Breathtaking views, historic castles, picturesque half-timbered houses, endless forests, steep cliffs, juniper meadows and peregrine falcons – that's the Alb-Crossing. This mountain bike route leads across the Swabian Alb, presenting the wonderful region in the best way – from your saddle.
This varied route is a cinematic natural experience, with plenty of peace and quiet, as well as fun climbs and unforgettable views. The Tour has a lot to offer off the bike as well. There are many cultural and historical sites and vantage points. As you ride through the wonderful scenery, the scent of junipers and freshly mown hay fills the air. Afterwards, you can enjoy a dish of Alb lentils or spaetzle noodles with a refreshing beer made from Alb barley. This is cycling for all your senses.
The route mostly leads along easy paths which are perfect for a mountain bike, as well as E-MTB and gravel bikes. Riding across the Swabian Alb low mountain range is challenging as you constantly go up and down. You should be relatively fit to take on this adventure – you want to be able to bike for six days in a row and still enjoy it. However, the six stages of this Collection also make great day Tours, leaving you enough time for refreshment breaks and cultural stops en route. You can look forward to many fantastic viewpoints over the foothills of the Alb from the ‘Albtrauf’ escarpment, where the land suddenly drops to reveal magnificent panoramas. The Tours in this Collection all follow the Albtrauf from north to south.
Plan ahead if you want to tackle the Tours as one continuous adventure. Book your accommodation in advance at the respective stage destinations and make sure you have enough clothing, food and spare parts with you. To minimise your luggage, you could even send small ‘care packages’ with a change of clothes to one of your accommodations in advance. This requires a little forward planning, but anyone who has ever felt the pleasure of fresh clothes after several days biking will know that it’s worth it. If you want to fully concentrate on biking, there are also all-inclusive offers that organise your accommodation and luggage transport.
The best way to reach the start is by train. The towns of Aalen and Tuttlingen are well-connected to the rail network.
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Last updated: February 12, 2023
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The Alb Crossing route starts in Aalen, one of the largest cities in the Swabian Alb area. Located high on the northeastern edge of the low mountain range, Aalen is ideal as a starting point for a stage trip due to its excellent accessibility.
The first stage, 61 kilometers long and almost 1,500 meters…
If you are in Geislingen a.d.S. After spending the night, you leave the city right at the beginning of the second stage of the Alb Crossing and drive steeply up to warm up to get to today's route. You can easily remember the following topography: up follows down. And the whole thing very often in a row…
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Today's stage of the Alb Crossing could also be called "Tour de belle Vue" because it is really particularly beautiful. And today you can fully enjoy the viewpoints, because today's route can by no means be described as flat, but it has significantly less altitude than the other stages. Only at the very…
Today's stage is a real challenge: you'll be in the saddle for almost 82 kilometers and can look forward to many beautiful paths that lead you up and down through the Swabian Alb.
Even before things really get started, a portion of industrial culture is waiting to be discovered by you. It's not for nothing…
Stage 5 starts in Erpfingen and takes you to Melchingen, which is known across wide borders for the regional theater “Lindenhof”. Tip: Depending on the day of the performance, it is worth spending the night in Melchingen (+approx. 5km compared to the day before) and ending the evening with a play. Immediately…
Today the finale of the Alb Crossing Tour awaits you! You start in Balingen and take a bit of culture with you on the way by cycling past the impressive moated castle, the Zollern Castle. Then the urban flair is over, because now around 60 kilometers of mountain biking in the typical style of the Swabian…
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