10 beautiful trails in the Swabian Jura for sporty hikers

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

Mother Nature created countless dreamlike places on our planet, but she put in extra effort when making the Swabian Jura. With gentle high plateaus, dense forests, deep river valleys, and striking rocks, this region is one of the most spectacular in Germany. Thanks to its valleys, rocky landscape and steep climb, sporty hikers will find a slice of heaven here.

A hike through the Swabian Jura takes you along the Young Danube River, which shaped the region and along the Albtrauf high plateau with its countless caves. You will hike in the footsteps of humans who have been coming to the wild valleys and rugged plateaus here for over 40,000 years, leaving behind an impressive history.

This Collection takes you on a journey through this history and the most beautiful parts of the Swabian Jura. The themed trails lead to impressive valleys, across extensive juniper heathlands, and through colourful forests. On all of the routes, breathtaking views await as well as a stop for refreshments.

- Explore the fantastic "Lion's territory" and learn about the legendary Staufer Dynasty on your Lion Path route.
- Discover winding river valleys, turquoise springs, fascinating rock formations, and mysterious caves on the Ice Age Trail.
- Wander varied paths and scenic cliffs of the Hohenurach Trail and learn more about the history of the Swabian Jura
- Hike through the rocky landscape of the Danube Valley and enjoy magnificent views on the Danube Felsen Walk.
- Enjoy light-flooded forests, lonely plateaus, and the typical juniper heaths on premium “Traufgänger” hiking trails.
- Find relaxation and pristine nature in the popular high mountains.
- Discover orchard meadows on the fruit route
- Visit the "Swabian Grand Canyon" on the DonauWellen route and enjoy the varied landscape along the high alpine paths.

Whatever it is that you love about hiking, you will find it in the Swabian Jura (and in this Collection).

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    03:25
    6.75 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The lion trails in the district of Göppingen take you on the trail of the unique lion man. The Geislinger Felsen-Tour lets you experience fantastic views, an impressive rock valley and a bit of history on its almost eleven kilometers.From the starting point at the SC site in Eybach, you first hike in a steep zigzag to the rock face and - including fantastic views - continue along the Albtrauf to the landmark of Eybach, the sky rock. After you have taken a few minutes to let the fantastic panorama work for you, you climb down a forest path into the Eybach Valley. For a while it goes through the dreamy center of Eybach and past a historic church. Then you hike slightly uphill again through the wild, romantic rock valley.Striking stairs lead you directly past the impressive rock formations. And after they have amazed you for a moment, you turn right towards the hamlet. Once on the Alb plateau, the path continues along the Albtrauf to the striking Bismarck rock. Then a narrow nature path takes you back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    03:16
    6.56 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As one of the ice age trails, the Blaubeurer Felsenstieg takes you back in time. Distributed over about ten and a half kilometers, it leads you through the dreamlike basin of Blaubeuren, over densely forested steep slopes, past striking rocks and magnificent viewpoints.Let's go near the Blaubeurer train station. Already on the first two kilometers of your tour, two real gems await you: on the one hand a steep rock wall with the impressive glasses cave, and on the other hand the extraordinary rock formation with the catchy name "kissing sow". Over the Günzelburg and accompanied by a unique view you hike through the impressive landscape, descend and meet the turquoise blue karst spring "Blautopf" on the edge of the old town of Blaubeurer.It's uphill again. On narrow paths you hike first over the glass, then the blue rock and finally on the Alb plateau you walk - sometimes in and sometimes at the forest - to the outskirts of Sonderbuch. From there, a forest path leads you past the impressive castle ruin Rusenschloss and over the Frauenberg back to Blaubeuren.

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    8.75 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lauterfelsensteig ice age trail is also quite a challenge. Sometimes rugged and with magnificent views, sometimes gently and lovingly, it leads you through the Little Lautertal and onto the plateau of the Alb. A tour that you will especially like as a sporty hiker. Because it keeps changing up and down.An ascent awaits you right at the start of your hike. But once you get to Oberherrlingen, you will be rewarded with a great first view. A castle and a small chapel are also slumbering up here and are definitely worth a short visit. Then it goes downhill again - to the rock-decorated Lautertal. Its countless river turns will impress you just as much as the idyllic Lauterquelle.But as nice as it is to stroll so comfortably there is already the next climb. First to Hohenstein, then to hike across the promising plateau to Weidach. Here you can find a sunny spot to take a little rest. Because a short time later it goes along the upper edge of the Kiesental through a forest and finally down over a juniper heath back to Blaustein.

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    Intermediate
    02:37
    4.97 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hohenurachsteig is a master at showing hikers the most beautiful sides of the Swabian Alb UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There are varied paths to go from one promising rock to the next. And in the end a proud piece of history awaits you.You can prepare yourself for a sporty climb right at the start of the hike: from the center of Bad Urach you go up to the Hanner rocks. And there is not just one, not two, but three. Each individual - the front, middle and rear - rewards you for the strenuous ascent with a few unique views of the city and the hilly landscape of the Swabian Jura. And so you practically jump from one Hanner rock to the next until you finally come to narrow forest paths and a meadow path.The next lookout point is not far: You reach the Eppenzillfelsen, from where you can see the Urach waterfall and the Hohenurach castle ruins in the distance. The latter also has to be admired up close. That's why you now descend on a narrow path along the edge of the slope, pass the Kreuzhütte with a barbecue area and climb the Schlossberg a little later, where the Hohenurach castle ruins are enthroned. Take your time, because there is not only a fantastic view to discover up here. When you are ready, you hike back to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    03:29
    5.24 mi
    1.5 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It is no coincidence that this tour takes its name. On its almost eight and a half kilometers, countless rocks await you, from which you can let your gaze wander over the Danube. If you want to enjoy every single view to the fullest, you should allow more time for the round - about four instead of the three hours given here.You start your tour at the Hofstättle car park. The path leads you east through a light mixed beech forest to the first viewpoint, the Teufelsloch. After a long interplay between dreamy forest paths, narrow grass paths through arable land and gravel paths, sooner or later you come across the junction to the Raven Rock. If you are sure-footed and not afraid of heights, you can climb his viewpoint via a short detour with a climbing character. However, because the rock is not harmless, you should really only risk it under the above conditions. If you don't trust yourself, that's not a bad thing. There are enough other rocks waiting for you, whose viewpoints are less exposed, but at least as beautiful.Either way, you follow a narrow path to the south after the Rabenfelsen junction. If you look closely, you can catch a nice view of the recently passed raven rock from here. Then you follow serpentines, which soon change into narrow paths and gravel paths, which sooner or later lead to forests. You will reach the Burghalde, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Gutenstein Castle and the Danube. You have to venture over a last hill - from there it goes downhill. After a while, there is one last opportunity to admire the landscape and Gutenstein Castle on the Kreuzfelsen. Then you continue downhill and reach the starting point of the hike after a short time.

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    Difficult
    06:11
    10.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Are you a real "eavesdropper"? Then you will like this tour: The Felsenmeersteig - the royal tour among the eaves - lets you experience the Swabian Jura with all its wonderful facets. Spread over a length of 17 kilometers.It starts at the gates of Burgfelden, from where you make your way to the first viewpoint, the Böllat, in a (still) relatively cozy way. The 920 meter high summit gives you an incredible view of the surrounding landscape - even in good weather as far as the dark ridges of the Black Forest - and inspires you to continue hiking and discovering more. It's a good thing that many other highlights are waiting along the way.You walk downhill for a while and come across the ancient sequoia trees, which are not a bad photo opportunity. Then the path rises again and you land - just five kilometers after the start of your tour - on the restored keep of the former Schalksburg. Already from the plateau alone you are amazed at the view that is offered to you. Climbing the tower definitely pays off as well. Then there is a longer change between smaller ascents and descents. You walk through the so-called rock sea, the namesake of this hike and an incomparable natural spectacle from huge rock formations in the middle of the forest.You have to hike uphill one last time - and do it properly. Once at the top, a wonderful landscape awaits you with the juniper heaths typical of the region. Enjoy the tranquility up here on Heersberg before you go back to Burgfelden, accompanied by a wonderful panorama.

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    Intermediate
    04:16
    8.29 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Everyone knows the saying: "The best comes at the end". But not this premium hiking trail: it offers you several great highlights. Right at the start, throughout the tour and, yes, at the end.To do this, you start hiking southwards at the start of the tour, the Hörnle hiking car park. A wide forest path takes you to Teck Castle, the first highlight of your hike. If you want, you can take a first break here and treat yourself to a refreshment. In any case, you should let the view work on you for a while. Then you hike back a part of the route and then along the Albtrauf in the direction of the Yellow Rock, which gives you a magnificent view of the Lenninger valley.It goes downhill for a while, then up a steep serpentine path to the Alb plateau. Signs lead you to the Rauber ruin, mystically located in the forest, where you definitely deserve a break after the strenuous ascent. How practical that there is also a barbecue area here. With the view down to Bissingen and the Teck, the food tastes twice as good. Freshly strengthened, you hike eastwards through the unique flora and fauna of the Albrand. On the way you will meet one of the last active, private cemeteries in Baden-Württemberg and a beautiful dirt road later to the Mörike House in Ochsenwang, where the German poet Eduard Mörike once lived. You will also find one or the other inn where you can stop for a rest.Then the next highlight will soon follow - the rocky outcrop of Breitenstein, which opens up a magnificent panorama of the Albvorland and the three Kaiserberge mountains. And from there it goes downhill: over the northern edge path to the foot of the Swabian Jura. Follow a serpentine path through the forest to the outskirts of Bissingen. The tour still has one highlight in store: Follow the signs up to the Hörnle, enjoy the wonderful orchards that you cross and give your tour a fitting conclusion with the fantastic panorama up there.

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    Intermediate
    04:09
    8.22 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You walk along the red apple along the Dreifürstensteig. The varied tour takes you through orchards to the 854 meter high Dreifürstenstein - a distinctive spur of the Albtrauf. And that is already clearly visible from the starting point on the so-called Olgahöhe. But first you follow the path through the nature reserve down into the Buchbach valley.And from there it goes uphill: The climb to the Dreifürstenstein is not without, but definitely worth every effort. It is the point at which three territories once clashed - the Principality of Fürstenberg, the Principality of Hohenzollern and the Duchy of Württemberg. The view you have here today is still royal. If you have absorbed enough of it, you enter the Albsteig, one of the "Top Trails of Germany". You follow it along the eaves, experience the top geotope "Bergrutsch am Hirschkopf" and reach the south side of the Farrenberg through juniper heaths.Because you deserve a break at this point, the beautifully placed sun lounger with a panoramic view of the Talheimer Albtrauf is just right. Then it goes on: through light beech forest, over meadow paths and extensive orchards - which with their more than 40,000 fruit trees and biodiversity are among the most beautiful in Europe. On an idyllic path through the Olgahöhe nature reserve, you happily return to the starting point of the tour.

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    Difficult
    05:33
    9.63 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Ready to experience a different kind of surfing? The premium routes DonauWellen all have one thing in common: the visible ups and downs in the Donaubergland. On the one hand, this challenges you, but on the other, it also guarantees a great hike. Especially the Danube rock tour we take you here with. With its almost 15.5 kilometers, it is the longest among the Danube Wave hikes and takes you from one promising rock to the next. In between you can also experience the idyllic breakthrough valley.It starts at the parking lot of the button maker rock, for which it is worthwhile to take a detour. It gives you a fantastic view of the valley to the Danube loop, in the Beuron basin to Beuron Monastery and over the hunter's house to Bronnen Castle. If you don't want to climb it straight away, there is still time at the end of your tour. Either way, the tour starts relatively comfortably. The first spectacular viewpoint will surprise you all the more: from the mighty Stiegelesfelsen you look down on the Danube valley. Soon you will pass a small chapel. The hike has not yet demanded many meters of altitude from you and now it is a bit downhill. Past the loaf rock and the brick hut, which would like to invite you to fortify yourself in its nice garden, it goes on like this for a while. Then you should be prepared for the first climb soon.This leads you up to the Kallenberg ruins, one of the most important ruins in the entire Danube valley. It offers you a beautiful viewpoint. After some ups and downs you will reach the impressive Bronnen Castle. The former hunting lodge of the Lords of Enzberg in Mühlheim is now privately owned and can therefore only be admired from the outside. You therefore make your way down a steep rock path to the Bronner Höhle, in which numerous finds from the Bronze Age were once made. At the Jägerhaushöhle you hike down to the Gasthaus Jägerhaus and after crossing the Danube back up to your starting point.

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    Intermediate
    04:47
    9.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the Swabian Alb, we refer to the Hochalb paths as three premium hiking trails around Meßstetten, all of which offer you a very special hiking experience. But convince yourself in the beautiful forests and typical juniper heaths, between promising crests and manageable valleys.Today we take you to the Hossinger Hochalb. The 15 km long tour runs along the beautiful Albtrauf and thus secures you a few breathtaking views. But first things first. You start your hike at the hiking car park at the foot of the Heimberg and thus in the middle of the countryside. Without talking for a long time, it goes straight to the eaves. You walk along this to the Graeblesberg. From here you have a sweeping view that extends in the west over the Albvorland to the Black Forest, in the east to the Filderebene in front of Stuttgart. You can also discover the karst cave from Celtic times up here.Then it goes on - first along an edge from which you can see the eastern Hossingen, then up to a summit. That of the 974 meter high Baienberg. If you feel like a short break after the ascent, you can make yourself comfortable on the promising bench. Then you continue on a forest path, the small Michelfeld and wide meadows, sooner or later you will come to another rest area with loungers and a so-called Vesper island. You enter the small forest called Fuchsloch from where you can take a short dangle to Hossingen Castle. The historic weir was built in the twelfth century. Thanks to the Thirty Years' War, there is not much left of her, her place, the footbridge that replaces the former drawbridge and the information boards still let you understand the time well.Whether you decide to or not to visit the castle, the route continues along the outskirts of Hossingen and past the Hossinger Ladder, a spectacular path for which you should also plan a detour. Then one last time: get on. Via the Känzele you get back to the parking lot at Heimberg.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    78.4 mi
  • Duration
    41:43 h
  • Elevation
    12,850 ft

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