Historic landscapes & panoramic views – 10 hikes through the Swabian Jura

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

With beautiful and varied landscapes, the Swabian Jura in southern Germany is a paradise for hikers. Thousands of years ago, waves would once have crashed against the rocks here when the region lay under the sea. Today, lush vegetation and stunning mountains have replaced water. In this Collection, we’ve put together ten beautiful hikes that take you to different corners of the Jura, revealing the area’s fascinating history and magnificent panoramas.

Walk in the footsteps of the Lion Man through imposing rocky landscapes; explore dilapidated castle ruins; discover idyllic valleys; stroll through juniper heaths; feel the sun’s warmth on your face as you hike across the Jura plateau; and admire the wonderful views. The walks in this Collection vary in length and difficulty from challenging long distance hikes to short day trips. On the way, you will find places to stop for snacks, especially on the Beer Hike in Ehingen. But, we also recommend packing your own picnic to enjoy at one of the scenic resting places, many of which have wooden deckchairs. Lunch tastes even better after hiking through these wonderful landscapes!

Each of the ten circular routes follows a themed path. The Swabian Jura has a fantastic network of trails, many of which are award-winning. For even more inspiration on hiking through this region, take a look here: komoot.de/user/schwaebischealb.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    01:02
    2.43 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed tour is the perfect walking tour for the whole family. The four-kilometer route is also ideal for pushchairs or wheelchairs, since you are only on paved paths and have no slopes to climb. The starting point is at the hiking car park at Filseck Castle.You hike across the open field to Charlottensee. On the shore of the lake you can take a break in the idyllic landscape and watch water birds. The lake is right on the edge of the Birkenhau forest. Through this you hike back to your starting point, the Filseck Castle. At the end of the small round you can relax in the beautifully landscaped castle garden, look at the exhibition in the gallery and let yourself be pampered in the restaurant.There are a total of 15 lion trails in the Göppingen district. They promise hiking with high quality standards and lure with impressive views, varied natural landscapes and mysterious places and stories. The path is named after the unique lion man, a human-animal sculpture made of mammoth ivory, which is around 40,000 years old.

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    Intermediate
    01:56
    4.19 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Juniper heaths, castle ruins, caves, dense forests and typical rock formations: it is not for nothing that the Lauter Valley, through which the Große Lauter flows, was chosen as Germany's natural wonder in 2019. On the almost seven kilometers long castle rock path you hike through this beautiful piece of earth and can enjoy the picturesque landscape to the fullest.The starting point of the circular hike is at the hiking car park in Unterwilzingen. You walk along the banks of the Große Lauter through the Swabian Alb biosphere area. Keep your eyes peeled for beavers and herons and enjoy the idyllic landscape and the lapping of the river.After a good three kilometers you leave the banks of the Lauter and hike steeply up the Gemsfels and on to the Wartstein. From the ruins of the former castle you have a wonderful view down into the Lautertal. Time for a short break.You walk along the upper edge of the valley and pass other places where castles once stood. The Lautertal is the most castle-rich valley in the country. Shortly before the end, you descend to the river bank and walk back to the starting point of the tour.

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    4.78 mi
    2.0 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this eight-kilometer circular hike you can look forward to fantastic views, narrow paths along the Alb edge and cozy wooden loungers to relax. The starting point of the Hochbergsteig, incidentally one of the five premium hiking trails Grafensteige, is at the Zittelstatt sports field in Bad Urach.At the beginning the path leads you through the meadow valley before you turn into the forest and climb uphill. You will soon reach the water stone cave. You can enter the portal of the cave, which is more than 30 meters long. A little bit uphill now, then you have reached the Alb plateau.You walk on a beautiful meadow path across the flat surface and enjoy the peace. You will soon reach the Kunstmühlefels, where you can make yourself comfortable on one of the wooden loungers and enjoy the wonderful view of the Seeburger valley. With new energy you hike on the Albkante to the viewpoint Hochbergfelsen and further to Michelskäppele. You have beautiful views of the valley and the surrounding rocks and mountains. This makes hiking in the Swabian Alb particularly fun.After you've had enough of your fill, you can take a steep path down to the valley and the starting point of the hike. In Bad Urach you will find several places to stop for a successful end to your hiking day.

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    Intermediate
    02:28
    3.97 mi
    1.6 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this short circular hike you get to know the picturesque Lauchert Valley. The Lauchert flows on its way to the Danube through the quiet valley on the southern edge of the Swabian Jura. The hike starts at the parking lot at the seven cherry trees.You will soon reach the Nägelesfelsen, from which you have a first fantastic view of the valley. The path then leads you down shortly afterwards. You walk along a gravel path along the edge of the forest and can fully enjoy the peace and idyll.Then it goes up a bit again and you will soon reach the Hertenstein ruin. Only the remains of the former knight's castle can be seen today. Where the lords of the castle once looked for potential enemies, you can now enjoy a wonderful view of the peaceful Lauchert valley. If you have packed up a snack, you can make yourself comfortable on a bench and enjoy it.Through the shady beech forest you hike back to your starting point.

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    Difficult
    01:22
    2.67 mi
    2.0 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Traufgängerle Hexenküche is the youngest and smallest of the eaves. The premium short hike around Ebinger Schlossberg promises pure variety and is especially fun for small hikers. The starting point of the almost five-kilometer circular tour is at the Waldheim car park in Albstadt-Ebingen.Right at the start, the path takes you past a game reserve. Maybe you are lucky and can spot wild boars from the viewing platform. Through the forest it goes on to the "witch kitchen", after which this path is named. Whether the witches once really cooked here between the rock formations or in one of the caves? able to see...You continue to the castle rock tower, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of Albstadt-Ebingen. An ideal place to take a short break. You can then let off steam in the adventure playground on the edge of the path or in the climbing garden at Waldheim in Ebingen.

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    Intermediate
    02:40
    3.93 mi
    1.5 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    "Swigger" has nothing to do with hip youth, this is the first name of the 4th ruler of Gundelfingen from the 12th century. The "Hochgehswiggert", which is a good six kilometers long, leads you in the footsteps of the ruler through the local recreation area Großes Lautertal. The tour starts at the Heiligental hiking car park.You hike over juniper heaths and on lined paths through the picturesque valley of the Lauter. On the way you will pass numerous sunbathing areas, refreshments and barbecues. So take the circular hike in a relaxed manner and treat yourself to an extensive break here and there.On the way you always enjoy wonderful views of the beautiful landscape. You have a particularly promising view at Derneck Castle and the Hohengundelfingen ruins. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the Lauter Valley. Just like Swigger used to do before.

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    Intermediate
    01:32
    3.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wurmlinger chapel is enthroned high on the mountain - the view is accordingly great. You can enjoy this view on the five-kilometer-long Wurmlinger Kapellenwegle. When it comes to fruit, the name says it all: the path leads you along flowering orchards and steep vineyards.The tour starts at the chapel parking lot in Wurmlingen. You start on a flat route and warm yourself up completely relaxed. From Hohenzollernblick you can see the striking silhouette of the imposing castle well. Shortly afterwards you will learn interesting facts about wine growing in the region on the wine educational trail.Then the path climbs slightly to the summit of the Chapel Mountain, on which the famous Wurmling Chapel is located. Stop at this place and enjoy the wonderful view around the church. Not far from the chapel you will find a comfortable wooden lounger from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Ammertal.Through the vineyards and past lush meadows and fruit trees you hike back to the starting point. There is a small kiosk at the hiking car park. If you still want to stop off, you can find a good selection in Wurmlingen or in neighboring Rottenburg am Neckar.

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    Intermediate
    03:46
    8.92 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beer culture is lived in Ehingen, and it is not for nothing that the town on the Danube is nicknamed the Beer Culture City. The best prerequisites for getting to know the local breweries on this 14 km hike. It starts at the Bierkulturstadt signpost on the market square.At the start of the circular hike you walk through the city center and have the chance to taste the in-house hop juice at four historic breweries. At the inner-city breweries Schwanen, Adler, Schwert and Rössle, among other things, beautiful beer gardens await you for a sociable break. Well strengthened you hike out of the city and towards the Danube.The path leads you through the Donauried on a nature experience path to Nasgenstadt. This habitat was given back to the animals and plants through extensive restoration measures. You may even spot beavers, storks or a kingfisher.In Nasgenstadt you cross the Danube and hike the next piece along the river bank to Berg. Thirst? Then a stop at the Berg brewery is just right. With fresh energy it goes back to Ehingen. There you can make yourself comfortable at the end of the hike in one of the city's beer gardens. Well then cheers!

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    Intermediate
    03:17
    7.04 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Once Donauwelle, completely without calories! But with a lot of enjoyment. On the eleven kilometer long DonauWelle Kraftstein circuit you will get to know the wonderful heath landscape of the nature reserve Kraftstein. The tour starts at the hiking car park "Mittlerer Platz" above the Risiberg in Dürbheim.From there you hike along the juniper heather "Grasmutter", past the hamlet of Rußberg and past formerly inhabited castle sites down to the idyllic Ursental valley. At the ruins of Bräunisburg you can enjoy a wonderful view before continuing on the edge of the valley. You cross the narrow valley and hike up on the opposite side. Now the path leads you through the nature reserve Kraftstein and on to the castle ruin of the same name. The high plateau on the Bräunisberg is almost completely covered by a juniper heath. Here you always have a great view of the valley and the densely forested slopes.In a relaxed up and down you hike back to your starting point. Shortly before the goal you will pass the Waldeck restaurant. How about finishing with a piece of Danube wave?

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    Intermediate
    03:33
    6.64 mi
    1.9 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This ten kilometer long hike takes you from the idyllic valley of the Schlichen up to the plateau. You then hike along the edge of the eaves to the Hörnle at 956 meters. The tour starts at the Schischemhalle in Meßstetten-Tieringen.To get going for the hike, you can take a loop through the almost one kilometer long barefoot path before putting on your hiking shoes. Then you hike on the banks of the still young Schlichen, which later flows into the Neckar near Epfendorf, through the beautiful valley. At the source of the stream, you can cool off on a hot day and drink the fresh spring water.You continue to hike uphill and soon have the first great views. With good visibility you can see as far as Feldberg in the Black Forest and maybe even up to the Swiss Alps. Through the species-rich nature reserve "Hülenbuch", the path then leads you along the almost vertically sloping edge of the Albtrauf towards Hörnle. From the mountain, which is over 950 meters high, you have a great view of the region and can even look as far as the Stuttgart TV tower if the visibility is good. Make yourself comfortable on one of the benches and let your eyes wander north.Over lush meadows and then through an unspoilt spell forest you hike back to your starting point. There is another round of wellness for your feet in the barefoot park.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    48.0 mi
  • Duration
    24:00 h
  • Elevation
    5,125 ft
Historic landscapes & panoramic views – 10 hikes through the Swabian Jura
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Schwäbische Alb