Hiking 4 times in the Swabian Alb

A unique and versatile low mountain range stretches across the German state of Baden-Württemberg, full of half-timbered villages, majestic castle ruins, remarkable geological phenomena and above all beautiful nature. Leave each day behind for a while, put on your hiking boots and explore the endless valleys, hills, rocks and fields of the Swabian Alb during a refreshing weekend outdoors.



Hiking 4 times in the Swabian Alb


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The Swabian Alb has geological features, Felsen being perhaps the most striking – enormous rock formations in all shapes and sizes. There are countless of them spread throughout the area and along the Löwenpfad Felsenrunde you can spot (and some climb!) a number of them, from sprawling walls to soaring towers. You can also go further in the area. While hiking for 5.5 hours along the HochAlbPfad Hossinger Hochalb, you can climb to an altitude of 955 meters through fields filled with colorful flowers and dense pine forests. Touring is not an easy feat, but it is well worth the effort; At its highest point overlooks vast valleys and forests. Beautiful view in less time? Then walk the Hochgehkämpft Trail for two hours. It’s quite a climb, but on top of the Roßberg, a tower awaits, in good weather, a view of the Black Forest, Stuttgart, and further south to the Swiss Alps!



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in the valley

Where there are peaks there are valleys. Small tufts of hill villages, vast fields and forests mark the lower reaches of the Swabian Alps, crisscrossed by numerous waterways – from the smallest streams to great rivers such as the Danube. Near Sigmaringen, choose the river as your companion, during the Donaufelsenlauf Kloster-Felsenweg. The 13-kilometer circular walk offers sweeping views of the Danube floodplain, as well as a glimpse into the region’s history at Inzigkofen Abbey. A view of the sparkling river is not always guaranteed; In some places, streams drain water from the Danube and cause severe droughts. Those who walk Dunoversnkong can walk the dry riverbed and discover more geological features in the area. The Neckar River, which borders the Swabian Alb to the north, also leaves its mark on the landscape. Explore Früchtetrauf Sieben-Taler-Runde to discover this beauty in all its aspects. The 6-kilometre trek is short but offers everything from deep valleys to dense forests and above all: fantastic views.



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With family

In the diverse nature of the Low Schwaben mountain ranges, a small park will never get bored: the numerous beautiful sceneries, beautiful forests and dramatic rocks of the area provide endless entertainment. Enter the Witches’ Kitchen in Albstadt at your own risk, through a gateway of two majestic Felsen along Traufgängerle Hexenküche: a collection of rock formations and caves where witches of the past may have left their pots simmering. Caves and rocks are the legacy of the region’s long and rich history. Also along Eiszeitjägerpfad near Blaubeuren, young adventurers unleashed their imaginations. Here you will find already visited caves of the Ice Age, “dwellings” of rock-cut caves from the Stone Age and ruins of the Middle Ages. Plant and animal lovers are also in the right place here; They will be amazed when they walk the Wasserfallsteig, past the magical Uracher Waterfall, and Gütersteiner Waterfall among the trees, where they can glide around to the satisfaction of their hearts. The circular walk was voted the most beautiful hiking route in Germany in 2016, and for good reason.



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Long Distances

Countless atmospheric villages, an extensive network of hiking trails between them, and the valleys of the Swabian Alb make an excellent location for a multi-day hiking holiday. The six stages of the Albtraufgänger offer the perfect route for the hiker looking for something more challenging. With beautiful peaks, vast valleys, castles and orchards, the 113-kilometer route is a bit of a summary of the area. With plenty of options along the way for a plate of Spätzle – excellent concentrates. Spending time in nature can be beneficial, and Wege der Besinnung und Einkehr (Method of meditation and introspection) emphasizes the almost spiritual value that a brisk walk in a private setting can have. The past 11 stages go through churches and chapels that are beautifully located, but also offer plenty of inspiring views. For those who also like to turn inward during outdoor activities.



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Hiking 4 times in the Swabian Alb

Hikers who need a pilgrimage of a more secular kind follow the Albschäferweg. Follow in the footsteps of sheep that were traditionally herded across fields and valleys on this intermediate road; Even today, woolly animals are considered a prestigious companion. The ten stages also take you deeper into history, from Ice Age caves to Baroque monasteries. More challenging can be found in the southwest, in the multi-day hike along the Danube-Zöllernalp-Weg. For the 10 stages, good condition is a must (some parts are really sophisticated), but the environment is more than worth it. The road is a beautiful blend of nature and culture. Swabian cities such as Meßstetten, Albstadt and Sigmaringen offer an exuberant atmosphere and fascinating history. Complete the tour by adding Donauberglandweg. These four stages operate at a high altitude with at least great views, but require much less condition. The final challenge is found along the Albsteig (HW1), where you can walk the length of the Swabian Alb. The 16 stages may be very challenging, but they are hard to match in terms of experience and opinions. Its changing landscape continues to be a source of admiration, from majestic plateaus to deepest canyon, and a wide range of historical monuments.

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For more information, visit www.albwandern.de & facebook.com/schwaebischealbtourismus. The Swabian Alb is located in southern Germany and is easy to reach by car. The journey takes approximately 8 hours from Utrecht. A big advantage is that you can easily drive your car to the starting points for walking. The Swabian Alb can also be reached by train. Take the train to Frankfurt and transfer to Stuttgart. From Stuttgart you can take regional trains or buses to your destination.

Opening photo: Al Bashtat Tourism

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