Albtäler Cycle Tour — discover the beautiful valleys of the Swabian Jura
Fotograf Thomas Rathay
Wonderful scenery is guaranteed following the Albtäler Cycle Tour. The route runs 186 kilometres (115.5 miles) through eight valleys in the Swabian Jura, a mountain range in Germany. Along the way, you cross countless rivers and streams, pass bizarre rock formations, mysterious caves, idyllic juniper heaths, and hot springs and follow in the footsteps of mammoths.
As well as spectacular nature, there is plenty of culture to discover too. You ride through unique Jura villages and quaint little villages where there are lots of cosy places to stop for refreshments as well as interesting sights. You can visit historic castles, exciting open-air museums, and breathtaking monuments. As a ADFC (German Cycling Federation) four-star rated route, you shouldn’t miss it!
In this Collection, we’ve divided the Albtäler Cycle Tour circular into five stages, starting and finishing in the small town of Amstetten. With 1,200 metres (3,940 feet) of altitude difference to conquer, the route is a challenge. However, as some of the stages are relatively short, you can easily manage it. If you want to cover longer distances, you can combine the stages together to ride the entire Tour in three days.
There is a wide range of comfortable accommodation and places to unwind after your ride in the stage destinations of this four-star quality route. You can often even find a Bett+BIke accommodation that was rated cycle-friendly by the ADFC. There are also several bike services centres and bike rental shops (including e-bikes) en route. You can even arrange luggage transport from place to place.
You can travel to the starting point in Amstetten with the A8. With regular connections from Stuttgart and Ulm, it’s easy to arrive by train. There’s also free car parking available near the station.
The first stage on the Albtäler Cycle Path starts at the train station in the tranquil town of Amstetten, from where you cycle straight into the idyllic Lone Valley. The small river has its source in the nearby Urspring. You follow its course downstream to the bizarre foal house rock. From there it goes uphill to the Danube plain and …
The second stage of the Albtäler Cycle Tour is all about water, caves and teddy bears. In exactly this order: You start in Langenau and as soon as you leave the city you will reach the flat Donauried. This huge wetland supplies large parts of Baden-Württemberg with drinking water - for you it is a wet and happy pleasure to …
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On the third stage of the Albtäler Cycle Tour you climb the Albaufstieg, on which some not-to-be-neglected climbs await you. Here you can either pedal hard or just push a bit. You will be rewarded with views of the imposing Alb plateau, prehistoric cliff formations and the flora and fauna of an idyllic nature reserve. From Giengen you start into …
On day four of the Albtäler bike tour you deserved a little relaxation. Today is a short trip of 22 kilometers, so that there is enough time to relax a little. There are two opportunities to do so on the way: In Bad Überkingen and Bad Ditzenbach, the thermal baths invite you to take a healthy and relaxing break, which …
The fifth stage of the Albtäler Cycle Tour is high: you cycle at an altitude of almost 850 meters today. Of course, this challenges you a bit, but the inclines are manageable and many beautiful sights along the route always provide small breaks. At the very end, as a reward, you only go downhill to the starting point of the round tour in Amstetten.
Bike Touring Collection by AG Neckartal- & Kocher-Jagst-Radweg