the Großer Staufenberg, a reference to the shape of a turned drinking mug known as a Stauf.FunicularThe summit of the Merkur is only accessible on foot, by bicycle or on the Merkur Funicular Railway (the Merkurbergbahn) from Baden-Baden. The funicular was built in 1913, but closed in 1967 for technical reasons. It re-opened in 1979. It is 1,200 metres long, one of the longest railways of its type in Germany, and climbs gradients of up to 54%. There are good views of Baden-Baden during the ascent.AttractionsAt the top station is a restaurant. Other attractions at the summit include a sunbathing lawn, a barbecue area and a play park with giant slide. Aimed at spa guests, but usable by anyone, are the so-called "terrain spa walks" (Terrainkurwege) of different lengths and gradients. One of these paths leads to the wildlife park at the foot of the mountain where there are red deer, fallow deer and mounflon. About half-way up the Merkur on the Baden-Baden side is the premium footpath, the Panorama Way (Panoramaweg). The summit of the Merkur is a waystop on two other premium footpaths: the Gernsbacher Runde and Murgleiter.
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  • We took the train upto the mountain, which in itself is quite the ride. At the top, there's a restaurant and good place to just sit and have some beer and food. There's also a tower that you can climb...  more »
  • We take the funicular to the top of Mount Merkur. A beautiful climb was that will gaining perspective as you save the 370 meters covering this Cog Railway. From the point high have great panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. Once up we took a good stroll by one of the many rutitas that are to be on foot. Also before taking the funicular back to the people, had the pleasure of seeing how a paraglider was preparing the staff and cast into the void, something amazing. A tour of the most recommended.
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  • At the end of the day we walked up from the town to the start of the railway. Quite a walk, but nice to do. Then we took the train to the top of the mountain. A fantastic view awaited us. And then on ...  more »

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