Visiting Stuttgart’s Birkenkopf (Rubble Hill)

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A Guide to the Birkenkopf (Rubble Hill) in Stuttgart

The Birkenkopf in Stuttgart, Germany is part of an artificial hill built from the ruins and rubble from World War II. Alongside the stunning views, comes a very solemn remembrance of what was.

During the war, over 50 Allied bombing missions destroyed 45% of Stuttgart and nearly the entire city center. Between 1953 and 1957, 1.5 million cubic meters of rubble was cleared and moved to the hill. During this time the Birkenkopf grew about 40 meters in height.

If you are visiting the Stuttgart West area, you can find this memorable and unique spot. The Birkenkopf or Birch Head is also known to locals as Monte Scherbelino or Rubble Hill. Just a short walk to the top of the hill and you will be at the highest point in Stuttgart’s inner city at just over 500m. The view is impressive as it overlooks the city.

In Remembrance

At the summit, I saw many recognizable facades from ruined buildings. Mountains of rubble were present. A large cross stands among the rubble and a plaque nearby reads:

This mountain after World War II piled up from the ruins of the city, stands as a memorial to the victims and a reminder to the living.

It’s truly impossible to put into words the emotions stirred by this memorial. I recommend seeing it firsthand. I found myself pondering what life was like in Stuttgart during the war and how the community came together to rebuild the city afterward. Witnessing all the rubble, was a powerful experience for me.

Worth a Visit

If you have a bit of time, make your way to the Birkenkopf. Check the weather before arrival so that you can wear the proper attire. A bonus is that the Birkenkopf is free of charge although you may need to pay for parking if you are arriving by car.

You’ll also find plenty of nearby hiking and biking trails to explore further. We noticed many families enjoying picnics while soaking up the breathtaking views of Stuttgart. Both kids and adults seemed to love the challenge of climbing the rocks, adding an extra bit of fun to the day.

Here’s one last helpful tip for those with young children: The path to the top of Birkenkopf is paved and stroller-friendly. While a carrier would be ideal, you can manage with a stroller if you’re willing to carry it up the small set of stairs near the parking lot.

So go ahead, take that short little hike to the top, and experience a bit of history. While you are at it, take in those gorgeous 360-degree views of present-day Stuttgart.

Arrival at the Birkenkopf in Stuttgart:

Arriving by car: Park at the Rotenwald / Geißeichstrasse intersection

From the parking lot: Cross Geißeichstraße, from there you will notice a small staircase leading to the Birkenkopf

Have you visited the Birkenkopf memorial in Stuttgart?

Are you planning on taking a trip to Rubble Hill?

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Journeying Together, Kristie

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