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There is a steep climb up the steps to Königsstuhl that can be found just above the castle. It winds through the forest and very peaceful. It takes 45mins to an hour to get to the top. At the top there is a decent view but some building work is going on while I was there June 2019. For me the walk up was the highlight. You can then take the train back down to the castle or continue a little further up the hill to the astronomy centre.
Beautiful sunset view overlooking the city! BUT.. if you go in the summer time (CEST), and plan to use public transport, do note that the buses and the cable car stop running before sunset. So you would either need to call a taxi, or hike down through the forest!!
If you go in winter: you are warned ! Nothing is to warm you up. But the view is splendid and the walks are nice, but for us, it was too cold....There is a waiting room (heated) to wait for the next cable train downstairs....
Make sure if you want to go all the way to the top that you get both tickets before you start up the hill. The lower train and the upper train needed 2 different ones and the person the helped us didn't explain that well