Winter hiking tour Schinznach Dorf–ruin Schenkenberg–Biberstein

Through the tranquil Schenkenberg valley (AG)

The hike goes through the Schenkenberg valley tot he ruin of Schenkenberg. 

The Schenkenberg is only 630 metres high. Nevertheless, it offers a nice view and a good overview. In the 13th century, the noble lords of Schenkenberg took advantage of this and built a castle there in order to be able to control a large part of the Talbach valley. The hike to the Schenkenberg shows a special feature: if you start in Schinznach, you can reach it in a descent. First you walk along the vineyards and through the woods to the top, then on even paths boasting beautiful views to the surrounding Jura heights, and finally gently down to the top of the Schenkenberg hill. It is worth making a short detour to the ruins; the extensive grounds are the largest castle ruins in the canton of Aargau. The village of Thalheim lies at the foot of the hill. From there, the path climbs up again to the Gatter crossroads and then, with a splendid view of the alps, descends to Biberstein.

Journey Details

Duration 4 hours
Difficulty medium
Distance 11.9 Kilometres
Altitude difference 605 Metres
Arrival PostBus route 441 from Brugg to Schinznach Dorf, Oberdorf
Return travel Route 204 from Biberstein, Dorf to Aarau

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