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Alb-Crossing in Germany – traversing the Swabian Alb by bike

Alb-Crossing in Germany – traversing the Swabian Alb by bike

Mountain Biking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

5-11

days

3-6 h

/ day

236 mi

26,725 ft

26,050 ft

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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Alb-Crossing

230 mi

26,125 ft

25,425 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

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    Alb-Crossing Etappe 1: Von Aalen nach Geislingen a.d.S.

    Difficult
    05:34
    37.9 mi
    6.8 mph
    4,675 ft
    4,175 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    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 ideally suited as a starting point for a stage trip due to its excellent accessibility.

    

    The first stage, with a length of 61 kilometers and

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    32.1 mi
    6.2 mph
    4,850 ft
    4,525 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you are in Geislingen a.d.S. Have stayed overnight, you leave the city at the beginning of the second stage of the Alb Crossing and drive up steeply to get warm to get on today's route. You can now easily remember the following topography: Up follows down. And the whole thing very often in a row

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  • Difficult
    04:38
    34.4 mi
    7.4 mph
    3,500 ft
    4,225 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    “Tour de belle Vue” could also be called today's stage of the Alb-Crossing, because it is really particularly beautiful. And today you can fully enjoy the viewpoints, because today's route is by no means flat, but it has significantly less altitude than the other stages. Only at the very end there is

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  • Difficult
    06:54
    50.9 mi
    7.4 mph
    5,375 ft
    4,550 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Today's stage is a decent board: You sit 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.

    

    Before things really start, a portion of industrial culture is waiting to be discovered by you. It is not for nothing that it

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  • Difficult
    05:45
    42.3 mi
    7.3 mph
    4,250 ft
    4,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Stage 5 starts in Erpfingen and takes you to Melchingen, which is known across wide borders thanks to the regional theater "Lindenhof". Tip: Depending on the day of the performance, it is worth spending the night in Melchingen (+ approx. 5km from the day before) and ending the evening with a play. Immediately

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    38.8 mi
    7.3 mph
    4,075 ft
    3,700 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today the final of the Alb Crossing Tour is waiting for you! You start in Balingen and take a bit of culture with you on the way by cycling along the impressive moated castle, the Zollernschloss. Then the urban flair is over for now, because now around 60 kilometers of mountain biking in the typical

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    236 mi
  • Duration
    33:19 h
  • Elevation
    26,725 ft26,050 ft

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