9 beautiful day rides in the Swabian Jura in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb

Cycling in the Swabian Jura, you immerse yourself in a magical world where varied landscapes and unique nature await. The day rides in this Collection take you through thick forests and wild valleys, to mysterious caves, bizarre rock formations, and where impressive rivers rise from springs. On the high plateau of the low mountain range in Germany, you can enjoy unforgettable views stretching far into the distance and discover relics from times gone by.

In this Collection, we present the nine most beautiful day tours in the Swabian Jura. The Tours, which are between 30 and 75 kilometres (18 and 46 miles) long, are easily accessible by train. On the way, you conquer a few metres in altitude, which will make you break a sweat. To save your legs, we recommend renting an e-bike. With a little extra help, you’ll float up the mountains. Regardless of which bike you choose, the wonderful viewpoints and cosy refreshment stops are ideal for a break en route.

Our nine routes take you to the most attractive corners of the Swabian Jura. On the way, you discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Jura’, enjoy the unique nature of the Swabian Jura Biosphere Reserve, and admire the turquoise blue water of the Blautopf. The Swabian Jura is especially beautiful in autumn when the forests come alive with colours and you have the paths almost to yourself.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    03:43
    32.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Göppingen it goes on this beautiful round tour over the Drei Kaiserberge. You start near the train station in the pretty old town. From here you cycle along the Fils on a gently rising route and then turn into the picturesque Lautertal.In Nenningen you leave the Lauter and drive through the Christental valley to the Drei Kaiserbergen. On the way, the wonderful views over the Swabian Alb compensate you for the strenuous ascent.You pass the peaks of the Stuifen, the Rechberg and the Hohenstaufen. On the latter, a short detour is worthwhile, because you will also find a stop at the top.Then you roll on a rapid descent into the valley to Wäschenbeuren and drive comfortably back to Göppingen on an old railway line.

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    Difficult
    04:09
    37.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of this tour is in Langenau at the train station. At the beginning you cycle on a flat route through wonderfully wide fields and meadows. A first ascent leads through a refreshing forest and brings you to the Hohlenstein cave, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Alb”.A few kilometers further you will reach the Vogelherd Archaeological Park, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage with the Vogelherd Cave. From here you cycle steadily up and down through the beautiful Lone Valley. Via an ascent you then reach the Brenz, which flows through the wild and romantic Eselsburger valley.After you've cycled through the picturesque valleys, the climb to the Alb follows. Here an open landscape stretches along the way and you always have great views of the plateau. Finally, you drive through a quiet forest before you whiz back to Langenau in a rapid descent.

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  • Difficult
    04:42
    44.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round tour you will pass a total of nine castles and palaces and you will also cycle through the idyllic Schönbuch Nature Park.It starts in Rottenburg at the train station. From here you drive near the Neckar over the fields to Tübingen. During a little stroll through the old town you can also visit the Hohentübingen Castle.Then you cycle around the Österberg and come back to the Neckar. From the Neckar valley, a very steep ascent leads you up to the Einsiedel. Shortly afterwards, the deep forests of the Schönbuch welcome you.On the way, it is worth stopping at Bebenhausen Monastery as well as at Hohenentringen Castle before you leave the forest and drive back to Rottenburg over wide fields and meadows.

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    Intermediate
    03:30
    32.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour to the most beautiful lakes in the region starts in Oberboihingen near the train station. After the first few kilometers, you will reach the idyllic citizen lakes over picturesque fields and through wild and romantic forest.Then you cycle on through the agricultural area and pass picturesque orchards and Limburg, the highest vineyard in Württemberg at over 530 meters.Behind Weilheim an der Teck, you dive back into beautiful forests. Passing the Sonnensee you will then reach Kirchheim unter Teck, where it is worth taking a long break in the pretty old town.Afterwards you cycle with renewed energy on a sloping route along the Lauter to the Neckar, where you pay a visit to the Wernau quarry ponds. After you have passed the lake at Rank a few kilometers further, you will reach Oberboihingen again, the starting point of the tour.

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    Difficult
    05:11
    46.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,775 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts in Schelklingen at the train station. From here you cycle straight to the Hohler Fels cave, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Alb”. Then you drive through the Akhtal to Blaubeuren, where you can admire the impressive Blautopf.We continue through the blue valley to Ulm. Here in the Ulm Museum you have the opportunity to admire the more than 35,000-year-old "lion man". Then a crisp ascent takes you to the Alb, where you drive through the picturesque Lone Valley.On the way, it is worth stopping at the Hohlenstein cave, where the “lion man” was found, and at the Vogelherd Archaeological Park. The cave of the same name is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage. After you have left the Lone Valley, you will reach Niederstotzigen train station a little later, the destination of the tour.

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    Difficult
    03:18
    29.1 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the round tour is at the Heidenheim-Schnaitheim train station. Along the Brenz you leave Schnaitheim and descend over a hill into the Steinheim basin, which was created by a meteorite impact. In Steinheim, it is worth taking a detour to the Kraterblick mountain hut, from which you have a great view of the pool.Then you climb out of the crater and reach the highest point in the region at almost 700 meters. On the high plateau you cycle through magical forests. On the way you can make a detour to the Wental with its unique rock formations.Shortly before the finish, you roll down on a refreshing descent back into the Brenztal, where you can take a leisurely break at Lake Itzelberger See. You then cycle back to the starting point in Schnaitheim along the Brenz.

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    Difficult
    04:04
    34.7 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The mammoth tour goes over the Zollernalb. You collect a few vertical meters, which is why the tour more than deserves its name.It starts in Balingen at the train station. After you have left the city, you climb up to Zillhausen. Above the village you can enjoy a fantastic view of Balingen and the mountains of the Swabian Alb. We continue past the Eyach spring on the Heuberg.After a short descent you work your way up to the Raichberg, where you drive through picturesque juniper heaths and enjoy wide views. Afterwards, a very long descent to Hechingen is waiting for you.From there you cycle back to Balingen and on the way you can always let your gaze wander to the fairytale Hohenzollern Castle.

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    Difficult
    04:19
    36.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The round tour to the pastures and farms of the main and state stud Marbach begins in Marbach at the train station. From here you climb a steep ascent to the Fauserhöhe. On the other side you then roll down into the Lautertal and then turn into the picturesque Pfaffental.Past meadows and forests it goes continuously uphill. At the end of the valley you have a wonderful, wide view of the hilly landscape of the Swabian Alb biosphere area. A little later you will reach the farm of the Marbach young stallions.Then you cycle through the Lonsinger Valley and later past picturesque fields and large pastures. On the way you pass the Sankt Johann stud farm with a restaurant and the foal farm.In steady up and down, you continue through quiet forests. On the last few kilometers you will be greeted by an open landscape and a sloping route that will bring you back to Marbach. Here you can pay a visit to the main and state studs at the end.

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    Intermediate
    01:53
    17.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The dry spell is actually not a dry spell, because along the way you have numerous places to stop to refresh yourself and quench your thirst.It starts in Tuttlingen at the train station. From here you cycle along the Danube, where you can already make the first stop in a cozy beach bar.Then you leave Tuttlingen and drive up the Risiberg. On the way there you will find a stop in the hamlet of Rußberg. On a nice descent through the forest you will then get to Dürbheim.Via Balgheim, Rietheim, Weilheim and Wurmlingen - each with nice refreshment stops - you return to Tuttlingen on flat paths in the valley.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    313 mi
  • Duration
    34:49 h
  • Elevation
    17,325 ft

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